Uma Thurman’s biographyUma Thurman is a famous Hollywood actress, widely known for her choice of distinct and very diverse roles. She received worldwide recognition after appearing in Quentin Tarantino's cult classics «Pulp Fiction» and «Kill Bill».
Uma’s childhoodUma was born in Boston in 1970 in a large family of a Swedish high fashion model and a professor, of German descent. Her father, Robert Thurman, was the expert in Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies, a former ordained Buddhist monk and a close Dalai Lama acquaintance, so it’s no surprise that his daughter was named after a Hindu goddess of beauty and light – Parvati (or Uma).
Uma’s first rolesUma decided to become an actress, following a small, but a successful appearance in a school play. After dropping out of school at the age of 15, she spent most of her time mastering her acting skills and working to support herself – she was a waiter, a model, and a dishwasher. Then-unknown actress went to all the castings diligently and moved from one city to another to pursue her aspirations.
From the very beginning of her career, Uma established herself as a very versatile and responsive actress – she easily cooperated with various directors and just as easily agreed to bring very diverse characters to life. In 1990 she appeared in John Boorman’s romantic comedy «Where the Heart Is», however, the film went unnoticed.
In 1992 she appeared in a neo-noir drama «Final Analysis», alongside Richard Gere and Kim Basinger, and in a mystery «Jennifer 8», alongside John Malkovich and Andy García. And, although both movies didn’t do well at the box office, Uma’s talent shined.
Collaboration with TarantinoUma Thurman received her worldwide recognition and universal success after portraying Mia Wallace in Tarantino’s cult «Pulp Fiction». Tarantino was very adamant about casting her and wouldn’t even consider anyone else for that role. Uma, however, wasn’t entirely sure about her choice, but she understood that the sole prospect of cooperation with a director of a sensational heist film «Reservoir Dogs» would bring in a lot more opportunities.
Uma’s extraordinary acting received widespread acclaim and the movie itself appeared on many critics' lists of the greatest films ever made. However, after such a tremendous success, she appeared in a couple of mediocre films, in contrast to her «Pulp Fiction» costars – Bruce Willis and John Travolta, whose career was truly revived.
Kill BillThurman-Tarantino collaboration is considered to be one of the most successful and entertaining duos in the cinema’s history. In 2002 he offered her another extraordinary role: he confessed that he wrote the part specifically for her and was willing to delay the filming due to the actress’s pregnancy. This crazy and daring two-part action film became an instant hit for both Thurman and Tarantino and brought significant recognition to the actress and the director.
Career after «Kill Bill»After such an intense experience, Uma decided to take a little break and choose to pursue some fun and not as dramatic roles. She then appeared in comedies «Be Cool», «Prime», «My Super Ex-Girlfriend» and «The Accidental Husband». She proved once again that she’s very versatile and could be an excellent asset to a drama or comedy alike.
At the 2018’s Cannes Film Festival Lars von Trier presented his new masterpiece – «The House That Jack Built», where Uma Thurman had one of the leading roles. A family comedy film «A War with Grandpa» is set to premiere later this year, as well as a heist comedy «The Con Is On» and a supernatural horror «Down a Dark Hall».
Uma Thurman’s personal lifeAlthough not many people know this, Uma was married to a British actor Gary Oldman for two years – 1990-1992. They later co-starred in a failure of the film «The Avengers». The actors were truly incompatible in their lifestyle – Uma was a «goody-two-shoes», while Gary was a rebel, and that became the main reason for their divorce.
Uma Thurman todayIn 2019, Uma participated in the creation of the movie "Untouchable", dedicated to Harvey Weinstein and the victims of his harassment. Also rumored that Tarantino plans a third installment of «Kill Bill» with Uma, but all the details are yet to be announced.
In 2020, the actress celebrated her 50th birthday. In quarantine due to the coronavirus pandemic, the actress spends time with her children and regularly shares family photos on Instagram.