One of the most critically acclaimed actors in Hollywood at present, Natalie Portman is an award winning actress and director. Born in Israel but raised in Washington, Portman started acting at a very young age and got her first feature role in 1994 in the motion picture “Leon: The Professional”.
Portman got mainstream success and popularity when she was cast in the “Star Wars” prequel trilogy in 1999, 2002 and 2005. She completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Harvard University in 2003 while working as an actress. In 2005, Portman starred in the film “Closer” and won an academy award as well as Golden Globe Award nomination for best actress in a supporting role for her role in the film.
Her role in the 2006 picture “V for Vendetta” was also critically acclaimed, and made her one of the finest actors in Hollywood. In 2008, she served as the jury of the 61st Annual Cannes Film Festival, becoming the youngest judge ever. In 2011, Portman reached new heights of success, popularity and accomplishment when she won the Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, BAFTA award and Screen Actors Guild Award for best actress for her role in the critically acclaimed film “Black Swan”.
Samuel L. Jackson is one of the most underrated actors in Hollywood, and is considered one of the best actors never to have won an Academy Award. Jackson stated his career back in the 1970’s and made a name for himself owing to his excellent acting skills. He made appearance in a number of successful films including “Goodfellas”, but reached stardom and fame when he played a role in the movie “Pulp Fiction”.
Jackson’s performance in the film received much critical acclaim, the role became a cult character, and he became an instant star. Since then, Jackson has appeared in more than 100 films over a career spanning two decades. Some of his famous films include “The incredible”, “XXX”, “Snakes on a Plane”, “Jackie Brown”, “The 51st State” and “Shaft”. He is also currently signed to a nine film deal with Marvel Comics to play the character of Nick Fury. He has already appeared in five of those nine films.
Katherine Heigl is one of the most successful, prominent and famous television actors today, most famous for her role in the medical drama series “Grey’s Anatomy”. Heigl started her career at a young age, making a few appearances in films as well as television during the 1990’s. However, she got her big break in 1999 when she was signed on to play the character of Isabel Evans in the television series “Roswell”. The show became quite successful and did three seasons.
Her next big break came in 2005 when she was cast as Dr Isabel Stevens in “Grey’s Anatomy”. The show became one of the highest grossing shows in television and Heigl played her role in the series from 2005 to 2010. In 2007, she won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding supporting actress in a Drama Series for her role in Grey’s Anatomy. The role also brought her fame, success and a list of feature films in which she starred as the lead. Some of her most famous films are “The Ugly Truth”, “Killers”, “New Year’s Eve” and “Life as we know it”. She is also an established model and has braced the covers of many fashion and entertainment magazines.
Goldie Hawn is one of the most famous and successful actresses of the yesteryears, who continues to draw crowds and remain relevant in the film industry till this date. Hawn is an established television and film actor and producer. She started her career in 1967 with a television appearance in “Good Morning, World”. In 1969, she appeared in the feature film “Cactus Flower”, for which she won the Academy Award and Golden Globe award for best supporting actress. That film launched her career and established her as one of the most accomplished actresses of the 1970’s and 80’s.
Hawn went on to appear in a list of films during the 1970’ and 80’s, and received multiple Academy Award, Golden Globe Award and BAFTA Award nominations for her work. She has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award in 1972, 1975-78, 1980, 1982 and 2002. She appeared in the film “Bird on a Wire” in 1990 and “Death Becomes Her” in 1992, two of her successful recent roles. Although Hawn appeared in only a few films in the nineties, she is still very much active in the industry and can still pull a big crowd with her release. She last appeared in a feature film in 2002 which was titled “The Banger Sisters” and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Comedy for her performance.