Cate Blanchett is one of the leading women in Hollywood today, and one wouldn’t believe that she hailed all the way from Australia. It is almost difficult to pick a role that she has been most famous for because every role of hers has been unique and brilliant, so frankly, we can’t pick a favorite. Cate Blanchett has made a name for herself in Hollywood and continues to do so by showing versatility every single time.
The more you learn about Cate Blanchett, the more you realize just how impressive her career trajectory has been, and we are in awe of her as we write about everything she has achieved. As award season is upon her, it would be almost rude not to talk about Cate Blanchett, and that’s why we’re here. So, keep reading this article to find out everything you need to know about Cate Blanchett, from her net worth, to her biography, to her personal life and much more:
Cate Blanchett’s Net Worth
Cate Blanchett’s net worth is estimated to be an astonishing $95 million. In May 2018, Blanchett was listed as one of the highest-paid actresses in the world by Forbes, earning an average of $12.5 million annually. Blanchett has endorsed a number of products, serving as a spokeswoman for several brands, including the luxury skincare brand SK-II and Giorgio Armani fragrances. She was paid $10 million for her initial deal with Armani. Additionally, she became the first beauty ambassador for Armani in 2018, endorsing their skincare and make-up. Most recently she was named the house ambassador for Louis Vuitton.
Cate Blanchett’s Biography
Catherine Elise Blanchett was born in Ivanhoe, Melbourne, Australia, on May 14, 1969. She attended Ivanhoe East Primary School, then Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School, and finally Methodist Ladies’ College. She worked at a nursing home in Victoria and studied at the University of Melbourne before dropping out after one year to travel. In 1990, while traveling in Egypt, she accepted a job as an extra in Kaboria, appearing as an American cheerleader in a boxing film. She enrolled in the National Institute of Dramatic Art when she returned to Australia, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1992.
Soon after graduation, Blanchett was cast opposite Geoffrey Rush in the David Mamet play Oleanna for the Sydney Theatre Company. Later that year, she was cast in Sophocles’ Electra as Clytemnestra; however, she was offered the title role when the leading actress left the production. Her theatre career continued to flourish, and she made her television debut in 1994 in the miniseries Heartland. She then went on to appear on the miniseries Bordertown and in an episode of Police Rescue. In 1997, she made her feature film debut in Paradise Road as an Australian nurse captured by the Japanese Army during World War II. In the same year, she was cast in her first leading role in Oscar and Lucinda as Lucinda, an outlandish heiress. She also starred in Thank God He Met Lizzie and won the Australian Film Institute (AFI) Award for Best Actress.
Cate Blanchett Early Days
Cate Blanchett rose to international prominence when she portrayed a young Queen Elizabeth I in Elizabeth in 1998, earning her first nominations for an Academy Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award. She also won a BAFTA and a Golden Globe Award for her performance. In 1999, she appeared in the comedy Pushing Tin and the critically acclaimed The Talented Mr. Ripley, alongside Philip Seymour Hoffman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Matt Damon, and Jude Law. In 2001, she was cast in The Lord of the Rings trilogy as Galadriel, the royal elven leader. The films, based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s novels, were huge successes, both financially and critically. The trilogy earned almost $3 billion worldwide at the box office alone. She then starred in Bandits, her first real comedy, with Billy Bob Thornton. She starred in two other films that same year: Charlotte Gray and The Shipping News.
Cate Blanchett Career
Cate Blanchett starred in a number of films in the early 2000s and finally won her first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2005. She won for her performance as real-life actress Katharine Hepburn in Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator, a biopic about film producer, pilot, and businessman Howard Hughes, portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio. She then starred in the title role of Sydney Theatre Company’s 2006 production of Hedda Gabler at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. In the same year, she starred alongside Brad Pitt in Babel, George Clooney in The Good German, and Dame Judi Dench in Notes on a Scandal. She reprised her role as Queen Elizabeth I in Elizabeth: The Golden Age in 2007. She reunited with Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button in 2008 and voiced the character of Granmamare in the English dub of Ponyo, directed by acclaimed animation director Hayao Miyazaki. She and her husband also became co-CEOs and artistic directors of the Sydney Theatre Company, and she starred as Blanche DuBois in its production of Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire, which traveled to the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York.
Cate Blanchett Awards
Blanchett focused on her stage career for a bit before returning to the screen as Galadriel in The Hobbit trilogy, the prequel series to The Lord of the Rings, from 2012 through 2014. Her performance in Woody Allen’s 2013 film Blue Jasmine earned her more than 40 awards, including the Critics’ Choice Award, the Golden Globe Award, the Screen Actors Guild Award, the BAFTA, and the Academy Award for Best Actress. She appeared with previous co-stars Matt Damon and George Clooney in The Monuments Men in 2014, and then she voiced the character of Valka in the Golden Globe-winning Dreamworks film How to Train Your Dragon 2. She starred in five films in 2015, including Disney’s live-action adaptation of Cinderella as the title character’s stepmother, Lady Tremaine.
Cate Blanchett Movies
Also in 2015, Blanchett starred in The Present at Sydney Theatre Company. She made her Broadway debut when the adaptation of Platonov by Anton Chekhov transferred to Broadway in 2017, and she was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play. In 2017, Blanchett starred in Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok for Marvel Studios. She portrayed the Norse goddess of death, Hela, who is the sister of Thor and Loki, portrayed by Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston, respectively. She then starred in Ocean’s 8, along with Anne Hathaway, Rihanna, Sandra Bullock, and more, in 2018. In 2019, she voiced the python Kaa in Netflix’s Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle, directed by Andy Serkis. Additionally, she reprised her role as Valka in How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.
Cate Blanchett TV Series
In 2020, Cate Blanchett starred in two miniseries, the Australian drama Stateless and the FX/Hulu historical drama Mrs. America. The following year, she starred in Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley with Bradley Cooper and Adam McKay’s Don’t Look Up with Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence. In 2022, she played the fictional conductor Lydia Tár in Tár, directed by Todd Field. For her performance, she won her fourth Golden Globe Award. She worked with del Toro once again, providing her voice for the Netflix adaptation of Pinocchio. Up next, Blanchett will star in the series Disclaimer for Apple TV+ and Borderlands, a live-action adaptation of the video game.
Cate Blanchett As an activist
Blanchett is well-known and praised for her ability to perform in and master different accents, including Irish, French, English, and various American accents. She is an activist and humanitarian, particularly advocating for refugees and educating others about climate change while holding both individuals and corporations responsible for their actions.
Cate Blanchett Family and Marriage
Cate Blanchett is the second of three children born to June, and Robert DeWitt Blanchett, Jr. Her mother was an Australian property developer and teacher, and her father was an American from Texas. Her parents met when her father was serving as a United States Navy Chief Petty Officer and his ship broke down in Melbourne. He eventually worked as an advertising executive and sadly passed away following a heart attack when Cate was only ten years old.
Cate Blanchett has an older brother and a younger sister. Her brother, Robert Blanchett III, attended the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and works in information systems. Her sister, Genevieve Amelia Blanchett, studied architectural design and works for the New Zealand Opera in Auckland.
Blanchett met her husband, playwright, and screenwriter Andrew Upton, in the mid-1990s. They married on December 29, 1997, and have three biological sons, as well as one adopted daughter. She shared in 2020 that her eldest child, Dashiell John Upton, was attending film school. Her other children are named Roman Robert Upton, Ignatius Martin Upton, and Edith Vivian Patricia Upton, who was adopted in 2015.
We could go on and on about Cate Blanchett and her achievements but this article would turn into a book if we did. Do let us know in the comments what your favorite Cate Blanchett role has been so far!
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