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Born May 14, 1969 in Melbourne, Australia, Cate Blanchett became interested in acting when asked to play an extra in a film while traveling through Egypt. Cate then decided to return to Australia to study acting full time, and she is now one of the most well-known faces in Hollywood. With roles in popular films including The Lord of the Rings and Ocean's 8, here is a look back at Cate Blanchett's best roles.
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While she quickly became a rising star in Australia with successful performances on the Australian stage, Cate Blanchett wouldn't see international fame until 1998 with biographical drama Elizabeth. The role would earn her a BAFTA for Best Actress, and the leading role in 2007 sequel film, Elizabeth: The Golden Age.
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Cate's next big role would come as "Meredith Logue" in 1999's critically acclaimed The Talented Mr. Ripley. Starring alongside Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Jude Law, the film would push Cate further into the Hollywood spotlight!
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Perhaps Cate Blanchett's most well-known role would come in 2001, when she was cast to play "Galadriel" in Peter Jackson's blockbuster trilogy, The Lord of the Rings. Starring in all three films in the series, plus its prequel series The Hobbit, Cate would see her fan base grow more than she could have ever imagined!
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One of our favorite Cate Blanchett films is Martin Scorsese's 2004 biographical drama The Aviator. Portraying the legendary Katharine Hepburn, Cate would win her first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, and she would become the first actress to receive the award for portraying an Academy Award-winning actress!
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Cate Blanchett is truly a versatile actress and brings a breath of fresh air to any film she takes on. 2008's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is no exception, and Cate is outstanding in her role of co-star Brad Pitt's love interest "Daisy".
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Cate Blanchett had become a coveted actress for every filmmaker by 2008, and Steven Spielberg was no exception. Casting Cate as KGB agent "Col. Dr. Irina Spalko", Spielberg's favorite villain from the entire Indiana Jones series, Cate proved herself to be worthy of the role, and the film would be a commercial success!
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Catching the eye of yet another Academy Award winning director, Cate Blanchett would take on one of her most successful roles of her career with Woody Allen's 2013 film Blue Jasmine. Earning over 40 industry and critic awards, including an Oscar and Golden Globe for her role of "Jasmine French", many critics believe Blue Jasmine to be her best performance of her career.
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Proving herself capable once again of both virtuous and villainous roles, Cate Blanchett would shine as "Cinderella's step-mother" in Disney's 2015 live-action version of Cinderella. While Cinderella movies can often be overdone, this one is not to be missed with an all-star cast also including Lily James and Richard Madden.