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UMA THURMAN (Patti King) has proven herself to be one of the most
versatile actresses by playing a variety of compelling characters. Born in
Massachusetts, she attended a preparatory school in New England,
where at fifteen she was discovered by two New York agents. At sixteen
she transferred to the Professional Children's School in New York City in
order to pursue an acting career.
Thurman's entrance into mainstream film really began after her role
as the goddess Venus in Terry Gilliam's THE ADVENTURES OF BARON MUNCHAUSEN, which brought her international attention. She went on to
receive critical acclaim for her portrayal of the virginal 18th century
convent girl, Cecile de Volanges, 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 played 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 in
Phil Joanou's thriller FINAL ANALYSIS. She then reunited with Malkovich in
the thriller JENNIFER EIGHT. 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.
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, A MONTH BY THE LAKE with Vanessa Redgrave and BEAUTIFUL GIRLS, directed by
Ted Demme. Thurman next appeared in THE TRUTH ABOUT CATS AND DOGS, BATMAN & ROBIN, GATTACA, LES MISERABLES 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
Company in New York.
Thurman's work includes Woody Allen's SWEET AND LOWDOWN,
opposite Sean Penn and Samantha Morton; VATEL, opposite Gerard
Depardieu and Tim Roth; the Merchant/Ivory film THE GOLDEN BOWL; John
Woo's PAYCHECK; and TAPE with Ethan Hawke, for which she was
nominated for an Independent Spirit Award as Best Supporting Actress. Thurman also starred in, and produced, the HBO film, HYSTERICAL BLINDNESS, with Juliette Lewis and Gena Rowlands. She won the 2003
Golden Globe for Best Actress for her portrait of Debby Miller in the film
and was nominated for a SAG Award.
Her more recent work includes Quentin Tarantino's installments KILL BILL: VOLUME 1 and VOLUME 2, both of which she was nominated for a
Golden Globe; MGM's BE COOL opposite John Travolta; PRIME
opposite Meryl Streep; THE PRODUCERS with Nathan Lane and Matthew
Broderick; MY SUPER EX-GIRLFRIEND opposite Luke Wilson; MOTHERHOOD;
MY ZINC BED, an HBO film based on the play by David Hare; THE LIFE BEFORE HER EYES opposite Evan Rachel Wood; Chris Columbus' PERCY JACKSON & THE LIGHTNING THIEF, in which she played Medusa; Lee Pace's
CEREMONY; and Declan Donnellan's BEL AMI, playing opposite Robert
Thurman was recently seen on NBC's show SMASH, for which she
filmed a five-episode arc playing Rebecca Duvall and earned her first
Emmy nomination in the category of "Outstanding Guest Actress In a
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