Natalie Portman Unlike many of her contemporaries who also started out as child actors,
Natalie Portman has successfully managed to parlay her early success into an enduring career.
Natalie made her feature-length film debut in 1994 with a key role in Luc Besson’s The
Professional, and has worked steadily ever since. She’s taken on roles in acclaimed dramas
such as 1996’s Beautiful Girls and 2004’s Garden State, starred alongside Hayden
Christensen and Samuel L. Jackson in the Star Wars prequels, and has held her own opposite
heavy-hitters like Jude Law, Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon.

Natalie kept a fairly low profile in 2006, appearing in only a couple of different projects.
First up was V for Vendetta, a futuristic thriller based on Alan Moore’s acclaimed graphic
novel. She followed that up with an appearance in a low-budget foreign film called Free Zone,
which cast Natalie as an American tourist exploring her roots in Israel. Natalie’s recurring
place on our Top 10 doesn’t come as much of a surprise, as she is one of the most interesting
and flat-out talented actresses of her generation.

Natalie’s fans can expect to see the object of their affections quite a bit in 2007, as the actress
is currently slated to appear in five films. Along with roles in art-house films such as Paris, je
t’aime, Goya’s Ghosts and My Blueberry Nights, Natalie will be seen opposite Scarlett
Johansson in the period piece The Other Boleyn Girl. Finally, Natalie is taking a rare stab at
the family-friendly genre with a role in Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium, in which she’ll
play the manager of the titular establishment alongside folks like Dustin Hoffman and Jason
Bateman.

Natalie Portman was born on June 9th, 1981 in Jerusalem, Israel, as the only child of a doctor
father (from Israel) and an artist mother (from Cincinnati, Ohio), who also acts as Natalie's
agent. She left Israel for Washington, DC, when she was still very young. After a few more
moves, her family finally settled in New York, where she still lives to this day. She graduated
with honors, and her academic achievements allowed her to attend Harvard.

She was discovered by an agent in a pizza parlor at the age of 11. She was pushed towards a
career in modeling but she decided that she would rather pursue a career in acting. She was
featured in many live performances, but she made her powerful film debut, at the tender age
of 12,  in the movie Léon (1994) (aka "The Professional"). Following this role Natalie won
roles in such films as Heat (1995), Beautiful Girls (1996), and Mars Attacks! (1996).

It wasn't until 1999 that Natalie received worldwide fame as Queen Amidala in the highly
anticipated prequel Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace. Afterwards, she starred in
two critically acclaimed comedy dramas, Anywhere But Here (1999), Where the Heart Is
(2000), and Closer (2004), for which she received an Oscar nomination.


Awards

2006
Delta 99 Most Desirable Women   #4
ShoWest Convention -ShoWest Award - Female Star of the Year
2005
Delta 99 Most Desirable Women   #5
Golden Globes - Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
                    for: Closer
2004
Delta 99 Most Desirable Women   #7
National Board of Review - Best Acting by an Ensemble    for: Closer
                                      Shared with: Jude Law,Clive Owen,Julia Roberts
San Diego Film Critics Society Awards - Award Best Supporting Actress       for: Closer
2002
Teen Choice Award - Film - Choice Actress, Drama/Action Adventure
                            for: Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones
2000
YoungStar Awards  - Best Young Actress/Performance in a Motion Picture Comedy
                            for: Where the Heart Is (2000)
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#4 Natalie Portman
2006   Delta 99