Uma Thurman: The Biography

Uma Thurman: The Biography

by Bryony Sutherland, Lucy Ellis
     
 

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Daughter of an eminent Buddhist scholar and a psychotherapist, Uma Thurman left school at 15 to pursue an acting career in New York. After a brief stint as a model, she gained recognition in films such as Dangerous Liaisons and Henry and June. In 1990, she married the gifted British actor Gary Oldman, but their marriage was troubled and short

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Daughter of an eminent Buddhist scholar and a psychotherapist, Uma Thurman left school at 15 to pursue an acting career in New York. After a brief stint as a model, she gained recognition in films such as Dangerous Liaisons and Henry and June. In 1990, she married the gifted British actor Gary Oldman, but their marriage was troubled and short lived. On the set of the sci-fi thriller Gattaca, she met actor Ethan Hawke, whom she married in 1998. Back in top form after the birth of her second child and her subsequent separation from Hawke, she gave an electrifying performance as a wronged bride on a rampage of revenge in Quentin Tarantino’s 2003 film Kill Bill. This complete biography looks at Uma Thurman’s rise to fame as well as what lies ahead for this mesmerizing star.

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Library Journal
Usually, biographies written about individuals who haven't even left their thirties are puff pieces meant to capitalize on fleeting fame. However, because so little is known about Uma Thurman and because the Kill Bill films cap a long career, this book is both interesting and timely. Thurman grew up surrounded by intellectuals, hated her looks, and struggled to find herself. She dropped out of school at 15 and went to New York City to become an actress. She had quick success with Dangerous Liaisons but struggled against being typecast as a sex symbol. It wasn't until Quentin Tarantino and Pulp Fiction that she became a star. Some might say that Thurman is Tarantino's muse, and neither had another big hit until Kill Bill. The authors (Nicole Kidman) cover Thurman's films and reveal both juicy, behind-the-scenes details and little-known facts, e.g., Thurman's mother was once married to Timothy Leary. The book was originally published in Britain, and the many Britishisms can be distracting, but, all in all, this is a worthy addition to the biography genre. Recommended for performing arts collections.-Rosellen Brewer, formerly with the Monterey Cty. Free Libs., Salinas, CA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781845131012
Publisher:
Aurum Press, Limited
Publication date:
10/28/2005
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.81(d)

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