June 8, 2021

Natalie Portman's Jubilee

On June 9, 1981 in Jerusalem, in the family of gynecologist Avner Hershlag and his wife Shelley (nee Stevens), a daughter, Neta-Lee, was born. Three years after the birth of Neta-Lee, the Hershlag family moved from Israel to the United States. In New York, Neta-Lee Hershlag first began her studies at Solomon Schlechter's Jewish Elementary School, and then continued her studies at Siosset High School, whose alumni are many prominent US citizens.

Léon: The Professional. Director Luc Besson, 1994. Movie's Rating - 8,687, 248th Rank in the Golden Thousand.

At the age of 11, Neta-Lee Hershlag caught the eye of an agent of the cosmetics company Revlon. He suggested that the girl become the face of the company's children's cosmetics line. The precocious Neta-Lee replied that she was not interested in a career as a model, but she would very much like to become an actress. The agent informed her about the ongoing casting for the role of Mathilda in Luc Besson's film "Leon" and advised her to take part in it. Neta-Lee followed the agent's advice and ... surpassed 2,000 other applicants. Among them was, for example, Liv Tyler. Liv, at the age of 15, seemed a little old for the role of Mathilda.

Heat. Director Michael Mann, 1995. Movie's Rating - 8,153, 525th Rank in the Golden Thousand.

And Neta-Lee Hershlag, playing the role of Mathilda in the film by Luc Besson, became famous all over the world at the age of 13. True, the world recognized her under the name Natalie Portman. The girl took a stage name for herself, but not for marketing reasons, but, on the contrary, for the sake of protecting her family from unnecessary press attention. In addition, Shelley Hershlag, who was present on all the filming in which her daughter took part, later recalled that some scenes had such a strong sexual overtones that she literally had to cringe as she watched it all.

Cold Mountain. Director Anthony Minghella, 2003.

Neta-Lee changed her name to the more common and familiar "Natalie". As for the surname, she didn't invent it, but took it from her heroic great-grandmother, who had Jewish-Romanian-Russian-Austrian roots and served as a British intelligence operative during the Second World War.

Garden State. Director Zach Braff, 2003.

After the release of the film "Leon", Natalie Portman received a flurry of offers from filmmakers and film producers. It cannot be said that Natalie refused everything, but she was very selective about the proposals. On the move, she rejected proposals containing explicit scenes. Sometimes filmmakers went to change the script, just to get Natalie Portman to agree to film.

Closer. Director Mike Nichols, 2004. For the role in this film Natalie Portman won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture.

Natalie Portman's active work in the cinema did not prevent her from achieving noticeable success in her studies. In 1999, she graduated with honors from the prestigious Siosset School, and, while still a schoolgirl, at the age of 17, she co-authored two scientists in writing a scientific paper entitled "A Simple Method to Demonstrate the Enzymatic Production of Hydrogen from Sugar". This work was submitted to the competition "Science Talent Search", held by the world-famous company Intel. In this competition, Natalie Portman reached the semifinals.

Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith. Director George Lucas, 2005.

After graduating from Sisset's school, Natalie Portman entered one of the most prestigious in the United States, Harvard University, from which she graduated with a bachelor's degree in psychology. In addition to psychology, Natalie, in addition to Hebrew and English, which she had mastered since childhood thanks to her bilingual family, learned French, Arabic, Japanese and German.

V for Vendetta. Director James McTeigue, 2006. Movie's Rating - 8,096, 582nd Rank in the Golden Thousand.

For her 40th birthday, Natalie Portman has in her portfolio roles in 44 full-length feature films, of which 4 entered the Golden Thousand. Thanks to this indicator and her dazzling beauty, she is included in the list of the 100 most beautiful and sexy Actresses in world cinema, compiled by FilmGourmand.

Paris, I Love You (segment "Faubourg Saint-Denis"). Director Tom Tykwer, 2006.

To date, Natalie Portman's acting career has been awarded 94 film awards, including such prestigious awards as the Academy Award, two Golden Globes, and the British BAFTA Award.

Brothers. Director Jim Sheridan, 2009.

As usual, in honor of the anniversary of the wonderful Actress, we offer frames from the best films with her participation to the attention of her fans.

Black Swan. Director Darren Aronofsky, 2010. Movie's Rating - 8,388, 369th Rank in the Golden Thousand. For the role in this film Natalie Portman won Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA awards for Best Lead Actress.
Hesher. Director Spencer Susser, 2010.
Thor. Director Kenneth Branagh, 2011.
Avengers: Endgame. Directors Anthony Russo, Joe Russo, 2019.