Uma Thurman’s work with renowned director Quentin Tarantino has made her a household name among moviegoers.
Uma Thurman’s parents, Nena Birgitte Charlotte van Schlebrugge and Robert Andrew Farrar Thurman were responsible for her arrival on this planet. Her father was an actor, and her mother was married twice—first to LSD pioneer Timothy Leary, whom Dali’s friend Salvador introduced her to, and then to Thurman.
In Tibet, Uma’s father was the first of his kind to receive full Buddhist monastic ordination. When she was a child, the spiritual leader of Tibet often visited the Thurmans in their home in Almora, India.
Uma’s formative years were spent primarily in both Amherst, Massachusetts, and Woodstock, New York.
She first gained recognition as an actor because of her performance as Abigail in a Crucible revival. She moved to New York and enrolled at the Professional Children’s School, although she only stayed there for one semester before dropping out.
Thurman’s career was revived after she auditioned for a part in Pulp Fiction, directed by Quentin Tarantino. Harvey Keitel and Tim Roth joined John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson in the film. Uma Thurman was chosen as this year’s Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner.
Thurman and Janeane Garofolo starred in the 1996 romantic comedy The Truth Behind Cats and Dogs. Later, she was cast as the love interest of Ethan Hawke in the critically panned but cult classic Gattaca.
She then appeared as Poison Ivy in Batman & Robin, starring George Clooney and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Uma Thurman’s next role was in the similarly disappointing film The Avengers. In 1998, she closed off the year with a role in the film version of Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables. She co-starred with Liam Neeson as Fantine opposite Geoffrey Rush as Rush.
An Acting Profession
Uma Thurman first appeared on cinema in the 1988 films Johnny Be Good and Kiss Daddy Goodnight. She starred as Venus opposite Oliver Reed’s Vulcan in the film adaptation of The Chronicles of Baron Munchausen.
Thurman had her first major role in Dangerous Liasons (1988). Actor Glenn Closer and co-star Michelle Pfeiffer were both nominated for Oscars for their roles in the film. She received rave reviews from co-star John Malkovich.
The 1990 film Henry & June starred Uma Thurman and Fred Ward in a sexually charged storyline. Even Cowgirls Got the Blues, by Tom Robins, was adapted by Gus Van Sant into a film in 2004 in which she played the lead role for the first time.
Critics and moviegoers alike were underwhelmed with the film. In the critically derided and commercially failed Mad Dog and Glory, she co-starred alongside Robert De Niro.
A Stunning Success
After a hiatus of five years, Uma Thurman made her big screen return in John Woo’s Paycheck. She was cast in Tarantino’s next picture, Kill Bill, shortly after the film’s underwhelming reception. Besides Lucy Liu, Daryl Hannah, and David Carradine, the film also features them.
In 2005, Thurman appeared in two films with John Travolta and Meryl Streep, Be Cool and Prime. She only did one more picture that year, a remake of The Producers starring the greats Gene Wilder and Zer Mostel.
Matthew Broderick and Will Ferrell starred in the remake as the main characters. Then, in My Super Ex-Girlfriend, Thurman starred alongside Luke Wilson. Although Uma Thurman said she was paid $14 million for her role in the film, it performed poorly at the box office.
She then starred in the 2008 film The Accidental Husband in February. Then he played a cocaine addict opposite Jonathan Pryce and Paddy Considine in My Zinc Bed.
Uma Thurman and Gary Oldman married in 1990, but they separated the following year. Maya Ray Thurman-Hawke (born 1998) and Levon Roan Thurman-Hawke (born 2002) are Thurman’s children from her marriage to actor Ethan Hawke. Thurman and Hawke’s separation in 2004.