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Kate Winslet      

Academy Award-Nominated English Actress & Autism Awareness Advocate

Winslet's best known role may be that of Rose DeWitt Bukater in the second highest-grossing film of all time, Titanic (1997), she was also highly regarded for her first role as Juliet Hulme in Heavenly Creatures (1994).

She holds the record for the youngest person to receive two Oscar nominations, as well as the record for the most Oscar nominations of any actor before the age of 30 (having received a total of four nominations by that age).

Winslet's career began on television, with a co-starring role in the BBC children's science-fiction serial Dark Season in 1991, followed by appearances in the made-for-tv movie Anglo-Saxon Attitudes in 1992 and an episode of the medical drama Casualty in 1993, also for the BBC.

Winslet's film career took off in 1994 when she starred in a joint leading role, as Juliet Hulme in director Peter Jackson's critically acclaimed Heavenly Creatures, playing a vivacious and imaginative teen who helps her best friend murder her mother when they are not allowed to be together. This role was followed by the successful film Sense and Sensibility (co-starring Emma Thompson), which made her well-known, especially in the UK. Winslet became famous world-wide after the 1997 release of Titanic, which was the most expensive film of all time, and became the highest-grossing film of all time after several months in release, grossing $600 million at the United States box office.

Winslet has also enjoyed a brief taste of success as a singer, with her single What If from soundtrack of Christmas Carol: The Movie, which reached #1 in Ireland and #6 in the UK. More recently, she participated in a duet with singer "Weird Al" Yankovic on the Sandra Boynton CD, Dog Train, and sang in the 2006 film, Romance and Cigarettes. She also sang an aria from La Boheme, called Sono Andanti, in her film Heavenly Creatures, which is featured on the film's soundtrack.

Winslet has earned four Oscar nominations and four Golden Globe nominations, as well as one BAFTA Award and three further BAFTA nominations.

She has also received numerous awards and nominations from other organizations, including the Screen Actors Guild and the Evening Standard British Film Awards. A more comprehensive list can be found here

On January 25, 2005, Winslet was nominated for an Oscar for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind where she eventually lost to Hilary Swank. She surpassed Marlon Brando's record for the youngest actor to have received four Oscar nominations. Her Titanic nomination secured her the record for the youngest ever double-Oscar-nominee.

Winslet won a BAFTA Award as Best Supporting Actress for her role in Sense and Sensibility and in 2000 she won a Grammy Award for the 'Best Spoken Word Album for Children' for Listen To the Storyteller. She also won Best Actress at the Academy Awards in 2008 for The Reader.

She is the co-founder of The Golden Hat Foundation, an organization that honors the intellectual capabilities of those with autism. Winslet became passionate about this cause after narrating "A Mother's Courage: Talking Back To Autism." She learned of one family's journey with autism, and was inspired to help make a difference. Unlike other autism awareness organizations that focus on research, The Golden Hat Foundation is focused on the quality of life of autistic individuals.

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Kate Winslet Dedicates BAFTA 'To All Those Young Women Who Doubt Themselves'

Kate Winslet proved she's an awesome human being as well as an awesome actress at the BAFTAs on Sunday when she dedicated her award to "all those young women who doubt themselves".

"When I was younger, when I was only 14, I was told by a drama teacher that I might do okay if I was happy to settle for the fat girl parts - look at me now," she said.

"And so what I feel like saying in those moments, to any young woman who has ever been put down by a teacher or a friend or even a parent, is just don't listen to any of it."

She went on to say that it took her a long time to shake off her insecurities, but she never let other people's cruel comments stop her from pursuing her dreams.

She told girls watching: "Keep believing in yourself. That's what I felt like I really had to dig deep and do.

"I would dedicate [this award] to all those young women who doubt themselves. Because you shouldn't be doubting. You should be just going for it."

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