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Uma Thurman

Uma Karuna Thurman (born April 29, 1970) is an American actress and model. She has performed in leading roles in a variety of films, ranging from romantic comedies and dramas to science fiction and action movies. Following early roles in films such as Dangerous Liaisons (1988), she rose to international prominence in 1994 following her role in Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction for which she was nominated for an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award and a Golden Globe Award. She starred in several more films throughout the 1990s such as The Truth About Cats & Dogs, Batman & Robin, Gattaca and Les Misérables. She won a Golden Globe Award for the miniseries Hysterical Blindness (2002). Her career was revitalized when she reunited with director Quentin Tarantino to play the central role in two Kill Bill films (2003/2004), which brought her an additional two Golden Globe Award nominations and a BAFTA Award nomination. Thurman was born in Boston, Massachusetts. Her father, Robert Alexander Farrar Thurman, a New York-born professor, is a Buddhist writer and academic. Her mother, Nena von Schlebrügge, is a model who was born in Mexico City, Mexico, of German, Swedish and Danish descent. Thurman and her siblings spent time in the Himalayan town of Almora, Uttarakhand, India, during childhood, and the Dalai Lama, to whom Robert Thurman has long been close, once visited their home. She grew up mostly in Amherst, Massachusetts, where she went to Amherst Regional Middle School, then moved to Woodstock, New York. While her father gave his children a Buddhist upbringing, she has the same name as one of the Hindu goddess Parvati's alternate names, "Uma", which means "light" in Sanskrit. Regarding religion, she now calls herself agnostic. She has three brothers, Ganden (b. 1968), Dechen (b. 1973), and Mipam (b. 1978), and a half-sister named Taya (b. 1960), from her father's previous marriage. She is described as having been an awkward and introverted girl who was teased for her tall frame, angular bone structure, enormous feet and unusual name (sometimes using the name “Uma Karen” instead of her birth name). When Thurman was 10 years old, a friend's mother suggested a nose job. As a child, she suffered bouts of body dysmorphic disorder, which she discussed in an interview with Talk magazine in 2001. Uma attended Amherst Public Schools. In the eighth grade, she discovered her love for acting. Talent scouts noticed her performance as Abigail in a production of The Crucible and offered her the chance to act professionally. Thurman attended Northfield Mount Hermon School, a preparatory school in Massachusetts, before dropping out to pursue a career in acting.


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Born:
Apr 29th, 1970 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
61
First Appeared:
The Brits Are Coming
Latest Project:
War with Grandpa (Feb 23rd, 2018)

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Filmography
MOVIES War with Grandpa Sally Feb 23rd, 2018
MOVIES Down a Dark Hall Dec 31st, 2017
MOVIES Burnt Simone Oct 2nd, 2015
SERIES The Slap Anouk Feb 12th, 2015
MOVIES Jump! Wendy Jul 26th, 2014
MOVIES The Gift Miss Anderson Jul 26th, 2014
MOVIES The Mundane Goddess Hera Jul 26th, 2014
MOVIES Nymphomaniac: Vol. II Mrs. H Dec 25th, 2013
MOVIES Nymphomaniac: Vol. I Mrs. H Dec 25th, 2013
MOVIES Movie 43 Fake Lois Lane (segment "Super Hero Speed Dating") Jan 1st, 2013
MOVIES Playing for Keeps Patti Nov 29th, 2012
MOVIES Love, Marilyn Herself Sep 12th, 2012
MOVIES Bel Ami Madeleine Forestier Mar 9th, 2012
MOVIES Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair The Bride Mar 28th, 2011
MOVIES Ceremony Zoe Oct 8th, 2010
MOVIES Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief Medusa Feb 1st, 2010
MOVIES Motherhood Eliza Welsh Jan 21st, 2009
MOVIES A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa Joy Dec 17th, 2008
MOVIES My Zinc Bed Elsa Aug 27th, 2008
MOVIES The Accidental Husband Dr. Emma Lloyd Feb 29th, 2008
MOVIES The Life Before Her Eyes Diana Sep 8th, 2007
MOVIES Mission Zero Herself Jan 1st, 2007
MOVIES My Super Ex-Girlfriend Jenny Johnson Jun 20th, 2006
MOVIES The Producers Ulla Dec 25th, 2005
MOVIES The Naked Brothers Band: The Movie Herself Oct 23rd, 2005
MOVIES Prime Rafi Gardet Sep 21st, 2005
MOVIES Be Cool Edie Athens Mar 4th, 2005
MOVIES Kill Bill: Vol. 2 Beatrix 'The Bride' Kiddo Apr 16th, 2004
MOVIES Paycheck Rachel Dec 25th, 2003
MOVIES Kill Bill: Vol. 1 Beatrix 'The Bride' Kiddo Oct 10th, 2003
MOVIES The Making of 'Kill Bill' Oct 1st, 2003
MOVIES Chelsea Walls Grace Apr 19th, 2002
MOVIES Hysterical Blindness Debby Miller Jan 1st, 2002
MOVIES Tape Amy Randall Jan 26th, 2001
MOVIES The Golden Bowl Charlotte Stant May 14th, 2000
MOVIES Vatel Anne de Montausier May 1st, 2000
MOVIES Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Power of Women in Hollywood Narrator Jan 1st, 2000
MOVIES Sweet and Lowdown Blanche Dec 3rd, 1999
MOVIES The Avengers Emma Peel Aug 13th, 1998
MOVIES Les Misérables Fantine May 1st, 1998
MOVIES Gattaca Irene Cassini Sep 7th, 1997
MOVIES Batman & Robin Dr. Pamela Isley / Poison Ivy Jun 20th, 1997
MOVIES Duke of Groove May 7th, 1996
MOVIES The Truth About Cats & Dogs Noelle Apr 26th, 1996
MOVIES Beautiful Girls Andera Feb 9th, 1996
MOVIES A Month by the Lake Miss Beaumont Sep 11th, 1995
MOVIES Pulp Fiction Mia Wallace Oct 8th, 1994
MOVIES Even Cowgirls Get the Blues Sissy Hankshaw May 13th, 1994
MOVIES Mad Dog and Glory Glory Mar 5th, 1993
MOVIES Jennifer Eight Helena Robertson Nov 6th, 1992
MOVIES Final Analysis Diana Baylor Feb 7th, 1992
MOVIES Robin Hood Maid Marian May 13th, 1991
MOVIES Henry & June June Miller Sep 28th, 1990
MOVIES Where the Heart Is Daphne McBain Feb 23rd, 1990
MOVIES Dangerous Liaisons Cécile de Volanges Dec 16th, 1988
MOVIES The Adventures of Baron Munchausen Venus / Rose Dec 7th, 1988
MOVIES Johnny Be Good Georgia Elkans Mar 22nd, 1988
MOVIES Kiss Daddy Goodnight Laura Oct 29th, 1987
MOVIES Anita Anita Bryant
MOVIES The House That Jack Built
MOVIES The Brits Are Coming Harriet Fox