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Uma Thurman

at the 2009 premiere of Whatever Works
Born Uma Karuna Thurman
April 29, 1970 (1970-04-29) (age 39)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1987–present
Spouse(s) Gary Oldman (1990–1992)
Ethan Hawke (1998–2004)

Uma Karuna Thurman (born April 29, 1970)[1] is an American actress. She has performed in leading roles in a variety of films, ranging from romantic comedies and dramas to science fiction and action thrillers. She is best known for her work under the direction of Quentin Tarantino. Her most popular films include Dangerous Liaisons (1988), Pulp Fiction (1994), Gattaca (1997) and Kill Bill (2003–2004).


Early life and family

Thurman's mother, Nena Birgitte Caroline von Schlebrügge, was a fashion model born in Mexico City, Mexico in 1941, to German-born Friedrich Karl Johannes von Schlebrügge, and Swedish-born Birgit Holmquist, from Trelleborg. In 1930, Birgit Holmquist, Thurman's grandmother, modeled for a nude statue that stands overlooking the harbor of Smygehuk.[2] Thurman's father, Robert Alexander Farrar Thurman (b. 3 Aug 1941), was born in New York City to Elizabeth Dean Farrar, a stage actress, and Beverly Reid Thurman, Jr., an Associated Press editor and U.N. translator.[3] Thurman's mother was introduced to LSD guru Timothy Leary by Salvador Dalí and became Leary's third wife in 1964; she later wed Thurman's father in 1967.

Thurman's father, Robert, a scholar and professor at Columbia University of Tibetan Buddhist studies, was the first westerner to be ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist monk.[4] He gave his children a Buddhist upbringing: Uma is named after an Dbuma Chenpo (in Tibetan, the "db" is silent; from Mahamadhyamaka in Sanskrit, meaning "Great Middle Way"). She has three brothers, Ganden (b. 1971), Dechen (b. 1973) and Mipam (b. 1978), and a half-sister named Taya (b. 1960) from her father's previous marriage. She and her siblings spent time in Almora, India, during childhood, and the Dalai Lama sometimes visited their home.[5]

Thurman grew up mostly in Amherst, Massachusetts and Woodstock, New York. She is described as having been an awkward and introverted girl who was teased for her tall frame, angular bone structure, and unusual name (sometimes using the name “Uma Karen” instead of her birth name). When she was 10 years old, a friend's mother suggested a nose job.[5]

As a child, she suffered bouts of body dysmorphic disorder, which she discussed in an interview with Talk magazine in 2001.[6]

Thurman attended Northfield Mount Hermon, a college preparatory boarding school in Northfield, Massachusetts, where she earned average grades, but excelled in acting.[citation needed] Talent scouts noticed her performance as Abigail in a production of The Crucible,[1] and offered her the chance to act professionally. Thurman moved to New York City to pursue acting and to attend the Professional Children's School, but she dropped out before graduating.[5]

Early work (1987–1989)

Thurman began her career as a fashion model at age 15.[7] She signed with the agency Click Models.[8] Her modeling credits included Glamour Magazine.[8] In 1989, she appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine's annual Hot issue.[9]

Thurman made her movie debut in 1988, appearing in four films that year. Her first two were the high school comedy Johnny Be Good and the teen thriller Kiss Daddy Goodnight. Thurman appeared in The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, playing the goddess Venus alongside Oliver Reed’s Vulcan. During her entrance Thurman briefly appears nude in a homage to Botticelli’s painting The Birth of Venus. With a budget of $46 million and box office receipts of only $8 million, the film was a commercial failure.[10]

Her breakthrough came in her role as Cecile de Volanges in Dangerous Liaisons. Actresses Glenn Close and Michelle Pfeiffer earned Oscar nominations for their performances. At the time, she was insecure about her appearance,[11] and fled to London for almost a year, during which she wore only loose, baggy clothing.[8]

Soon after the release of Dangerous Liaisons, the media were eager to profile Thurman. She was praised by her co-star John Malkovich, who said of her, “There is nothing twitchy teenager-ish about her, I haven’t met anyone like her at that age. Her intelligence and poise stand out. But there’s something else. She’s more than a little haunted.”[12]

Career prominence (1990–1993)

In 1990, Thurman co-starred with Fred Ward in the sexually provocative drama Henry & June, the first film to receive an NC-17 rating. Because of the rating, it never played in a wide release but critics embraced her; The New York Times wrote, “Thurman, as the Brooklyn-accented June, takes a larger-than-life character and makes her even bigger, though the performance is often as curious as it is commanding”.[13]

Thurman’s first starring role in a major production was Gus Van Sant's 1993 adaptation of Tom Robbins' Even Cowgirls Get the Blues. It was a critical and financial disappointment; Thurman was nominated for a Worst Actress Razzie. The Washington Post described her acting as shallow, writing that, “Thurman’s strangely passive characterization doesn’t go much deeper than drawling and flexing her prosthetic thumbs”.[14] Thurman also starred opposite Robert De Niro in the drama Mad Dog and Glory, another box office disappointment. Later that year, she auditioned for Stanley Kubrick while he was casting a movie to be called Wartime Lies, which was never produced. Her agent said she described working with him as a “really bad experience”.[15]


After Mad Dog and Glory, Thurman auditioned for Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction, which grossed over $107 million on a budget of only $8 million USD.[16] The Washington Post wrote that Thurman was “serenely unrecognizable in a black wig, [and] is marvelous as a zoned-out gangster’s girlfriend”.[17] Thurman was nominated for the Best Supporting Actress Oscar the following year. Entertainment Weekly claimed that, “of the five women nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category this year, only [Thurman] can claim that her performance gave the audience fits”.[18] Thurman also became one of Tarantino’s favorite actresses to cast, stating in a 2003 issue of Time: “[Thurman]’s up there with Garbo and Dietrich in goddess territory”.[19]

She starred opposite Janeane Garofalo in the moderately successful 1996 romantic comedy The Truth About Cats & Dogs as a ditzy blonde supermodel. In 1997, she starred opposite her future husband Ethan Hawke in the dystopian science fiction film Gattaca. Although Gattaca was not a success at the box office, it drew many positive reviews and became successful on the home video market,[20] some critics were not as impressed with Thurman, such as the Los Angeles Times which stated she was “as emotionally uninvolved as ever”.[21] Her next role was Poison Ivy in Batman & Robin, the fourth film of the popular franchise. Batman & Robin became one of the largest critical flops in history, though it did garner nearly $100 million over its production budget in box office receipts making it a financial success.[citation needed] Thurman’s performance in the campy film received mixed reviews, and critics compared her with actress Mae West. The New York Times wrote, “like Mae West, she mixes true femininity with the winking womanliness of a drag queen”.[22] A similar comparison was made by the Houston Chronicle: “Thurman, to arrive at a ’40s femme fatale, sometimes seems to be doing Mae West by way of Jessica Rabbit”.[23] The next year brought The Avengers, another major financial and critical flop. CNN described Thurman as, “so distanced you feel like you’re watching her through the wrong end of a telescope”.[24] She received Razzie Award nominations for both films. She closed out 1998 with Les Misérables, a film version of Victor Hugo’s novel of the same name, directed by Bille August, in which she played Fantine.

Hiatus (1998–2002)

Thurman at the Cannes Film Festival in 2000.

After the birth of her first baby in 1998, Thurman took a rest from major roles to concentrate on motherhood. Her next roles were in low-budget and television films, including Tape, Vatel, and Hysterical Blindness. She also starred in Chelsea Walls, a movie directed by then-husband Ethan Hawke. In 2000, she narrated a theatrical work by composer John Moran entitled Book of the Dead (2nd Avenue) at The Public Theater. She won a Golden Globe award for Hysterical Blindness, a film for which she also served as executive producer. In the film, she played a New Jersey woman in the 1980s searching for romance. The San Francisco Chronicle review wrote, “Thurman so commits herself to the role, eyes blazing and body akimbo, that you start to believe that such a creature could exist — an exquisite-looking woman so spastic and needy that she repulses regular Joes. Thurman has bent the role to her will”.[25]


After a five-year hiatus, Thurman returned in 2003 in John Woo's film Paycheck, which was only moderately successful with critics and at the box office.

Her next film was Tarantino's Kill Bill, which relaunched her career. In Kill Bill she played assassin Beatrix Kiddo, out for revenge against her former lover. Tarantino wrote the part specifically for her. He also cited Thurman as his muse while writing the film, and also gave her joint credit for the character, whom the two conceived on the set of Pulp Fiction from the sole image of a bride covered in blood.

Production was delayed for several months after Thurman became pregnant, as Tarantino refused to recast the part.[26] The film took nine months to shoot, and was filmed in five different countries. The role was also her most demanding , and she spent three months training in martial arts, swordsmanship, and Japanese.[27] The two-part action epic became an instant cult classic[28] and scored highly with critics. The film series earned Thurman Golden Globe nominations for both entries, and three MTV Movie Awards for Best Female Performance and twice for Best Fight. Rolling Stone likened Thurman to “an avenging angel out of a 1940s Hollywood melodrama”.[29]

The inspirations for “The Bride” were several B-movie action heroines. Thurman's main inspiration for the role was the title character of Coffy (played by Pam Grier) and the character of Gloria Swenson from Gloria (played by Gena Rowlands). She said that the two characters are “two of the only women I've ever seen be truly women [while] holding a weapon”.[30] Coffy was screened for Thurman by Tarantino prior to beginning production on the film, to help her model the character.[26]

By 2005, Thurman was commanding a salary of $12.5 million per film. Her first film of the year was Be Cool, the sequel to 1995's Get Shorty, which reunited her with her Pulp Fiction castmate John Travolta. In the film, she played the widow of a deceased music business executive. The film received poor reviews, and came in below expectations at the box office. In 2005, she starred in Prime with Meryl Streep, playing a woman in her late thirties romancing a man in his early twenties. Thurman's last film of the year was a remake of The Producers in which she played Ulla, a Swedish stage actress hoping to win a part in a new Broadway musical. Originally, the producers of the film planned to have another singer dub in Thurman's musical numbers, but she was eager to do her own vocals.[31] She is credited for her songs in the credits. The film was considered a bomb at the box office, but many praised Thurman's efforts, including A. O. Scott of the New York Times who said: "Uma Thurman as a would-be actress is the one bit of genuine radiance in this aggressively and pointlessly shiny, noisy spectacle."[32]

With a successful film career, Thurman once again became a desired model. Cosmetics company Lancôme selected her as their spokeswoman, and named several shades of lipstick after her, though they were sold only in Asia. In 2005, she became a spokeswoman for the French fashion house Louis Vuitton.

On February 7, 2006, Thurman was named a knight of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France for outstanding achievement in the field of art and literature.

In May 2006, Thurman bought the film rights to the Frank Schätzing novel The Swarm, which is in development and due for release in 2011.[33] When the film remake The Women was in pre-production in 2006, Thurman was cast as Crystal Allen, alongside Annette Bening, Julia Roberts, Meg Ryan, Sandra Bullock, Ashley Judd, Lisa Kudrow and Anne Hathaway, being directed by James L. Brooks, but the director was changed and Thurman was no longer part of the cast.[citation needed]

In July 2006, Thurman starred opposite Luke Wilson in My Super Ex-Girlfriend. Thurman portrayed a super-heroine named "G-Girl" who is dumped by her boyfriend and then takes her revenge upon him. Thurman received a reported $14 million for the role, but the film flopped. Once again Thurman was well-received, yet the film was not.

In February 2008, she starred opposite Colin Firth and Jeffrey Dean Morgan in The Accidental Husband, a romantic comedy about a woman who finds herself married while engaged to another man. It seems like archetypal Hollywood contrivance, but according to Thurman, a similar situation happened in New York.[34]

Thurman starred as "Elsa" in the British telefilm My Zinc Bed, in which she plays a cocaine addict, starring opposite Paddy Considine and Jonathan Pryce.

She finished filming Motherhood, an indie comedy, about the challenges faced by a mother preparing for her daughter's birthday.

She will star in the film version of the 1950s books Eloise In Paris, playing the role of Nanny, this film is to be directed by Charles Shyer.

Thurman also agreed to star in the new Muppets movie, playing a ticket clerk.

Bollywood director Vishal Bharadwaj has announced his interest in Thurman to star in his latest film venture opposite Hrithik Roshan, in a biographical film of the life of actress Nadira. The film is still in its pre-production stage. Uma Thurman has shown interest in playing either Marlene Dietrich or Greta Garbo.[35]

Activism and charity work

Thurman supports the United States Democratic Party, and has given money to the campaigns of John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, and Joseph R. Driscoll.[36] She supports gun control laws, and in 2000, she participated in Marie Claire’s “End Gun Violence Now” campaign.[37] She also participated in Planned Parenthood’s “March for Women’s Lives” to support the legality of abortion.[38] Thurman is a member of the board of the New York– and Boston-based organization Room to Grow,[39] a charitable organization providing aid to families and children born into poverty. She serves on the board of the Tibet House.[40]

In 2007, Thurman hosted the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway with actor Kevin Spacey.[41]

Personal life

While living in London after shooting Dangerous Liaisons, she began dating director Phil Joanou.[citation needed] On the set of State of Grace, she met English actor Gary Oldman. They were married in 1990, but the marriage ended in 1992.[42]

On May 1, 1998, Thurman married actor Ethan Hawke, whom she met on the set of Gattaca. Hawke's novel Ash Wednesday is dedicated to "Karuna", Thurman's middle name. Thurman acknowledged that they had married because she was pregnant - seven months at their wedding.[43] The marriage produced two children, daughter Maya Ray Thurman-Hawke (b. July 8, 1998) and son Levon Roan Thurman-Hawke (b. January 15, 2002).

In 2003, Thurman and Hawke separated, and in 2004 they filed for divorce.[44] When asked on The Oprah Winfrey Show if there was “betrayal of some kind” during the marriage, Thurman said, “There was some stuff like that at the end. We were having a difficult time, and you know how the axe comes down and how people behave and how people express their unhappiness”.[45]

Director Quentin Tarantino has described Thurman as his "muse". However, in a 2004 Rolling Stone cover story, Thurman and Tarantino denied having had a romantic relationship, despite Tarantino once having told a reporter, “I’m not saying that we haven’t, and I’m not saying that we have”.[15]

Thurman owns a townhouse in New York's Greenwich Village,[46] but lives in Hyde Park, New York. Raised as a Buddhist, she considers herself agnostic.[47]

Thurman dated Andre Balazs from 2004 to 2006.[48] She was engaged to London based Franco-Swiss financier Arpad Busson,[49] whom she began dating in late 2007.


Year Film Role Notes
1988 Johnny Be Good Georgia Elkans
Dangerous Liaisons Cécile de Volanges
Kiss Daddy Goodnight Laura
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen Venus/Rose
1990 Henry & June June Miller
Where the Heart Is Daphne McBain
1991 Robin Hood Maid Marian John Irvin directed TV movie.
1992 Final Analysis Diana Baylor
Jennifer 8 Helena Robertson
1993 Mad Dog and Glory Glory
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues Sissy Hankshaw
1994 Pulp Fiction Mia Wallace Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated — Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best Performance
1995 A Month by the Lake Miss Beaumont
1996 The Truth About Cats & Dogs Noelle
Beautiful Girls Andera
Duke of Groove Maya TV film
1997 Gattaca Irene Cassini
Batman & Robin Dr. Pamela Isley/Poison Ivy
1998 Les Misérables Fantine
The Avengers Emma Peel
1999 Sweet and Lowdown Blanche
2000 Vatel Anne de Montausier
The Golden Bowl Charlotte Stant
2001 Tape Amy Randall
Chelsea Walls Grace
2002 Hysterical Blindness Debby Miller Producer
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress, TV Mini-series
2003 Paycheck Dr. Rachel Porter
Kill Bill Volume 1 The Bride/Black Mamba Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama
2004 Kill Bill Volume 2 Beatrix Kiddo/The Bride/Mommy/Black Mamba Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama
2005 Be Cool Edie Athens
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind Kushana (Voice) English re-dub version of 1984 movie
Prime Rafi Gardet
The Producers Ulla
2006 My Super Ex-Girlfriend Jenny Johnson/G-Girl Nominated — People's Choice Awards
2008 The Life Before Her Eyes Diana
The Accidental Husband Emma Lloyd also Producer
My Zinc Bed Elsa Quinn
A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa Joy TV film
2009 Motherhood Eliza Welsh
2010 Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief Medusa
Ceremony Zoe filming
Eloise in Paris Nanny pre-production
Bel Ami Madeleine Forestier filming
Girl Soldier Sister Caroline pre-production


Year Award Category Film Result
1993 Cognac Festival du Film Policier Jury "Coup de Chapeau" Jennifer 8 Won
1995 Razzie Awards Razzie Award for Worst Actress Even Cowgirls Get the Blues Nominated
Academy Awards Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress Pulp Fiction Nominated
BAFTA Awards BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role Nominated
Chlotrudis Awards Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture Nominated
MTV Movie Awards MTV Movie Award for Best Performance Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role Nominated
1998 Kids' Choice Awards Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Movie Actress Batman & Robin Nominated
Razzie Awards Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actress Nominated
1999 Razzie Award for Worst Actress The Avengers Nominated
2001 Gotham Awards Best Actress Won
2002 Independent Spirit Awards Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female Tape Nominated
2003 Golden Globe Awards Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Miniseries or Television Film Hysterical Blindness Won
Screen Actors Guild Awards Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie Nominated
2004 Saturn Awards Saturn Award for Best Actress Kill Bill Vol. 1 Won
BAFTA Awards BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role Nominated
Empire Awards Empire Award for Best Actress Won
Golden Globe Awards Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama Nominated
MTV Movie Awards MTV Movie Award for Best Performance Won
Online Film Critics Society Awards Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress Nominated
Irish Film and Television Awards Audience Award for Best International Actress Kill Bill Vol. 2 Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress – Drama/Action Adventure Nominated
2005 Saturn Awards Saturn Award for Best Actress Nominated
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Critcis Choice Award for Best Actress Nominated
Empire Awards Empire Award for Best Actress Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama Nominated
MTV Movie Awards MTV Movie Award for Best Performance Nominated
Online Film Critics Society Awards Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress Nominated
Satellite Awards Satellite Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama Nominated
People's Choice Awards People's Choice Award for Favorite Female Action Movie Star Nominated
2007 Nominated


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Further reading

  • Bryon Sutherland & Lucy Ellis, "uma trurman, the biography", 2004 Aurum Press

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From Wikiquote

Uma Thurman (born April 29, 1970) is a iconic American film actress, starring in popular films such as Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill.


  • "I grew up in a mostly Buddhist environment. My father, when very young, was the first American to be ordained as a Buddhist monk. He now teaches Indo-Tibetan studies at Columbia University and is regarded as this country's foremost authority on Buddhism. When the Dalai Lama comes to America, it's my father who is his host. When asked if I consider myself Buddhist, the answer is, not really. But it's more my religion than any other because I was brought up with it in an intellectual and spiritual environment. I don't practice or preach it, however. But Buddhism has had a major effect on who I am and how I think about the world. What I have learned is that I like all religions, but only parts of them."
  • “Buddhism has had a major effect on who I am and how I think about the world. What I have learned is that I like all religions, but only parts of them.”
  • “I spent the first fourteen years of my life convinced that my looks were hideous. Adolescence is painful for everyone, I know, but mine was plain weird.”
  • “It is better to have a relationship with someone who cheats on you than with someone who does not flush the toilet.”
  • “Desperation is the perfume of the young actor. It's so satisfying to have gotten rid of it. If you keep smelling it, it can drive you crazy. In this business a lot of people go nuts, go eccentric, even end up dead from it. Not my plan.”
  • “Tall, sandy blonde, with sort of blue eyes, skinny in places, fat in others. An average gal.”
  • “I had a very traditional background. My parents are neat people. I'm lucky to have been raised in the most beautiful place -- Amherst, Massachusetts, state of my heart. I'm more patriotic to Massachusetts than to almost any place.”[1]
  • “Because of [my father Robert Thurman, a former Tibetan Buddhist monk], I often get asked if I'm a Buddhist. I always say no, because I have such respect for the rigor of being a practicing religious person. I'm an actress and a mom, and I probably don't have enough of an active spiritual life. And I don't know why people run around calling themselves by the names of religions when they don't actually practice them.”[2]

Notes and references

  1. Laura Yorke. Reader's Digest. July 2006.
  2. Laura Yorke. Reader's Digest. July 2006.

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Uma Thurman is an American movie actress. She is famous for her role in many Quentin Tarantino movies like "Kill Bill" Volume 1 and 2 and "Pulp Fiction".

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