Natalie Portman Weds in Jewish Ceremony

August 7, 2012  

After a two year engagement, the movie star said “I do” to “Black Swan” choreographer in a private Jewish ceremony • In 2011 Portman became engaged, won an Academy Award, and gave birth to their first son Aleph.

On Monday, Israeli-American movie star Natalie Portman wed her fiancé, French choreographer Benjamin Millepied in a small Jewish ceremony in Big Sur, California. According to People Magazine, guests included fellow child actor Macaulay Culkin and real estate mogul Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka, who converted to Judaism before marrying her husband Jared Kushner.

Portman’s debut role was in 1994, in the Luc Besson film “Léon: The Professional.” She won critical acclaim for her role as a child assassin, and continued to have an illustrious and varied career. Some of her more famous roles include Queen Amidala in the “Star Wars” prequel trilogy, Sam in “Garden State” and Alice in “Closer.” Portman won the 2011 Academy Award for Best Leading Actress, for her portrayal of a psychotic ballerina in the dramatic suspense movie “Black Swan.”

Portman had famously missed the premiere of “Star Wars: The Phantom Menace” because she had to study for her SATs. The move paid off, as Portman was admitted to Harvard University, and was asked to speak at Columbia. During her undergraduate degree, Portman took several graduate courses at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Portman has voiced her support of Israel in past interviews, and has stated that she plans on raising her children in a Jewish home.

Portman and Millepied met on the set of the movie “Black Swan” in 2009. The following year the couple announced their engagement, and the fact that they were expecting their first child. Natalie gave birth to son Aleph in 2011.


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