Career Beginnings and Worldwide Acclaim
Catherine Élise “Cate” Blanchett was born on May 14, 1969 in Melbourne, Australia to property developer and teacher June Blanchett and Texas native Robert DeWitt Blanchett, Jr. When she was 10, her father died of a heart attack. She has an older brother, Bob, who is a computer systems engineer and a younger sister named Genevieve, who works as a theatrical designer.
She attended Ivanhoe East Primary School and studied at Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School for her secondary education. She then enrolled at Methodist Ladies’ College, where she discovered and explored her passion for acting. She went on to attend University of Melbourne, where she studied economics and fine arts. She eventually left Australia to travel abroad.
In 1992, she landed her first major role on stage opposite Geoffrey Rush in the David Mamet play Oleanna. For her performance, she won the Sydney Theatre Critics’ Best Newcomer Award. She also played Ophelia in the acclaimed Company B production of Hamlet.
She then crossed over to television, appearing in two miniseries: Heartland and Bordertown. In 1994, she appeared as Vivian in Police Rescue: The Movie and starred in Parklands. In 1997, she appeared in three films: Oscar and Lucinda, Thank God He Met Lizzie and Paradise Road.
In 1998, she achieved worldwide attention for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth I in the film Elizabeth. For this role, she received her first Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. She lost the Oscar for Best Actress to Gwyneth Paltrow for her performance in Shakespeare In Love, but still won the BAFTA and the Golden Globe for the same category.
The following year, she played a supporting role in The Talented Mr. Ripley, earning her a BAFTA nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. During the next few years, she appeared in such films as The Gift, The Shipping News and Charlotte Gray.
In 2001, she gained further fame as Galadriel in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. She reprised her roles in the film’s sequels The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003). The three Lord of the Rings films hold the record as the highest-grossing film trilogy of all time.
As a top-caliber actress, Blanchett continued making high-profile films and once again garnered acclaim for her portrayal of Katharine Hepburn in Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator. For her performance, she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
In the mid 2000s, she starred in a series of motion pictures including The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Little Fish, Babel, The Good German, Notes on a Scandal and Hot Fuzz. In 2007, Time magazine named her one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. She was also named as one of the successful actresses by Forbes.
Also in 2007, she reprised her role as Queen Elizabeth I in Elizabeth: The Golden Age, for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress. She also received another Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role in I’m Not There. Overall, she garnered two Academy Award nominations at the 80th Academy Awards.
Recent Films and Views on Plastic Surgery
In the late 2000s, she appeared in such films as Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Robin Hood and Hanna. She also reprised her role as Galadriel in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first prequel to Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings film trilogy.
In 2013, she played Jeanette ‘Jasmine’ Francis in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine. She received highly positive reviews for her performance, with some saying it was the best role of her career. The role also earned her numerous accolades including the coveted Academy Award for Best Actress.
The Oscar award-winning actress has also been upfront about her views on plastic surgery. She has claimed that she never had any cosmetic procedure done and is totally against it. In an interview, she mentioned about how frightening plastic surgery is, not knowing what it means long term.
Blanchett has been in the entertainment industry for quiet long. She has seen fellow actors go under the knife and is not impressed with the results. She once told the Herald Sun: “You look at a man or a woman in their 50s and all I see when they’ve brushed it all away is self-obsession and fear – and that’s not particularly attractive.”