From her early role as a child assassin in The Professional to her real-life stint at Harvard to her Oscar-winning performance in Black Swan, Natalie Portman has actively sought out acting challenges. Portman began her acting career in 1992 in the off-Broadway musical Ruthless, but became famous for the 1994 action movie The Professional. She followed this with a balance of film and theater roles, including the campy 1996 movie Mars Attacks! and the 1997 Broadway revival of The Diary of Anne Frank. She won a Golden Globe for Anywhere but Here in 1999 and performed in the Public Theater revival of The Seagull in 2001 while earning a bachelor’s degree from Harvard. She trained as a ballerina for the 2010 film Black Swan, for which she won an Oscar, a Golden Globe, and a BAFTA, among other honors. In 2015 she made her directorial debut in A Tale of Love and Darkness, based on the autobiographical novel by Israeli writer Amos Oz.
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Jewish Women's Archive. "Natalie Portman." (Viewed on September 23, 2019) <https://jwa.org/people/portman-natalie>.