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Natalie Portman            

Award-Winning Actress Known for "Black Swan," "V for Vendetta" & Playing Padmé Amidala in the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy

Natalie Portman, originally named Neta-Lee Hershlag, is a renowned Israeli-American actress and filmmaker. Her cinematic debut occurred in 1994 with her role as Mathilda, a young apprentice to a hitman, in the action-packed thriller "Léon: The Professional." This breakout performance marked the beginning of a prolific career. Notably, while still in high school, Portman secured the iconic role of Padmé Amidala in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, propelling her to international stardom.

Despite her burgeoning acting career, Portman prioritized education and earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Harvard University, an achievement reflecting her intellectual curiosity and determination.

Portman's versatility as an actress became evident as she delved into diverse roles, portraying characters such as Evey Hammond in "V for Vendetta" and Anne Boleyn in "The Other Boleyn Girl." However, her portrayal of a troubled ballerina in the psychological thriller "Black Swan" garnered widespread acclaim, culminating in her Academy Award win for Best Actress.

Continuing to captivate audiences, Portman assumed the role of Jane Foster in Marvel's "Thor" series and delivered a poignant performance as Jacqueline Kennedy in the biographical drama "Jackie," earning her a third Academy Award nomination.

Beyond acting, Portman ventured into directing, showcasing her creative vision with projects like the short film "Eve" (2008) and the biographical drama "A Tale of Love and Darkness" (2015).

Off-screen, Portman is recognized for her activism. She is a vocal advocate for animal rights and maintains a vegan lifestyle. Additionally, she aligns herself with the Democratic Party in the United States, using her platform to address social and political issues. Notably, she condemned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's divisive rhetoric, expressing disappointment with his policies.


Investment group led by Natalie Portman wins rights to L.A. women's soccer team
An investment group led by actress Natalie Portman has been awarded the rights to a professional women’s soccer team in Los Angeles that would begin play in 2022, the National Women’s Soccer League announced.

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