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Uma Thurman

Uma Karuna Thurman (born April 29, 1970) is an American actress and model. She has performed in leading roles in a variety of films, ranging from romantic comedies and dramas to science fiction and action movies. Following early roles in films such as Dangerous Liaisons (1988), she rose to international prominence in 1994 following her role in Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction for which she was nominated for an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award and a Golden Globe Award. She starred in several more films throughout the 1990s such as The Truth About Cats & Dogs, Batman & Robin, Gattaca and Les Misérables. She won a Golden Globe Award for the miniseries Hysterical Blindness (2002). Her career was revitalized when she reunited with director Quentin Tarantino to play the central role in two Kill Bill films (2003/2004), which brought her an additional two Golden Globe Award nominations and a BAFTA Award nomination. Thurman was born in Boston, Massachusetts. Her father, Robert Alexander Farrar Thurman, a New York-born professor, is a Buddhist writer and academic. Her mother, Nena von Schlebrügge, is a model who was born in Mexico City, Mexico, of German, Swedish and Danish descent. Thurman and her siblings spent time in the Himalayan town of Almora, Uttarakhand, India, during childhood, and the Dalai Lama, to whom Robert Thurman has long been close, once visited their home. She grew up mostly in Amherst, Massachusetts, where she went to Amherst Regional Middle School, then moved to Woodstock, New York. While her father gave his children a Buddhist upbringing, she has the same name as one of the Hindu goddess Parvati's alternate names, "Uma", which means "light" in Sanskrit. Regarding religion, she now calls herself agnostic. She has three brothers, Ganden (b. 1968), Dechen (b. 1973), and Mipam (b. 1978), and a half-sister named Taya (b. 1960), from her father's previous marriage. She is described as having been an awkward and introverted girl who was teased for her tall frame, angular bone structure, enormous feet and unusual name (sometimes using the name “Uma Karen” instead of her birth name). When Thurman was 10 years old, a friend's mother suggested a nose job. As a child, she suffered bouts of body dysmorphic disorder, which she discussed in an interview with Talk magazine in 2001. Uma attended Amherst Public Schools. In the eighth grade, she discovered her love for acting. Talent scouts noticed her performance as Abigail in a production of The Crucible and offered her the chance to act professionally. Thurman attended Northfield Mount Hermon School, a preparatory school in Massachusetts, before dropping out to pursue a career in acting.

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Apr 29, 1970 In Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Kiss Daddy Goodnight 1987-10-29
Latest Project:
Movie Charles Bronson: The Spirit of Masculinity 2020-11-29
Known For
Movie Charles Bronson: The Spirit of Masculinity Self (archive footage) 2020-11-29
Movie The War with Grandpa Sally 2020-08-27
Series Chambers Nancy Lefevre 2019-04-26
Movie Down a Dark Hall Madame Duret 2018-08-01
Movie The Con Is On Harriet Fox 2018-05-04
Movie The House That Jack Built Lady 1 2018-10-04
Movie Beyond Boundaries: The Harvey Weinstein Scandal Herself (archive footage) 2018-08-21
Series The Slap Anouk 2015-02-12
Movie Burnt Simone 2015-10-02
Movie The Mundane Goddess Hera 2014-07-26
Movie The Gift Miss Anderson 2014-07-26
Movie Jump! Wendy 2014-07-26
Movie Nymphomaniac: Vol. I Mrs. H 2013-12-25
Movie Movie 43 Fake Lois Lane (segment "Super Hero Speed Dating") 2013-01-01
Movie Nymphomaniac: Vol. II Mrs. H 2013-12-25
Movie Love, Marilyn Herself 2012-09-12
Movie Bel Ami Madeleine Forestier 2012-03-09
Movie Playing for Keeps Patti 2012-11-29
Movie Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair The Bride 2011-03-27
Movie Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief Medusa 2010-02-01
Movie Ceremony Zoe 2010-10-08
Movie Motherhood Eliza Welsh 2009-01-21
Movie The Accidental Husband Dr. Emma Lloyd 2008-02-29
Movie My Zinc Bed Elsa 2008-08-27
Movie A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa Joy 2008-12-17
Movie The Life Before Her Eyes Diana 2007-09-08
Movie My Super Ex-Girlfriend Jenny Johnson 2006-06-20
Movie Prime Rafi Gardet 2005-09-21
Movie Shadows of the Bat: The Cinematic Saga of the Dark Knight Herself 2005-10-18
Movie Be Cool Edie Athens 2005-03-04
Movie The Producers Ulla 2005-12-25
Series The Reichen Show 2005-11-11
Movie The Naked Brothers Band: The Movie Herself 2005-10-23
Movie Kill Bill: Vol. 2 Beatrix "The Bride" Kiddo 2004-04-16
Movie The Making of 'Kill Bill: Vol. 1' Herself 2003-10-01
Movie Kill Bill: Vol. 1 Beatrix "The Bride" Kiddo 2003-10-10
Movie Paycheck Rachel 2003-12-25
Movie Hysterical Blindness Debby Miller 2002-01-16
Movie All the Love You Cannes! Self 2002-05-16
Movie Chelsea Walls Grace 2002-04-19
Movie Tape Amy Randall 2001-11-02
Movie Once Upon a Time: The Super Heroes Poison Ivy (archive footage) 2001-12-23
Movie Vatel Anne de Montausier 2000-05-01
Movie Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Power of Women in Hollywood Narrator 2000-08-03
Movie The Golden Bowl Charlotte Stant 2000-05-14
Movie Sweet and Lowdown Blanche Williams 1999-12-03
Movie Les Misérables Fantine 1998-05-01
Movie The Avengers Emma Peel 1998-08-13
Movie Batman & Robin Dr. Pamela Isley / Poison Ivy 1997-06-20
Movie Gattaca Irene Cassini 1997-09-07
Movie Beautiful Girls Andera 1996-02-09
Movie The Truth About Cats & Dogs Noelle 1996-04-26
Movie Duke of Groove 1996-05-07
Movie A Month by the Lake Miss Beaumont 1995-09-11
Movie Even Cowgirls Get the Blues Sissy Hankshaw 1994-05-13
Movie Pulp Fiction Mia Wallace 1994-09-10
Movie Mad Dog and Glory Glory 1993-03-05
Movie Jennifer Eight Helena Robertson 1992-11-06
Movie Final Analysis Diana Baylor 1992-02-07
Movie Robin Hood Maid Marian 1991-05-13
Movie Where the Heart Is Daphne McBain 1990-02-23
Movie Henry & June June Miller 1990-09-28
Movie Johnny Be Good Georgia Elkans 1988-03-22
Movie The Adventures of Baron Munchausen Venus / Rose 1988-12-07
Movie Dangerous Liaisons C├ęcile de Volanges 1988-12-21
Movie Kiss Daddy Goodnight Laura 1987-10-29