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Born Natalie Hershlag in Israel on June 9, 1981, Natalie Portman is probably best known as Padmé Amidala in the ''Franchise/StarWars'' prequels. She has since moved on to other notable roles and even two AcademyAward nominations—one of which she won (Best Actress for her role of Nina in ''Film/BlackSwan'').

Not to be confused with Creator/KeiraKnightley, who looks a bit like her (and played a decoy of her character in ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'').
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!!Her Films:
* ''Film/TheProfessional'' (1994)
* ''Film/{{Heat}}'' (1995)
* ''Film/BeautifulGirls'' (1996)
* ''Film/EveryoneSaysILoveYou'' (1996)
* ''Film/MarsAttacks'' (1996)
* ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' (1999)
* ''Film/WhereTheHeartIs'' (2000)
* ''Film/{{Zoolander}}'' (2001) (cameo)
* ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'' (2002)
* ''ColdMountain'' (2003)
* ''Film/GardenState'' (2004)
* ''Film/{{Closer}}'' (2004)
* ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' (2005)
* ''Film/VForVendetta'' (2006)
* ''Goya's Ghosts'' (2006)
* ''Paris Je T'Aime'' (2006) (in a short film)
* ''Hotel Chevalier'' (2007) (short film companion piece to ''TheDarjeelingLimited'', she also has a very brief cameo in the latter)
* ''Film/MrMagoriumsWonderEmporium'' (2007)
* ''Film/TheOtherBoleynGirl'' (2008)
* ''New York I Love You'' (2009) (also in a short film)
* ''Film/TheOtherWoman'' (2009)
* ''Film/BlackSwan'' (2010)
* ''Film/{{Hesher}}'' (2010)
* ''Film/NoStringsAttached'' (2011)
* ''Film/YourHighness'' (2011)
* ''Film/{{Thor}}'' (2011)
* ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'' (2013)
* ''Knight Of Cups'' (2013)
* ''Film/JaneGotAGun'' (2014)
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!!This actress provides examples of:

* AcademyAward: Won for ''Film/BlackSwan'', nominated for ''Film/{{Closer}}''.
* ActionGirl: In several of her best-known roles, including Mathilda in ''Film/TheProfessional'' and Padmé in the Franchise/StarWars prequel trilogy, she proves to be really handy with a gun.
* BaldWoman: In ''Film/VForVendetta''. She even sported her hairless look at the premiere of ''Star Wars Episode III''.
* BrainyBrunette: See the entry for ''HiddenDepths''
* CelebrityResemblance: To KeiraKnightley.
** Worth noting this was actually exploited well before Knightley became a star in ThePhantomMenace, where she played the Queen Amidala's decoy.
* CrypticConversation / HidingBehindTheLanguageBarrier: Used as a joke in an ''Inside The Actors Studio'' issue, where [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FR0liN8tnio she said a line in Hebrew]] (at the very end of this interview part) and then, when asked of its meaning, playfully answered: "It's for me to know and you to find out". Since then, people on the Internet have been asking about it. (If you want to know, what she said is: [[spoiler:In a month, I'm going to Israel to study at the University.]]) Besides, she mentioned in an [[http://www.natalieportman.com/npcom.php?page_number=21&viewarticle=2&article_number=431 interview]] that she likes using Hebrew as a Secret Language.
* ClusterFBomb: In the SNL sketch "Natalie's Rap".
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Film/BlackSwan''. And she pulls it off, winning a Golden Globe and an Oscar.
* DyeingForYourArt: She had her head shaved on camera for ''Film/VForVendetta'', and lost 20 pounds to play a ballerina in Creator/DarrenAronofsky's ''Film/BlackSwan''.
* HiddenDepths: She has a bachelor's in psychology from Harvard and has taken graduate courses at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She has published two papers (one in organic chemistry from when she was in high school and one in neuropsychology from when she was in college). And she speaks six languages: she's fluent in English and Hebrew, and has studied German, French, Japanese, and Arabic.
** She's one of the few people in the world to have a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erd%C5%91s%E2%80%93Bacon_number Erdos-Bacon number]] -- where her scholarly work can be linked to mathematician Paul Erdos AND her film work linked to KevinBacon. She has a Erdos-Bacon number of 6.
* FormerChildStar: Averted, as she is even more successful now than as a child actor.
* [[IAmNotSpock I Am Not Padmé Amidala]]
* LawOfInverseFertility: A number of her roles are of a character who is in an unplanned pregnancy, probably most famous ''RevengeOfTheSith''. In at least one of her roles (''TheOtherBoleynGirl'') she desperately wanted to get pregnant but couldn't.
* TheLadette: See ClusterFBomb above.
* LikeIsLikeAComma: She often [[VerbalTic punctuates her sentences]] with "like".
* MsFanservice: Most notably in ''AttackOfTheClones'', where she bares her midriff, thanks to ClothingDamage by a Nexu, and Hotel Chevalier, where she is undressed to nothing but her socks when making love to Jason Schwartzman's character (She would have regrets on the latter).
* PrettyInMink: Has occasionally [[http://www.natalie-p.org/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=172 worn fur]], [[ItsFakeFurItsFine although fake]] (and [[PreciousPuppies she has a puppy in that gallery]]).
* SlasherSmile: Ha! A cute actress like Natalie can't possibly do th... ''[[http://www.n-portman.org/gallery/displayimage.php?pid=39951&fullsize=1 Holy]] [[http://www.n-portman.org/gallery/displayimage.php?pid=40208&fullsize=1 crap]]''...
* StageName: Her original name is Natalie Hershlag. Portman was her grandmother's maiden name.
** She used the name "Hershlag" in one of the sketches when she hosted ''Saturday Night Live''.
* StarMakingRole: Padmé Amidala in the ''Franchise/StarWars'' Prequels.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Her star-making role (see above) could've been much earlier. She was cast as [[Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet Juliet]] in ''WilliamShakespearesRomeoAndJuliet'' opposite LeonardoDiCaprio, except screen-tests apparently made it appear as though 21-year old [=DiCaprio=] was "molesting" the then 14-year old Portman.
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