Centerstage: Cate Blanchett

4 02 2007

Real name:
Catherine Elise Blancett


Cate Blanchett graduated from Australia’s National Institute of Dramatic Art in 1992 and, in a little over a year, had won both critical and popular acclaim. On graduating from NIDA, she joined the Sydney Theatre Company’s production of Caryl Churchill’s “Top Girls”, then played Felice Bauer, the bride, in Timothy Daly’s “Kafka Dances”, winning the 1993 Newcomer Award from the Sydney Theatre Critics Circle for her performance. –

Filmography (broken up by performances and movie quality):
Creative zenith (four star performances)
Elizabeth (1998)
Notes on a Scandal (2006)
The Shipping News (2001)
The Gift (2000)
The Aviator (2004)

A cut above the rest (three star roles)
Veronica Guerin (2003)
Little Fish (2005)
Babel (2006)
The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
The Missing (2003)
Oscar and Lucinda (1997)
The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001-2003)
Coffee and Cigarettes (2003)

Lacking power (two star efforts)
Bandits (2001)
Heaven (2002)
The Good German (2006)
Charolette Gray (2001)
Pushing Tin (1999)
The Man Who Cried (2000)

Scaps (one star duds)
Bangers (1999)
The Life Aquatic (2004)
An Ideal Husband (1999)

On the Horizon (films to look for)
The Golden Age (2007) – A sequel to Elizabeth.
I’m Not There (2007)

Trivia (brought to you by

  • After completing work on the Lord of the Rings trilogy in the role of Galadriel, she kept and bronzed her elf ear prosthetics.
  • Was considered for the role of Clarice Starling in Hannibal. The part eventually went to Julianne Moore.
  • Chosen as one of People Magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful.” [1999]
  • Was originally going to play the role of Anna in Mike Nichols’s latest film Closer, but due to her second pregnancy she had to drop out, so it was recast with Julia Roberts instead.
  • By winning the Oscar for her portrayal of Katharine Hepburn, she became the first person to give an Oscar-winning portrayal of a previous Oscar winner.
  • Attended the 2005 Elle Style Awards held at London’s trendy Spitalfields Market. Posed for photos with fellow Australian Kylie Minogue, who was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award.



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