Some Lesser Known Facts About Cate Blanchett
- Does Cate Blanchett smoke?: Yes
- Does Cate Blanchett drink alcohol?: Yes
- Blanchett is of English, Scottish, and remote French descent.
- Blanchett’s mother was Australian and her father was American.
- Blanchett’s parents met when Blanchett’s father’s ship broke down in Melbourne.
- Cate Blanchett had a great desire for dressing in masculine clothing, and went through goth and punk phases during her teenage years.
- Once in Egypt, Blanchett was asked to work as an American cheerleader in an Egyptian boxing movie, Kaboria, and in need of money, she accepted the offer.
- Blanchett met her husband Andrew Upton in 1996 on the set of a TV show. The two got married in 1997.
- Blanchett captured international attention for her role as Elizabeth I of England in Shekhar Kapur‘s 1998 film ‘Elizabeth’.
- Blanchett has served as a patron and ambassador of the Australian Film Institute and the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts.
- Blanchett has also been a patron of the Sydney Film Festival.
- In 2007, Blanchett became the ambassador for the Australian Conservation Foundation’s online campaign – trying to persuade her fellow Australians to concern about climate change.
- Blanchett was appointed Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government in 2012, for her significant contributions to the arts.
- In 2014, a Doctor of Letters (D.Litt.) was bestowed on Blanchett by Macquarie University in recognition of her extraordinary contribution to the arts, philanthropy and the community, which was her third honorary degree from major Australian institutions.
- In 2015, Madame Tussauds unveiled a wax figure of Blanchett covered in a recreation of the Valentino Garavani dress that she put on in 2005 Academy Awards ceremony.
- Blanchett has been awarded the Centenary Medal for Service to Australian Society by the Australian government.
- In May 2016, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) appointed Blanchett as a global goodwill Ambassador. She was also featured in the UN video.
- In 2017, Blanchett’s films grossed more than $10 billion at the worldwide box-office.
- Blanchett has been featured in seven films that were nominated for the Academy Award for Best picture: Elizabeth (1998), The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001, 2002 and 2003), The Aviator (2004), Babel (2006), and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008).
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