Uma Thurman

Uma Thurman


4/29/1970, Boston, Massachusetts

Birth Name

Uma Karuna Thurman



Also Known As

alana, U
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Uma Karuna Thurman was born on the 29th of April, 1970, in Boston. Uma is the name of a Hindu goddess, while 'Karuna' is one of the four sublime abodes in Buddhism, meaning 'compassion. Uma's father, Professor Robert Thurman, teaches Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University, and was…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • She's had very large feet all her life, since she was a little girl and teased for them. Today, Uma herself says they are about 10 1/2.

    • Uma is ranked #25 in the "100 Hottest Blondes of AIM". (2009)

    • Uma enjoys yoga and finds it a good way to "connect with other people."

    • Uma was ranked #83 in FHM's 100 Sexiest Women in the World of 2007.

    • Uma's height is 6'0" (1.83 m).

    • In March 2007, Uma and her partner of three years, Andre Balazs, announced they had split. This came mere days after rumors began that they were ready to get married in the West Indies.

    • Uma has revealed she is scared of closed spaces and in the scene where she was buried alive in Kill Bill 2, found the experience "horrific".

    • In late December, 2006, Uma broke her wrist on the set of The Accidental Husband. Initially it was suspected she had just sprained it, but required surgery the following day after it became swollen. Uma had to wear a cast and filming was suspended for a week in Connecticut.

    • Uma married Ethan Hawk in New York's Cathedral of St John the Divine in 1998. Their union was blessed by the Dalai Lama. Uma suffered public humiliation in August 2003, when Ethan was observed with Canadian model Jen Perzow. This lead to the end of their marriage, with the couple filing for divorce in 2004.

    • Uma was a cheerleader when she was younger.

    • When she was 10 years old, one of her mother's friends suggested that Uma should get a nose job.

    • Uma won a 2003 Golden Globe for Best Actress for her portrayal of Debby Miller in the movie Hysterical Blindness. She was also nominated for a SAG Award for her role, in the category of "Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries".

    • Uma's father has the distinction of being the first American to be ordained a Tibetan Buddhist monk. The Dalai Lama was a personal friend of his. Uma lived for extended periods in India with her family when she was growing up.

    • Uma has worked with Quentin Tarantino on Pulp Fiction and the two Kill Bill movies. Quentin wanted her to star in his Kill Bill movies so much, he put the films on hold until Uma was finished with her pregnancy. He has publicly stated numerous times that Uma is a form of muse to him.

    • Uma was married to actor Gary Oldman from 1990 to 1991.

    • Uma changed schools a lot as a child, and was often teased by the other kids for her strange name. She tried to call herself Kelly or Linda to avoid this teasing. She dropped out of high school and moved to New York to persue an acting career. She had to work as a dish washer and a model inable to support herself.

    • Uma received a 1995 Academy Award nomination (as best actress in a supporting role) for her performance as Mia Wallace in Pulp Fiction. She was also nominated for a 2005 Golden Globe Award (best actress in a movie drama) and a 2005 People's Choice Award (best action actress). For Pulp Fiction, she was nominated for a SAG Award for "Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role".

  • Quotes

    • Uma: The quality I'm most grateful for: the willingness to reinjure myself. Hope trumps experience. So I keep trying.

    • Uma: I'd like more children. I asked the doctor, she said there's still time. I still have the sippy cups.

    • Uma: (revealing she's considering being a stay-at-home mom and not getting married) I love acting. Truly, it is the first love of my life. But I am thinking of becoming a stay-at-home mother. I'm not getting married. For any human, a partner that you trust is invaluable and the partners that I trust most are my children.

    • Uma: It's better to have someone who cheats than someone who doesn't flush the toilet.

    • Uma: (on ex-husband Ethan Hawke) I cannot participate in anything critical about my children's father. I just need to keep peace. I think it's fair to say I haven't said one mean thing, and I'm not going to start now. It's terrible for my family.

    • Uma: I spent the first fourteen years of my life convinced that my looks were hideous. Adolescence is painful for everyone, I know, but mine was plain weird.

    • Uma: I was not particularly bright, I wasn't very athletic, I was a little too tall, odd, funny looking, I was just really weird as a kid.

    • Uma: Buddhism has had a major effect on who I am and how I think about the world. What I have learned is that I like all religions, but only parts of them.

    • Uma: I roast all kinds of poor animals. I feel guilty about it, but I'm a big roaster.

    • Uma: My ambitions have been raised as I have less to lose. I feel I could do anything and if people don't like it, then I'll go on to try something else. You see your friends go up and down the ladder, but it's such a temporal way to look at things. If you're a slave to the fame game then it's a really ugly universe. That's not my mission - and I feel fantastic.

  • She is great

    She is an amazing actress. Her supporting acting in Pulp Fiction was hypnotising. She is beautiful, not conventionaly beautiful but still... just heartbreakingly gorgeous. Everybody says she is ugly, but i find her attractive. She is excellent in KILL BILL the emotion she portrays is excellent.

    She further showed her talent and beauty in KILL BILL vol 2, this time she explored her "bride" character even more. Another great movie of hers is Gattaca, she was good in that too. In "My Super Ex Girlfriend" a crappy movie but still she was great in it. She is a great actress, one of my personal favorites.moreless
  • Uma is a perfect 10 in my eyes!!!!

    Uma has Talent, incredible good looks, killer body and intelligence to match. Uma is the perfect combination in a woman for any man!!!!! Uma rocks my world in many ways!!! Filmography

    1988 Johnny Be Good Georgia Elkans Dangerous Liaisons Cécile de Volanges Kiss Daddy Goodnight Laura The Adventures of Baron Munchausen Venus/Rose 1990 Henry & June June Miller Where the Heart Is Daphne McBain 1991 Robin Hood Maid Marian John Irvin version 1992 Final Analysis Diana Baylor Jennifer 8 Helena Robertson 1993 Mad Dog and Glory Glory Even Cowgirls Get the Blues Sissy Hankshaw 1994 Pulp Fiction Mia Wallace Nominated: Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress

    Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture 1995 A Month by the Lake Miss Beaumont 1996 The Truth About Cats & Dogs Noelle Beautiful Girls Andera 1997 Gattaca Irene Cassini Batman & Robin Dr. Pamela Isley/Poison Ivy 1998 Les Misérables Fantine The Avengers Emma Peel 1999 Sweet and Lowdown Blanche 2000 Vatel Anne de Montausier The Golden Bowl Charlotte Stant 2001 Tape Amy Randall 2002 Hysterical Blindness Debby Miller Producer

    Golden Globe Award for Best Actress, TV Mini-series 2003 Paycheck Dr. Rachel Porter Kill Bill Volume 1 The Bride/Black Mamba Nominated: Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama 2004 Kill Bill Volume 2 Beatrix Kiddo/The Bride/Mommy/Black Mamba Nominated: Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama 2005 The Naked Brothers Band Herself Be Cool Edie Athens Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind Kushana (Voice) English re-dub version of 1984 movie Prime Rafi Gardet The Producers: The Movie Musical Ulla 2006 My Super Ex-Girlfriend Jenny Johnson/G-Girl Nominated: People's Choice Awards 2008 The Life Before Her Eyes Diana The Accidental Husband Emma Lloyd also Producer My Zinc Bed TBA post-production Eloise in Paris Nanny TBA The Swarm[citation needed]moreless