Uma Thurman in 2011
Born Uma Karuna Thurman
April 29, 1970 (age 42)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 1987–present
Spouse(s) Gary Oldman (1990–1992)
Ethan Hawke (1998–2004)
Partner(s) Arpad Busson (2007–present)
Uma Karuna Thurman (born April 29, 1970) is an American actress and model. She has performed in leading roles in a variety of films, ranging from romantic comedies and dramas to science fiction and action movies. She has been nominated for an Academy Award and has won a Golden Globe Award. Her most notable roles include Mia Wallace in Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction (1994), Debby Miller in the HBO miniseries Hysterical Blindness (2002), and Beatrix Kiddo in Tarantino’s Kill Bill films (2003/2004).
Thurman was born in Boston, to model Nena von Schlebrügge and professor Robert Thurman, and grew up mostly in Amherst, Massachusetts, where she went to Amherst Regional Middle School, and then moved to Woodstock, New York. While her father gave his children a Buddhist upbringing, she is named after one of the Hindu goddess Parvati’s alternate names, “Uma”, which means “Light” in Sanskrit.[not in citation given] Regarding religion, she now calls herself agnostic. She has three brothers, Ganden (b. 1968), Dechen (b. 1973), and Mipam (b. 1978), and a half-sister named Taya (b. 1960), from her father’s previous marriage. She and her siblings spent time in Almora, Uttarakhand, India, during childhood, and the Dalai Lama sometimes visited their home. She is described as having been an awkward and introverted girl who was teased for her tall frame, angular bone structure, enormous feet and unusual name (sometimes using the name “Uma Karen” instead of her birth name). When she was 10 years old, a friend’s mother suggested a nose job. As a child, she suffered bouts of body dysmorphic disorder, which she discussed in an interview with Talk magazine in 2001. She attended Amherst Public Schools. In the 8th grade she discovered her love for acting. Talent scouts noticed her performance as Abigail in a production of The Crucible, and offered her the chance to act professionally. Thurman attended Northfield Mount Hermon School, an elite preparatory school in Massachusetts, before dropping out to pursue a career in acting.
 Family background
Thurman’s father, Robert Alexander Farrar Thurman (b. August 3, 1941), was born in New York City, to Elizabeth Dean (Farrar), a stage actress, and Beverly Reid Thurman, Jr., an Associated Press editor and United Nations translator. Robert Thurman was professor of religion at Amherst College from 1973 to 1988, when he accepted a position at Columbia University, where he was a professor of Tibetan Buddhism.
Uma Thurman’s mother, Nena von Schlebrügge, was a model born in Mexico City in 1941. Thurman’s maternal grandfather was Colonel Baron Friedrich Karl Johannes von Schlebrügge, a German military officer who had become one of the senior Nazi spies in the Americas but who was also jailed by the Nazis for protecting Jewish friends. Thurman’s maternal grandmother was Swedish-born Birgit Holmquist, from Trelleborg, who in 1930 modelled for a nude statue that overlooks the harbor of Smygehuk, Sweden (Birgit’s father was of Swedish descent and Birgit’s mother was of German and Danish descent). Thurman’s mother was previously married to LSD guru Timothy Leary.
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