Trivia

• In 1993 was She the first person to win the Sydney Theatre Critic’s Circle Theatre award for Best Newcomer (for Kafka Dances) and Best Lead Actress (for Oleanna) in the same year.

• Has an older brother named Bob who works in the computer field, and a younger sister, Genevieve who is a theater designer.

• When she was 18, Cate was on vacation in Egypt. A fellow guest at a cheap hotel in Cairo asked if she wanted to be an extra in a movie, and the next day she found herself in a crowd scene, cheering for an American boxer who was losing to an Egyptian. She dreaded the experience and walked off from the movie.

• Attended Methodist Ladies College (MLC) in Melbourne, Australia and was the School Drama Captain.

• Her father, Robert Blanchett, a Texan ad executive, died of a heart attack when she was ten years old.

• Son, Dashiell John Upton, born December 3, 2001 in London England. He was named after the author of classic crime novel and film The Maltese Falcon (1941), Dashiell Hammett. Second son Roman Robert was born on April 23, 2004 in London England. And their third son Ignatius Martin was born on April 13, 2008 in Sydney, weighing 8 pounds.

• Enjoys making lists and crossing items off as she accomplishes them.

• Has been in 6 movies where the title contains the name of the character she plays: Veronica Guerin (2003), Charlotte Gray (2001), Elizabeth (1998), Thank God He Met Lizzie (1997), Oscar and Lucinda (1997) and Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007).

• Flew back home to Melbourne, Australia in Setptember 2004 to launch the skincare range from SK-II at Australia’s leading department store Myer.

• Graduated from Australia’s NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Art) in 1992.

• Is of French descent.

• She participated in 7 films nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award, four of them in a row: Elizabeth (1998), The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002), The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), The Aviator (2004), Babel (2006), and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008).

• Her Texan father, Robert Blanchett, met her mother, June, in Melbourne.

• Was officially in the BAFTA longlist in 2007 (Equivalently, the semi-finals) for Best Actress in a Leading Role, for her role in Notes on a Scandal (2006) (unlike the Oscars, where she was competing for Supporting Role), which consisted of 15 finalists for each category (except Animated Film). However, she was eliminated in the next round, which the five official nominees were selected.

• She and her The Shipping News (2001) and Notes on a Scandal (2006) co-star Judi Dench both received Oscar-nominations for playing Queen Elizabeth I in 1999. Dench won for her supporting role in Shakespeare in Love (1998) while Blanchett was nominated for Elizabeth (1998).

• Was ranked #45 on EW’s The 50 Smartest People in Hollywood in December 2007.

• Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the “100 Sexiest Stars” in film history (#31) in 2007.

• Chosen as one of People Magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful.” in 1999.

• In 2007, Forbes Magazine estimated her earnings for the year at $13 million.

• The group Oppenheimer has released a song called “Cate Blanchett.”

• She is one of the elite eleven thespians to have been nominated for both a Supporting and Lead Acting Academy Award in the same year for their achievements in two different movies. The other nine are Fay Bainter, Sigourney Weaver, Teresa Wright, Barry Fitzgerald (he has been nominated in both categories for the same role in the same movie), Jessica Lange, Al Pacino, Emma Thompson, Holly Hunter, Julianne Moore and Jamie Foxx.

• She, Linda Hunt and Felicity Huffman are the only performers to be nominated for an Oscar for playing a member of the opposite sex.

• She is one of five actors (and the only female actor) to be nominated for an Oscar twice for playing the same role in two separate films. She played Queen Elizabeth I in Elizabeth (1998) and in Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007). The others are Bing Crosby, Paul Newman, Peter O’Toole and Al Pacino.

• Was listed as a potential nominee for the 2008 Razzies (but did not make the final ballot) for her performance as Queen Elizabeth I in Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007), a performance that earned her another Oscar nomination. Had she earned a Razzie nod, she would have been one of the few actors to have a Razzie and Oscar nomination for the same performance.

• Gucci Westman is the make-up artist for Cate and also for Julianne Moore and Kate Hudson.

• Good friends with actress Nicole Kidman.

• Did not return to work until six months after giving birth to her son Ignatius in order to take to the stage for a Broadway revival of A Streetcar Named Desire, where she portrayed Blanche DuBois.

• Received the 2,367th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on December 5, 2008 at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.

• She was awarded the Australian Centenary Medal in the 2001 Queen’s New Years Honours List for her services to acting and Australian society.