Uma Thurman

Uma Thurman

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    • April 29th, 1970
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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Acting (52 Credits)

2020The War with Grandpa as Sally
2019Chambers (2019) as Nancy Lefevre
2018The Con is On as Harriet Fox
2018Down a Dark Hall as Madame Duret
2018The House That Jack Built as Lady 1
2015Burnt as Simone
2015The Slap (US) as Anouk
2013Nymphomaniac: Vol. I as Mrs. H
2013Movie 43 as Fake Lois Lane (segment "Super Hero Speed Dating")
2013Nymphomaniac: Vol. II as Mrs. H
2012Bel Ami as Madeleine Forestier
2012Playing for Keeps as Patti
2011Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair as The Bride / Beatrix Kiddo (Black Mamba) / Mommy
2010Ceremony as Zoe
2010Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief as Medusa
2009Motherhood as Eliza Welsh
2008My Zinc Bed as Elsa
2008The Accidental Husband as Dr. Emma Lloyd
2008A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa as Joy
2007The Life Before Her Eyes as Diana
2006My Super Ex-Girlfriend as Jenny Johnson
2005Prime as Rafi Gardet
2005Be Cool as Edie Athens
2005The Producers as Ulla
2004Kill Bill: Vol. 2 as Beatrix "The Bride" Kiddo
2003Kill Bill: Vol. 1 as Beatrix "The Bride" Kiddo
2003Paycheck as Rachel
2002Hysterical Blindness as Debby Miller
2001Tape as Amy Randall
2001Chelsea Walls as Grace
2000Vatel as Anne de Montausier
2000The Golden Bowl as Charlotte Stant
1999Sweet and Lowdown as Blanche Williams
1998The Avengers as Emma Peel
1998Les Misérables as Fantine
1997Gattaca as Irene Cassini
1997Batman & Robin as Dr. Pamela Isley / Poison Ivy
1996The Truth About Cats & Dogs as Noelle
1996Beautiful Girls as Andera
1995A Month by the Lake as Miss Beaumont
1994Pulp Fiction as Mia Wallace
1993Even Cowgirls Get the Blues as Sissy Hankshaw
1993Mad Dog and Glory as Glory
1992Final Analysis as Diana Baylor
1992Jennifer 8 as Helena Robertson
1991Robin Hood as Maid Marian
1990Henry & June as June Miller
1990Where the Heart Is as Daphne McBain
1988Johnny Be Good as Georgia Elkans
1988Dangerous Liaisons as Cécile de Volanges
1988The Adventures of Baron Munchausen as Venus / Rose
1987Kiss Daddy Goodnight as Laura

Herself (4 Credits)

2019QT8: The First Eight as Self (archive footage)
2012Love, Marilyn as Herself
2005The Naked Brothers Band: The Movie as Herself
2003The Making of 'Kill Bill' as Herself


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