1. Catherine Élise “Cate” Blanchett is an Australian actress and theatre director.
2. She has received critical acclaim and many accolades, including two Academy Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, and three British Academy Awards.
3. Blanchett is one of only five actors, and the only actress, to receive Academy Award nominations for portraying the same role in two films, as well as the only Australian to win two acting Oscars.
4. A six-time Oscar nominee, she has also received nominations for Notes on a Scandal .
5. Blanchett has also had an extensive career on stage and is a four-time Helpmann Award winner for Best Female Actor in a Play.
6. Her earlier roles include the title role in Electra at the National Institute of Dramatic Art .
7. From 2008 to 2013, she and her husband Andrew Upton were co-CEOs and artistic directors of the Sydney Theatre Company.
8. Her other roles on stage include Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire in Sydney, New York at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and Washington D.C. at the Kennedy Center .
9. She was appointed Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government in 2012.
10. While in Egypt, Blanchett was asked to be an extra as an American cheerleader in an Egyptian boxing movie, Kaboria, and in need of money, she accepted.
11. That year, she was cast as Clytemnestra in a production of Sophocles’ Electra.
12. A couple of weeks after rehearsals, the actress playing the title role pulled out, and director Lindy Davies cast Blanchett in the role.
13. Her first high-profile international role was as Elizabeth I of England in the critically acclaimed 1998 film Elizabeth, directed by Shekhar Kapur.
14. The short was written and directed by her husband, Andrew Upton, and produced by Blanchett and Upton. and the critically acclaimed Anthony Minghella film The Talented Mr. Ripley, alongside Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
15. She received her second BAFTA nomination for her performance in The Talented Mr. Ripley.
16. Dans 2006, she starred opposite Brad Pitt in the multi-lingual, multi-narrative ensemble drama Babel, directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, which received seven Academy Award nominations, the Steven Soderbergh-directed The Good German with George Clooney, and the acclaimed Notes on a Scandal opposite Dame Judi Dench.
17. The cameo was uncredited and she gave her fee to charity.