NATALIE PORTMAN – THE ISRAELI / AMERICAN ACTRESS

Natalie Portman (real name Natalie Hershlag) was born on June 9, 1981 in Jerusalem, Israel. She is an Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe Award-winning Israeli-American actress. Natalie Portman , as a young child , spent her school holidays attending theatre camps where she developed her love of acting. After some experience in an off-Broadway musical, she was cast in Leon (released in North America as The Professional) at age twelve.

During the mid-1990s,Natalie Portman had small roles in films such as Heat, Everyone Says I Love You and Mars Attacks!, as well as having a major role in Beautiful Girls. She placed a priority on education and pursued tertiary education even when it conflicted with her acting career. In the late 1990s, Natalie Portman was cast as Queen Amidala in the Star Wars prequel trilogy. Recent roles include Anywhere But Here, Garden State, Closer, and V for Vendetta. For Closer, Natalie Portman received a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Academy Award.

Her father, Avner Hershlag, is an Israeli medical doctor specializing in the research and treatment of human fertility and reproduction (reproductive endocrinology). Her mother, Shelley Stevens, is a Jewish American artist who now works as her agent. Natalie Portman’s father’s family are descendants of Jewish immigrants from Poland and Romania, while her mother’s family were Jewish immigrants from Austria and Russia; her paternal grandfather’s parents died in Auschwitz and her Romanian-born great-grandmother was a spy for the British during World War II.

Her parents met at a Jewish student center at Ohio State University, where her mother was selling tickets. Natalie Portman’s father returned to Israel, but the two corresponded and were married when her mother visited Israel a few years later. When Natalie Portman was three years old, her family moved from Israel to her mother’s native United States, where her father pursued his medical training. The family lived in Washington, D.C. in 1984 and then Connecticut in 1988, before finally settling down in Syosset, New York in 1990. Natalie Portman is an only child and very close to her parents, who are often seen with her at movie premieres; her mother always accompanied pre-adult Portman to movie shoot locations. Natalie Portman started taking dancing lessons at the age of four, performed in local troupes, and dreamed of dancing on Broadway. At the age of ten Portman was discovered in a pizza parlor by an agent for Revlon, who offered her an opportunity to model. She asked to be introduced to acting talent scouts, and took “Portman”, her grandmother’s maiden name, as her professional stage surname.

Starting at age 13, Natalie Portman spent her school holidays attending upscale theatre camps Stagedoor Manor and Usdan Camp, where she forged her love for acting, playing roles in the camp productions such as the title character in Anne of Green Gables, Dream Laurey in Oklahoma! and Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In 1993 Natalie Portman was handed her first professional role as an understudy for the off-Broadway musical Ruthless!. Her inaugural experience in professional theatre led her to audition for Luc Besson’s 1994 film Leon (aka The Professional). She was intially turned down for the role due to her youth, but further auditioning won her the part. Soon after Portman was given the part, she took Portman as her stage name in the interest of privacy. In the film, Portman plays an orphaned girl who befriends a much older assassin. Leon opened on November 18, 1994 and marked her feature film debut at age thirteen. That same year appeared in the short film Developing which aired on television.
NATALIE PORTMAN DATES

  • Moby (2000)
  • Hayden Christensen (2000 – 2001)
  • Lukas Haas (2001)
  • Adam Levine (2002)
  • Gael Garcia Bernal (2003)
  • Jude Law (2004 – 2006)
  • Javier Bardem (2005)
  • Kai Jurgensen (2006)
  • Nathan Rothschild (2006)
  • Andy Samberg (2007)
  • Nathan Bogle (2007 – now)

FILMOGRAPHY

  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2011)
  • Thor (2011)
  • Black Swan (2011)
  • Your Highness (2011)
  • Hesher (2010)
  • Brothers (2009)
  • Love and Other Impossible Pursuits (2009)
  • New York, I Love You (2009)
  • The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)
  • Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium (2007)
  • The Darjeeling Limited (2007)
  • Hotel Chevalier (2007)
  • My Blueberry Nights (2007)
  • “The Simpsons” (1 episode, 2007)
  • Goya’s Ghosts (2006)
  • Paris, je t’aime (2006)
  • V for Vendetta (2005)
  • Free Zone (2005)
  • Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005)
  • Domino One (2005)
  • Closer (2004)
  • True (2004)
  • Garden State (2004)
  • “Sesame Street” (1 episode, 2004)
  • Cold Mountain (2003)
  • Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002)
  • Where the Heart Is (2000)
  • Anywhere But Here (1999)
  • Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)
  • Mars Attacks! (1996)
  • Everyone Says I Love You (1996)
  • Beautiful Girls (1996)
  • Heat (1995)
  • The Professional (1994)
  • Developing (1994)

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MALALAI JOYA – THE BRAVEST AFGHAN WOMAN

Malalai Joya (born April 25, 1978) is an Afghan politician who has been called “the bravest woman in Afghanistan.” As an elected member of the Wolesi Jirga from Farah province, she has publicly denounced the presence of what she considers warlords and war criminals in the parliament. She is an outspoken critic of both the Taliban as well as the present Afghan government of Karzai and its western supporters.

In May 2007, Joya was suspended from the parliament on the grounds that she had insulted fellow representatives in a television interview. Her suspension, which is currently being appealed, has generated protest internationally and appeals for her reinstatement have been signed by high profile writers, intellectuals such as Naomi Klein and Noam Chomsky, and politicians including Members of Parliament from Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy and Spain. Joya has been compared to the symbol of Burma’s democracy movement, Aung San Suu Kyi. TIME magazine named Malalai Joya to the 2010 TIME 100, the magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Joya has written a memoir with Canadian writer Derrick O’Keefe, under the title of “Raising My Voice”. Her most memorable quote is: “It is time for the women of Afghanistan to be unveiled, and for Afghanistan to rise again and be the great nation we remember it to be.” To be a woman growing up in Afghanistan under the Taliban and to survive is in itself a major feat. To be so lucky as to become literate in a place where girls are shrouded and denied even fresh air is close to a miracle. To start underground schools and educate girls under the noses of turbaned, self-appointed defenders of virtue and forbidders of vice is truly extraordinary.

But to get a seat in parliament and refuse to be silent in the face of the Taliban and warlord zealots shows true fiber. When Malalai Joya did this, her opponents responded in the usual way: expulsion from parliament, warnings, intimidation and attempts to cut her life short. She has survived all of it. Malalai, 31, is a leader. I hope in time she comes to see the U.S. and NATO forces in her country as her allies. She must use her notoriety, her demonstrated wit and her resilience to get the troops on her side instead of out of her country. The road to freedom is long and arduous and needs every hand.

AWARDS & HONORS

  • January 2004, The Cultural Union of Afghans in Europe, awarded her the “Malalai of Maiwand” award for her brave speech in the Loya Jirga.
  • December 2004, the Valle d’Aosta Province of Italy awarded her the International Women of the Year 2004 Award.
  • March 15, 2006, Mr. Tom Bates, Mayor of Berkeley presented a certificate of honor to her for “her continued work on behalf of human rights”.
  • March 2006, she got the “Gwangju Award for Human Rights 2006” from May 18th Foundation in South Korea.
  • Aug.2006, the Women’s Peacepower Foundation awarded Joya “Women of Peace award 2006”.
  • She was named among the “1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize 2005”
  • The World Economic Forum selected Joya among 250 Young Global Leaders for 2007.
  • 2007 Golden Fleur-de-Lis (Giglio d’Oro) award given by Town Council of Toscana Region of Italy (July 23, 2007).
  • September 11, 2007, The European Parliament named Joya among five nominees for Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought 2007.
  • October 6, 2007, Commune of Viareggio city of Italy awarded her the Mare Nostrum Award.
  • October 9, 2007, Commune of the Provincia di Arezzo, Comune di Bucine and Comune di Supino in Italy present Honorary citizenships to her.
  • November 2007, The 14th Angel Award by The Angel Festival, CA, USA.
  • February 11, 2008, Malalai Joya and the documentary “Enemies of Happiness” was honoured with the “International Human Rights Film Award” by Amnesty International, Cinema for Peace and Human Rights Film Network. The award was given to her by two times academy award winning actress Hilary Swank.
  • October 6, 2008, Malalai Joya received the Anna Politkovskaya Award in London which is given to courageous women who have defended human rights.
  • October 21, 2008, Regional Council of Tuscany (Italy) presented Malalai Joya a Gold Medal.
  • October 30, 2008, Spanish organization, Spanish Committee for the Assistance to the Refugees (CEAR), announce Malalai Joya and Kurdish activist Leyla Zana winner of 2008 Juan Maria Bandres award for Human Rights and solidarity with the refugees.
  • March 28, 2009, International Anti-discrimination Award 2009 by Dutch Unity is Strength Foundation, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
  • November 8, 2009, US Member of Congress Barbara Lee Honors Malalai Joya.
  • April 29, 2010, named to the 2010 TIME 100, the magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world, although she is angry at how she was portrayed as in favor of the NATO and U.S. occupation.
  • June 23, 2010, Spanish daily El Mundo awards Yo Dona International award of “premio a la Labor Humanitaria” to Malalai in Madrid.

FILMS

  • Malalai Joya champions rape victims, 2008, by Glyn Strong.
  • Enemies of Happiness, 2006, directed by Eva Mulvad.
  • A Woman Among Warlords (2007). Directed by Eva Mulvad. Aired on the Wide Angle TV series in September 2007.
  • Afghanistan Unveiled 2004, by Nicolas Delloye, Aina Productions.

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