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Catherine Elise Blanchett

(1969-05-14) 14 May 1969 (age 49)
Ivanhoe, Victoria, Australia
Residence Crowborough, East Sussex, England
Alma mater National Institute of Dramatic Art
  • Actress
  • theatre director
Years active1992–present
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Andrew Upton (m. 1997)
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Catherine Elise Blanchett, AC ( /ˈblænət/ ; [1] [2] born 14 May 1969) is an Australian actress and theatre director. She has received many accolades, including two Academy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, and three BAFTA Awards. Time named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2007, and in 2018, she was ranked among the highest-paid actresses in the world.

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After graduating from the National Institute of Dramatic Art, Blanchett began her acting career on the Australian stage, taking on roles in Electra in 1992 and Hamlet in 1994. She came to international attention for portraying Elizabeth I of England in the drama film Elizabeth (1998), for which she won the BAFTA Award for Best Actress and earned her first nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress. Her portrayal of Katharine Hepburn in the biographical drama The Aviator (2004), earned her the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, and she won Best Actress for playing a neurotic divorcée in the black comedy-drama Blue Jasmine (2013). Her other Oscar-nominated roles were in the dramas Notes on a Scandal (2006), Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007), I'm Not There (2007), and Carol (2015).

National Institute of Dramatic Art Australian national education and training institute for students in the performing arts

The National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) is an Australian national education and training institute for students in the performing arts. Since 1958, NIDA has educated students in performance and production for theatre, film and television. It offers programs ranging from degrees to public short courses, including holiday programs and corporate training.

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Blanchett's most commercially successful films include The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001–2003) and The Hobbit trilogy (2012–2014), Babel (2006), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), Cinderella (2015), Thor: Ragnarok (2017), and Ocean's 8 (2018). From 2008 to 2013, Blanchett and her husband Andrew Upton served as the artistic directors of the Sydney Theatre Company. Some of her stage roles during this period were in revivals of A Streetcar Named Desire , Uncle Vanya , and The Maids . She made her Broadway debut in 2017 with The Present , for which she received a Tony Award nomination.

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Blanchett has been awarded the Centenary Medal by the Australian government, who made her a companion of the Order of Australia in 2017. [3] She was appointed Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government in 2012. She has been presented with a Doctor of Letters from the University of New South Wales, University of Sydney, and Macquarie University. In 2015, she was honoured by the Museum of Modern Art and received the British Film Institute Fellowship.

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Early life

Blanchett was born on 14 May 1969 in the Melbourne suburb of Ivanhoe. [4] Her Australian mother, June Blanchett (born Gamble), [5] worked as a property developer and teacher, and her American father, Robert DeWitt Blanchett, Jr., a Texas native, was a United States Navy Chief Petty Officer who later worked as an advertising executive. [6] [7] [8] The two met when Blanchett's father's ship broke down in Melbourne. [9] When Blanchett was 10, her father died of a heart attack, leaving her mother to raise the family on her own. [10] [11] Blanchett is the middle of three children, she has an older brother Bob Blanchett (born 1968), and a younger sister Genevieve Blanchett (born 1971). [10] Her ancestry includes English, some Scottish, and remote French roots. [11] [12] [13]

Ivanhoe, Victoria Suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Ivanhoe is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 10 km north-east of Melbourne's Central Business District. Its local government area is the City of Banyule. At the 2016 Census, Ivanhoe had a population of 12,171.

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Blanchett has described herself as being "part extrovert, part wallflower" during childhood. [10] She had a penchant for dressing in traditionally masculine clothing, and went through goth and punk phases during her teenage years, and shaved her head at one point. [10] She attended primary school in Melbourne at Ivanhoe East Primary School; for her secondary education, she attended Ivanhoe Girls' Grammar School and then Methodist Ladies' College, where she explored her passion for the performing arts. [14] In her late teens and early twenties, she worked at a nursing home in Victoria. [15] She studied economics and fine arts at the University of Melbourne but dropped out after one year to travel overseas. While in Egypt, Blanchett was asked to play an American cheerleader, as an extra in the Egyptian boxing movie, Kaboria; in need of money, she accepted. [10] [16] Upon her return to Australia, she moved to Sydney and enrolled in the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) to pursue an acting career. [16] She graduated from NIDA in 1992 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. [10]

Ivanhoe Girls Grammar School independent Anglican school for girls in Ivanhoe, Victoria, Australia

Ivanhoe Girls' Grammar School, is an independent, Anglican, day school for girls, located in Ivanhoe, an eastern suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Methodist Ladies College, Melbourne private girls school in Melbourne, Australia

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University of Melbourne Australian public university located in Melbourne, Victoria

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Blanchett's first major stage role was opposite Geoffrey Rush, in the 1992 David Mamet play Oleanna for the Sydney Theatre Company. That year, she was also cast as Clytemnestra in a production of Sophocles' Electra . A couple of weeks after rehearsals, the actress playing the title role pulled out, and director Lindy Davies cast Blanchett in the role. Her performance as Electra became one of her most acclaimed at NIDA. [9] In 1993, Blanchett was awarded the Sydney Theatre Critics' Best Newcomer Award for her performance in Timothy Daly's Kafka Dances and won Best Actress for her performance in Mamet's Oleanna, making her the first actor to win both categories in the same year. [9] Blanchett played the role of Ophelia in an acclaimed 1994–1995 Company B production of Hamlet directed by Neil Armfield, starring Rush and Richard Roxburgh, and was nominated for a Green Room Award. [17] She appeared in the 1994 TV miniseries Heartland opposite Ernie Dingo, the miniseries Bordertown (1995) with Hugo Weaving, and in an episode of Police Rescue entitled "The Loaded Boy". [18] [19] She also appeared in the 50-minute drama short Parklands (1996), which received an Australian Film Institute (AFI) nomination for Best Original Screenplay. [20] [21]

Blanchett made her feature film debut with a supporting role as an Australian nurse captured by the Japanese Army during World War II, in Bruce Beresford's film Paradise Road (1997), which co-starred Glenn Close and Frances McDormand. [11] Her first leading role was as Lucinda Leplastrier in Gillian Armstrong's romantic drama Oscar and Lucinda (1997), opposite Ralph Fiennes. [11] Blanchett received wide acclaim for her performance, [16] and earned her first AFI Award nomination as Best Leading Actress; she lost to Deborah Mailman in Radiance (1998). [22] She won the AFI Best Actress Award in the same year for her role as Lizzie in the romantic comedy Thank God He Met Lizzie (1997), co-starring Richard Roxburgh and Frances O'Connor. [16] By 1997, Blanchett had accrued significant praise and recognition in her native Australia. [16]

Her first high-profile international role was as Elizabeth I of England in the critically acclaimed film Elizabeth (1998), directed by Shekhar Kapur. The film catapulted her to stardom, and her performance garnered wide recognition, earning her the Golden Globe Award and British Academy Award (BAFTA), and her first Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. [9] [17] The following year, Blanchett appeared in Bangers (1999), an Australian short film part of Stories of Lost Souls , a compilation of thematically-related short stories. The short was written and directed by her husband, Andrew Upton, and produced by Blanchett and Upton. [23] [24] She also appeared in the Mike Newell comedy Pushing Tin (1999), costarring Billy Bob Thornton and Angelina Jolie (critics singled out Blanchett's performance), [16] and the critically acclaimed Anthony Minghella film The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), alongside Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, and Philip Seymour Hoffman. She received her second BAFTA nomination for her performance in The Talented Mr. Ripley. [11]


Already an acclaimed actress, Blanchett received a host of new fans when she appeared in Peter Jackson's Oscar-winning blockbuster trilogy, The Lord of the Rings , playing the role of Galadriel in all three films. [11] The trilogy holds the record as the highest-grossing film trilogy of all time. [25] In addition to The Lord of the Rings, 2001 also saw Blanchett diversify her portfolio with a range of roles in the dramas Charlotte Gray and The Shipping News and the American crime-comedy Bandits , for which she earned a second Golden Globe and SAG Award nomination. [26]

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Blanchett at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2007

In 2002, Blanchett appeared, opposite Giovanni Ribisi, in Tom Tykwer-directed Heaven , the first film in an unfinished trilogy by acclaimed writer-director Krzysztof Kieślowski. [17] [27] 2003 saw Blanchett again playing a wide range of roles: Galadriel in the third and final installment of the Lord of the Rings film trilogy (which won the Academy Award for Best Picture); the Ron Howard-directed western-thriller The Missing ; Jim Jarmusch's Coffee and Cigarettes – playing two roles (both against herself) – for which she received an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female nomination; and the biographical film Veronica Guerin , which earned her a Golden Globe Best Actress Drama nomination. [17]

In 2005, she won her first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her acclaimed portrayal of Katharine Hepburn in Martin Scorsese's The Aviator . [28] This made Blanchett the first actor to garner an Academy Award for playing an Oscar-winning actor. [29] She lent her Oscar statue to The Australian Centre for the Moving Image. [30] That year, Blanchett won the Australian Film Institute Best Actress Award for her role as Tracy Heart, a former heroin addict, in the Australian film Little Fish , co-produced by her and her husband's production company, Dirty Films. [23] Though lesser known globally than some of her other films, Little Fish received great critical acclaim in Blanchett's native Australia and was nominated for 13 Australian Film Institute awards. [31] [32]

In 2006, she starred opposite Brad Pitt in the multi-lingual, multi-narrative ensemble drama Babel , directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, which received seven Academy Award nominations; the Steven Soderbergh-directed drama The Good German with George Clooney, and the acclaimed psychological thriller Notes on a Scandal opposite Dame Judi Dench. [16] [17] Blanchett received a third Academy Award nomination for her performance in the latter film. [33]

In 2007, Blanchett was named as one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World and also one of the most successful actresses by Forbes magazine. [34] Blanchett had a cameo as Janine, forensic scientist and ex-girlfriend of Simon Pegg's character in Edgar Wright's Hot Fuzz (2007). The cameo was uncredited and she gave her fee to charity. [35] [36] She reprised her role as Queen Elizabeth I in the 2007 sequel Elizabeth: The Golden Age , and portrayed Jude Quinn, one of six incarnations of Bob Dylan in Todd Haynes' experimental film I'm Not There . She won the Volpi Cup Best Actress Award at the Venice Film Festival (accepted by fellow Australian actor and I'm Not There co-star Heath Ledger), the Independent Spirit and Golden Globe Best Supporting Actress Award for her portrayal of Jude Quinn. [37] At the 80th Academy Awards, Blanchett received two Academy Award nominations – Best Actress for Elizabeth: the Golden Age and Best Supporting Actress for I'm Not There – becoming the eleventh actor to receive two acting nominations in the same year, and the first female actor to receive another nomination for the reprisal of a role. [38] Of her achievement that year, critic Roger Ebert said, "That Blanchett could appear in the same Toronto International Film Festival playing Elizabeth and Bob Dylan, both splendidly, is a wonder of acting". [39]


She next appeared in Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull , as the villainous KGB agent Col. Dr. Irina Spalko, Spielberg's favorite villain from the entire series, [40] and in David Fincher's Oscar-nominated The Curious Case of Benjamin Button , co-starring with Brad Pitt for a second time. Blanchett voiced the character of Granmamare for the English version of the film Ponyo , released July 2008. [41] On 5 December 2008, Blanchett was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame with a motion pictures star at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard in front of Grauman's Egyptian Theatre. [42]

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Blanchett at the 2011 Sydney Film Festival

In 2008, Blanchett and her husband became co-CEOs and artistic directors of the Sydney Theatre Company (STC). [43] [44] Blanchett returned to acting in the theatre in 2009 with the Sydney Theatre Company production of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire , directed by Liv Ullmann. She starred as Blanche DuBois alongside Joel Edgerton as Stanley Kowalski. Ullmann and Blanchett had been meaning to collaborate on a project since Ullman's intended film adaption of A Doll's House fell by the wayside. Blanchett proposed embarking on Streetcar to Ullmann, who jumped at the opportunity after initial discussion. [45] [46]

A Streetcar Named Desire production traveled from Sydney to the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York, and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. [47] [48] It was critically and commercially successful and Blanchett received critical acclaim for her performance as Blanche DuBois. [8] [49] [50] [51] The New York Times critic Ben Brantley said, "DuBois has been pulled gently and firmly down to earth by Ms. Blanchett and Ms. Ullmann ... What Ms. Blanchett brings to the character is life itself, a primal survival instinct ... Ms. Ullmann and Ms. Blanchett have performed the play as if it had never been staged before, with the result that, as a friend of mine put it, "you feel like you're hearing words you thought you knew pronounced correctly for the first time."" [52] The Washington Post 's Peter Marks proclaimed, "What Blanchett achieves in the Sydney Theatre Company's revelatory revival of "A Streetcar Named Desire" amounts to a truly great portrayal – certainly the most heartbreaking Blanche I've ever experienced." [53] John Lahr of The New Yorker said of her portrayal, "Blanchett, with her alert mind, her informed heart, and her lithe, patrician silhouette, gets it right from the first beat ... Blanchett doesn't make the usual mistake of foreshadowing Blanche's end at the play's beginning; she allows Blanche a slow, fascinating decline ... I don't expect to see a better performance of this role in my lifetime." [54] Jane Fonda, who attended a New York show, deemed it "perhaps the greatest stage performance I have ever seen", [55] and Meryl Streep declared, "That performance was as naked, as raw and extraordinary and astonishing and surprising and scary as anything I've ever seen ... She took the layers of a person and just peeled them away. I thought I'd seen that play, I thought I knew all the lines by heart, because I've seen it so many times, but I'd never seen the play until I saw that performance." [56] Blanchett won the Sydney Theatre Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. [57] The production and Blanchett received Helen Hayes Awards, for Outstanding Non-Resident Production and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Non-Resident Production award, respectively. [58]

In 2010, Blanchett appeared opposite Russell Crowe in Ridley Scott's epic war film Robin Hood . In 2011, she played the antagonist CIA agent Marissa Wiegler in Joe Wright's action thriller film Hanna .

In 2011, Blanchett took part in two Sydney Theatre Company productions. She played Lotte Kotte in a new translation of Botho Strauß's 1978 play Groß und klein (Big and Small) from Martin Crimp, directed by Benedict Andrews. [59] After its Sydney run, the production traveled to London, Paris, the Vienna Festival and Ruhrfestspiele. [8] Blanchett and the production received wide acclaim. [60] [61] [62] [63] [64] Blanchett was nominated for the London Evening Standard Award for Best Actress, [65] and won the Sydney Theatre Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role [66] and the Helpmann Award for Best Actress. [67] She then played Yelena, opposite Hugo Weaving and Richard Roxburgh, in Andrew Upton's adaptation of Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya , which traveled to the Kennedy Center and the New York City Center as part of the Lincoln Center Festival. [68] The production and Blanchett received critical acclaim, [5] [69] [70] with The New York Times' Ben Brantley declaring, "I consider the three hours I spent on Saturday night watching [the characters] complain about how bored they are among the happiest of my theatregoing life ... This Uncle Vanya gets under your skin like no other I have seen ... [Blanchett] confirms her status as one of the best and bravest actresses on the planet." [71] The Washington Post's Peter Marks dubbed the production Washington D.C's top theatrical event of 2011. [5] Blanchett received the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Non-Resident Production, and the Helpmann Award for Best Actress. [67] [72]


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Blanchett at the Deauville American Film Festival in 2013

Blanchett reprised her role as Galadriel in Peter Jackson's adaptations of The Hobbit (2012–2014), prequel to The Lord of the Rings series, filmed in New Zealand. [73] She voiced the role of "Penelope" in the Family Guy episode "Mr. and Mrs. Stewie", which aired on 29 April 2012, and Queen Elizabeth II in the episode "Family Guy Viewer Mail 2". [74] [75] Blanchett returned to Australian film with her appearance in The Turning (2013), an anthology film based on a collection of short stories by Tim Winton. [76] She was head of jury of the 2012 and 2013 Dubai International Film Festival. [77] The Sydney Theatre Company's 2013 season was Blanchett's final one as co-CEO and artistic director. [43] [78]

In 2013, Blanchett played Jasmine French, the lead role in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine , co-starring Alec Baldwin and Sally Hawkins. She received rave reviews for her performance, with some critics calling it the best role of her career (surpassing her acclaimed starring role in Elizabeth ). [79] The performance earned her more than 40 industry and critics awards, including LAFCA Award, NYFCC Award, NSFC Award, Critics' Choice Award, Santa Barbara International Film Festival Outstanding Performance of the Year Award, SAG award, Golden Globe award, BAFTA award, Independent Film Spirit Award and the Academy Award for Best Actress. [80] Blanchett's win made her just the sixth actress to win an Oscar in both of the acting categories, the third to win Best Actress after Best Supporting Actress, and the first Australian to win more than one acting Oscar. [81] [82] [83]

Allen's daughter Dylan Farrow has since criticized Blanchett and other actresses for working with Allen. [84] [85] Blanchett responded, "It's obviously been a long and painful situation for the family and I hope they find some resolution and peace." [86] In response to questions about her advocacy for women in Hollywood as part of the Me Too movement, Blanchett stated that the justice system, and not social media, should be the "judge and jury" in such cases. [87] [88]

In 2014, Blanchett co-starred with Matt Damon and George Clooney in the latter's film, The Monuments Men , based on the true story of a crew of art historians and museum curators who recover renowned works of art stolen by Nazis. [89] The film featured an ensemble cast, including John Goodman, Bill Murray, Hugh Bonneville, and Jean Dujardin. She voiced the part of Valka in 2014's How to Train Your Dragon 2 . [90] The animated film was a critically acclaimed, box-office success, [91] won the Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film and received an Academy Award nomination. [92] [93] Blanchett guest starred on the Australian show Rake , as the onscreen female version of Richard Roxburgh's rogue protagonist, Cleaver. [94] On 29 January 2015, she co-hosted the 4th AACTA Awards with Deborah Mailman. [95]

In 2015, Blanchett starred in five films. She portrayed Nancy in Terrence Malick's Knight Of Cups , which premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival. [96] Indiewire named Blanchett's performance in Knight of Cups one of the 15 best performances in Terrence Malick films. [97] She then portrayed Lady Tremaine, Cinderella's evil stepmother, in Disney's live-action re-imagining of Charles Perrault's Cinderella and the 1950 animated film, to critical acclaim. [98] [99] She starred opposite Rooney Mara in Carol , the film adaption of Patricia Highsmith's The Price of Salt , reuniting her with director Todd Haynes. Blanchett is an executive producer on the film. [100] She received Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, and BAFTA Award nominations for her performance in Carol. [101] [102] [103] She also portrayed Mary Mapes opposite Robert Redford's Dan Rather in Truth , a film about the Killian documents controversy. Blanchett's production company was a producing partner for the film. [104] Blanchett also appeared in Manifesto , Julian Rosefeldt's multi-screen video installation, in which 12 artist manifestos are depicted by 13 different characters played by Blanchett. [105] In 2016, Blanchett narrated one of two versions of Terence Malick's documentary on Earth and the universe, Voyage of Time , which had its world premiere at the 73rd Venice Film Festival. [106] [107] [108]


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Blanchett at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con

In 2017, Blanchett starred in the Sydney Theater Company play The Present, Andrew Upton's adaption of Anton Chekhov's play Platonov , directed by John Crowley. [109] The production debuted in Sydney in 2015, to critical acclaim, and transferred to Broadway in 2017, [110] [111] marking Blanchett's Broadway debut. [112] Blanchett's performance during the play's Broadway run also received critical acclaim. [113] [114] She received a Tony Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play, [115] a Drama Desk Award nomination, [116] and a Drama League Award nomination for the Distinguished Performance Award. [117] In 2017, Blanchett also appeared in Malick's Song to Song , shot back-to-back with Knight of Cups in 2012, [118] and portrayed the villain Hela in the Marvel Comics superhero film Thor: Ragnarok , directed by Taika Waititi. [119]

In 2018, Blanchett starred in Ocean's 8 , the all-female spin-off of the Ocean's Eleven franchise, directed by Gary Ross, opposite Sandra Bullock, Anne Hathaway, Sarah Paulson, Mindy Kaling, Helena Bonham Carter and Rihanna. [120] [121] [122] She also portrayed Florence Zimmerman in the film adaptation of The House with a Clock in Its Walls . [123] Blanchett was President of the Jury of the 71st Cannes Film Festival, which took place in May 2018. [124] That year, Forbes estimated her annual earning to be $12.5 million, and ranked her as the eighth highest-paid actress in the world. [125]

Blanchett voiced the sinister python Kaa in Andy Serkis' adaptation of The Jungle Book titled Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle , in which he mixes motion capture, CG animation, and live-action. [126] It was reported in 2015 that she will develop and direct Australian drama series Stateless based on the life and controversial mandatory detention case of Cornelia Rau. The project is funded by Screen Australia, and co-produced by Blanchett and Andrew Upton's production company. [18] [127] In September 2015, it was announced that Blanchett would portray Lucille Ball in Lucy and Desi, written by Aaron Sorkin and produced by Ball's two children. [128] Amazon Studios acquired the rights to the film in August 2017. [129] In November 2015, it was reported that Blanchett was in talks to appear in the film adaptation of the best-selling book Where'd You Go, Bernadette , which will be directed by Richard Linklater. [130]

Personal life

Blanchett is married to playwright and screenwriter Andrew Upton. They met in 1996 on the set of a TV show and were married on 29 December 1997. [131] [132] The couple have four children: three sons and one adopted daughter. They are sons Dashiell John Upton (born 2001), [133] Roman Robert Upton (born 2004), [134] Ignatius Martin Upton (born 2008), [135] and daughter Edith Vivian Patricia Upton. [136] [137] Blanchett said that she and her husband had been wanting to adopt ever since the birth of their first child. [138]

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Blanchett at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival

After making Brighton, England their main family home for nearly 10 years, she and her husband returned to their native Australia in 2006. [139] [140] In November 2006, Blanchett attributed this move to desires to select a permanent home for her children, to be closer to her family, and to have a sense of belonging to the Australian theatrical community. [141] She and her family lived in the Sydney suburb of Hunters Hill. [142] Their Hunters Hill residence underwent extensive renovations in 2007 to be made more eco-friendly. [143] Following the sale of their property there in late 2015, Blanchett and Upton purchased a house in East Sussex, England in early 2016. [144]

Blanchett has spoken about feminism and politics, telling Sky News in 2013 that she was concerned that "a wave of conservatism sweeping the globe" was threatening women's role in society. [145] She has also commented on the pressures women in Hollywood face now: "Honestly, I think about my appearance less than I did ten years ago. People talk about the golden age of Hollywood because of how women were lit then. You could be Joan Crawford and Bette Davis and work well into your 50s, because you were lit and made into a goddess. Now, with everything being sort of gritty, women have this sense of their use-by date." [146]

Blanchett is a patron and ambassador of the Australian Film Institute and its academy, the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts. [147] She is also a patron of the Sydney Film Festival, [148] and the development charity SolarAid. [149] She became a spokesperson for and the face of SK-II, the luxury skin care brand owned by Procter & Gamble, in 2005. [150] [151] In 2006, Blanchett joined former US Vice-President Al Gore's Climate Project. [152] [153] In 2007, Blanchett became the ambassador for the Australian Conservation Foundation. [154] [155] She was made an honorary life member of the Australian Conservation Foundation in 2012, in recognition of her support for environmental issues. [152] At the beginning of 2011, Blanchett lent her support for a carbon tax. [156] She received some criticism for this, particularly from conservatives. [157] In January 2014, Blanchett took part in the Green Carpet Challenge, an initiative to raise the public profile of sustainable fashion, founded by Livia Firth of Eco-Age. [158] [159] Blanchett is a patron of the new Australian Pavilion in the Venice Biennale, and spoke at its opening at the Venice Giardini in May 2015. [160] Blanchett spoke at former Prime Minister of Australia Gough Whitlam's state funeral in 2014, and at the Margaret Whitlam dinner and fundraiser event hosted by Tanya Plibersek MP in June 2015. [161]

In May 2016, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced the appointment of Blanchett as a global Goodwill Ambassador. [162] Blanchett, along with other celebrities, featured in a video from the UNHCR to help raise awareness to the global refugee crisis. The video, titled "What They Took With Them", has the actors reading a poem written by Jenifer Toksvig and inspired by primary accounts of refugees, and is part of UNHCR's "WithRefugees" campaign, which also includes a petition to governments to expand asylum to provide further shelter, integrating job opportunities, and education. [163] [164]

Acting credits

Blanchett has appeared in over 50 films and over 20 theatre productions. As of 2018, Blanchett's films have grossed more than $10 billion at the worldwide box-office. [165]

Awards and achievements

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Blanchett at the 1st AACTA Awards

Among her numerous accolades for her performances, Blanchett has received two Academy Awards, three British Academy Awards, three Critics' Choice Movie Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, three Independent Spirit Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, four Helpmann Awards, six Australian Academy Awards, and awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, National Board of Review, National Society of Film Critics, New York Film Critics Circle, and Venice Film Festival. Her performance as Katharine Hepburn in The Aviator made her the only actor to win an Oscar for portraying another Oscar-winning actor. [166] Blanchett is only the third actress, after Jessica Lange and Meryl Streep, to win Best Actress after winning Best Supporting Actress. [82] She is one of only six actors (and the only actress) in the history of the Oscars to be nominated twice for portraying the same role in two films (Elizabeth I for Elizabeth and Elizabeth: The Golden Age ), and the eleventh actor to receive two acting nominations in the same year. [38] [167] She is also the only Australian actor to win two acting Oscars. [168]

Blanchett received Premiere magazine's Icon Award in 2006. [169] In 2008, she received the Santa Barbara International Film Festival Modern Master Award in recognition of her accomplishments in the film industry. [170] That year, she received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, inducted at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard. [17] She received Women in Film and Television International's Crystal Award for excellence in the entertainment industry in 2014. [171] In 2015, Blanchett was honoured at the Museum of Modern Art's Film Benefit for her outstanding contributions to the industry. [172] [173] She received the British Film Institute Fellowship in recognition of her outstanding contribution to film, presented to her by fellow actor Ian McKellen. [174] [175] Blanchett was the recipient of the AACTA Longford Lyell Award for her "outstanding contribution to the enrichment of Australia's screen environment and culture." [176] In 2016, she received the Costume Designers Guild Lacoste Spotlight Award, in honour of an "enduring commitment to excellence" and her "appreciation for the artistry of costume design and collaboration with the Costume Designers." [177]

In 2006, a portrait of Blanchett and family painted by McLean Edwards was a finalist for the Art Gallery of New South Wales' Archibald Prize. [178] Another portrait of Blanchett was a finalist for the Archibald Prize in 2014. [179] In 2009, Blanchett appeared in a series of commemorative postage stamps called Australian Legends, in recognition of the outstanding contribution made to Australian entertainment and culture. [180] In 2015, Madame Tussauds unveiled a wax figure of Blanchett draped in a recreation of the Valentino Garavani dress she wore to the 2005 Academy Awards ceremony. [181]

Blanchett was appointed Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Minister of Culture in 2012, in recognition of her significant contributions to the arts. [182] Blanchett was awarded the Centenary Medal for Service to Australian Society by the Australian government. [183] She has been presented with a Doctor of Letters from University of Sydney, University of New South Wales, and Macquarie University, in recognition of her extraordinary contribution to the arts, philanthropy and the community. [183] [184] In 2017, Blanchett was made a Companion of the Order of Australia for "eminent service to the performing arts as an international stage and screen actor, through seminal contributions as director of artistic organisations, as a role model for women and young performers, and as a supporter of humanitarian and environmental causes." [3] [185]

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