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RAMON'S FAMOUS TV AND MOVIE PROFILES
Natalie Portman

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Date of birth (location)
9 June 1981,
Jerusalem, Israel

The beautiful, exquisite and talented Natalie Portman was born on June 9, 1981, in Jerusalem, Israel as the only child of a Doctor (father) and an artist (mother, who also acts as Natalie's agent). Natalie left Israel for Washington when she was still very young. After a few more moves, her family finally settled in New York, where she lived until her graduation from high school. She graduated with honors, and her academic achievements allowed her to attend Harvard studying to be a Psychologist. 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 Léon (1994) (The Professional). Following this role Natalie won roles in such films as Heat (1995), Beautiful Girls (1996) and Mars Attacks! (1996). It wouldn't be until 1999 when she received worldwide fame as Queen Amidala in the highly anticipated $431 million grossing Prequel Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999). Natalie next starred in two critically acclaimed comedy dramas Anywhere But Here (1999), and Where the Heart Is (2000).

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Says that math was her favorite subject in school because, "There's always an answer."

(1999) 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.

Can speak fluent Hebrew, French, and Japanese

Personal quotes

(On Lolita) "I don't think there needs to be a movie out where a child has sex with an adult."

(On Lolita) I think there's enough exploitation out there that it's not nescessary to do more.

"Young actors often don't think of the consequences of doing nudity or sex scenes. They want the role so badly that they agree to be exploited, and then end up embarassing family, friends, and even strangers."

(On Acting)"I started to do this at age 11. At age 20, I might say, this is enough."

(On violence in the media) "We live in a violent world, but since the success of films like Pulp Fiction (1994), it seems every movie has some violence in it, and it's now being used as a form of comedy-audiences are now being encouraged to laugh when people get their heads blown off. I just don't like hearing people laugh at violence."

"I also feel I'm a positive role model by not putting my education on hold."

"I want to use college to explore what other careers I might be interested in."

(On acting) "I'm taking it day by day. Right now I like acting, but if something else sparks my interest in college, I'll do that. It's so limiting to say, this is it for the rest of my life. There are so many things that interest me-I love math, science, literature, languages."

(On Lolita) "Let me tell you, this movie's going to be sleaze."

"I'm going to college. I don't care if it ruined my career. I'd rather be smart than a movie star."

"I don't know if acting is what I want to do for the rest of my life, it's just what I've, you Know, ended up doing when I was little, and I've kinda grown up with it."

"When I'm working they pretty much treat me like an adult, but then when there's a break everyone else goes to their trailers and drinks beer and I like, go to school."

"There's so much else to do in the world. To just be interested in doing films would limit my life."

"I think school is so much harder than real life. People are so much more accepting when they are adults."

"Danny [Aiello] told me: 'Don't do televisio'."

"Cute is when a person's personality shines through their looks. Like in the way they walk, every time you see them you just want to run up and hug them."

"I've never tried smoking. I don't drink. I've never tried drugs." (Australian Dolly August 2000)

"Politics is easy to segue into from acting. I'm very interested in it, though I would never run for office. But after this, anything I do is going to seem very bizarre to me." (Interview October 1999)

"No, but I've been thinking about it a lot. I love acting, but I don't know if there's something out there that I love more. That's what college is going to be about for me - checking things out." (Interview October 1999)

When asked by Seventeen magazine what advice she had for teenagers going off to college she said, "I would say practicing laundry it's so hard." (November 1999)

"There is a lot lacking on the intellectual side and on the values side when being an actor." (Seventeen, November 1999)

Told the November 1999 issue of Mademoiselle magazine that she wished she knew David Letterman because, "He seems to be so smart, but you never get to hang out with him after the show."

When asked by German Cosmopolitan (3/00) if she would like having herself as a daughter she replied, "Well of course. I am a good person, nice, smart, witty, trustworthy, know nice people, don't do drugs and earn a lot of money." On what she likes about her parents: "They have made it quite clear that they believe I can be great. Had my parents expected less of me,I would not be the person I am now. And I am very happy with myself." (German Cosmopolitan March 2000)

"I'm not planning to be an actress as an adult, I'm planning other things for my future." Source: Venice Magazine July 1995

"I don't think I'd be able to deal with just acting, because I don't know if you get to use your brain that much. You do, for certain roles, but not most. Acting is more of a hobby for me."

"There's a big intellectual aspect that's kind of lacking, " she says of acting in films. "Right now I supplement that through being in school. I'm not sure I'd be happy if I was just acting. I haven't explored a lot of other avenues. Hopefully I'll figure it out by the end of school, so I know what I want to do with my life."

When asked about her prom dress: "A designer is going to give me something to wear. It's the most amazing perk I have."

"I didn't have this undying need to be an actress. I didn't have that fire in me ever -- at any point. And still, I don't think I have that within me."

"I don't really know if acting would have ultimately become my passion as an adult, or if there's something else I would have found had I not been in the pizza shop. That's what college is helping me investigate."

"I'm ready to ditch the movies and keep at the books. There are so many other things, and it would feel limiting to say, 'Acting is it for me.'... I love psychology. That's what I'm studying right now. It would probably be difficult, because of my current occupation, to become a clinical psychologist, but I could certainly do research. And I'd like to have a family someday, too."

It's horrible to be a sex object at any age, but at least when you're an adult you can make the decision if you want to degrade yourself.

In respect to the privacy of the beautiful Ms Portman who shows a divine inspiration and her family, information concerning her surname has been withheld from this website.

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