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CATE BLANCHETT (Meredith Logue) made her film debut in 1997 in Bruce Beresford's "Paradise Road" in which she co-starred with Glenn Close. That same year she received critical acclaim for her performance opposite Ralph Fiennes in Gillian Armstrong's "Oscar and Lucinda." In 1998, she won accolades in Europe and America for her performance in the title role of "Elizabeth." For her performance Blanchett was honored with a Golden Globe® Award for Best Actress (Drama) and BAFTA Award as well as Academy Award™ and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations.

Born and raised in Australia, Blanchett graduated from Australia's National Institute of Dramatic Art. She is a long-standing member of Company-B, a loose ensemble of actors including Geoffrey Rush, Gillian Jones and Noah Taylor based at Belvoir Street in Sydney under the direction of Neil Armfield. With this company her performances include Miranda in "The Tempest," Ophelia in "Hamlet" and Nina in "The Seagull."

For the Sydney Theatre Company, Blanchett appeared in Caryl Churchill's "Top Girls" and David Mamet's "Oleanna," winning the Sydney Theatre Critics Rosemount Award as Best Actress. Other Australian stage appearances include "Kafka Dances," "Sweet Pheobe" and "The Blind Giant is Dancing." Most recently, Blanchett played Susan Traherne in the Almeida Theatre 1999 West End revival of David Hare's "Plenty" directed by Jonathan Kent. Blanchett's television credits include lead roles in the mini-series "Heartland" and "Borderland," both for the Australian Broadcasting Commission.

She appeared in the Australian comedy "Thank God He Met Lizzie," for which she won an Australian Film Institute Award for Best Supporting Actress. Her most recent film credits include Mike Newell's "Pushing Tin," a black comedy about air traffic controllers with John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton, and Oscar Wilde's "An Ideal Husband," directed by Oliver Parker. Blanchett recently completed production on "The Man Who Cried," directed by Sally Potter.


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