Cate Blanchett is an actress, theater director, and environmentalist. She has received numerous honors and accolades for her performances and work. Cate has received two Academy Awards, three British Academy Awards, six Australian Academy Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, three Golden Globes, three Critics Choice Awards, and many additional awards. For playing Katherine Hepburn in The Aviator, she won an Oscar for playing another Oscar-winning actor, she is the only Australian actor to win two Oscars, and she has accomplished other acting feats.
Catherine Elise Blanchett was born in 1969 in Ivanhoe, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. She has an older brother and a younger sister. Her father died when he was ten years old and her mother was left to raise the family. She graduated from Ivanhoe Girls’Grammar School and then attended Methodist Ladies’ College and the University of Melbourne before deciding to travel overseas and begin her career as a performer. After appearing in an Egyptian film she returned to Sydney, Australia to attend and then graduate from the National Institute of Dramatic Art in 1992.
Cate married playwright and screenwriter Andrew Upton in 1997. They had three biological sons and adopted a daughter. They live in Sydney, Australia, and Crowborough, England, United Kingdom. Their home in Sydney was renovated to become more eco-friendly.
In 2006, Cate joined Al Gore’s Climate Project. In 2007, she became the ambassador for the Australian Conservation Foundation. She later became an honorary life member of this foundation. She and her husband were proponents of Greening the Wharf to install 1900 solar panels at Sydney’s Walsh Bay. Among other environmental efforts, Cate is a celebrity for Australia’s “Who on Earth Cares” program.
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