STAR WARS: EPISODE II
ATTACK OF THE CLONES
NATALIE PORTMAN (Padme
Amidala) received critical acclaim in the role of
Nina in Mike Nichol's production of The Seagull, opposite
Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, and Philip Seymour Hoffman in the second and final
production of the 46 summer season of Shakespeare in Central Park at the Joseph
Papp Public Theater. Originally written by Anton Chekhov, this new version by
Tom Stoppard is a modern classic tale which resonates with the contemporary
question of sex, love, family and fame.
Portman's most recent films include Twentieth Century Fox's coming of age
story Where the Heart Is, directed
by Matt Williams and co-starring Ashley Judd; Portman portrays a pregnant
17-year-old girl who rebuilds her life after being abandoned by her boyfriend at
a Wal-Mart. Portman also starred in Wayne Wang's Anywhere
But Here, opposite Susan Surandon, also for Fox. Her
performance in this story of a mother and daughter, who must come to terms with
their volatile relationship in the midst of a move from Michigan to Beverly Hill
earned her a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Portman
starred as Queen Amidala in George Lucas' blockbuster hit Star
Wars: Episode 1 The Phantom
Menace. The film also staffed Liam Neeson, Ewan MacGregor, Samuel Jackson and Jake Lloyd.
In November 1997, Portman began a six-month starring role on Broadway in the
title role of The Diary of Anne Frank, which
was praised by USA Today as
"a landmark performance." Directed by James Lapine and adapted by Wendy
the production took a fresh look at the play, incorporating new material from
The 1995 Definitive Edition of Anne Frank's diaries.
Portman received international acclaim for her feature debut in Luc Besson's
The Professional. Starring
opposite Jean Reno and Gary Oldman, Portman played Mathilde, a young girl who
seeks refuge from a hit man after her parents are killed by a corrupt DEA
Portman received further critical acclaim for her movie-stealing performance
in the film Beautitul Girls. Directed
by Ted Demme, the bittersweet comedy also staffed Timothy Hutton, Uma Thurman,
Rosie O'Donnell, and Matt Dillon.
Other feature credits for Portman include the Woody Allen musical
Everyone Says I Love You, co-starring Julia Roberts, Goldie
Hawn, Alan Alda and Drew Barrymore; Tim Burton's black comedy
Mars Attacks! with Jack Nicholson and Glenn Close; and Michael Mann's Heat
Al Pacino, Robert De Niro and Val Kilmer.
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