Natalie Portman is an Israeli-born American actress whose achievements include graduating with honors from Harvard University with a psychology degree in 2003 and winning the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in “Black Swan” in 2010. Portman also won two Golden Globe awards.
Natalie Portman made her film debut in 1994, playing an assassin’s apprentice in Luc Besson’s “The Professional.” She became an international star in 1999 with her role as Queen Amidala in George Lucas’ "Star Wars" prequel, “Star Wars I: The Phantom Menace.” She played the same role in the second and third films of the series. Other notable Portman movies include “V for Vendetta,” “Where the Heart Is,” “Garden State,” "Closer" and “The Other Boleyn Girl.”
Portman spent 1997 on Broadway, getting rave reviews for her interpretation of the title role in “The Diary of Anne Frank.” In 2008 she directed the short film “Eve,” which premiered at the Venice International Film Festival. She also appeared as herself on “Sesame Street” and voiced an animated character on the “Moonshine River” episode of “The Simpsons.”
Natalie Portman speaks five languages including Arabic, German, French and Japanese. In 2006, she was guest lecturer on terrorism and anti-terrorism at Columbia University. In 2011 Natalie Portman gave birth to a son, Aleph, and in 2012 she married his father, ballet dancer Benjamin Millepied.