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CATE BLANCHETT recently received a Golden Globe award and an Academy Award nomination for her performance of the title role in "Elizabeth," co-starring Geoffrey Rush and Joseph Fiennes. She will soon be seen starring opposite Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jude Law in Anthony Minghella's "The Talented Mr. Ripley," and also Mike Newell's "Pushing Tin," starring John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton, a black comedy about air traffic controllers.

Her first feature film was Bruce Beresford's "Paradise Road," followed by "Thank God He Met Lizzie," a romantic comedy directed by Charlie Nowlan (for which Cate was awarded the Australian Film Institute award for Best Supporting Actress). She also starred as Lucinda opposite Ralph Fiennes in Gillian Armstrong's "Oscar and Lucinda."

Since graduating from Australia's National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in 1992, CATE BLANCHETT (Gertrude Chiltern) has worked extensively in the theater. She is a long-standing member of Company B - a loose ensemble of actors Geoffrey Rush, Gillian Jones and Noah Taylor, based at Belvoir Street under the direction of Neil Armfield. With them, she has played Miranda ("The Tempest"), Ophelia ("Hamlet" - nominated for a green room award in Victoria) and Nina ("The Seagull").

For the Sydney Theater Company (STC), she appeared in Caryl Churchill's "Top Girls" and David Mamet's "Oleanna (awarded the Sydney Theater Critics Rosemount award for Best Actress.) Her new work includes "Sweet Phoebe" by Michael Gow and "Kafka Dances" by Timothy Daly (for which she received the Sydney Theater Circle's Rosemount Award for Best Newcomer). Her television credits include lead roles in the mini-series "Heartland" and "Bordertown," both for the Australian Broadcasting Commission.

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