Oscar-winning actress Rachel Weisz not only had her family to thank in her acceptance speech, she also had to acknowledge her 'Mummy.' Rachel was born on March 7, 1971 in London, England. She started modeling as the age of 14 and moved towards a career in acting while studying English at Cambridge University. While in school, she helped form the Talking Tongues theater company and at the Edinburgh Festival in 1991, the company won a student drama award for an improvised piece she performed in.
After graduating with honors, Rachel went on to small roles in British television shows and TV movies. In 1994, she was awarded the London Critics Circle Theatre Award for Most Promising Newcomer for her performance in the revival of the Noel Coward play Design for Living. In 1996, Rachel made her first appearance in a US film, Chain Reaction with Keanu Reeves and Morgan Freeman. She went on to star in a variety of projects, including Bernardo Bertolucci's Stealing Beauty, but it wasn't until 1999 when she got her star-making role opposite Brendan Fraser in The Mummy.
Her star ascended even further with the film's 2001 sequel, The Mummy Returns. She went on to co-star with Jude Law in Enemy at the Gates, Hugh Grant in About a Boy, John Cusack in Runaway Jury and re-teamed with Keanu Reeves in Constantine in 2005. Also that year, Rachel starred in The Constant Gardener, a film adaptation of the John le CarrÃ© novel. For this role, she won an Academy Award, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award for best supporting actress.
In addition to her screen success, Rachel has also continued to perform on stage, performing in a London production of Tennessee Williams' Suddenly Last Summer and playing the part of the manipulative 'Evelyn' in Neil LaBute's The Shape of Things, which was made into a film in 2003 co-starring Paul Rudd. Rachel and her fiancÃ©, director Darren Aronofsky, have one son, Henry Chance (born May 31, 2006.) Recently, Rachel has appeared in the Christmas comedy Fred Claus with Vince Vaughn and the romantic comedy Definitely, Maybe with Ryan Reynolds. Rachel may add another Oscar to her mantle with her role in Peter Jackson's upcoming drama The Lovely Bones and, even if she doesn't, she's sure to have many more opportunities to add to her collection.
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