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Rachel Weisz Biography

Birth Name:
Rachel Hannah Weisz
Birth Place:
London, England
Profession
Actor

Fast Facts

  • Parents are from Eastern Europe; father is a Hungarian-born inventor; mother is an Austrian-born psychotherapist
  • Turned down a role in King David, starring Richard Gere, when she was 14
  • While at Cambridge, formed an avant-garde acting troupe called Talking Tongues
  • Received the London Critics' Circle Award for Most Promising Newcomer in 1994 for Design for Living
  • Was not in the third installment of The Mummy series because she had both scheduling difficulties and a newborn baby
  • Won Britain's 2010 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress for her role as Blanche DuBois in a revival of A Streetcar Named Desire
  • Signed on to be a L'Oréal Paris spokesperson on October 2010
  • Says doing an American accent is no longer difficult for her
  • Keeps her Oscar in her bathroom
  • Describes being an actor as a way of fulfilling her childhood dream of wanting to be a detective because she gets to "snoop into other people's lives
  • " Has been called the muse of fashion designer Narciso Rodriguez

Awards

  • 2018Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 2018Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 2018Critics' Choice Awards-Best Supporting Actress: nominated
  • 2015European Film Awards-European Actress: nominated
  • 2013Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 2012New York Film Critics Circle-Best Actress: winner
  • 2011Genie Awards-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2006Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: winner
  • 2006BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actress in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2006Critics' Choice Awards-Best Supporting Actress: nominated
  • 2005Online Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actress: nominated
  • 2005Chicago Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actress: nominated
  • 2005St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 2005San Diego Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 2005London Film Critics Association-Best British Actress: winner
  • 2005Iowa Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actress: nominated
  • 2005Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: winner
  • 2005Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role: winner
  • 1999Genie Awards-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: nominated

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