Cate Blanchett Trivia
Birth name: Catherine Elise Blanchett
Date of birth: 14 May 1969
Place of birth: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Height: 5′ 8½” (1.74 m)
Spouse: Andrew Upton (29 December 1997 – present) 2 children.
- She was the first person to win the Critics Circle Theatre award for Best Newcomer and Lead Actress in the same year. One of the performances which won her this award was for her role in David Mamet’s Oleanna, opposite Shine (1996) star Geoffrey Rush.
- Has an older brother named Bob who works in the computer field, and a younger sister, Genevieve who is a theater designer.
- When she was 18, Cate was on vacation in Egypt. A fellow guest at a cheap hotel in Cairo asked if she wanted to be an extra in a movie, and the next day she found herself in a crowd scene, cheering for an American boxer who was losing to an Egyptian. She dreaded the experience and walked off from the movie.
- Attended Methodist Ladies College (MLC) in Melbourne, Australia and was the School Drama Captain.
- Her father, a Texan ad executive, died of a heart attack when she was ten years old.
- After completing work on the Lord of the Rings trilogy in the role of Galadriel, she kept and bronzed her elf ear prosthetics.
- Was considered for the role of Clarice Starling in Hannibal (2001). The part eventually went to Julianne Moore.
- Son, Dashiell John Upton, born December 2001. He was named after the author of classic crime novel The Maltese Falcon (1941), Dashiell Hammett.
- In an interview she gave to Fox Television Network, she admitted blushingly that she had accepted the role of Galadriel, the Elf Queen, in The Lord of the Rings trilogy because she always wanted to appear in a movie wearing pointed ears.
- Enjoys making lists and crossing items off as she accomplishes them.
- Chosen as one of People Magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful.” 
- Children: Dashiell John, born on December 3, 2001 in London, England; Roman Robert, born on April 23, 2004
- Has been in 5 movies where the title contains the name of the character she plays: Veronica Guerin (2003), Charlotte Gray (2001), Elizabeth (1998), Thank God He Met Lizzie (1997), and Oscar and Lucinda (1997). [March 2004]
- Was originally going to play the role of Anna in Mike Nichols’s latest film Closer (2004/I), but due to her second pregnancy she had to drop out, so it was recast with Julia Roberts instead.
- Second son, Roman Robert, with Andrew Upton, born 23 April 2004 in London, England.
- Was the original ‘Tim-Tam’ girl in the series of commercials promoting the product.
- September 2004: Flew back home to Melbourne, Australia to launch the skincare range from SK-II at Australia’s leading department store Myer.
- Was set to play Portia in Michael Radford’s adaptation of William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice (2004), thus re-uniting with actor Joseph Fiennes, her co-star from the blockbuster Elizabeth (1998), but had to drop out after discovering her pregnancy. This also would have reunited her with ‘Ian McKellen, with whom she appeared in ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy, who would have played Shylock. He too ultimately left the project.
- By winning the Oscar for her portrayal of Katharine Hepburn, she became the first person to give an Oscar-winning portrayal of a previous Oscar winner.
- In The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004), she appears with Anjelica Huston, and in The Aviator (2004), she works with Danny Huston, the daughter and son, respectively, of director John Huston. In addition to having played Katharine Hepburn, who appeared in The African Queen (1951), directed by John Huston, she also appeared in a remake of a film that John Huston appeared in: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003).
- In The Aviator (2004), she works opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, who plays Howard Hughes. The year before, she appeared in The Missing (2003/I) with Tommy Lee Jones. Jones played Hughes years earlier in The Amazing Howard Hughes (1977) (TV).
- Nominated for Best Female Performance in the Belvoir St Theatre Company’s production of “Hamlet”.
- Won the Rosemont Best Actress Award for her performance in “Oleanna”.
- 1992: Graduated from Australia’s NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Art).
- Was unknowingly pregnant while portraying the pregnant journalist in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004).
- Each of her Oscar Nominations are for playing real, historical figures (Queen Elizabeth and Katharine Hepburn).
- Won the 2005 Helpmann Award for Best Female Actor in a Play for her performance in “Hedda Gabler.”
- Appeared next to Hugo Weaving in 9 different projects:”Bordertown” (1995), “Drama School” (2000), Little Fish (2005), Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Lord of the Rings: The Third Age, Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Making of ‘The Lord of the Rings’, Quest for the Ring (2001).