For an actress that came to the international film arena just before the turn of the century, Cate Blanchett has built an impressive resume that defies definitions, apart from the fact that each of her characters is a strong no-nonsense woman and that physically, she has a commanding presence. When she's in the room (or screen) you can't take your eyes off of her.
Born in Melbourne, Australia in 1969, Blanchett caught Gillian Armstrong's eye and was immediately working for her in Oscar and Lucinda. What came after was a tireless series of performances that secured her image as one of the best actresses on the planet. Of course, this has led her to be nominated (and win) numerous worldwide awards. Her Oscar as Best Supporting Actress playing Katharine Hepburn, and her turn as Jasmine in Woody Allen's 2013's film have been lauded unanimously.
Among her best performances, she's been in Anthony Minghella's The Talented Mr. Ripley, Sam Raimi's The Gift, Joe Schumacher's Veronica Guerin, Lasse Hallstrom's The Shipping News, Steven Soderberg's The Good German, Spielberg's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and David Fincher's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, apart from her latest work for George Clooney in The Monuments Men.
The following 10 performances singled out in the "More Photos" section, have an indelible staying power and give proof of Cate Blanchett's extraordinary talent and film persona.
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