Why is she famous? After earning recognition as one of Hollywood's A-list actresses as the eccentric Mia Wallace in Pulp Fiction, Uma entered the realm of Gotham City as the venemous Poison Ivy in Batman and Robin. Uma Thurman is one of Hollywood's enigma actresses. Just as easily as she does a small art house movie, she does a big blockbuster, and just as she seems to be everywhere, she disappears into obscurity. This beautiful and talented actress has always kept her fans (and her producers) wondering about which direction she will go in her next film: incest, glamour, murder, deceit, or pure evil. Though Uma was one of the Hollywood's social scene regulars, her marriage to fellow actor Ethan Hawke and her first child have mellowed the Greta Garbo look-a-like and given her a new found perspective on what is important in life (though her view must be a little different than ours... football might not be on her list of priorities). Born in Boston, Massachusetts, she was given a Buddhist upbringing. Her half
-Swedish, half-German mother, Nena von Schlebrugg, was briefly married to Timothy Leary (to whom she was introduced by Salvador DalÝ) before marrying Uma's father, Robert Thurman, a professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist studies of British ancestry. She is named after a Hindu goddess. She has three brothers, named Ganden, Dechen and Mipam. For a long time, she was a spokesmodel for cosmetics company Lanc˘me. As of 2005, she is a spokesmodel for luxurious French fashion house Louis Vuitton.
Some luscious trivia and history for you:
- She is six feet tall.
- A Russian rock band, Ne Nashego Mira, renamed itself UmaThurman (????????? or UMA2RMAH), hoping to capitalize on her popularity.
- She is afflicted with body dysmorphia
- Quentin Tarantino is a fan of her feet which can be seen in Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill.
- Was recently on the October 7, 2005 episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show, where she interviewed her mentor Meryl Streep, her costar in 2005's Prime.
- French cosmetics firm Lancome have employed her as a spokesmodel for their company. [June 2000]
- Daughter, with Ethan Hawke, Maya Ray Thurman-Hawke born. [8 July 1998]
- Former model.
- Her father, Robert 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 DalÝ, introduced Nena to her first husband, Timothy Leary.
- Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#20). 
- 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 Ethan Hawke, gave birth to 7lb. 15 oz. son, Roan, on 15 January 2002.
- Attended Northfield Mount Hermon boarding school in Northfield, Massachusetts during her freshman and sophomore years, approximately twenty five miles from her home town at the time, Amherst, Massachusetts.
- 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 (1996) (TV).
- Has shades of Lancome lipsticks named after her (available only in Asia).
- Her 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.
- 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").
- Former sister-in-law of Laila Morse.
-Shares a birthday with actress Michelle Pfeiffer, actor Daniel Day-Lewis and was born on the same day as tennis star Andre Agassi.
- Shares a birthday with comedian Jerry Seinfeld.
- Has split from her boyfriend, hotel owner Andre Balazs.
- Honored a knight in the Order of Arts and Letters at Cannes Film Festival.
- Is thrilled movie bosses kept her real singing voice in THE PRODUCERS.
- Is on the hunt for a new man and says she sees all potential dates as prey.
- Confessed she is still in love with ex-husband Ethan Hawke. (December 7, 2005)
- Will play a superhero who uses her powers against her ex-boyfriend in romantic comedy SUPER EX, co-starring Luke Wilson.
- Has once again been chosen as the face of luxury goods maker Louis Vuitton for its upcoming winter 2005-2006 women's ready-to-wear line.
- Is vying to show off her singing skills in the forthcoming remake of THE PRODUCERS, despite rumors she may be dubbed.
- Says she never regrets her poorly received performances, because she can only improve herself as an actress by learning from her mistakes.
- Is set to star in the upcoming bog-screen version of THE PRODUCERS, taking over Nicole Kidman, who had pulled out because of scheduling difficulties.
- Said she tried to make the character of The Bride she plays in KILL BILL as unseductive as possible, though she failed.
- Uma Thurman and Daryl Hannah reportedly asked to be kept apart when staying in a London hotel for the premiere of KILL BILL: VOL 2 because they don't get on.
We all want to hear the honeyed words of Uma. While she may think she's ordinary, we sure do not. This is an extraordinary actress, compared to the late great Greta Garbo, not only in looks and acting ability. She also has that elusive quality that brings her to the forefront of men's fantasies, one of the many reasons we offer her up to you, with video clips, lots of galleries, filled to the brim with images galore, all for you to download and keep forever, share with everyone you know!
Just to give you a taste of Uma, read some of what she has to say about herself, life, and the universe:
- Before I had my child, I thought I knew all the boundaries of myself, that I understood the limits of my heart. It's extraordinary to have all those limits thrown out, to realize your love is inexhaustible.
- Buddhism has had a major effect on who I am and how I think about the world. What I have learned is that I like all religions, but only parts of them.
- Desperation is the perfume of the young actor. It's so satisfying to have gotten rid of it. If you keep smelling it, it can drive you crazy. In this business a lot of people go nuts, go eccentric, even end up dead from it. Not my plan.
-Even, today, when people tell me I'm beautiful, I do not believe a word of it.
- Fun wouldn't be the right word... it was the most difficult, challenging, physical, extraordinary stretch I've ever had to make, in all those wild regards.
- I grew up in a mostly Buddhist environment.
-I had to go to a mirror and look at it. I couldn't picture myself in my own head. I had no image beyond a stick figure. I wasn't a mean person as a kid, or dumb, and something has to be said to justify excluding you.
- I spent the first fourteen years of my life convinced that my looks were hideous. Adolescence is painful for everyone, I know, but mine was plain weird.
- I was not particularly bright, I wasn't very athletic, I was a little too tall, odd, funny looking, I was just really weird as a kid.
- I'm very happy at home. I love to just hang out with my daughter, I love to work in my garden. I'm not a gaping hole of need.
- It is better to have a relationship with someone who cheats on you than with someone who does not flush the toilet.
- It's hard sometimes if you think a character should look a certain way and you're being pushed to do it differently. I've had fights over that. That's why it's so important that you work with good people.
- Modeling is basically 'Buy more stuff! Don't you want some more stuff? It will make you look ten years younger and men will like you!' If I'd wanted to be a salesperson, I would have got a job selling.
- Most films these days are men's stories. Women are for add-on romance. That's very hard.
- Tall, sandy blonde, with sort of blue eyes, skinny in places, fat in others. An average gal.
- When asked if I consider myself Buddhist, the answer is, Not really. But it's more my religion than any other because I was brought up with it in an intellectual and spiritual environment. I don't practice or preach it, however.
- My washing machine overwhelms me with its options and its sophistication.
- I think we all exude essential truths about ourselves, and then, as an actress, there's what you do with it. There's your wit and your imagination, and what you can cook up from your experience and understanding of what makes a human being tick.
- In show business, to pry open doors in new areas is really tough. Until you have a successful comedy, people don't think you could be funny, which is what makes a director like Quentin Tarantino so special. He sees beyond the things on the resume that you've done to date and opens up wonderful cans of worms for you to crawl into. That's a cool thing.
- Having children flips the game from being about you to being about what you can create in a home and what your responsibilities are. I've thought about quitting, but I love what I do so much - it's the big conundrum of my life.... So I'm fighting to keep my foot in the business, be creative and stimulated, and still take care of my children.
Starring in over thirty films, Uma has certainly made her mark in the world of glitz, glamour, and Hollywood:
2001 Kill Bill (movie)
2001 Last Word on Paradise (movie)
2000 Golden Bowl, The (movie)
2000 Vatel (movie)
1999 Sweet and Lowdown (movie)
1998 Avengers, The (movie)
1998 MisÚrables, Les (movie)
1997 Batman & Robin (movie)
1997 Gattaca (movie)
1997 You're Still Not Fooling Anybody (movie)
1996 Beautiful Girls (movie)
1996 Truth About Cats & Dogs, The (movie)
1995 Duke of Groove (television)
1995 Month by the Lake, A (movie)
1994 Pulp Fiction (movie)
1993 Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (movie)
1993 Mad Dog and Glory (movie)
1992 Final Analysis (movie)
1992 Jennifer Eight (movie)
1991 Robin Hood (television)
1990 Henry & June (movie)
1990 Where the Heart Is (movie)
1988 Adventures of Baron Munchausen, The (movie)
1988 Dangerous Liaisons (movie)
1988 Johnny Be Good (movie)
1987 Kiss Daddy Goodnight (movie)
What sealed her fate as a super star, in our opinion, was her role in Pulp Fiction, even though she was well launched prior to this film. Turning 36 this year has been somewhat of a trauma for our lovely lady. She has begged Hollywood bosses not to write her off, just because she is getting older. If Hollywood thinks she is, then they need to get their heads' collectively examined. This one is like wine. She just keeps getting better and better with time. The actress, who turned 36 in April of this year, claims Tinseltown has a bad habit of putting female stars out to pasture as they advance in years. She told Glamour magazine: "Theoretically, athletes run more slowly as they get older. But actors get better. They may be less attractive but, professionally, they grow richer and deeper." She was quoted as saying: 'I've known some great rock chicks, and it seems to me they're allowed to have a lot more edge than movie people, where everybody's got the latest youth serums going, the newest exercise and, if that won't cover it, they'll do something else. There's this sort of improve-yourself aspect, whereas the music business seems to have this much more funky attitude, with, like, a slight respect for damage'.
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