Uma Thurman

Actor, Model
Following an unorthodox childhood spent being raised a Buddhist and modeling in New York at a young age, striking actress Uma Thurman jumped into feature films at 16 years old and never looked back. After mature ... Read more »
Born: 04/28/1970 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Filmography

Actor (73)

The Slap 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Eloise in Paris 2014 (Movie)

Nanny (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Movie 43 2013 (Movie)

Fake Lois Lane (Actor)

Nymphomaniac: Volume I 2013 (Movie)

Mrs. H (Actor)

Bel Ami 2012 (Movie)

Madeleine Forestier (Actor)

Love, Marilyn 2012 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Playing For Keeps 2012 (Movie)

Patti (Actor)

Smash 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ceremony 2011 (Movie)

Zoe (Actor)

The 2011 Independent Spirit Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

The British Academy Film Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Motherhood 2009 (Movie)

Eliza Welsh (Actor)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Guest

Swarovski Style Rocks 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Host

The Accidental Husband 2008 (Movie)

Dr Emma Lloyd (Actor)

The Life Before Her Eyes 2008 (Movie)

Diana (Adult) (Actor)

The Naked Brothers Band 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The Naked Brothers Band 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

My Super Ex-Girlfriend 2006 (Movie)

Jenny Johnson/G-Girl (Actor)

The 78th Annual Academy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Be Cool 2005 (Movie)

Edie Athens (Actor)

Prime 2005 (Movie)

Rafi Gardet (Actor)

Reel Comedy: Be Cool 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The Producers 2005 (Movie)

Ulla (Actor)

Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Unscripted 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Kill Bill Vol. 2 2004 (Movie)

Beatrix Kiddo/"The Bride"/"Black Mamba"/"Mommy" (Actor)

The 2004 MTV Movie Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 76th Annual Academy Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Kill Bill Vol. 1 2003 (Movie)

The Bride/Black Mamba (Actor)

Paycheck 2003 (Movie)

Rachel (Actor)

The 9th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Chelsea Walls 2002 (Movie)

Grace (Actor)

The 11th Annual IFP Gotham Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Les Miserable 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Narrator

Tape 2001 (Movie)

Amy (Actor)

The Golden Bowl 2001 (Movie)

Charlotte Stant (Actor)

The VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 72nd Annual Academy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Vatel 2000 (Movie)

Anne de Montausier (Actor)

Sweet and Lowdown 1999 (Movie)

Blanche (Actor)

The 71st Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Les Miserables 1998 (Movie)

Fantine (Actor)

The Avengers 1998 (Movie)

Doctor Emma Peel (Actor)

Batman & Robin 1997 (Movie)

Poison Ivy/Pamela Isley (Actor)

Gattaca 1997 (Movie)

Irene (Actor)

Masters of Fantasy: Joel Schumacher 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 69th Annual Academy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Beautiful Girls 1996 (Movie)

Andera (Actor)

The Duke of Groove 1996 (Movie)

Maya (Actor)

The Truth About Cats and Dogs 1996 (Movie)

Noelle Slusarsky (Actor)

A Month By the Lake 1995 (Movie)

Miss Beaumont (Actor)

The 67th Annual Academy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Even Cowgirls Get the Blues 1994 (Movie)

Sissy Hankshaw (Actor)

Pulp Fiction 1994 (Movie)

Mia Wallace (Actor)

Mad Dog and Glory 1993 (Movie)

Glory (Actor)

Final Analysis 1992 (Movie)

Diana Baylor (Actor)

Jennifer Eight 1992 (Movie)

Helena (Actor)

Robin Hood 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Henry & June 1990 (Movie)

June Miller (Actor)

Where the Heart Is 1990 (Movie)

Daphne (Actor)

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen 1989 (Movie)

Venus (Actor)

Dangerous Liaisons 1988 (Movie)

Cecile De Volanges (Actor)

Johnny Be Good 1988 (Movie)

Georgia Elkans (Actor)

Kiss Daddy Good Night 1988 (Movie)

Laura (Actor)

Hysterical Blindness (TV Show)

Actor

My Zinc Bed (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (1)

Kill Bill Vol. 2 2004 (Movie)

Based on the Character The Bride (Characters as Source Material)
Producer (1)

The Accidental Husband 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Following an unorthodox childhood spent being raised a Buddhist and modeling in New York at a young age, striking actress Uma Thurman jumped into feature films at 16 years old and never looked back. After mature performances in two independent films, Thurman broke through as an ingénue in the erotic drama "Dangerous Liaisons" (1988). From there, she developed a talent for playing alluring young women with ulterior motives, culminating in a head-turning performance in "Henry and June" (1990), the first movie to ever be rated NC-17, and her affecting performance as an indentured servant in "Mad Dog and Glory" (1993). But it was her modern take on the classic femme fatale in "Pulp Fiction" (1994) that made her a star and an Academy Award nominee, leading to a series of roles in high-profile studio films like "Beautiful Girls" (1996), "Batman & Robin" (1997) and "The Avengers" (1998). While generating headlines for her marriage to actor Ethan Hawke, Thurman's career took a pseudo-hiatus so she could raise the couple's two children. After their divorce in 2003, Thurman returned to the screen with a vengeance in her admiring director Quentin Tarantino's ultra-violent magnum opus, "Kill Bill, Vol. 1" (2003) and "Kill Bill, Vol. 2" (2004), which happily reminded audiences of the actress' ability to tackle unconventional material with both passion and skill.

Relationships

Andre Balazs

Companion
Began dating in December 2003, soon after Thurman's split with husband Ethan Hawke Ended their three-year, on-again, off-again relationship in March 2006

Arpad Busson

Companion
Began dating in July 2007 Announced engagement in June 2008 Ended year-long engagement in October 2009 Seen kissing in January 2010

Elizabeth Farrar

Grandmother
Paternal grandmother

Rodney Harvey Actor

Companion

Ethan Hawke Actor

Husband
Met while starring together in Gattaca" (1997) Married May 1, 1998; Thurman was seven months pregnant at the time of their wedding Divorced July 20, 2004

Brigit Holmquist

Grandmother
Maternal grandmother Famous Swedish model who posed in 1930 for the statue of a nude woman that still stands overlooking the harbor of Smygehuk in Sweden

Timothy Hutton Actor

Companion
Began dating during the filming of "Beautiful Girls" (1996) Had an on-again, off-again relationship No longer together

Phil Joanou Actor

Companion
Dated briefly in 1988

Timothy Leary Actor

Godfather

Gary Oldman Actor

Husband
Met while she was visiting the set of his film "State Of Grace" (1990) Married on Oct. 1, 1990 Divorced on April 30, 1992

Nena Thurman Actor

Mother
Born Jan. 8, 1941; popular model in the 1950s and 1960s; briefly married to LSD guru Timothy Leary from 1964-65, after the two were introduced by Salvador Dalí; married Uma's father Robert Thurman in 1967

Robert Thurman Actor

Father
Born Aug. 3, 1941; Tibetan-Buddhist scholar; taugh Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University in NYC; became the first Westerner to be ordained as a Tibetan monk in 1964; co-founder and president of the Tibet House New York; chosen by Time magazine as one of the 25 most influential Americans of 1997

Dechen Thurman Actor

Brother
Born Jan. 18, 1973 Acted together in "The Truth About Cats & Dogs" (1996)

Ganden Thurman

Brother
Born in 1971 Director of Tibet House New York, which was co-founded by his father Robert Thurman

Mipam Thurman

Brother
Born in 1978

Taya Thurman

Half-Sister
Born in 1960; daughter from Robert Thurman's first marriage

Rosalind Thurman-Busson

Daughter
Born July 15, 2012; father, Arpad Busson

Maya Thurman-Hawke

Daughter
Born July 8, 1998; father, Ethan Hawke

Roan Thurman-Hawke

Son
Born Jan. 15, 2002; father, Ethan Hawke

Karl von Schlebrugge

Grandfather
Maternal grandfather Jailed by Nazis in WWII for not betraying his Jewish business partners

EDUCATION

Amherst Regional Junior High School

Amherst , Massachusetts

Professional Children's School

New York , New York
Left to pursue acting

Northfield Mount Herman School

Northfield , Massachusetts
Performed in school plays

Milestones

2012

Cast opposite Gerard Butler and Jessica Biel in romantic comedy "Playing for Keeps"

2012

Co-starred with Robert Pattinson in the Parisian-set period drama "Bel Ami," based on the novel by Guy de Maupassant

2012

Guest starred on NBC musical drama series "Smash"

2010

Cast as Medusa in film adaptation of "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief"

2009

Starred in "Motherhood," an indie comedy about the challenges faced by a mother

2008

Portrayed a grown Diana in Vadim Perelman's "The Life Before Her Eyes"

2008

Co-starred with Colin Firth and Jeffrey Dean Morgan in romantic comedy "The Accidental Husband"

2006

Played a superhero who gets revenge on the boyfriend that dumped her in Ivan Reitman's "My Super Ex-Girlfriend"

2005

Starred as Swedish secretary Ulla in the movie-musical version of "The Producers"

2005

Played a woman in her late thirties romancing a younger man in Ben Younger's "Prime" opposite Meryl Streep

2005

Chosen as the new face of Louis Vuitton for their Spring 2005 campaign

2005

Re-teamed with her "Pulp Fiction" co-star John Travolta in "Be Cool"

2003

Played the love interest to Ben Affleck's character in the thriller "Paycheck"

2003

Re-teamed with Tarantino to portray a female assassin who awakens from a four-year coma and seeks revenge on her former boss; film released in two Volumes "Kill Bill Vol. 1" (2003) and "Kill Bill Vol. 2" (2004); received Golden Globe nominations for Best

2002

Co-starred (also executive produced) with Juliette Lewis in the HBO produced "Hysterical Blindness"; film first screened at Sundance; received a SAG nomination for Best Actress in a TV movie

2001

Co-starred with husband Ethan Hawke and Robert Sean Leonard in the Richard Linklater directed "Tape"; received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Lead Actress

2001

Cast in featured role in the Ethan Hawke directed "Chelsea Walls"

1999

Played the second wife of a jazz musician (Sean Penn) in Woody Allen's "Sweet and Lowdown"

1998

Played Fantine in Bille August's remake of "Les Misérables"

1998

Cast as Emma Peel opposite Ralph Fiennes' John Steed in the feature version of "The Avengers"

1997

Delivered a scene-stealing turn as the villainous Poison Ivy in "Batman & Robin"

1997

Starred opposite future husband Ethan Hawke in the futuristic thriller "Gattaca"

1996

Offered a fine comic turn as a ditzy model in "The Truth About Cats and Dogs"

1994

Landed lead role of Sissy Hankshaw in the ill-fated film version of "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues"

1994

Earned a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination playing a gangster's wife in Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction"

1992

Made TV-movie debut in "Robin Hood" (Fox)

1990

Starred as the wife of writer Henry Miller in "Henry & June"; first film to receive the NC-17 rating

1989

Played Venus in "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen"

1988

First gained acclaim with her role as the virginal Cecile in "Dangerous Liaisons"

1987

Made film debut in "Kiss Daddy Goodnight"

1986

Moved to Manhattan to attend the Professional Children's School

Raised in Amherst, MA

Lived in an artists' colony in Woodstock, NY

Bonus Trivia

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"I feel much more childlike enthusiasm now. I was definitely much older and more tired when I was 19. I guess I'm a late bloomer; at 25 I feel like I'm finally just coming out of my teens. I need to raise the stakes now, to become more disciplined. I've been too much like a monkey with a typewriter. At the moment I'm looking for some interesting kind of character to sink my teeth into." – Thurman quoted in Vanity Fair magazine, January 1996

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"As a child, I looked funny. My nose and all my features were exactly the same size they are now, but my head was smaller." – Thurman to Esquire magazine, March 1998

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As a child, Thurman suffered bouts with Body dysmorphic disorder, which she discussed in an interview with Talk magazine in 2001.

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"I'm not practicing anything. I've been brought up around Buddhism and I'm very interested in it, and if I have any leaning I would lean toward Buddhist feelings. But as I have seen so many devout people, I wouldn't categorize myself as a practicing person." – Thurman quoted in Biography magazine, August 2002

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"My husband has gotten such a bum rap. I know that probably hurts him. He's just a person who's trying to figure out how to be happy. He's confused and unhappy and maybe that's partially my responsibility too. I saw him try for seven years to be a happily married man, to be a good husband. He was young. I wanted to have kids. I put a lot on him. Underneath it all, he's a good person, but it's just a marriage that's troubled." – Thurman defending ex-husband Ethan Hawke in People magazine, Jan. 6, 2004

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She was named one of People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" for 2004.

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"I am very perceptive about people, but then if I'm attracted to them, I'm not always looking clearly. I'm working on a decoding system – especially for men" – Thurman quoted in Parade magazine, 2006

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