Portman was born in Jerusalem, Israel with dual American and Israeli citizenship.
First role in the French action film Léon: The Professional
In 1994, young Natalie Portman auditioned for the role of a child who befriends a middle-aged hitman in Luc Besson's film, Léon (also named The Professional) and then got the part in it, which was her feature film debut.
Cast as Padmé Amidala in the Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
Mainstream success came when Portman was cast as Padmé Amidala in the Star Wars prequel trilogy (released in 1999, 2002 and 2005)
Enrolled at Harvard University to study psychology
Portman moved into the dorms of Harvard University to pursue her bachelor's degree in psychology while still working as an actress.
Nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress
Portman received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Ann August in the film Anywhere but Here.
Graduated from Harvard University
Portman completed her bachelor's degree in psychology in 2003.
Won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture for the drama Closer
Portman’s performance as Alice in Closer earned her a Supporting Actress Golden Globe as well as a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Directorial debut, Eve, opened the 65th Venice International Film Festival's shorts competition
In 2008, Portman at age 27 made her directorial debut at the Venice Film Festival. "Eve", which is a short movie about a young woman who is dragged along on her grandmother's romantic date, was screened out of competition.
Engagement and pregnancy
Portman announced that she was engaged to ballet dancer Benjamin Millepied, who was the choreographer in the film Black Swan and confirmed her pregnancy.
Won both the Academy Award and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in the film Black Swan.
In 2011, Portman won the Academy Award, the Golden Globe Award, the Screen Actors Guild Award, Independent Spirit Awards, and the BAFTA Award for her lead performance as Nina Sayers in Black Swan.
Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied have their first child
Portman gave birth to her first child, a son named Aleph Portman-Millepied, in 2011.
It was confirmed that Portman and Millepied had married in a private ceremony.