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Cate Blanchett

            Cate Blanchett has whirl-winded into Hollywood, stealing the hearts of most of us and leaving us struck with awe. Since her multi award-winning role in Elizabeth, (directed by Shekhar Kapur) in 1998, she has become a household name,and the roles just keep on coming. Blanchett's newest film, The Shipping News adapted from the novel by Annie Proulx, starts in cinema's next week.
             Blanchett proves time and time again to be an adaptable actor, alluding an easiness to perform many different and challenging roles. Since starring in.
             Elizabeth, in 1998, Blanchett appeared in 1999 in Pushing Tin (directed by Mike Newell); An Ideal Husband (directed by Oliver Parker); The Talented Mr Ripley(directed by Antony Mingella); and more recently in The Gift (directed by Sam Raimi); Bandits (directed by Barry Levinson); Sally Potter's new film, The Man Who Cried; Charlotte Gray (directed by Gillian Armstrong); Peter Jackson's, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring; Heaven (directed by Tom Tyker)and now The Shipping News (directed by Lasse Hallstrom).
             Full Name: Catherine Elise Blanchett.
             Date of Birth: May 14th, 1969.
             Place of Birth: Jessie McPherson Private Hospital.
             Clayton, Victoria.
             Star Sign: Taurus.
             Marital Status: Married to Andrew Upton.
             Favourite colour: Purple.
             Favourite food: Thai.
             Favourite pastime: Reading.
             Person she most admires: Her Mum.
             With her up and coming new film, The Shipping News, I was delighted that Cate had accepted to do an interview with me, amongst her busy schedule. Invited to her modest home on the beach in Brighton, I was warmly welcomed by Cate who was dressed in jeans and a mohair jumper.
             As we sat on the sun-drenched balcony admiring the view, I enjoyed fresh fruit and espresso coffee. Cate seemed very at ease, although she told me that "these things" (interviews) always make her nervous.
             "So Cate, how do you choose which films you want to star in? Surely you can't appear in all the roles that get offered to you.

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