biography by Danny Rosenbaum
Category: Famous actors and actresses
Cate Blanchett was born on 14 May 1969 in Melbourne, Australia.
Her father died when she was 10, and she was brought up by her mother, a teacher. Cate Blanchett went to the Methodist Ladies College.
Cate Blanchett got her first taste of acting in films when she was in Egypt between University and drama school.
In Cate Blanchett's interview with The Guardian, she explained:
"I was going to stay in England with a friend, but because I forgot to organise my papers they gave me just one week in the country. I was kicked out of England, and I ended up in Egypt ... I had to be an American cheerleader [in a boxing film]. I was sitting on my bum for six hours. In the end I walked out because the director screamed at me."
Cate Blanchett studied at Sydney's National Institute of Dramatic Art and then took the lead in Electra. Other significant stage roles followed including David Mamet's Oleanna, for which she won the Sydney Theatre Critics' Best Newcomer Award.
In 1997 Cate Blanchett moved into films playing army nurse Susan Macarthy in Bruce Beresford's Paradise Road.
Another early film was Thank God He Met Lizzie, where she met her husband-to-be, Andrew Upton.
Another significant role for Cate Blanchett was as Lucinda Leplastrier in Oscar and Lucinda.
Cate Blanchett followed up with the role of the Virgin Queen in Elizabeth, for which she was Oscar nominated.
Other credits include An Ideal Husband, Pushing Tin, The Talented Mr Ripley, the Lord Of The Rings trilogy, and her role as Katharine Hepburn in Martin Scorsese's The Aviator, for which she won the Oscar for best supporting actress.