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Actress Natalie Portman: Her Background and Education - Is She Too Sophisticated?

Updated on January 4, 2012

All About Nat (Natalie) Portman

Natalie Portman, born Natalie Hershlag, is an award winning actress. Her claim to fame was starring as Padmé Amidala in the Star Wars prequels. She was born in Jerusalem, and holds dual American and Israeli citizenship.

Portman began her career at an early age, taking dance lessons at 4 years old, and starring in a feature film at 13. She has since went on to win several awards including an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for her performance in Black Swan.

Portman is engaged to choreographer Ben Millipied as of December, 2010. On June 14th, 2011 Portman gave birth to their son. Millipied and Portman met during the filming of Black Swan, though details are not easy to come by, as Portman is known to value her privacy and has largely avoided speaking at length about about her relationship with Millipied.

Natalie Portman is known for her intelligence, as well as her acting.
Natalie Portman is known for her intelligence, as well as her acting. | Source

Fun Facts

  • Born June 9, 1981
  • Moved to the U.S. in 1984
  • Has a B.A. in psychology from Harvard
  • Has studied more than 4 languages
  • Is vegan and an animal rights activist

Interview With Natalie Portman (Video)

Here's What Others Are Saying

rummy_b:‎ "Just wanted to express my love for Natalie Portman via social networking, but of course she's too sophisticated for it."

aquaroboros:‎ "Natalie Portman Gives Birth to Boy ... Congratulations! What's his name? Not Luke I hope."

ronniematthews:‎ "My dream of starting a family with Natalie Portman is over for sure now. Time to restructure my list of goals."

It's a boy! Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied have their first child.
It's a boy! Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied have their first child.

Natalie's A Mom!

As of June 14, 2011, Benjamin Millepied and Natalie Portman are the proud parents of a baby boy. People Magazine was the first to report the birth. It's now rumored that the name of their son is Alef, after the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet. The name means "leader". There is, as of yet, no confirmation on this.

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Natalie Portman Rapping (Video)

There are many sides to Natalie Portman, but did you know that she's also a badass rapper in her spare time? In this short clip from SNL, Portman gives Eminem a run for his money.

What Do You Think?

When will Benjamin Millepied and Natalie Portman "tie the knot"?

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