Cate Blanchett is an Australian actress and theatre director who has starred in several blockbuster films during her career and has established herself as one of the leading actresses of the industry. Born on May 14, 1969, Cate started her career through theatre and then soon entered into the film industry and after having a few small roles; she gained international fame through her lead performance in the 1998 film Elizabeth. The success of the movie led her to star in many more films over the next few years before she once again earned a lot of critical acclaim for her Oscar award-winning performance in the 2004 film The Aviator. After that, the actress has gone on to star in several more commercially and critically successful movies till now including Elizabeth: The Golden Age, I’m Not There, The Hobbit trilogy, The Lord of the Rings trilogy and Blue Jasmine etc. In addition to this, Cate Blanchett has also done some work over the television while has also built in the extensive career on stage. Due to her splendid performances throughout the acting career, she has received several major awards till now such as Golden Globe Awards, British Academy Awards and Academy Awards. While when it comes to her off-camera life, Cate Blanchett has been married to Andrew Upton since 1997 and the couple has four children together out of which one daughter is adopted.
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Some Lesser Known Facts About Cate Blanchett
- Does Cate Blanchett smoke?: Yes
- Does Cate Blanchett drink alcohol?: Yes
- Blanchett is of English, Scottish, and remote French descent.
- Blanchett’s mother was Australian and her father was American.
- Blanchett’s parents met when Blanchett’s father’s ship broke down in Melbourne.
- When Blanchett was 10, her father died of heart attack.
- Cate Blanchett had a great desire for dressing in masculine clothing and went through goth and punk phases during her teenage years.
- Once in Egypt, Blanchett was asked to work as an American cheerleader in an Egyptian boxing movie, Kaboria, and in need of money, she accepted the offer.
- Blanchett met her husband Andrew Upton in 1996 on the set of a TV show. The two got married in 1997.
- Blanchett captured international attention for her role as Elizabeth I of England in Shekhar Kapur‘s 1998 film ‘Elizabeth’.
- Blanchett has served as a patron and ambassador of the Australian Film Institute and the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts.
- Blanchett has also been a patron of the Sydney Film Festival.
- In 2007, Blanchett became the ambassador for the Australian Conservation Foundation’s online campaign – trying to persuade her fellow Australians to concern about climate change.
- Blanchett was appointed Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government in 2012, for her significant contributions to the arts.
- In 2014, a Doctor of Letters (D.Litt.) was bestowed on Blanchett by Macquarie University in recognition of her extraordinary contribution to the arts, philanthropy and the community, which was her third honorary degree from major Australian institutions.
- In 2015, Madame Tussauds unveiled a wax figure of Blanchett covered in a recreation of the Valentino Garavani dress that she put on in 2005 Academy Awards ceremony.
- Blanchett has been awarded the Centenary Medal for Service to Australian Society by the Australian government.
- In May 2016, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) appointed Blanchett as a global Goodwill Ambassador. She was also featured in the UN video.
- In 2017, Blanchett’s films grossed more than $10 billion at the worldwide box-office.
- Blanchett has been featured in seven films that were nominated for the Academy Award for Best picture: Elizabeth (1998), The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001, 2002 and 2003), The Aviator (2004), Babel (2006), and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008).