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Uma Thurman

1970-04-29 Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Image of Uma Thurman


Uma Karuna Thurman (born April 29, 1970) is an American actress and model. She has performed in leading roles in a variety of films, ranging from romantic comedies and dramas to science fiction and action movies. Following early roles in films such as Dangerous Liaisons (1988), she rose to international prominence in 1994 following her role in Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction for which she was nominated for an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award and a Golden Globe Award. She starred in several more films throughout the 1990s such as The Truth About Cats & Dogs, Batman & Robin, Gattaca and Les Misérables. She won a Golden Globe Award for the miniseries Hysterical Blindness (2002). Her career was revitalized when she reunited with director Quentin Tarantino to play the central role in two Kill Bill films (2003/2004), which brought her an additional two Golden Globe Award nominations and a BAFTA Award nomination. Thurman was born in Boston, Massachusetts. Her father, Robert Alexander Farrar Thurman, a New York-born professor, is a Buddhist writer and academic. Her mother, Nena von Schlebrügge, is a model who was born in Mexico City, Mexico, of German, Swedish and Danish descent. Thurman and her siblings spent time in the Himalayan town of Almora, Uttarakhand, India, during childhood, and the Dalai Lama, to whom Robert Thurman has long been close, once visited their home. She grew up mostly in Amherst, Massachusetts, where she went to Amherst Regional Middle School, then moved to Woodstock, New York. While her father gave his children a Buddhist upbringing, she has the same name as one of the Hindu goddess Parvati's alternate names, "Uma", which means "light" in Sanskrit. Regarding religion, she now calls herself agnostic. She has three brothers, Ganden (b. 1968), Dechen (b. 1973), and Mipam (b. 1978), and a half-sister named Taya (b. 1960), from her father's previous marriage. She is described as having been an awkward and introverted girl who was teased for her tall frame, angular bone structure, enormous feet and unusual name (sometimes using the name “Uma Karen” instead of her birth name). When Thurman was 10 years old, a friend's mother suggested a nose job. As a child, she suffered bouts of body dysmorphic disorder, which she discussed in an interview with Talk magazine in 2001. Uma attended Amherst Public Schools. In the eighth grade, she discovered her love for acting. Talent scouts noticed her performance as Abigail in a production of The Crucible and offered her the chance to act professionally. Thurman attended Northfield Mount Hermon School, a preparatory school in Massachusetts, before dropping out to pursue a career in acting.


Charles Bronson, le génie du mâle Self (archive footage) 2020-11-29
The War with Grandpa Sally 2020-08-27
QT8: The First Eight Self (archive footage) 2019-10-21
Beyond Boundaries: The Harvey Weinstein Scandal Herself (archive footage) 2018-08-21
The Con Is On Harriet Fox 2018-05-04
Down a Dark Hall Madame Duret 2018-08-01
The House That Jack Built Lady 1 2018-10-04
John Travolta, le miraculé d'Hollywood Self - Actress (archive footage) 2017-03-19
Kalachakra l'Eveil Narrator 2017-09-27
Burnt Simone 2015-10-02
Jump! Wendy 2014-07-26
The Mundane Goddess Hera 2014-07-26
The Gift Miss Anderson 2014-07-26
Nymphomaniac: Vol. II Mrs. H 2013-12-25
Nymphomaniac: Vol. I Mrs. H 2013-12-25
Love, Marilyn Herself 2013-05-30
Movie 43 Fake Lois Lane (segment "Super Hero Speed Dating") 2013-01-01
Bel Ami Madeleine Forestier 2012-03-09
Playing for Keeps Patti 2012-11-29
Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair The Bride / Beatrix Kiddo (Black Mamba) / Mommy 2011-03-27
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief Medusa 2010-02-01
Ceremony Zoe 2010-10-08
Motherhood Eliza Welsh 2009-01-21
A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa Joy 2008-12-17
My Zinc Bed Elsa 2008-08-27
The Accidental Husband Emma 2008-02-29
The Life Before Her Eyes Diana 2007-09-08
My Super Ex-Girlfriend Jenny Johnson 2006-06-20
Prime Rafi Gardet 2005-09-21
The Producers Ulla 2005-12-25
The Naked Brothers Band: The Movie Herself 2005-10-23
Be Cool Edie Athens 2005-03-04
Shadows of the Bat: The Cinematic Saga of the Dark Knight Herself 2005-10-18
Kill Bill: Vol. 2 Beatrix "The Bride" Kiddo 2004-04-16
The Making of 'Kill Bill: Vol. 1' Herself 2003-10-01
Paycheck Rachel 2003-12-25
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 Beatrix "The Bride" Kiddo 2003-10-10
All the Love You Cannes! Self 2002-05-16
Chelsea Walls Grace 2002-04-19
Hysterical Blindness Debby Miller 2002-01-16
Pulp Fiction: The Facts Self (archive footage) 2002-08-20
De Superman à Spider-Man: L'aventure des super-héros Poison Ivy (archive footage) 2001-12-23
Tape Amy Randall 2001-11-02
Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Power of Women in Hollywood Narrator 2000-08-03
Vatel Anne de Montausier 2000-05-01
The Golden Bowl Charlotte Stant 2000-05-14
Sweet and Lowdown Blanche Williams 1999-12-03
The Avengers Emma Peel 1998-08-13
Les Misérables Fantine 1998-05-01
Gattaca Irene Cassini 1997-09-07
Batman & Robin Dr. Pamela Isley / Poison Ivy 1997-06-20
The Truth About Cats & Dogs Noelle 1996-04-26
Beautiful Girls Andera 1996-02-09
Duke of Groove 1996-05-07
A Month by the Lake Miss Beaumont 1995-09-11
Pulp Fiction Mia Wallace 1994-09-10
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues Sissy Hankshaw 1994-05-13
Mad Dog and Glory Glory 1993-03-05
Final Analysis Diana Baylor 1992-02-07
Jennifer Eight Helena Robertson 1992-11-06
Robin Hood Maid Marian 1991-05-13
Where the Heart Is Daphne McBain 1990-02-23
Henry & June June Miller 1990-09-28
Dangerous Liaisons Cécile de Volanges 1988-12-21
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen Venus / Rose 1988-12-07
Johnny Be Good Georgia Elkans 1988-03-22
Kiss Daddy Goodnight Laura 1987-10-29
Tau Ceti Four
Hollywood Stargirl Roxanne Martel
Anita Anita Bryant