Cate Blanchett Biography
At age 18, Cate Blanchett went to Egypt for a vacation and stayed at a Cairo Hotel, where she met a fellow guest who asked her to become an extra in a movie. She participated in a crowd scene and immediately fell in love with acting. After returning to Australia, she moved to Sydney to study acting at the National Institute of Dramatic Art, wherein she graduated in 1992.
Cate Blanchett started her career in the theater, playing in a 1993 David Mamet play, Oleanna, opposite Geoffrey Rush. She also played Ophelia in a 1994 Neil Armfield Hamlet alongside Richard Roxburgh and Rush.
In 1994, Cate Blanchett appeared in an Australian film, Police Rescue, which was her debut in the big screen. She made an international film in Bruce Berefords Paradise Road, co-starring Frances McDormand and Glenn Close. However, it was only in 1998 when Cate Blanchett played Elizabeth I of England in the film Elizabeth did she received critical acclaim and an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress and a Best Actress Award in the BAFTA and Golden Globe Awards.
In 1995, Cate Blanchett received another BAFTA Award nomination for a supporting role in the film, The Talented Mr. Ripley. She won an Academy Award for Best supporting Actress in the 2005 Martin Scorsese film, The Aviator, where she played Katharine Hepburn.
Although Cate Blanchett has received numerous awards and a large fan base, she received a new generation of fans when she played the High Elf Queen, Galadriel, in Peter Jacksons The Lord of the Rings in all three films. Other credits to Cate Blanchetts movie portfolio include Babel, Notes on a Scandal and Elizabeth: the Golden Age.
Cate Blanchett married screenwriter and playwright Andrew Upton on December 29, 1997. They had their first child, Dashiell John on December 3, 2001 and their second son, Roman Robert on April 23, 2004. Cate Blanchett and her family is currently living in Australia.