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NATALIE PORTMAN (Grace Cahill) made her debut in Luc Besson's THE PROFESSIONAL, in 1994. She won a Golden Globe® Award for Best Supporting Actress and received an Academy Award® nomination for her performance in Mike Nichol's CLOSER. 

She recently wrapped production on David Gordon Green's YOUR HIGHNESS, co-starring with Danny McBride, James Franco and Zooey Deschanel. The story focuses on an arrogant, lazy prince who must complete a quest to save his father's kingdom. Joining him on the quest is his more heroic brother and love interest, played by Portman. The Universal Pictures film is slated for release October 1, 2010.

Portman is currently in production on Darren Aronofsky's BLACK SWAN, a supernatural thriller that centers on a veteran ballerina who finds herself locked in a competitive situation with a rival dancer, with the stakes increasing as the dancers approach a big performance. She will next begin production on Kenneth Branagh's THOR, portraying Jane Foster, love interest of Thor.

On screen, Portman has starred in over twenty-five films, including HEAT, BEAUTIFUL GIRLS, EVERYONE SAYS I LOVE YOU, MARS ATTACKS!, ANYWHERE BUT HERE, WHERE THE HEART IS, COLD MOUNTAIN, GARDEN STATE, FREE ZONE, V FOR VENDETTA, PARIS JE T'AIME, GOYA'S GHOSTS, MY BLUEBERRY NIGHTS, MR. MAGORIUM'S WONDER EMPORIUM, THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL and NEW YORK, I LOVE YOU. Additionally, she starred in George Lucas' STAR WARS: EPISODE 1 – THE PHANTOM MENACE, STAR WARS: EPISODE II – ATTACK OF THE CLONES, and STAR WARS: EPISODE III – REVENGE OF THE SITH. The prequels to the wildly popular STAR WARS trilogy of the 70's and 80's rank among the top-grossing films ever produced worldwide. On stage, Portman starred in Mike Nichol's Shakespeare in the Park production of "The Seagull,” opposite Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline and Philip Seymour Hoffman; as well as James Lapine's Broadway production of "The Diary of Anne Frank.”

Behind the lens, Portman has taken turns writing, directing and producing. Her credits include EVE which she wrote and directed, telling the story of a young woman who ends up on her grandmother's date. The film debuted at the 2008 Venice Film Festival and stars Lauren Bacall, Ben Gazzara, and Olivia Thirlby. She also wrote and directed a short film for NEW YORK, I LOVE YOU, about a day in the life of a father and daughter in Central Park. The film, released in October 2009, showcases twelve filmmakers who each directed a vignette illustrating the universal theme of love within the five boroughs of New York City. 

Additionally, she executive produced and starred in Don Roos' adaptation of Ayelet Waldman's novel "Love and Other Impossible Pursuits," opposite Scott Cohen and Charlie Tahan. The film, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, revolves around a young woman who tries to recover her marriage through her relationship with her stepson.

Portman is currently developing film projects through her production company, Handsomecharlie films, which has an overhead deal with Participant Media. Together with Annette Savitch, VP of Development and Production, the company is focused on finding intelligent, accessible films across varied genres, as well as female-driven comedies. Handsomecharlie films recently set up "Booksmart” at Fox, and they are partnered with Plan B at Paramount to produce IMPORTANT ARTIFACTS, based on the book by Leanne Shapton, with Brad Pitt and Natalie Portman attached to star. Shooting on their first produced film HESHER was recently completed, starring Joseph Gordon Levitt and directed by Spencer Susser.

In the digital landscape, Portman recently launched www.makingof.com, a behind-the-scenes web portal that looks at entertainment creation. Co-founded with partner and CEO Christine Aylward, www.makingof.com gives users a fresh, unfiltered view of the entertainment industry and provides exclusive access to industry insiders and an interactive entertainment-focused community forum.

Portman became the first Ambassador of Hope for FINCA, an international village banking microfinance program providing small loans and savings programs to the world's poorest families so they may create their own jobs, raise household incomes, and improve their standard of living thereby reducing poverty worldwide. As the Ambassador of Hope, Portman has proved to be a globally aware and dedicated individual who supports the work of FINCA through her advocacy and visits to FINCA International programs in countries such as Guatemala, Ecuador and Uganda. She has also met with high-level United States Members of Congress to lobby for support of international microfinance funding.

A Harvard graduate with a degree in psychology, Portman has also studied at Hebrew University in Jerusalem where she learned Arabic and Hebrew, and studied the Anthropology of Violence and Israeli history. Portman currently resides in Los Angeles.

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