Cate Blanchett (born Catherine Élise Blanchett, 14.5.1969) is an Oscar-winning Australian actress, and a theatre director.
Childhood: Cate Blanchett was born in Ivanhoe, Melbourne, to June and Robert Blanchett. Her parents had met when Robert's US Navy ship was in Melbourne. Robert died of a heart attack when Cate was 10 years old.
Cate Blanchett attended Ivanhoe East Primary School and went on to study at the Methodist Ladies' College, where she became interested in drama and acting. When she graduated from the University of Melbourne, after studying Economics and Fine Arts, she travelled abroad.
In Egypt, a guest at her Cairo hotel asked her if she would like to be an extra in a film. The next day, she was part of a crowd scene in the film Kaboria. Upon her return to Australia, Cate moved to Sydney and attended the national Institute of Dramatic Art.
Acting Career: Cate Blanchett initially started out working in theatre and her first major stage role was in the David Mamet play Oleanna. Her performance earned her the Sydney Theatre Critics' Best Newcomer Award. She went on to play Ophelia in the Company B production of Hamlet.
Blanchett worked in television, as well, featuring in the mini-series Heartland, with Ernie Dingo and Bordertown with Hugo Weaving. She also appeared in the TV film Police Rescue.
Cate Blanchett made her major film debut with a supporting role in 1997's Paradise Road, which starred Glenn Close and Frances McDormand. Her first major lead role came the same year, when she played Lucinda in Oscar and Lucinda, which also starred Ralph Fiennes. Her performance was very highly regarded, as was its follow-up, when she played the lead in Thank God He Met Lizzie.
Blanchett's major breakthrough role came in 1998's Elizabeth, where she played the title role: Elizabeth I of England. She won a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her performance but the award went to Gwyneth Paltrow. She did, however, win the equivalent award at the BAFTAs and the Golden Globe Awards.
In 1999, Blanchett received another BAFTA nomination for her role in the Talented Mr. Ripley, which starred Matt Damon and Jude Law.
Blanchett went on to play the High Elf Queen Galadriel in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy, based on the books by JRR Tolkein. The trilogy was a huge global success and also starred Liv Tyler, Elijah Wood, Orlando Bloom and Sir Ian McKellan.
In 2005, Blanchett played the role of Katherine Hepburn in Martin Scorsese's The Aviator. The film starred Leonardo DiCaprio as Howard Hughes and Blanchett won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her performance.
2006 saw Blanchett appearing in Babel, opposite Brad Pitt as well as Notes on a Scandal, opposite Judi Dench, earning herself her third Oscar nomination.
In 2007, Blanchett was one of a number of high profile actors to undertake the role of Bob Dylan in Todd Haynes' I'm Not There. She won the Volpi Cup at the Venice Film Festival for her performance. She also reprised her role as Elizabeth I in Elizabeth: the Golden Age, earning herself yet another Best Actress Oscar nomination. She was also nominated for Best Supporting Actress in I'm Not There.
Blanchett's next major role was in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
In 2008, she starred alongside Brad Pitt in the Oscar-nominated The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. That same year, she was honoured with her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Personal Life: Cate Blanchett is married to the playwright and screenwriter Andrew Upton. They met when she performed in a production of The Seagull by Chekov. They married in 1997 and have three sons, Dashiell John, Roman Robert and Ignatius Martin.
In 2009, Cate Blanchett joined the likes of Geoffrey Rush, Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman in having their images used in a 'Legends of the Screen' series of Australian postage stamps.
Cate Blanchett at the European premiere of 'Ocean's 8' held at Cineworld Leicester Square in London. Directed by Gary Ross, the film is a comedy spin-off from the Steven Soderbergh's 'Ocean's' trilogy featuring an all-female ensemble cast - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 13th June 2018
She'll star in a new play by Martin Crimp that opens in January 2019.
Cate Blanchett is set to make a return to the London stage in her first ever National Theatre production.
The 49 year old will appear in a play written by Martin Crimp, titled ‘When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other: Twelve Variations on Samuel Richardson's Pamela’, which will open at the National Theatre in January 2019. Tickets will go on sale in the autumn.
The National Theatre said the new play, inspired by Samuel Richardson’s 1740 novel ‘Pamela: Or, Virtue Rewarded’, “breaks through the surface of contemporary debate to explore the messy, often violent nature of desire, and the fluid, complicated roles that men and women play.”
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Cate Blanchett at the 46th AFI Life Achievement Awards held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. This year's recipient was George Clooney, who was presented the award by Julia Roberts - Los Angeles, California, United States - Friday 8th June 2018
Blanchett, an advocate for the Time's Up movement, spoke to Variety about Harvey Weinstein's behaviour towards her.
The Australian star, who has been a vocal supporter of the Time’s Up movement ever since allegations against Weinstein and other figures in the industry snowballed in October last year. However, in a new interview with Variety, she detailed her encounters with Weinstein, saying that she got “a bad feeling” from him.
Blanchett has starred in several Weinstein-backed films, including The Aviator and Carol, and was asked by the interviewer whether he had ever behaved inappropriately with her. She replied, “With me, yes… He would often say to me, ‘We’re not friends.’”
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The actress becomes the 12th female jury president.
Cate Blanchett has landed one of the film world's most prestigious honors by being named president of the Cannes Film Festival jury this week, ahead of the 71st event which hits France in May. She revealed how thrilled she was to head up this year's film judging panel with a heartfelt statement.
Cate Blanchett at the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards
The 48-year-old actress will become the 12th woman to head up the Cannes jury, according to the festival organisers' announcement yesterday (January 3rd 2018), taking the place of last year's Spanish jury president Pedro Almodóvar; a director who gave the Palme d'Or prize to Ruben Ostlund's 'The Square'.
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Cate Blanchett arrives at The 2017 Evening Standard Theatre Awards held at London's Theatre Royal Drury Lane. This year saw 'The Ferryman' win three awards and Andrew Garfield landed Best Actor - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 3rd December 2017
The most riotously enjoyable Marvel movie yet, this action epic benefits hugely from the decision to let wacky New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi loose with the characters. In many ways, this film has the same comical sensibilities as his classics What We Do in the Shadows and Hunt for the Wilderpeople. Except on a much larger scale with massive special effects. Yet even with all this action, there's not a moment of actual suspense, which is a growing problem in a movie universe in which the characters need to survive unscathed.
Ragnarok is a prophecy about the end of time, specifically the death of King Odin (Anthony Hopkins) and the destruction of Asgard. And it has just been triggered, stopping Odin's sons Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) in their tracks with the news that they have an older sister, Hela (Cate Blanchett), the self-proclaimed goddess of death. As she brutally asserts her claim to the throne, the brothers find themselves dumped on the planet Sakaar. Loki mischievously worms his way into the favour of the Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum), who sends Thor into the coliseum to fight the champion, namely his old friend Hulk (Mark Ruffalo). As Thor convinces Hulk's alter-ego David Banner to return with him to Asgard to stop Hela, he also needs Asgard's last Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), a tetchy warrior who is reluctant to work with him.
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With his friends and his hammer, Thor is virtually unbeatable by any creature in the known universe. But what about when he doesn't have either of those things? It only takes a run-in with afterlife goddess Hela for his hammer to be destroyed, apparently beyond repair. And when he is kidnapped by her people and taken to the planet Sakaar, he has no choice but to enter into a gladiator match to save the people of Asgard from Ragnarök; the fate of total destruction. To his initial delight, and to the confusion of everyone in the arena, his opponent turns out to be none other than the Incredible Hulk. But when he realises that this Hulk is hell-bent on destroying him, he realises that he has no choice but to fight his supposed friend to the death.
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Sandra Bullock leads an all female cast who will attempt to pull off the heist of the century.
Next summer eight women will attempt to pull off the heist of the century at the annual Met Ball in New York City.
Warner Bros have just released the first cast picture from the upcoming Ocean’s Eight movie, showing the film’s star-studded female line-up riding the NYC subway.
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Pop star Rhianna filming scenes for the new 'Ocean's Eight' movie on the Streets of New York City, United States - Monday 7th November 2016
Cate Blanchett and Helena Bonham Carter seen filming scenes for Gary Ross' 'Ocean's Eight' in Midtown. The movie, which also stars Sandra Bullock and Anna Hathaway, is set to open in 2018. New York, United States - Wednesday 26th October 2016
After spending years shepherding the drama Carol into production, Cate Blanchett says that her next film, the true journalism drama Truth came together very quickly.
Truth is the story of American TV news producer Mary Mapes, who won a Peabody Award for breaking the Abu Ghraib story and went on to investigate President George W Bush's inconsistent service record in the National Guard. "Truth happened like a bolt from the blue," she says. "I read it, I ate it alive, and it got up incredibly quickly."
Cate Blanchett stars as the award-winning journalist Mary Mapes
The film traces how the Bush story was torn apart by the media, discrediting Mapes and ending the career of veteran TV newscaster Dan Rather, played by Robert Redford. Blanchett looked up Mapes' interviews after the scandal. "She was clearly in lockdown at the time," Blanchett says, "and when I met her I found it very difficult to reconcile that Mary to this incredibly vivacious, vital, vibrant, hilarious, front-footed go-getter. I thought somewhere between the two lies Mary. But she was very generous, very self-deprecating, very wry and very, very passionate and full of heart."
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Mary Mapes is the producer of CBS' '60 Minutes' and, in the run up to the 2004 presidential election, she's looking for a story for her and her team - including anchor Dan Rather - to chase. The team discovers evidence that President George W. Bush failed to complete the required amount of military service during his time in the Texas Air National Guard during the 70s. It's a story that could truly bring down the right wing government if only they can get hold of some solid documents to support the story. That's when Bill Burkett comes in; he's the former Lieutenant Colonel of the Texas Air National Guard and he claims to be in possession of some papers criticising Bush's lack of attendance for his military service, written by his commander at the time Lieutenant Colonel Jerry B. Killian. Unfortunately, in their haste to air the controversial information, the '60 Minutes' team fail to have the documents authenticated - and when several experts out the papers as forgeries, it seems the tables quickly turn on these newscasters in the most devastating way.
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Therese Belivet is just starting out in life, bored by her simple job in a department store and even more so by her relationship with Richard. She dreams of bigger things; a career as a set designer and experiencing true love. Love has never found its way into Therese's life, that is until she meets a privileged and sophisticated older woman named Carol with whom she immediately bonds. While Carol's life is the opposite of Therese's in that she enjoys luxury on an everyday basis, she is equally dismayed by her love life; trapped in a marriage with a man she does not love, so that she may continue seeing her young daughter. As her relationship with Therese deepens, their attraction for each other becomes clear to everyone else, as well as Carol's intriguing friendship with close companion Abby, and she faces losing everything in her quest to discover herself once and for all.
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The two-time Oscar winner has been cast as '50s TV sweetheart Lucille Ball, according to new reports.
Cate Blanchett is to be cast as Lucille Ball in an upcoming biopic produced by the late American actress’s two children – Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr – and written by Aaron Sorkin, according to The Wrap.
The website reports that Australian star Blanchett will play the TV sweetheart in a movie that will focus on Ball’s twenty-year marriage to Cuban bandleader Desi Arnaz from 1940 to 1960. The couple created and starred in the hugely successful sitcom ‘I Love Lucy’, the very first such show to be filmed in front of a live audience.
Cate Blanchett will be portraying '50s TV star Lucille Ball
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Date of birth
14th May, 1969
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