Natalie Portman was born Natalie Hershlag on June 9, 1981, in Jerusalem, Israel, to a Jewish family.
Natalie Portman was born Natalie Hershlag on June 9, 1981, in Jerusalem, Israel, to a Jewish family. She is the only child of Avner Hershlag, an Israeli-born doctor, and Shelley Stevens, an American-born artist (from Cincinnati, Ohio), who also acts as Natalie's agent. She left Israel for Washington, D.C., when she was still very young. After a few more moves, her family finally settled in New York, where she still lives to this day. She graduated with honors, and her academic achievements allowed her to attend Harvard University. She was discovered by an agent in a pizza parlor at the age of 11. She was pushed towards a career in modeling but she decided that she would rather pursue a career in acting. She was featured in many live performances, but she made her powerful film debut in the movie Леон (1994) (aka "Léon"). Following this role Natalie won roles in such films as Схватка (1995), Красивые девушки (1996), and Марс атакует! (1996). It was not until 1999 that Natalie received worldwide fame as Queen Amidala in the highly anticipated US$431 million-grossing prequel Звёздные войны. Эпизод 1: Скрытая угроза (1999). She then she starred in two critically acclaimed comedy dramas, Где угодно, только не здесь (1999) and Там, где сердце (2000), followed by Близость (2004), for which she received an Oscar nomination. She reprised her role as Padme Amidala in the last two episodes of the Star Wars prequel trilogy: Звёздные войны. Эпизод 2: Атака клонов (2002) and Звёздные войны. Эпизод 3: Месть Ситхов (2005). She received an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in Чёрный лeбедь (2010). - IMDb Mini Biography By: TrendEkiD@aol.com Spouse (1) Benjamin Millepied (4 August 2012 - present) (1 child) Trade Mark (4) Often portrays characters that are rather smart, mature and grown up for their age Brown eyes Lisp sweet voice Petite figure Trivia (146) Turned down a role in Заклинатель лошадей (1998) to act in "The Diary of Anne Frank" on Broadway. (June 29, 1999) Graduated from Syosset High School in Syosset, New York. Has taken dance lessons since the age of 4. Still takes ballet classes. Stated in a TV interview that with the exception of the Star Wars prequels, she will not act for the next four years in order to concentrate on studying at Harvard University (1999). Can speak two languages, Hebrew and English (her native languages), fluently. Also knows some conversational French, German, Japanese and Spanish. Originally turned down the role of Ann August in the film Где угодно, только не здесь (1999) because of the love scene between herself and Corbin Allred that required nudity. Susan Sarandon, who had co-star approval, said she couldn't continue the movie without Portman, so the script was re-written without the scene and she accepted the role. Was a member of the environmental song and dance troupe The World Patrol Kids under her real name, Natalie Hershlag. She is an only child. She went to Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Camp in 1994 and 1995 where she was Anne in "Anne of Green Gables" in 1994 and "Tapestry" in 1995. She was discovered in a pizza parlor and was originally turned down for the role of Mathilda in Леон (1994) because she was too young. David Letterman and Harpers and Queen magazines said that she is "the new Audrey Hepburn". Turned down the title role in Adrian Lyne's Лолита (1997), due to her feelings about young adult actors/actresses being exposed to sex in films. Before she was cast in Звёздные войны. Эпизод 1: Скрытая угроза (1999), she had never seen the original Star Wars trilogy. She admitted to James Lipton on "Inside the Actor's Studio" in 2004 that before being cast she didn't know the difference between Star Wars and Star Trek. Moved to the United States when she was 3 years old. Turned down the role of Wendy Hood in Ледяной ветер (1997) because she felt the material was "too dark". The role went to Christina Ricci, who has said she often gets the projects Natalie turns down. Said would never be in a horror movie or any other "Jennifer Love Hewitt type" film Has said in interviews that when she gets older, she would like to be a doctor like her father. Was reportedly caught using a fake ID trying to sneak into Boston club called the Roxy. The performer Moby insisted that she was invited by him and refused to perform unless she was admitted. She was admitted, and security watched her as she stood in the back, watched the show, and didn't drink. She later stated in an online interview that the story about sneaking into the Roxy club in Boston was not true and that she and her friends went home after they were denied entrance. Takes pride in the fact that she is a role model for girls and choses roles that are positive so that they will have a positive role model to look up to. Her father is a fertility specialist and gynecologist. Auditioned for the role of young Amy March in Маленькие женщины (1994), which went to Kirsten Dunst. Became interested in acting after spending three summers at the prestigious .