Uma Thurman is an American actress and model. She has performed in a variety of films, ranging from romantic comedies and dramas to science fiction and action movies. Following her appearances on the December 1985 and May 1986 covers of British Vogue, she starred in Dangerous Liaisons (1988). Thurman rose to international prominence with her performance in Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction (1994), for which she was nominated for the Academy Award, the BAFTA Award, and the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress. She starred in several more films throughout the 1990s such as Batman & Robin (1997), Gattaca (1997), and Les Misérables (1998). Check out some facts about her!
1. Her full name is Uma Karuna Thurman.
2. She was born on born April 29, 1970.
3. She was born in Boston, Massachusetts.
4. Her forename “Uma” is Sanskrit and literally means “splendour, light” and it is also one of the epithets of Hindu female Goddess Parvati, while her second name “Karuna” means “compassion” or “empathy”.
5. Her father, Robert Alexander Farrar Thurman, is a professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies, an academic and writer and he lived as an ordained Buddhist monk for three years.
6. Her mother, Nena von Schlebrügge, was German nobility and a high-fashion model, discovered in Stockholm, who moved to New York City at the age of 17 to join the Ford Modeling Agency.
7. Thurman received a Buddhist upbringing, and spent altogether around two years in the Indo-Himalayan town of Almora.
8. She grew up mostly in Amherst, Massachusetts.
9. She went to Amherst Regional Junior High School, then moved to Woodstock, New York.
10. She has three brothers, Ganden, Dechen Karl, and Mipam, and a half-sister named Taya from her father’s previous marriage.
11. Thurman’s first cousin is Swedish football player Max von Schlebrügge.
12. Thurman 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.
13. As a child, she suffered bouts of body dysmorphic disorder.
14. Thurman began her career as a fashion model at the age 15, and signed with the agency Click Models.
15. Her early modeling credits included Glamour and the December 1985 and May 1986 covers of British Vogue.
16. In 1987, she auditioned for the role of Buttercup in the movie “The Princess Bride,” which went to Robin Wright.
17. Her first movie debut was when she was 18 years old. She appeared in a total of four films in the year 1988, a high school comedy – “Johnny Be Good,” a teen thriller “Kiss Daddy Goodnight,” an adventure fantasy comedy “The Adventures of Baron Munchausen,” and an Oscar-winning drama “Dangerous Liaisons.”
18. he was named one among the #100 Sexiest Stars in Film History by Empire magazine.
19. Her uncle, John Thurman, is a professional concert cellist who performs with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
20. She discovered her love for acting, when she was in her eighth grade.
21. She acknowledged that she married Hawke because she was pregnant. They have 2 children together – daughter Maya Ray, born in 1998, and son Levon, born in 2002.
22. In the year 2000, she became the spokes model for the French cosmetics firm Lancome. There are even shades of Lancome lipsticks, named after her, which are available only in Asia.
23. She starred as Poison Ivy in the movie “Batman & Robin,” which received universal critical and fan acclaim. It was reported that people regarded Thurman as the only reason to watch the movie.
24. Tarantino’s two-part martial arts film “Kill Bill,” released in late 2003 and early 2004, re-launched her career. It was reported that Tarantino wrote the part of The Bride/Beatrix Kiddo, specifically for Thurman.
25. She was awarded with a Blockbuster Entertainment Award for ‘Best Actress – Sci-Fi’ and a nomination for Favorite Movie Actress in the Kids’ Choice Awards.