Her parents are both of Ashkenazi Jewish descent. Natalie's family left Israel for Washington, D. After a few more moves, her family finally settled in New York, where she still lives to this day. She graduated with honors, and her academic achievements allowed her to attend Harvard University. She was discovered by an agent in a pizza parlor at the age of She was pushed towards a career in modeling but she decided that she would rather pursue a career in acting. She then she starred in two critically acclaimed comedy dramas, Anywhere But Here and Where the Heart Is , followed by Closer , for which she received an Oscar nomination. Sign In.
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Natalie Portman has achieved a remarkable amount in her 37 years. Born in Jerusalem to an Israeli gynecologist father and American homemaker mother, she was a precocious and ambitious child who grew up in Long Island. I was a very serious kid. The semi-romantic sidekick to much older men became somewhat of a trope of her early work, when in she played the year-old love interest of a thirty-something man in Beautiful Girls. This early sexualization is something Portman has contended with throughout her career—Simon Hattenstone of the The Guardian labeled a "peodphile's dream"—later speaking out about the disturbing fan mail and lascivious media coverage she received as a result. But while it's common for objectified child actors to go off the rails, Portman did the opposite—she went to Harvard.
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We hope so with Portman. She also has the distinction of being in classic films both as a child actress and as an adult. There was a lot of talk about her winning the Oscar for this portrayal. But, she was criminally overlooked, despite being nominated for Best Actress. It offers a long-overdue and raw portrait of what Jackie Kennedy went through and the emotional turmoil she endured to adjust back to normalcy.