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Definition: Blanchett from The Macquarie Dictionary

born 1969, Australian stage and film actor; films include Oscar and Lucinda (1997), Elizabeth (UK, 1998), The Aviator (US, 2004), for which she won the Academy Award for best supporting actress, and Blue Jasmine (US, 2013), for which she won the Academy Award for best actress; joint artistic director (with her husband Andrew Upton) of the Sydney Theatre Company 2008--13.

After graduating from Sydney's National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), Cate Blanchett established a reputation as an actor with the Sydney Theatre Company and in ABC television dramas. Following her 1997 film debut in Paradise Road and her acclaimed performance in Oscar and Lucinda (1997), her portrayal of the title role in Elizabeth (UK, 1998) gained her international recognition and a number of awards. Since 1999 Blanchett has demonstrated her acting versatility in a variety of film roles, including that of Galadriel in the Lord of the Rings trilogy (US, NZ, 2001--03), screen legend Katharine Hepburn in The Aviator (US, 2004), a portrayal that won her an Academy Award for best actress in a supporting role, the young Bob Dylan in I'm Not There (US, 2007), the title role in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine (US, 2013) for which she received the Academy Award for best actress, and the title role in Carol (US, 2015) for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for best actress. In 2008 Blanchett and her husband, playwright and stage director Andrew Upton, became co-artistic directors of the Sydney Theatre Company and in the following period Blanchett performed several major roles for the company, including Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire in 2009, Yelena in Uncle Vanya in 2010, and Claire in The Maids in 2013. Their joint directorship finished in 2013, with Upton continuing as sole artistic director until 2015.

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Australian actor and theatre director. An accomplished and prolific talent, she received the 2005 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Katherine Hepburn in The Aviator (2004). She also received the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for her performance as Elizabeth I in Elizabeth (1998), reprising her role in the sequel Elizabeth: the Golden Age (2007). She gained further acclaim for her award-winning depiction of Bob Dylan in Todd Haynes's ensemble film I'm Not There (2007). Blanchett became a co-director with her husband, Andrew Upton, of the Sydney Theatre Company in 2008.

She has starred in several literary adaptations, for example of Peter Carey's Oscar and Lucinda (1997), Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband (1999), E Annie Proulx's The Shipping News (2001), and J R R Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy (2000–03). She also starred in a number of thrillers, for example Anthony Minghella's The Talented Mr Ripley (1999), Sam Raimi's The Gift (2000), and Ron Howard's The Missing (2003). As an accomplished stage actor, her performances include The Blind Giant is Dancing (1996) and Plenty (1999), and she later starred at the Sydney Theatre Company in The War of the Roses Cycle (2009), A Streetcar Named Desire (2009), and Uncle Vanya (2010).

Blanchett was born in Melbourne, Australia. After studying at Sydney's National Institute of Dramatic Art, from which she graduated in 1992, she joined the Sydney Theatre Company. She starred in the play Top Girls (1992), the musical Kafka Dances (1993), and David Mamet's Oleanna (1993) opposite Geoffrey Rush, her future co-star in Elizabeth. Other stage roles include Helen in Sweet Phoebe (1994) and Miranda in The Tempest (1995). She was spotted by Australian director Bruce Beresford, who cast her in the war drama Paradise Road (1997). Other films include Joel Schumacher's biopic Veronica Guerin (2003), Wes Anderson's comedy adventure The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004), Rowan Woods's Little Fish (2005), the acclaimed dramas Babel and Notes on a Scandal (both 2006), Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, David Fincher's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (both 2008), and Ridley Scott's Robin Hood (2010). She produced Dreamtime Alice (2000).


Blanchett, Cate


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