Cate Blanchett

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Cate Blanchett

Born

5/14/1969, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Birth Name

Catherine Elise Blanchett

Gender

Female
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Catherine Elise Blanchett was born on May 14, 1969 in Melbourne, Australia. Her mother is Australian, her father a native of Texas. He died when Cate was 10. At first, Cate studied art history and economy in Melbourne, but decided at the age of 18 to tour the…more

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  • Trivia

    • In 2014, Cate won another Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role playing Jasmine on Blue Jasmine.

    • Eleven years after her marriage to Andrew Upton, Cate revealed she regretted not having photographs of her wedding day taken. Cate said if there was any part of her life she would like to recapture, it would be that day.

    • In 2008, Cate was featured in a show by photographer Simon Annand. The pictures included in the exhibition are of the 30 minutes before an actor steps on the stage in theaters.

    • Cate was ranked #2 in Glamour's The 50 most glamorous women of '08.

    • At the 2008 Richard Attenborough Film Awards in England, Cate was awarded the 'Actress of the Year Award' for her performance in Elizabeth: The Golden Age.

    • Blanchett was been nominated in 2008 for the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance as Jude Quinn, a Bob Dylan-like figure whose experimentation with new musical styles alienates many of his old fans during a concert tour of England in Todd Haynes' film I'm Not There.

    • Blanchett was been nominated in 2008 for an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her performance as Queen Elizabeth I in Shekhar Kapur's critically disastrous drama Elizabeth: The Golden Age.

    • Cate is nominated twice for a Golden Globe in 2008, once for Elizabeth: The Golden Age as best leading actress in a drama, and once for I'm Not There as best supporting actress.

    • Cate was listed at #63 in Forbes magazine's Celebrity 100 of 2007.

    • Cate and writer-director husband, Andrew Upton had their third child on April 14, 2008. Their youngest child, a son, is named Ignatius Martin Upton.

    • Cate is slated to play musician Bob Dylan in the upcoming biographical feature film, "I'm not there". She is one of several actors who will play Dylan at various stages in his life. The film is set to be released in November, 2007.

    • Cate is the first performer to be awarded an Academy Award for playing a previous Oscar-winning actress.

    • Cate was originally scheduled to star in Miss Potter, but was forced to withdraw after she was confirmed for another role. The role was then given to Renee Zellwegger.

    • Cate honeymooned with her husband in Italy.

    • Cate has stated that it was difficult and terrifing to play the late Katharine Hepburn.

    • Cate has stated that she thinks that it is important thing to travel in her business.

    • Cate won an Australian Film Institute award for Best Lead Actress in 2005, for her role in the 2005 film Little Fish.

    • Cate was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress for her work in the 2003 film Veronica Guerin.

    • Cate is currently filming the sequel to her 1998 film Elizabeth. The title of the sequel is Elizabeth: The Golden Age. She will reprise her role as Queen Elizabeth, and the movie will focus on Elizabeth's relationship with Sir Walter Raleigh.

    • In 1992, Cate graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney, Australia.

    • In 1999, Cate was chosen by People Magazine as one of the "50 Most Beautiful People."

    • In 2004, Cate won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role, for her work in the 2004 film The Aviator.

    • In 2004, Cate won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for her work in the 2003 film Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.

    • In 2003, Cate was nominaed for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture for her work in the 2002 film Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.

    • In 2001, Cate was nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actress for her work in the 2001 film Bandits.

    • Cate was nominated in 1999 for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role, for her work in the 1998 movie Elizabeth.

    • In 1999, the Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards gave Cate the win for Best Actress, for her role in the 1998 film Elizabeth.

    • In 1999, Cate was nominated for the Academy Award's category of Actress in a Leading Role for her role in the 1998 film Elizabeth.

    • In 2005, Cate won an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role playing Katharine Hepburn on The Aviator.

    • Cate has an older brother, Bob, who is a computer programmer.

    • Cate gave birth to her son Roman Robert on April 23, 2004.

    • Cate's father, Robert Blanchett, was a former Naval officer.

    • Cate wears a size 6 shoe.

    • Cate gave birth to her son Dashiell John on December 3, 2001.

    • Cate married her husband, Andrew Upton, on December 29, 1997.

    • Cate is 5 feet 8.5 inches (1.74 metres) tall.

  • Quotes

    • Cate: Look, I live in the modern world as much as anyone else.

    • Cate: The word 'circumnavigate' is quite a beautiful word.

    • Cate: My everyday beauty routine is always rushed and pretty simple.

    • Cate: Look, it's one of the great mysteries of the world, I cannot answer that question. I think I'm vaguely blonde. To be perfectly frank, I don't know.

    • Cate: I'm always without sleep. I've got two kids. I understand sleep deprivation on a profound level.

    • Cate: Actresses can get outrageously precious about the way they look. That's not what life's about. If you starve yourself to the point where your brain cells shrivel, you will never do good work. And if you're overly conscious of your arms flapping in the wind, how can you look the other actor in the eye to respond to them?

    • Cate: There is not a lot of separation between work and home life.

    • Cate: There's an expression in Australia that's called 'Go Bush,' which means to get out of the city and relax. I try and 'go bush' to places where there's no cell reception. But, I don't get to do that often, so for the most part, it's just a state of mind.

    • Cate: I think we should stop drinking bottled water. There's no need to be drinking it if you're living in western communities.

    • Cate: I think that's what I love about my life. There's no maniacal master plan. It's just unfolding before me.

    • Cate: When you're directing something, you absolutely have to be involved in all layers of the process.

    • Cate: There are certain things in ancient practices that are not worth adhering to.

    • Cate: Don't you find that work, if you love it, is actually really invigorating?

    • Cate: I'm one of those strange beasts who really likes a corset.

    • Cate: I'm so misunderstood!

    • Cate: I don't understand a way to work other than bold-facedly running towards failure.

    • Cate: If I had my way, if I was lucky enough, if I could be on the brink my entire life - that great sense of expectation and excitement without the disappointment - that would be the perfect state.

    • Cate: I think it's always good to take on things that at first seem bigger than you. Then you just try and surmount them.

    • Cate: An actress once advised me, 'Make sure you do your own laundry - it will keep you honest.'

    • Cate: Violence and racism are bad. Whenever they occur they are to be condemned and we should not turn a blind eye to them.

    • Cate: I think Pilates is great, especially when you can do it with a trainer who keeps you on track.

    • Cate: If you know you are going to fail, then fail gloriously.

    • Cate: All cities do face similar, significant trends in the future... most importantly global warming and climate change.

    • Cate: Things present themselves to you, and it's how you choose to deal with them that reveals who you are. We all say a lot of things, don't we, about who we are and how we think. But in the end it's your actions, how you respond to circumstance that reveals your character.

    • Cate: If you age with somebody, you go through so many roles - you're lovers, friends, enemies, colleagues, strangers; you're brother and sister. That's what intimacy is, if you're with your soulmate.

    • Cate: I'm not sitting on a soapbox telling women what they should and shouldn't do, but I know what works for me.

    • Cate: I think at the prospect of bringing children into the world, your mortality comes very much to the forefront, absolutely.

    • Cate: I'm incredibly lucky that my profession allows me to be where I choose, really.

    • Cate: I'm not particularly interested in playing characters that think the way I do.

    • Cate: I'm scared of actors with a scheme.

    • Cate: I just don't see myself as the heroine in my own narrative.

    • Cate: My kids don't watch any TV, but they watch videos and films. I'm sure they watch it at friends' houses.

    • Cate: I'm not well read.

    • Cate: I went through a mod and goth-phase when I decided that I wouldn't ever be the bronzed beach-bunny. I started going as pale as I possibly could.

    • Cate: Every director works differently.

    • Cate: Being on stage a lot is quite physical.

    • Cate: I feel like I've been marinated in Australian theatre.

    • Cate: My husband keeps me really honest.

    • Cate: For me, I think the bigger something is, the more difficult it is to make it nimble and fleet afoot.

    • Cate: When something is a vocation, you don't really make a decision about it.

    • Cate: I'm not focused on what other people think of me.

    • Cate: I don't consciously think of how parenthood has changed me but I'm sure it must have.

    • Cate: You know you've made it when you've been moulded in miniature plastic. But you know what children do with Barbie dolls - it's a bit scary, actually.

    • Cate: It's important to travel and move and have a continual set of experiences so you've got more to feed back into your work. For me, it's a natural thing.

    • Cate: It's not the normal way to look at things but I experienced death at a really young age and because of that it's been part of my mental landscape that death is really very possible.

    • Cate: I discovered early on that some performers live their life in order to act, so all their relationships are simply an experience that they can feed back into their work. Which I find vampiric.

    • Cate: I had never done anything with blue screen before, or prosthetics, or anything like that. Lord of the Rings was like stepping into a videogame for me. It was another world completely. But, to be honest, I basically did it so that I could have the ears. I thought they would really work with my bare head.Working with Martin Scorsese was an absolute minute-by-minute education without him ever being grandiose about it.

    • Cate: Some ideas, like what you're going to do with your life, take time to form.

    • Cate: Planning cities is a necessary but risky business.

    • Cate: Marriage is a risk; I think it's a great and glorious risk, as long as you embark on the adventure in the same spirit.

    • Cate: I've an enormous respect for my mother who at the age of 39 raised three children, and I grew up with my grandmother in the household. And so it was a really strong household of women - my poor brother! It was great growing up with so many generations of women.

    • Cate: I don't have a sense of entitlement or that I deserve this. You'd be surprised at the lack of competition between nominees - I think a lot of it's imposed from the outside. Can I have my champagne now?

    • Cate: I have the embarrassing thing where often if you're watching a film, you kind of go through the emotions and the thought stages that your character went through, but you sort of do it with Tourette's. So I end up often crying when I'm crying, and looking angry when I'm looking angry, so it's pretty ugly.

    • Cate: I live my life parallel with my work, and they are both equally important. I'm always amazed how much people talk about celebrity and fame. I don't understand the attraction.

    • Cate: You can't really achieve anything in three years.

    • Cate: You can't be trying to make a film that pleases all people, you know, so it's not a concern of mine.

    • Cate: When you're onstage, you're acutely aware of the reaction of a particular group of people, because it's like a wave.

    • Cate: When you're a performer, of course you want an audience, but it's very, very different from courting fame.

    • Cate: When I see daughters with their fathers I wonder what that would be like, although not in a way that immobilizes me.

    • Cate: Well, I've never looked upon myself as being a beauty, per se.

    • Cate: There's not a long, entrenched tradition of theater-going in Australia.

    • Cate: The one thing that all great cities have in common is that they are all different.

    • Cate: People love events - they love performances, they love music - and I think Australians are great entertainers.

    • Cate: Particularly at the moment, it's an incredibly optimistic thing to bring children into the world.

    • Cate: It was only when I realized how actors have the power to move people that I decided to pursue acting as a career.

    • Cate: If you only exercise your soloist muscles, the other muscles quickly atrophy.

    • Cate: I'm very old fashioned.

    • Cate: I'm not sure if I want to direct a film, but certainly, as an actress, I'm always thinking, 'Surely this must be my last film.'

    • Cate: The world is so massively overpopulated, but if you're halfway decent-looking and you make nice ones, then I think it's probably your responsibility to make more. That's why we just have to have more of them!

    • Cate: Someone once said to me, and I think it's quite true, that if your bodies actually fit together when you're sleeping in bed - I'm not going to get into too much detail - you're in good stead. When you can spoon with someone, then you're OK. Because you might not vote the same way, you might not have the same politics, but sometimes that works for people.

    • Cate: (On playing Bob Dylan in "Just Like a Woman") I just strapped those breasts down and went for it.

    • Cate: Believe it or not, I'm pretty good at just doing nothing. I'm either sitting very still or running very fast.

    • Cate: I just don't understand women who go out with men who are younger than them.... I would understand sleeping with a 60-year-old man more.

    • Cate: (if she could talk about her role in Indiana Jones 4) I can't. I'll be shot. And so will you. (laughs) Don't joke, there's FBI people on the set. (laughs)

    • Cate: I think every woman who works with Clive has incredible romantic chemistry.

    • Cate: Being an actress on a film is a bit like you're aging in dog years. (laughs) It's quite confronting.

    • Cate: And I think the great thing about Shekhar and I working together is that I'm fascinated by history, and he's utterly disinterested.

    • Cate: Look, I think I run a hundred miles an hour away from projects every single time, and in the end, the ones that stick are the ones that sort of pursue you and you can't say no to.

    • Cate: (on the fight scene with Judi Dench in Notes on a Scandal) She was wearing this strange Ninja Turtle back pad that gave her a bit of a hump, which we had to hide.

    • Cate: I'm not interested in playing characters who see the world through my prism. I think the journey of understanding any character is to see how they tick and how they differ from you.

    • Cate: (on the births of her two children) The minute Dash came out, I felt my life was completely changed. And then when my second child came along, it expanded even more, because while I was expecting Roman I was thinking, 'Oh, I have such an intense love for the child I already have, how can I possibly love another just as much? But of course, you do, and that's a real life lesson there.

    • Cate: (not ruling out having more children) I do love being pregnant and I would love another child, but it isn't something that we plot and plan the time to do. You have to look at how having another child will affect the kids you do have and adore, but, if it happens, it would be fantastic.

    • Cate: (message to Angelina after her mother died) There's no easy way through it, it's terribly sad.

    • Cate: (on sharing skin cream with Brad Pitt on the set of "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button") We went through three weeks of make-up tests and he was covered in eczema from it all. We were talking about what we were going to do because our skin was taking a battering. So I had this girlie conversation with him and put these skin creams down, lined them up in front of him and he and Angelina went around the table trying them. Brad is so smart and generous. He's so wonderful I love him. I don't love him in the sense that I love my husband, but I adore him.

    • Cate: If you have a good sex life, getting pregnant is bound to happen eventually.

    • Cate: If I had my way, if I was lucky enough, if I could be on the brink my entire life - that great sense of expectation and excitement without disappointment - that would be a perfect state.

    • Cate: I'm a believer rather than a disbeliever. But I'm not particularly interested in knowing the future. I'd rather let life unfold. I'm not interested in controlling my environment.

    • Cate: You can't be trying to make a film that pleases all people, you know, so it's not a concern of mine.

    • Cate: I feel like I've been marinated in Australian theatre.

    • Cate: Violence and racism are bad. Whenever they occur they are to be condemned and we should not turn a blind eye to them.

    • Cate: Thank you to Martin Scorsese, I hope my son will marry your daughter.

    • Cate: I don't have a sense of entitlement or that I deserve this. You'd be surprised at the lack of competition between nominees. I think a lot of it's imposed from the outside. Can I have my champagne now?

    • Cate: Working with Martin Scorsese was an absolute minute-by-minute education without him ever being grandiose about it.

    • (Cate on her thoughts about models)
      Cate: I certainly think that when I flick through all the magazines at the hairdressers I like to see and am drawn to images that have an intelligence and mind at work behind them.

    • Cate: I had never done anything with blue screen before, or prosthetics, or anything like that. Lord of the Rings was like stepping into a videogame for me. It was another world completely. But, to be honest, I basically did it so that I could have the ears. I thought they would really work with my bare head.

    • Cate: You know you've made it when you've been moulded in miniature plastic. But you know what children do with Barbie dolls? It's a bit scary, actually.

    • (Cate when asked what color her hair is naturally)
      Cate: Look, it's one of the great mysteries of the world, I cannot answer that question. I think I'm vaguely blonde. To be perfectly frank, I don't know.

    • Cate Blanchett: If you know you are going to fail, then fail gloriously.

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