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Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman
Jerusalem, Israel
Birth date
June 9, 1981

Natalie Portman (born Neta-Lee Hershlag, June 9, 1981), is an Israeli-American actress, producer, and director. Portman began film acting in 1994, rising to mainstream prominence for her role as Padmé Amidala in the Star Wars prequel trilogy. Portman is also known for her role as Nina Sayers in Black Swan (for which she won an Oscar award), and Dr. Jane Foster in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (namely the Thor films).

Early Life

Natalie Portman was born in Jerusalem, Israel to Shelley Stevens and Avner Hershlag in 1981 but she has dual United States and Israeli citizenship because her family relocated to the United States during her childhood.


In 1994, as a child, she starred in the film, Leon (called The Professional in the United States). She played a teenage mother in the 2000 film, Where The Heart Is. She was also in Garden State and most famously, in V for Vendetta, The Other Boleyn Girl and Black Swan.




  • Moved to the United States when she was three years old
  • The makeup brand Stila has a lip gloss named after her
  • Has taken dance lessons since the age of 4. Still takes ballet classes.


  • "I also feel I'm a positive role model by not putting my education on hold."
  • "There's so much else to do in the world. To just be interested in doing films would limit my life."
  • "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."

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