Uma Thurman Biography

Uma Thurman is an award winning American actress best known for her work in ‘Pulp Fiction’ and the ‘Kill Bill’ films. This biography of Uma Thurman provides detailed information about her childhood, life, achievements, works & timeline.

Uma Thurman
Quick Facts

Birthday: April 29, 1970

Nationality: American

Famous: School Dropouts Hispanic Actresses

Age: 49 Years, 49 Year Old Females

Sun Sign: Taurus

Also Known As: Uma Karuna Thurman

Born in: Boston

Height: 5'11" (180 cm), 5'11" Females


Spouse/Ex-: Ethan Hawke (1998–2004), Gary Oldman (1990–1992)

father: Robert Thurman

mother: Nena von Schlebrügge

siblings: Dechen Thurman, Ganden Thurman, Mipam Thurman

children: Levon Roan Thurman-Hawke, Luna Thurman-Busson, Maya Thurman-Hawke

Personality: ESTJ

City: Boston

Diseases & Disabilities: Depression

U.S. State: Massachusetts

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education: Northfield Mount Hermon School, Amherst Regional Middle School

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Uma Karuna Thurman is an American actress who rose to fame with her portrayal of Mia Wallace in the dark comedy movie ‘Pulp Fiction’ which made the talented actress one of Hollywood’s A-list stars. She is a well respected actress who does not think twice before shedding her glamorous image and appearing in a totally deglamourized role as she did in the ‘Kill Bill’ movies. She was born into a family known for its unconventional ways of life and was given a Hindu name and a Buddhist upbringing. Growing up, the lanky girl was often made fun of because of her angular frame and large feet. Even though today she is famous for her exotic beauty, there was a time when as a teenager she was highly insecure of herself and her body. She found solace in acting and actively participated in dramatics in high school. Believing that she was meant to be an actress, she quit school at 15 to pursue an acting career. Initially she had to earn her livelihood by doing dishes and modeling though she was soon able to find small roles in films. She got her big breakthrough with the movie ‘Pulp Fiction’ and was even more critically acclaimed for her role in the ‘Kill Bill’ films.

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Uma Thurman
Childhood & Early Life
  • She was born to Robert Thurman, a Buddhist writer and academic and Nena von Schlebrugge, a model. She is of mixed descent which explains her exotic looks.
  • She attended Amherst Regional Middle School. As a child she was an introvert as children made fun of her lanky frame and enormous feet.
  • She attended a Northfield Mount Hermon School, a preparatory school in Massachusetts. However, she dropped out when she was 15 to pursue an acting career.
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  • She began modeling when she was just 15; she has appeared on the covers of ‘Glamour’ and ‘Vogue’.
  • She began getting small roles in movies by the late 1980s. She appeared in the teen thriller ‘Kiss Daddy Goodnight’ in 1987 and made a daring nude appearance in ‘The Adventures of Baron Munchausen’ in 1988.
  • She played the character of Cecile de Volanges in the 1988 historical drama ‘Dangerous Liaisons’. The movie was critically acclaimed and nominated for several Academy Awards.
  • In 1990, she played a sexually provocative role in the biographical drama ‘Henry & June’ which also starred Fred Ward and Maria de Medeiros. The movie was released with an NC-17 rating because of its sexual content and Thurman became an overnight sex symbol.
  • She was cast as the main star, Sissy, in the 1994 movie ‘Even Cowgirls Get the Blues’ which was based on a novel of the same name by Tom Robbins. The movie was however a critical as well as commercial failure.
  • She found her big break when she was selected to play Mia Wallace in the dark comedy ‘Pulp Fiction’ in 1994. The movie was a huge commercial as well as critical success and Thurman was much appreciated for her role.
  • Over the 1990s she starred in several movies like ‘Beautiful Girls’ (1996), ‘The Avengers’ (1998), and ‘Sweet and Lowdown’ (1999). She had a baby in 1998 and took a four-year break from major film roles to focus on her family.
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  • She played ‘The Bride’ in ‘Kill Bill: Volume 1’ (2003) in which she portrays a woman who seeks revenge on those who massacred members of her wedding party and also tried to kill her. She earned several awards and nominations for this role.
  • She reprised the role of ‘The Bride’ in the second volume of the movie, ‘Kill Bill: Volume 2’ in 2004. This movie too was a huge hit like its predecessor.
  • In 2008, she appeared along with Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Colin Firth and Sam Shepard in the romantic comedy ‘The Accidental Husband’. The movie was a big box office success.
  • Her more recent movies include ‘Ceremony’ (2010), ‘Smash’ (2012), and ‘Movie 43’ (2013).
Major Works
  • She is best known for her role in the action-thriller film ‘Kill Bill’ which was released in two separate volumes. She was highly appreciated for taking on the completely deglamourized role of a former member of an assassination team.
  • Her role of an excitable woman who seeks romance in her life in the television movie ‘Hysterical Blindness’ is another one of her fine performances.
Awards & Achievements
  • In 2003 she won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film for the HBO series ‘Hysterical Blindness’.
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  • She won the Saturn Award for Best Actress for ‘Kill Bill Volume 1’ in 2004.
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Personal Life & Legacy
  • She married to actor Gary Oldman in 1990 and divorced him two years later.
  • She married Ethan Hawke in 1998. The couple had two children and divorced in 2005.
  • Currently, she is in a relationship with French financier Arpad Busson with whom she has a daughter.
  • This famous Hollywood actress has been named after the goddess of light and beauty in Indian Mythology.
  • She has shades of Lancome lipsticks named after her which are available only in Asia.

1. Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair (2011)

  (Crime, Action)

2. Pulp Fiction (1994)

  (Crime, Drama)

3. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)

  (Action, Crime, Thriller)

4. Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)

  (Crime, Thriller, Action)

5. Gattaca (1997)

  (Drama, Thriller, Sci-Fi)

6. Dangerous Liaisons (1988)

  (Romance, Drama)

7. Les Misérables (1998)

  (Drama, Crime, Romance, History)

8. Beautiful Girls (1996)

  (Drama, Comedy, Romance)


Golden Globe Awards
2003 Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television Hysterical Blindness (2002)
MTV Movie & TV Awards
2005 Best Fight Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)
2005 Best Hero Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)
2004 Best Female Performance Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
2004 Best Fight Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
1995 Best Dance Sequence Pulp Fiction (1994)

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