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Cate Blanchett

Cate BlanchettAKA Catherine Elise Blanchett

Born: 14-May-1969
Birthplace: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Gender: Female
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Matter of Dispute [1]
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: Australia
Executive summary: Galadriel in LOTR

Blanchett studied drama at Australia's National Institute of Dramatic Art. She performed on stage for several years with the Sydney Theatre Company, including a 1993 production of David Mamet's Oleanna opposite Geoffrey Rush. She had a supporting role in Police Rescue, a 1994 big screen outing for a long-running Australian TV series about heroic coppers. After two Australian miniseries, she worked on stage with Rush again, in a production of Hamlet. She won positive reviews for the down under dark romantic comedy Thank God He Met Lizzie. Her next film, Oscar and Lucinda with Ralph Fiennes, was well-received in American art houses, as was her performance as the Queen in Elizabeth. She later played the Queen of the elves in the Lord of the Rings movies, Katharine Hepburn in The Aviator, and herself and her cousin in Jim Jarmusch's Coffee & Cigarettes.

While filming a Ron Howard film called The Missing, Blanchett says she "forged an intimate connection to the land." She has since donated to Forest Guardians, a group that supports creation of wild animal preserves.

She is said to be a distant descendant of Louis Blériot, the first aviator to cross the English Channel.

[1] Ramin Setoodeh, "Cate Blanchett Opens the Closet Door with Lesbian Romance Carol", Variety, 12 May 2015: "When asked if this is her first turn as a lesbian, Blanchett curls her lips into a smile. On film -- or in real life? she asks coyly. Pressed for details about whether she's had past relationships with women, she responds: Yes. Many times, but doesn't elaborate." Blanchett backtracked on this admission, positing that despite Variety's claim, she did elaborate: Catherine Shoard, "Cate Blanchett: I've Never Had a Sexual Relationship with a Woman", The Guardian, 17 May 2015: "From memory, the conversation ran: Have you had relationships with women? And I said: Yes, many times. Do you mean have I had sexual relationships with women? Then the answer is no. But that obviously didn’t make it."

Father: (advertising executive, d. heart attack when she was 10)
Mother: June Blanchett (teacher)
Brother: Robert Blanchett, Jr. (older, computer programmer)
Sister: Genevieve (younger, set designer, Queensland Theatre Company)
Husband: Andrew Upton (playwright, m. 29-Dec-1997, three sons)
Son: Dashiell John Upton (b. 3-Dec-2001)
Son: Roman Robert Upton (b. 23-Apr-2004)
Son: Ignatius Martin Upton (b. 13-Apr-2008)

    High School: Methodist Ladies College, Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne University (dropped out)
    Conservatory: National Institute of Dramatic Art, Australia (1992)

    Oscar for Best Actress 2014 for Blue Jasmine
    Oscar for Best Supporting Actress 2005 for The Aviator
    Golden Globe 1999 for Elizabeth
    Risk Factors: Smoking

    How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (3-Jan-2019) [VOICE]
    Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (25-Nov-2018) [VOICE]
    The House with a Clock in Its Walls (19-Sep-2018)
    Ocean's Eight (5-Jun-2018)
    Thor: Ragnarok (10-Oct-2017)
    Song to Song (10-Mar-2017)
    Truth (12-Sep-2015)
    Carol (17-May-2015)
    Cinderella (13-Feb-2015)
    Knight of Cups (8-Feb-2015)
    The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (1-Dec-2014)
    How to Train Your Dragon 2 (16-May-2014) [VOICE]
    The Monuments Men (5-Feb-2014)
    The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2-Dec-2013)
    The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden (12-Oct-2013) [VOICE]
    Blue Jasmine (26-Jul-2013)
    Girl Rising (7-Mar-2013) [VOICE]
    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (28-Nov-2012)
    Hanna (7-Apr-2011) · Marissa
    Robin Hood (12-May-2010) · Marion Loxley
    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (25-Dec-2008) · Daisy
    Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (18-May-2008)
    Elizabeth: The Golden Age (9-Sep-2007) · Queen Elizabeth I
    I'm Not There (3-Sep-2007)
    Notes on a Scandal (25-Dec-2006)
    The Good German (12-Nov-2006) · Lena Brandt
    Babel (23-May-2006) · Susan
    Little Fish (20-Jul-2005) · Tracy
    Stories of Lost Souls (2005)
    The Aviator (17-Dec-2004)
    The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (20-Nov-2004)
    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (1-Dec-2003)
    The Missing (26-Nov-2003) · Magdalena Gilkeson
    Coffee and Cigarettes (7-Sep-2003) · Cate
    Veronica Guerin (8-Jul-2003) · Veronica Guerin
    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (5-Dec-2002) · Galadriel
    Heaven (6-Feb-2002) · Philippa
    The Shipping News (18-Dec-2001) · Petal
    Charlotte Gray (17-Dec-2001) · Charlotte Gray
    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (10-Dec-2001) · Galadriel
    Bandits (12-Oct-2001) · Kate Wheeler
    The Gift (20-Dec-2000)
    The Man Who Cried (2-Sep-2000) · Lola
    The Talented Mr. Ripley (12-Dec-1999) · Meredith Logue
    Pushing Tin (23-Apr-1999) · Connie Falzone
    An Ideal Husband (16-Apr-1999)
    Elizabeth (13-Sep-1998) · Elizabeth I
    Oscar and Lucinda (31-Dec-1997)
    Thank God He Met Lizzie (20-Nov-1997)
    Paradise Road (11-Apr-1997) · Susan Macarthy

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