Uma Karuna Thurman (born April 29, 1970 in Boston, Massachusetts) is an American actor and model.
She's best known for starring in Pulp Fiction, Batman & Robin, Kill Bill, Dangerous Liaisons, Gattaca, The Truth About Cats & Dogs, and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, where she plays Venus. Yes, that Venus. She also played Poison Ivy and Emma Peel.
Known for being Quentin Tarantino's (platonic) muse. She's ex-wife to Gary Oldman and Ethan Hawke, and ex-partner to French financier Arpad Busson; she has two children with Hawke (one of whom, Maya, is also an actor) and one with Busson.
- Johnny Be Good (1988)
- The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)
- Dangerous Liaisons (1988)
- Robin Hood (1991)
- Pulp Fiction (1994)
- Beautiful Girls (1996)
- Duke of Groove (1996)
- The Truth About Cats & Dogs (1996)
- Batman & Robin (1997)
- Gattaca (1997)
- The Avengers (1998)
- Les Miserables (1998)
- Sweet and Lowdown (1999)
- Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2003) and Vol. 2 (2004)
- Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (2005) (voice, English dub)
- Prime (2005)
- The Producers (2005 musical version)
- My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006)
- Percy Jackson and the Olympians (2010)
- Smash (2012) (5 episodes)
- Nymphomaniac, Part I (2013)
- Movie 43 (2013)
- The Slap (2015) (3 episodes)
- Burnt (2015)
- Imposters (2017-8?)
- The Con is On (2018)
- Down a Dark Hall (2018)
- The House That Jack Built (2018)
- Super Pumped The Battle for Uber (2022)
Thurman's work provides examples of the following tropes:
- Action Girl: A couple of her roles later on in her career are good examples.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Well-known for averting this trope in a number of Tarantino films including Pulp Fiction where she overdoses and its shown in all its gory horror with blood and spittle everywhere, and Kill Bill where she's knocked senseless and drenched in blood by the end of the bigger set-pieces.
- Celebrity Song: Fall Out Boy has one named after her, where the chorus references her dancing scene in Pulp Fiction.
- Large Ham: In Batman and Robin as Poison Ivy and Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief as Medusa.
- Ms. Fanservice: In Baron Munchausen, Dangerous Liaisons, Batman and Robin and The Avengers.
- Statuesque Stunner: At a solid 6' she can tower over most cast mates, especially in heels, as seen in The Producers where she easily has a full head over Love Interest, Matthew Broderick.