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Name: Catherine Élise Blanchett                                                       
Born: 14 May 1969 Melbourne, Australia                                                 
Catherine Élise "Cate" Blanchett (born May 14, 1969) is an Academy Award- and         
Golden Globe Award-winning Australian actress. She has won various other awards,       
most notably two SAGs and two BAFTAs, as well as the Volpi Cup at 64th Venice           
International Film Festival.                                                           
She came to international attention in the 1998 film Elizabeth, directed by             
Shekhar Kapur, in which she played Elizabeth I of England. She is also well             
known for her portrayals of the elf queen Galadriel in Peter Jackson's The Lord         
of the Rings trilogy and Katharine Hepburn in Martin Scorsese's The Aviator, a         
role which brought her the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.                   
Blanchett was born in Ivanhoe, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia, the daughter of       
June, an Australian property developer and teacher, and Robert Blanchett, a             
Texas-born United States Navy Petty Officer who met Blanchett's mother while           
stationed in Melbourne and who later worked as an advertising executive.               
When Blanchett was 10, she lost her father to a heart attack. She has described         
herself during childhood as "part extrovert, part wallflower". She has two             
siblings; her older brother, Bob, is a computer systems engineer, and her               
younger sister, Genevieve, is a theatrical designer.                                   
Blanchett attended primary school in Melbourne at Ivanhoe East Primary School           
before completing secondary education at Methodist Ladies' College, where she           
explored her passion for acting. She studied economics and fine art at the             
University of Melbourne before leaving Australia to travel. When she was 18,           
Blanchett went on a vacation to Egypt. A fellow guest at a cheap hotel in Cairo         
asked if she wanted to be an extra in a movie, and the next day she found               
herself in a crowd scene cheering for an American boxer losing to an Egyptian in       
the film Kaboria, starring the late Egyptian actor Ahmed Zaki. Blanchett               
returned to Australia and later moved to Sydney to study at the National               
Institute of Dramatic Art; graduating in 1992 and beginning her career in the           
Her first major stage role was opposite Geoffrey Rush in the 1993 David Mamet           
play Oleanna, for which she won the Sydney Theatre Critics' Best Newcomer Award.       
She also appeared as Ophelia in an acclaimed 1994–95 Company B production of         
Hamlet, directed by Neil Armfield, starring Rush and Richard Roxburgh. Blanchett       
appeared in the mini-series Heartland opposite Ernie Dingo, the mini-series             
Bordertown and in an episode of Police Rescue entitled "The Loaded Boy". She           
made her Australian movie debut in the 1994 film of Police Rescue as a teacher         
taken hostage by armed bandits.                                                         
Blanchett made her international film debut as an Australian nurse captured by         
the Japanese in a production of Paradise Road directed by Bruce Beresford, co-starring 
Glenn Close and Frances McDormand. Her first high-profile role was as Elizabeth         
I of England in the 1998 movie Elizabeth, which earned her an Academy Award             
nomination for Best Actress. Blanchett lost out to Gwyneth Paltrow for her role         
in Shakespeare in Love but won a British Academy (BAFTA) Award and a Golden             
Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama.                                 
The following year, Blanchett was nominated for another BAFTA Award for her             
supporting role in The Talented Mr. Ripley. Already an acclaimed actress,               
Blanchett received a host of new fans when she appeared in Peter Jackson's The         
Lord of the Rings. She played the role of the High Elf Queen Galadriel in all           
three films, which hold the record as the highest grossing film trilogy of all         
In 2004, she played a pregnant journalist in the Wes Anderson film The Life             
Aquatic with Steve Zissou, yet again earning a nomination for BFCA award for           
Best Acting Ensemble.                                                                   
In 2005, she won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for playing               
Katharine Hepburn in Martin Scorsese's The Aviator. This made Blanchett the             
first person ever to garner an Academy Award for playing a previous Oscar-winning       
In 2006 she starred in both Babel opposite Brad Pitt, and Notes on a Scandal           
playing Sheba Hart opposite Dame Judi Dench. Coincidentally, Dench won the Best         
Supporting Actress Academy Award for playing Elizabeth I, the same year                 
Blanchett lost for playing the same historical figure, albeit in a different           
category. Blanchett received her third Academy Award nomination for her                 
performance in the film (Dench was also Oscar nominated).                               
In 2007, she won the Best Actress Award at the Venice Film Festival for                 
portraying one of six incarnations of Bob Dylan in Todd Haynes' feature film I'm       
Not There and also reprised her role as Elizabeth I in the sequel to Elizabeth         
entitled Elizabeth: the Golden Age. At the 80th Annual Academy Awards                   
Blanchett received two Academy Award nominations including Best Actress for             
Elizabeth: the Golden Age and Best Supporting Actress for I'm Not There, making         
Academy Awards history, as she became the eleventh actor to receive two acting         
nominations in the same year and the first female actor to receive another Oscar       
nomination for the reprisal of the same role in Elizabeth and Elizabeth: The           
Golden Age.                                                                             
Blanchett was named as one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People In The       
World in 2007 and also one of the most successful actresses by Forbes magazine.         
Blanchett will next be seen on screen in the eagerly anticipated Indiana Jones         
and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,           
both will be released in 2008.                                                         
Blanchett and her husband have commenced their three-year contracts as artistic         
co-directors of the Sydney Theatre Company from January 2008. Their contracts           
include a clause that will allow either of them to take three months out of each       
year to pursue other activities.                                                       
On 26 February 2008, Cate Blanchett was named as a member of the panel that will       
select participants in Kevin Rudd's 2020 Summit of the best and brightest               
Australians. Controversially, Blanchett was the only woman on the ten member