Uma Thurman's film career was officially launched in 1987 with a role in the movie Kiss Daddy Goodnight. A role immediately following in the movie Dangerous Liasons helped reassure that her presence was not just a trifling one. The types of roles she was playing at this time were not to her liking and her film career would include many more roles but an overall evolving of the types of characters she would play. Her renown grew into being a beautiful, exotic-looking leading lady with a brainy and cynical attitude that she applies towards the roles that she plays. The 1990s saw many popular roles played by Uma Thurman, most notably in Pulp Fiction and in Batman and Robin. Other more popular, current films that she has had roles in include Kill Bill: Vol. 1, Kill Bill: Vol. 2, Gattaca, Paycheck, and My Super Ex-Girlfriend.
Uma Thurman was born on April 29, 1970, in Boston to Robert and Nena Thurman. She grew up in Massachusetts with three brothers and went to a boarding school but left it at age fifteen to pursue a career in acting. Moving to New York, she had her first movie role in 1987 but it was not until 1994 and the role of Mia in Pulp Fiction that she became widely known and famous. After that came steady work in mediocre and high level box office productions. She met and married Gattaca costar Ethan Hawke and they had two children, Maya and Levon, before getting divorced in 2004. Her unusual life is mirrored by an equally unusual upbringing. Her mother was a model and European socialite while her father was a Buddist expert and college professor. Therefore, she was raised in an unusual setting and met a number of prestigious people in her youth. Her family moved a lot so Uma Thurman met a lot of people this way and had many childhood experiences that others do not experience in their whole lifetime. She was a thin, gangly teenager and at a towering six feet with a slender build and big feet, felt awkward and out of place sometimes despite her exotic, beautiful appearance.
At school, since she was kind of quiet and reserved and felt insecure, she kept to herself mostly. But she did take part in theatre productions and in acting in school plays really shined. She discovered her passion for acting at an early age and knew it would be her future career. Moving to New York at age fifteen, she pursued acting school and a modeling career. Some of her early and lesser known roles were also very sketchy and sexual. Indeed, Uma Thurman has acted in films with all kinds of ratings including NC-17, and has become a popularized sex symbol due to her exotic beauty.
Current roles in films have been of a more subdued nature, however. She has also enjoyed modeling contracts and a cosmetics contract with French company Lancome. Her unusual name has several cultural references, such as "one" in Portuguese, "kiss" in Polynesian, and in Indian mythology "Uma" is the name of the goddess of light and beauty. Everything about her, from her name and appearance to her acting ability, is exceptional and she is definitely not the typical Hollywood actress. Maybe this unusualness is the key to her success?