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1993: She was the first person to win the Sydney Theatre Critic's Circle Theatre award for Best Newcomer (for her role in "Kafka Dances"), and Best Lead Actress (for her role in David Mamet's "Oleanna", with the Sydney Theatre Company, opposite Shine (1996) star Geoffrey Rush in the same year.

Has an older brother named Bob who works in the computer field, and a younger sister, Genevieve who is a theater designer.

When she was 18, Cate was on vacation in Egypt. A fellow guest at a cheap hotel in Cairo asked if she wanted to be an extra in a movie, the Egyptian boxing movie Kaboria [Crabs (1990)], directed by Khairy Beshara. She appeared in 3 scenes in that movie, in one of them she was dancing to the main song of the movie.

Attended Methodist Ladies College (MLC) in Melbourne, Australia and was the School Drama Captain.

Her father, (Robert Blanchett) a Texan advertising executive, died of a heart attack when she was ten years old.

After completing work on the Lord of the Rings trilogy in the role of Galadriel, she kept and bronzed her elf ear prosthetics.

Was considered for the role of Clarice Starling in Hannibal (2001). The part eventually went to Julianne Moore.

In an interview she gave to Fox Television Network, she admitted blushingly that she had accepted the role of Galadriel, the Elf Queen, in the Lord of the Rings trilogy because she always wanted to appear in a movie wearing pointed ears.

Enjoys making lists and crossing items off as she accomplishes them.

Chosen as one of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People in the World. [1999]

As os 2015, has been in 8 movies where the title contains the name of the character she plays: Veronica Guerin (2003), Charlotte Gray (2001), Elizabeth (1998), The Wedding Party (1997), Oscar and Lucinda (1997), Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007), Blue Jasmine (2013) and Carol (2015).

Was originally going to play the role of Anna in Mike Nichols's latest film Closer (2004), but due to her second pregnancy she had to drop out, so it was recast with Julia Roberts instead.

Was the original 'Tim-Tam' girl in the series of commercials promoting the product.

September 2004: Flew back home to Melbourne, Australia to launch the skincare range from SK-II at Australia's leading department store Myer. As of September 2011, she was still featured in full-page print ads for the same cosmetic.

Was set to play "Portia" in Michael Radford's adaptation of William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice (2004), thus reuniting with actor Joseph Fiennes, her co-star from the blockbuster Elizabeth (1998), but had to drop out after discovering her pregnancy. This also would have reunited her with Ian McKellen, with whom she appeared in "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, who would have played "Shylock". He too ultimately left the project.

By winning the Oscar for her portrayal of Katharine Hepburn, she became the first person to give an Oscar-winning portrayal of a previous Oscar winner.

In The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004), she appears with Anjelica Huston, and in The Aviator (2004), she works with Danny Huston, the daughter and son, respectively, of director John Huston. In addition to having played Katharine Hepburn, who appeared in The African Queen (1951), directed by John Huston, she also appeared in a remake of a film that John Huston appeared in: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003).

In The Aviator (2004), she works opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, who plays Howard Hughes. The year before, she appeared in The Missing (2003) with Tommy Lee Jones. Jones played Hughes years earlier in The Amazing Howard Hughes (1977).

1995: Nominated for Best Female Performance by the Melbourne Green Room Awards, for the Belvoir St Theatre Company's production of "Hamlet".

Won the Rosemont Best Actress Award for her performance in "Oleanna".

1992: Graduated from Australia's NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Art).

Four of her six Oscar nominations are for playing real people (Queen Elizabeth I, Katharine Hepburn and Bob Dylan). The latter two are both Oscar winners themselves.

Won Best Female Actor, Helpmann Award for her performance in "Hedda Gabler". [2005]

Appeared next to Hugo Weaving in 9 different projects: Bordertown (1995), Drama School (2000), Little Fish (2005), The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age (2004), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002), The Making of 'The Lord of the Rings' (2002), Quest for the Ring (2001).

Her father, Robert DeWitt Blanchett, Jr., was born in Texas, to a family that had been based in the American South for many generations. Her grandfather, Robert DeWitt Blanchett, Sr., was born in 1905 in Arkansas, where he was also buried in 1989. Her paternal grandmother, Merle Jenevieve (King), was born in Oklahoma. Her maternal grandparents were Horace Thomas Gamble and Rosalie Jean Wood. Cate's father was of distant French descent; much of Cate's other ancestry from both of her parents is British Isles: English, Scottish, and some Cornish and Northern Irish.

In "The Lord of the Rings", she worked with Elijah Wood and Sean Astin, who played "Frodo" and "Sam", respectively. Also appearing with her in those films, as well as in The Aviator (2004), was Ian Holm, who played "Frodo" in the BBC radio series. In Notes on a Scandal (2006), she worked with Bill Nighy, who played "Sam" in the BBC radio series. In Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007), she worked with Samantha Morton, who is engaged to Ian Holm's son, Harry Holm.

She appeared in 7 films nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award, four of them in a row: Elizabeth (1998), The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002), The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), The Aviator (2004), Babel (2006), and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008).

In Bandits (2001), she works with Troy Garity. In The Aviator (2004), she plays Katharine Hepburn, who appeared with Garity's mother, Jane Fonda and grandfather, Henry Fonda, in On Golden Pond (1981).

Was considered for the role of Jane Smith in Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005).

15th February 2005: Attended the 2005 Elle Style Awards held at London's trendy Spitalfields Market. Posed for photos with fellow Australian Kylie Minogue, who was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Her Texan father, Robert Blanchett, met her mother, June, in Melbourne, Australia. He decided to marry her and relocate to Australia and raise a family.

Was officially in the BAFTA longlist (Equivalently, the semi-finals) for Best Actress in a Leading Role, for her role in Notes on a Scandal (2006) (unlike the Oscars, where she was competing for Supporting Role), which consisted of 15 finalists for each category (except Animated Film). However, she was eliminated in the next round, which the five official nominees were selected. [2007]

She and her The Shipping News (2001) and Notes on a Scandal (2006) co-star Judi Dench both received Oscar-nominations for playing Queen Elizabeth I in 1999. Dench won for her supporting role in Shakespeare in Love (1998) while Blanchett was nominated for Elizabeth (1998).

Was Steven Spielberg's first choice for the role or Agatha in Minority Report (2002). After the death of Stanley Kubrick, he made A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001) his first priority, and she moved on to other projects. She was later able to work with Spielberg in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008).

Dec. 2007 - Ranked #45 on EW's The 50 Smartest People in Hollywood.

Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#31). [2007].

In 2007, Forbes Magazine estimated her earnings for the year at $13 million.

Along with Fay Bainter, Teresa Wright, Barry Fitzgerald, Jessica Lange, Sigourney Weaver, Al Pacino, Holly Hunter, Emma Thompson, Julianne Moore and Jamie Foxx, she is one of only eleven actors to receive Academy Award nominations in two acting categories in the same year. She was nominated for Best Actress for Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007) and Best Supporting Actress for I'm Not There (2007) at the 80th Academy Awards in 2008.

She, Linda Hunt and Felicity Huffman are the only performers to be nominated for an Oscar for playing a member of the opposite sex.

She is only one of six performers (and the only female) to be nominated for an Oscar twice for playing the same role in two separate films. She was nominated as Elizabeth I in Elizabeth (1998) and Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007). The other five are Bing Crosby as Father O'Malley in Going My Way (1944) and The Bells of St. Mary's (1945), Peter O'Toole as Henry II in Becket (1964) and The Lion in Winter (1968), Al Pacino as Michael Corleone in The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather: Part II (1974), Paul Newman as Fast Eddie Felson in The Hustler (1961) and The Color of Money (1986), and Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa in Rocky (1976) and Creed (2015).

Was listed as a potential nominee for the 2008 Razzies (but did not make the final ballot) for her performance as "Queen Elizabeth I" in Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007), a performance that earned her another Oscar nomination. Had she earned a Razzie nod, she would have been one of the few actors to have a Razzie and Oscar nomination for the same performance.

Good friends with actress Nicole Kidman.

Got the role in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) after Rachel Weisz backed out, because of scheduling problems.

Lives in Hunters Hill, Sydney, Australia.

Did not return to work until six months after giving birth to her son Ignatius in order to take to the stage for a Broadway revival of "A Streetcar Named Desire", where she portrayed Blanche DuBois.

She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Motion Picture at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on December 5, 2008.

She was awarded the Australian Centenary Medal in the 2001 Queen's New Years Honours List for her services to acting and Australian society.

Was originally cast as Mrs. Fox in Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009), but was later replaced by Meryl Streep.

Her portrayal of Irina Spalko in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) is director Steven Spielberg's favorite villain in the Indiana Jones series.

Was originally cast as Izzi Creo in The Fountain (2006), but was forced to drop out of the film due to scheduling conflicts with Little Fish (2005). Rachel Weisz was then cast instead.

She was on set for only 8 days to shoot her scenes for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) and the two follow-ups.

Performing in "The War Of The Roses" in Sydney, Australia. [January 2009]

New York, NY: It was announced that she, as well as Ralph Fiennes, will be honored by gala tributes (separately) in October by the Film Society of Lincoln Center during its annual film festival. [August 2013]

Sydney Theatre Company announced that husband and wife Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton would become artistic directors, beginning in 2008. [November 2006]

President of the 'Official Competition' jury at the 71st Cannes International Film Festival in 2018.

Washington, D.C: Performing in Anton Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya" at The Kennedy Center with her and husband Andrew Upton's group, the Sydney Theatre Company. [August 2011]

Grew up in the suburb of Eaglemont, part of the Greater Melbourne area.

Five directors cast her more than once in their films: Gillian Armstrong, Shekhar Kapur, Steven Soderbergh, Todd Haynes, and Peter Jackson.

Her older brother Bob is smart but has a mild form of cerebral palsy. When they were growing up, Cate always stuck up for him when the other children made fun of him. Later, when she gave birth to her second child Roman, she gave him the middle name of Bob, named after Cate's brother. (Bob is also her father and her grandfather's names.) And when she won the Academy Award as Best Actress for Blue Jasmine (2013), she thanked him in her acceptance speech.

In 2008, although she was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for her performance in Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007), she publicly declared that she had voted for Marion Cotillard in La Vie en Rose (2007), and described her performance as Édith Piaf as "astonishing and inspiring". When Cotillard was announced as the winner, Blanchett was visibly happy for her win. In 2012, Blanchett wrote an op-ed for Variety praising Cotillard's performance in Rust and Bone (2012).

She said the pronunciation of her last name accustomed to is BLAN-chett, as opposed to Blan-CHETT.

Holds the record as the only Australian actress to win two Academy Awards.

The longest she has gone without an Oscar nomination is the 6 years between both Elizabeth (1998) and The Aviator (2004) and Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007), I'm Not There (2007) and Blue Jasmine (2013).

Is only the sixth actress to win both leading and supporting actress Oscars. The other five are Maggie Smith, Meryl Streep, Jessica Lange, Helen Hayes and Ingrid Bergman.

The only actor to be nominated and win Oscars for both of the iconoclast New York directors Martin Scorsese and Woody Allen.

Was the 126th actress to receive an Academy Award; she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for The Aviator (2004) at The 77th Annual Academy Awards (2005) on February 27, 2005.

Shaved her head at 15 and as a result was almost fired from her job at a nursing home.

Dedicated her 2014 BAFTA Award to Philip Seymour Hoffman who had recently passed away.

Is one of 13 actresses to have won the Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Critics' Choice Award, Golden Globe Award and SAG Award for the same performance. The others in chronological order are Julia Roberts for Erin Brockovich (2000), Renée Zellweger for Cold Mountain (2003), Reese Witherspoon for Walk the Line (2005), Helen Mirren for The Queen (2006), Jennifer Hudson for Dreamgirls (2006), Kate Winslet for The Reader (2008), Mo'Nique for Precious (2009), Natalie Portman for Black Swan (2010), Octavia Spencer for The Help (2011), Anne Hathaway for Les Misérables (2012), Patricia Arquette for Boyhood (2014) and Julianne Moore for Still Alice (2014).

Holds the record for largest "Best Actress" award sweep (42 wins) for her performance as Jasmine French in Blue Jasmine (2013), followed by Helen Mirren (40 wins) for her performance as Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen (2006) and Natalie Portman (38 wins) for her performance as Nina Sayers in Black Swan (2010).

Her first Oscar nomination was for playing Queen Elizabeth I in Elizabeth (1998), the same year that Judi Dench won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for playing that same role in Shakespeare in Love (1998). She went on to win her first Oscar for playing another Oscar winner: Katharine Hepburn in The Aviator (2004).

Along with Ian McKellen, she is one of only two actors to appear in all six of Peter Jackson's Middle-earth films: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002), The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012), The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014).

She has made seven films with Peter Jackson: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002), The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), Hot Fuzz (2007), The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012), The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014). Hot Fuzz (2007) is the only one that Jackson did not direct.

In 2014, during the Press Conference of How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) at the Cannes Film Festival, a journalist asked Blanchett who's better between her and Marion Cotillard, she answered saying that Cotillard is better and praised her performances in La Vie en Rose (2007) and Rust and Bone (2012) and also said that she couldn't wait to see Cotillard as Lady Macbeth [in Macbeth (2015)].

Returned to work 6 months after giving birth to her son Roman in order to begin filming Little Fish (2005).

Gave birth to her 2nd child at age 34, a son named Roman Robert Upton on April 23, 2004. Child's father is her husband, Andrew Upton.

Was 3 months pregnant with her son Ignatius when she completed filming Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008).

Gave birth to her 3rd child at age 38, a son named Ignatius Martin Upton on April 13, 2008. Child's father is her husband, Andrew Upton.

Returned to work 7 months after giving birth to her son Dashiell in order to begin filming Veronica Guerin (2003).

Was unknowingly pregnant with her son Roman while portraying the pregnant journalist in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004).

Gave birth to her 1st child at age 32, a son named Dashiell John Upton on December 3, 2001. He was named after her husband's favourite author Dashiell Hammett. Child's father is her husband, Andrew Upton.

(March 6, 2015) Adopted her 4th child, a daughter named Edith Vivian Patricia Upton, with her husband Andrew Upton.

(December 29, 1997) Married her boyfriend of a year Andrew Upton. They met in 1996 on the set of a TV show. The wedding took place in the National Park "Blue Mountains" in New South Wales. She claimed that they didn't take any photographs, because they couldn't afford a photographer, even though she was already a working actress, and in fact, shortly after the wedding, she started filming the title role in Elizabeth (1998).

Was Ridley Scott's original choice for the role of Commander Lewis in The Martian (2015), but turned it down due to a scheduling conflict.

Was the original choice for the role of Marianne in A Bigger Splash (2015). The part eventually went to Tilda Swinton.

Eddie Redmayne starred with Blanchett in Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007). In 2015, Blanchett presented him the Oscar for Best Actor for The Theory of Everything (2014), having won the Best Actress Oscar one year before for Blue Jasmine (2013).

An avid fan of the horror genre, her particular favorites were the Sherlock Holmes movies with Basil Rathbone, The Scarlet Claw (1944) being especially memorable. Also includes among her favorites Burnt Offerings (1976) and the "Halloween" series of films.

Is one of 9 actresses who have received an Academy Award nomination for portraying a real-life queen. The others in chronological order are Norma Shearer for Marie Antoinette (1938), Katharine Hepburn for The Lion in Winter (1968), Geneviève Bujold for Anne of the Thousand Days (1969), Vanessa Redgrave for Mary, Queen of Scots (1971), Janet Suzman for Nicholas and Alexandra (1971), Helen Mirren for The Madness of King George (1994) and The Queen (2006), Judi Dench for Mrs Brown (1997) and Shakespeare in Love (1998), and Helena Bonham Carter for The King's Speech (2010).

In 2009, she was among four Oscar-winning Australian actors to be immortalized onto postage stamps in their home country. Each of the actors has two stamps, showing them both in and out of character.

Is the 4th youngest actress (at age 46) to have received 7 Academy Award nominations; those younger are Bette Davis (at age 36), Meryl Streep (at age 38) and Kate Winslet (at age 40).

Blanchett and Kate Winslet have both received their seventh Academy Award nomination in 2016. Winslet for Best Supporting Actress for Steve Jobs (2015), and Blanchett for Best Actress for Carol (2015).

Has American citizenship due to her father being American.

Blanchett and her The Aviator (2004) co-star, Leonardo DiCaprio, have been nominated for Oscars in the same year four times: in 2005 both of them were nominated for The Aviator; in 2007 for Blood Diamond (2006) (DiCaprio) and Notes on a Scandal (2006) (Blanchett); in 2014 for The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) (DiCaprio) and Blue Jasmine (2013) (Blanchett), and in 2016 for The Revenant (2015) (DiCaprio) and Carol (2015) (Blanchett).

Shared the cover of Vanity Fair magazine's 2016 Hollywood issue with, Jane Fonda, Viola Davis, Jennifer Lawrence, Charlotte Rampling, Rachel Weisz, Lupita Nyong'o, Brie Larson, Alicia Vikander, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Helen Mirren, Diane Keaton and Saoirse Ronan. Photographed by Annie Leibovitz.

She has worked with 9 directors who have won a Best Director Oscar: Anthony Minghella, Barry Levinson, Peter Jackson, Ron Howard, Martin Scorsese, Steven Soderbergh, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Steven Spielberg, and Woody Allen.

Her acting hero is Judy Davis, Wendy Hughes and Geoffrey Rush.

Turned down the role of Agatha in Steven Spielberg's film Minority Report (2002) (2002). The role eventually went to Samantha Morton who co-starred alongside her in Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007).

She attended Methodist Ladies College. Her drama teacher Felicity Donnoli met the then 12-year-old Cate in 1981 and saw something special in her, since she became a house drama captain in her first year at the school. Then, she directed a production of interpretive movement involving 30 girls. She later directed the senior school play They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969) six years later, adapting the film script into a stage play and held auditions and chose the cast, designed the set and even lobbied the vice-principal of the school to get a budget to get the set built. Mrs. Donnoli remembered Blanchett as a sweet-natured and happy girl. After school, Blanchett studied economics and fine arts at Melbourne University - never graduating - and threw herself into the theatrical world on campus. Blanchett, with two members of the Melbourne University law revue, was on Hey Hey It's Saturday (1971) in 1987 on the Red Faces segment titled "Kate and Simon", but they didn't win the contest. Afterwards, she was accepted into the National Institute of Dramatic Arts in Sydney and started her long and prestigious career.

Eighth highest paid actress of 2017 with $12 million.

Has played a man three times as Bob Dylan in I'm Not There (2007), Manifesto (2015) and as Richard II on stage with the Sydney Theatre Company.

Has worked twice with Helena Bonham Carter: Cinderella (2015) and Ocean's Eight (2018).