Cate Blanchett – biographyCate Blanchett is an Australian actress renowned far away from her home continent. After having struck fame in the historical drama «Elizabeth», she remained in the memory of millions of viewers as Galadriel, the Elven queen, and received Oscars for best performance by an actress in a supporting role in «The Aviator» (2005) and best performance by an actress in a leading role in «Blue Jasmine» (2013). She also starred in «The Curious Case of Benjamin Button», «Robin Hood», «Cinderella» and many other notable films.
ChildhoodCatherine Elise Blanchett was born on May 14, 1969 in the old Australian town of Ivanhoe, in the family of Robert Blanchett, a Texas native and United States Navy officer, and June, an Australian teacher. Her parents met thanks to a romantic incident: Robert's ship broke down and had to be repaired in Melbourne.
It is really great to do something truly… insane. That is extraordinary. All I seek is new, extraordinary experience. I really like it when I haven’t the faintest idea how it will turn out.In 1989 fate brought Cate to Egypt, where she played as an extra in the film «Kaboria». Right until that moment she had never thought about becoming an actress, but after this debut, when she was paid 5 dinars and a meal, she returned to Australia and enrolled in the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) to pursue an acting career. She graduated in 1992 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and was considered one of the most gifted students in her year by her professors.
Acting careerIn 1992 Cate was accepted to Sydney Theatre Company. She debuted in the play «Top Girls», and then got a role in «Kafka Dances». Her work as a new actress was highly praised – she won the Newcomer Award from the Sydney Theatre Critics Circle for her performance. Later, Cate played Carol in the controversial and polemic "Oleanna", which brought her the Rosemont Best Actress Award, her second award that year.
In 1995 Cate was the star of Sydney stage in three parallel projects: «The Blind Giant is Dancing», «Sweet Phoebe», and «The Tempest». Her theatre success did not go unnoticed, as she was noted by film producers and directors. In 1997 the actress played Nina in Chekhov’s «The Seagull», after which she started combining her theatre and film career, yet later cinema took over the leading place in her life.
Galadriel changed my life. «The Lord of the Rings» is the best thing that even happened to the fantasy genre.Curious to know that while working on the trilogy, the actress never went out without a thick layer of sunscreen that protected her milky-white skin from the burning sun. She could return to playing her favourite character in 2012 – this time Peter Jackson started working on the screen adaptation of «The Hobbit». He managed to stretch the short book to the size of his favourite format well-known by his fans – a trilogy. The second and third parts of «The Hobbit» franchise came out in 2013 and 2015, respectively.