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Uma Thurman


Worst Dressed

After so many red-carpet winners in recent months, Thurman's sartorial streak came to an abrupt end at the Academy Awards.

Her truly bizarre white tulle getup was cut high in front and cascaded into a train in back. It's no easy feat for a six-foot-tall stunner to look schlumpy, but, with the help of Christian Lacroix, Thurman managed to pull it off.
Filmography

Accidental Husband (2004) (filming)
Be Cool (2005) (post-production)
Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)
Paycheck (2003)
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
Hysterical Blindness (2002) (TV)
Chelsea Walls (2001)
Tape (2001)
Golden Bowl, The (2000)
Vatel (2000)
Sweet and Lowdown (1999)
Avengers, The (1998)
Misérables, Les (1998)
Gattaca (1997)
Batman & Robin (1997)
Duke of Groove (1996) (TV)
Truth About Cats & Dogs, The (1996)
Beautiful Girls (1996)
Month by the Lake, A (1995)
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1993)
Mad Dog and Glory (1993)
Jennifer Eight (1992)
Final Analysis (1992)
Robin Hood (1991/I) (TV)
Cheerleader Camp II (1990)
Henry & June (1990)
Where the Heart Is (1990)
Dangerous Liaisons (1988)
Adventures of Baron Munchausen, The (1988)
Kiss Daddy Goodnight (1988)
Johnny Be Good (1988)
Biography

Birth name: Uma Karuna Thurman

Nickname: Cami
Height: 6' 0"

Born: 29 April 1970, Boston, Massachusetts

French cosmetics firm Lancome have employed her as a spokesmodel for their company. [June 2000]

Daughter, with Hawke, Maya Ray Thurman-Hawke born. [8 July 1998]

Ranked #99 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]

Former model.

Her father, Robert A. F. Thurman, is a professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University School of Religion. He was the first westerner to become a Tibetan Buddhist monk. Uma was named for a Hindu goddess.

Her mother is a Swedish model-turned-psychotherapist Nena, who was discovered at 16 in Stockholm by photographer Norman Parkinson. A nude statue of Nena's mother, Brigit Holmquist, a famous beauty and later baroness, stands in the port town of Trelleborg. Salvador Dali, introduced Nena to her first husband, Timothy Leary.

Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#20). [1995]

Granddaughter of Baron Karl von Schlebrugg.

Uma's middle name, Karuna, is one of the four sublime abodes in Buddhism. It means "compassion." The other 3 sublime abodes are Metta (Loving kindness), Mudita (Sympathetic joy), and Upekkha (Equanimity).

With husband Hawke, gave birth to 7lb. 15 oz. son, Roan, on 15 January 2002.

Attended the Northfield Mount Hermon boarding school in Massachusetts. Dropped out at age 15.

Named after the goddess of light and beauty in Indian Mythology.

Uma and Ethan Hawke's daughter's name is Maya; which is also the name of the character that Uma played in _Duke of Groove (1995) (TV)

Has shades of Lancome lipsticks named after her (available only in Asia).

Uma's mother Nena was once married to LSD proponent Timothy Leary. The marriage lasted less than a year (1964-1965). Their marriage, which took place in Nepal, was the subject of a 15-minute documentary entitled "You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You." Nena married Uma's father, Robert Thurman, two years later in 1967.

Has three brother with equally unusual, exotic names: Ganden, Dechen (who is an actor and director) and Mipam.

Sister of Dechen Thurman and Ganden Thurman and the daughter of Nena Thurman and Robert Thurman

Wears a size 11 shoe.

Measurements: 34C-24-35 (as an Elite model- 1988), 35 1/2C-24-35 (actress - 1995), (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)

In Portuguese, her name means "one".

She is on the Board of Directors of Room to Grow, a non-profit organization founded by Rob Reiner, dedicated to enriching the lives of babies born into poverty throughout their critical first 3 years of development.

Her uncle, John Thurman, is a professional concert cellist who performs with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

Supports the Junior Senator (John Kerry) from her native state (Massachusetts) for President of the United States.

Originally cast for the part of Eowyn in the 2nd LoTR movie, The Two Towers

In Polynesian, her name means "kiss".

Former husband Ethan Hawke's book was dedicated to her ("For Karuna").

What She is Known For

Uma Thurman made her cinematic debut in the forgettable Anthony Michael Hall comedy Johnny Be Good in 1988, and has gone on to appear in over 30 films since. Though she floundered for a while in the early ‘90s (anyone remember Final Analysis?), Uma burst into the mainstream with a memorable role in Quentin Tarantino’s smash hit Pulp Fiction. She has since gone on to appear in films such as Gattaca, Beautiful Girls, and both installments of the Kill Bill franchise, and is also known for her failed marriage to actor Ethan Hawke.

2005 Career Highligts

2005 was one of Uma’s busiest years to date, with starring roles in three high-profile movies. First up was the much anticipated sequel to Get Shorty, Be Cool, which reunited Uma with her Pulp Fiction costar, John Travolta. Next was Prime, a well-received romantic comedy that cast Uma alongside one of her heroes, Meryl Streep. Finally, Uma took on the role of Ulla in the cinematic adaptation of Mel Brooks’ wildly popular musical, The Producers.

2006 Career Forcast

Expect to see more of the lighter side of Uma in 2006 as she appears in Ivan Reitman’s My Super Ex-Girlfriend, alongside Luke Wilson and Anna Faris . The film casts her as a superhero named G-Girl, who uses her powers to get revenge on a boyfriend who’s recently dumped her. She’s also slated to star in the oft-delayed remake of The Women, which may also feature Annette Bening, Sandra Bullock, Ashley Judd, and Meg Ryan.
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