UMA THURMAN ( Blanche) Has proven herself to be one of the most versatile young actresses by playing a variety of compelling characters. The daughter of a psychologist and a college professor, Thurman was raised in Amhert, Massachusetts and Woodstock, New York. She attended a preparatory school in New England, where at fifteen she was discovered by two New York agents. At sixteen she transferred to the Professional Childrens School in New York City in order to pursue an acting career.
Thurmans entrance onto the mainstream film scene begain with "Johnny Be Good," opposite Anthony Michael Hall. But it was her role as the goddess Venus in Terry Gilliams 1998 fantasy "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen" which brought her international attention. This striking and versatile actress went on to receive critical acclaim for her portrayal of a virginal 18th century convent girl, Cecile de Volanges, seduced by John Malkovich in Stephen Frears "Dangerous Liaisons." The following year she starred opposite Fred Ward and Maria de Medeiros in Philip Kaufmans "Henry and June" playing neurotic the and erotic bi-sexual spouse of Henry Miller. She then played Daphne McBain, one of a trio of Dabney Colemans spoiled children in the comedy "Where The Heart Is," directed by John Boorman.
In 1991, Thurman starred opposite Richard Gere and Kim Basinger in "Final Analysis." She then reunited with Malkovich in the thriller "Jennifer 8," playing Andy Garcias blind girlfriend. In "Mad Dog and Glory," she played a barmaid who becomes an indentured slave to Robert DeNiro for saving Bill Murrays life. Her most eccentric movie to date is Gus Van Sants "Even Cowgirls Get The Blues," in which she played Sissy Hankshaw, a big-thumbed bi-sexual hippie hitchhiker.
In 1995, Thurman received an Academy Award nomination for Quentin Tarantinos critically acclaimed "Pulp Fiction," in which she played Mia Wallace, a sexy and comedic mobsters wife. Later that year, she was seen in the period romance, "A Month by the Lake," with Vanessa Redgrave, and the contemporary romance "Beautiful Girls," directed by Ted Demme. Thurman next appeared in "The Truth About Cats and Dogs," "Batman & Robin," "Gattaca" opposite Ethan Hawke, "Les Miserables" with Liam Neeson and "The Avengers" with Ralph Fiennes.
In the Spring of 1999, she made her stage debut in an updated version of Molieres "The Misanthrope" at the Classic Stage Company in New York City.
She will soon be seen starring with Gerard Depardieu and Tim Roth in "Vatel" and a new film from Merchant/Ivory, "The Golden Bowl," with Nick Nolte, Angelica Huston and Jeremy Northam.