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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 Pattinson.

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 Dramatic Series."

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