UMA THURMAN (Rachel Porter) has proven herself to be one of the most
versatile young actresses by playing a variety of compelling characters. The
daughter of a psychologist and a college professor, Thurman was raised in
Amherst, Massachusetts, and Woodstock, New York. She attended a preparatory
school in New England, where at 15, she was discovered by two New York agents.
At 16, she transferred to the Professional Children's School in New York City in
order to pursue and acting career.
Thurman's entrance onto the mainstream film scene began with "Johnny Be
Good" opposite Anthony Michael Hall. But it was her role as the goddess
Venus in Terry Gilliam's 1988 fantasy "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen"
that brought her international attention. This striking and versatile actress
went on to receive critical acclaim for her portrayal of virginal, 18th-century
convent girl, Cele de Volanges, seduced by John Malkovich in Stephen Frears'
"Dangerous Liaisons." The following year she starred opposite Fred
Ward and Maria de Medeiros in Philip Kaufman's "Henry & June"
playing the neurotic and exotic, bisexual spouse of Henry Miller. She then play
Daphne McBain, one of a trio of Dabney Coleman's spoiled children in the comedy
"Where the Heart Is" directed by John Boorman. In 1991, Thurman
starred opposite Richard Gere and Kim Basinger as Diana, a conniving therapy
patient in Phil Joanou's thriller "Final Analysis." She then reunited
with Malkovich in the thriller "Jennifer 8," playing Andy Garcia's
blind girlfriend, Helena. In "Mad Dog and Glory," she played a barmaid
who becomes an indentured servant to Robert De Niro for saving Bill Murray's
life. Her most eccentric movie to date is Gus Van Sant's film "Even
Cowgirls Get the Blues," in which she played Sissy Hankshaw, a big-thumbed,
bisexual hippie hitchhiker. In 1995, Thurman received an Academy Award
nomination for Quentin Tarantino's critically lauded "Pulp Fiction,"
in which she played Mia Wallace, a sexy and comedic mobster's wife. Later that
year, she was seen in the period romance "A Month by the Lake, with Vanessa
Redgrave, and then in the contemporary romance "Beautiful Girls"
directed by Ted Demme. Thurman next appeared in "The Truth About Cats and
Dogs," "Batman & Robin," "Gattaca" opposite Ethan
Hawke, "Les Miserables" with Liam Neeson and "The Avengers."
In the spring of 1999, she made her stage debut in an updated version of
Moliere's "The Misanthrope" at the Classic Stage Comp[any in New York.
Her recent films include Woody Allen's "Sweet and Lowdown" opposite
Sean Penn and Samantha Morton, "Vatel" opposite Gerard Derdieu and Tim
Roth, the Merchant/Ivory film "The Golden Bowl" with Nick Nolte,
Angelica Huston and Jeremy Northan and "Tape with Ethan Hawke and Robert
Sean Leonard, for which she was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award as
Best Supporting Actress. Currently, she can be seen in Quentin Tarantino's
"Kill Bill" with Lucy Liu and Darryl Hannah. Thurman also starred in
"Hysterical Blindness" with Julilette Lewis and Gena Rowlands, which
she also produced. She won the 2003 Golden Globe for Best Actress for her
portrayal of Debby Miller in that film and was nominated for a SAG Award.
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