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Born: Catherine Elise Blanchett,
May 14, 1969,
Clayton, Victoria, Australia
Father: Deceased, American (Texas), advertising exec.
Mother: June, Australian teacher.
Older brother: Bob, computer programmer.
Younger sister: Genevieve, who is a theater designer.
screenwriter/director (1997 - present)
Dashiell John Upton, born on December 3, 2001 in London, England;
Roman Robert, born on April 23, 2004
Methodist Ladies College in Melbourne, Australia;
National Institute of Dramatic Art, Sydney.
|The statuesque beauty began her distinctive acting
career as a student at Sydney's National Institute of Dramatic Art,
after doing undergraduate study in art history and economics at
Melbourne University. In Los Angeles Magazine, fellow Aussie thespian
(and Elizabeth co-star) Geoffrey Rush recalled seeing Blanchett
in a student production of Electra. "[My housemate] had alerted
me that she had an astonishing young woman in her class, and I went
to see the play," Rush related. "Indeed, she was an extraordinary
Blanchett graduated from the NIDA in 1992 and began appearing on
television (notably, in episodes of the Australian television series Police Rescue) and in theatrical productions staged at the
Sydney Theatre Company, making her impact two years later playing
the female lead in David Mamet's Oleanna. She considered
the script to be such a "misogynistic piece of crap" that she was
compelled to take the role on as a challenge, and she was rewarded
for the effort with a Sydney Theatre Critics Circle Rosemount Award
for Best Actress. The production also afforded the relative newcomer
her first chance to work with — and, in character, to accuse of
sexual harassment — one of her biggest fans, Geoffrey Rush.
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"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."
On her husband, Andrew Upton... "He thought I was aloof and I thought
he was arrogant, but once he kissed me, that was that."