1. Natalie Portman (born Neta-Lee Hershlag; is an actress, producer and director with dual American and Israeli citizenship.
2. Her first role was in the 1994 action thriller Lon: The Professional, opposite Jean Reno, but mainstream success came when she was cast as Padm Amidala in the Star Wars prequel trilogy (released in 1999, 2002 and 2005).
3. Born in Jerusalem to an Israeli father and American mother, Portman grew up in the eastern United States from the age of three.
4. She studied dancing and acting in New York, and starred in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace while still at high school on Long Island.
5. In 1999, Portman enrolled at Harvard University to study psychology, alongside her work as an actress; she completed a bachelor’s degree in 2003.
6. During her studies she starred in a second Star Wars film and opened in New York City’s Public Theater production of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull in 2001.
7. Portman starred in the 2004 drama Closer, appeared in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith the following year, and won a Constellation Award for Best Female Performance and a Saturn Award for Best Actress for her starring role in the political thriller V for Vendetta (2006).
8. She played leading roles in the historical dramas Goya’s Ghosts (2006) and The Other Boleyn Girl (2008), and portrayed the love interest in Thor (2011) and its 2013 sequel.
9. Her performance received widespread critical acclaim and she earned her first Academy Award for Best Actress, her second Golden Globe Award, the SAG Award, the BAFTA Award and the BFCA Award in 2011.
10. In May 2008, Portman served as the youngest member of the 61st Annual Cannes Film Festival jury.
11. The same year she directed a segment of the collective film New York, I Love You.
12. Her first feature film as a director, A Tale of Love and Darkness, was released in 2015.
13. Portman’s parents met at a Jewish student center at Ohio State University, where her mother was selling tickets.
14. They corresponded after her father returned to Israel and were married when her mother visited a few years later.
15. In 1984, when Portman was three years old, the family moved to the United States, where her father received his medical training. the States… my heart’s in Jerusalem.
16. Portman and her family first lived in Washington, D.C., but relocated to Connecticut in 1988 and then moved to Jericho, New York, on Long Island,
17. In 2003, Portman graduated from Harvard University with an A.B. degree in psychology. ruins my career,” she told the New York Post.