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Cate Blanchett

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Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett (born May 14, 1969) is an Australian actress. She was born Catherine Elise Blanchett in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, the daughter of a Texan naval petty officer who came ashore in Melbourne and met her mother, a Melbourne schoolteacher. Her father, Robert, later worked in advertising after marrying her mother, June. He died of a heart attack when Cate was only 10 years old. She has two siblings; the elder, Bob, is a computer programmer, and her younger sister, Genevieve, is a theatrical designer.

Blanchett graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney in 1992, and began her career on the stage. Her first major stage role was opposite Geoffrey Rush in the 1993 David Mamet play Oleanna. Her film debut was as an Australian nurse captured by the Japanese in the prisoner of war production of Paradise Road directed by Bruce Beresford, that co-starred Glenn Close and Frances McDormand.

She married playwright and screenwriter Andrew Upton, who she met back in 1996 while she was performing in a production of The Seagull. It was hardly love at first sight, however. "He thought I was aloof and I thought he was arrogant," Blanchett later remarked. "It just shows you how wrong you can be. But once he kissed me that was that." The two were married in 1997 and welcomed their first child, Dashiell John, in December 2001 and their second child Roman Robert was born in 2004. The younger son received a minor burn injury on 15 May 2005 while the family was in Marrakech, Morocco, for the filming of the movie Babel; After treatment there, Blanchett flew with him to London for further treatment.[1] (http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=37686)

Blanchett is perhaps best known for her role as Elizabeth I, Queen of England in 1998's Elizabeth, which earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress, which she was widely considered to be likely to win (the award instead went to Gwyneth Paltrow for Shakespeare in Love). Blanchett later won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 2005 for playing Katharine Hepburn in Martin Scorcese's The Aviator.

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Cate Blanchett on the cover of Vogue
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  • "If you know you are going to fail, then fail gloriously"
  • On the Lord of the Rings trilogy: "I had never done anything with blue screen before, or prosthetics, or anything like that. Lord of the Rings was like stepping into a videogame for me. It was another world completely. But, to be honest, I basically did it so that I could have the ears. I thought they would really work with my bare head."
  • "If I had my way, if I was lucky enough, if I could be on the brink my entire life - that great sense of expectation and excitement without the disappointment - that would be the perfect state."

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