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Celebrity Then And Now
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Entertainment
Celebrity Then And Now
Publication: RidiculouslyExtraordinary. Posted by Ryan Neal
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Kate Winslet

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Famous For:
Titanic, Sense and Sensibility, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Networth:
$45 Million
Currently Known For:
Actress
Famous Years:
1990s - Present
Birthdate:
October 5, 1975
Kate Winslet



  Famous For:
Titanic, Sense and Sensibility, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

  Networth:
$45 Million

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“I want to play incredibly challenging, multifaceted characters because we are all a puzzle.” Breaking into the entertainment industry in the early 1990s on the British television series Dark Season, Kate Winslet earned critical praise for her performances in Heavenly Creatures (1994) and Sense and Sensibility (1995). She became an international star in 1997 thanks to her starring role opposite Leonardo di Caprio in Titanic, which was the highest grossing film of all time. On the heels of her success, she starred in Qualls (2000) and Iris (2001) before turning heads with her jaw-dropping performance in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004).Advertisements:


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Proving she only gets better with time, Winslet has earned numerous awards for her performances in Finding Neverland (2004), Revolutionary Road (2008), The Reader (2008), Mildred Pierce (2011), Steve Jobs (2015), and the Divergent film series. Also named one of the 100 most influential people in the world, let’s take a closer look at the 43-year-old’s impressive career as well as her life behind the scenes!

Life and Career

Kate Elizabeth Winslet came into this world on October 5, 1975, in Reading, Berkshire, England as the daughter of a nanny and a struggling actor. Although her family struggled financially, Winslet enjoyed a happy childhood and knew from an early age that she wanted to pursue acting on her own. She made her stage debut at the age of five in the school’s Nativity production and honed her craft alongside her sisters at the Foundations youth theater. By the age of 11, she was accepted into the Redroofs Theatre School in Maidenhead and saw her acting career blossom as she starred in productions of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Peter Pan, and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

Participating in over 20 stage productions at school, Winslet was 16 when she landed her first starring role on the BBC sci-fi series Dark Season (1991). The job didn’t pay much, and the family’s financial situation forced Winslet to leave Redwoods and pick up a job at a local deli. She refused to give up on her dream and landed several small roles on television before she caught the attention of Peter Jackson who chose Winslet out of 175 women for the lead in his 1994 psychological drama, Heavenly Creatures.

Winslet garnered praise for her performance in Heavenly Creatures and landed her next major role opposite Emma Thompson in Sense and Sensibility (1995). She took home a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actress as well as nominations at the Academy Awards and the Golden Globe Awards. She followed up with period dramas like Jude (1996) and Hamlet (1996) before she won the role of Rose in James Cameron’s 1997 epic romance, Titanic. Cameron was initially hesitant to cast Winslet as the star, but the young actress convinced him she was perfect for the part.

The decision paid off as Titanic became the highest grossing film of the time, earned 11 Academy Awards, and made Winslet an international icon. “Before Titanic yes, I had done some things and yes, I had been nominated for an Academy Award, but I had never been sort of world-famous,” Winslet said. “And I suppose, yes, I am really famous now, but I feel embarrassed to say that because it’s just a bit daft for me.”

Following her international success with Titanic, Winslet returned to the silver screen in Hideous Kinky (1998), Holy Smoke! (1999), Quills (2000), Enigma (2001), and The Life of David Gale (2003). In 2004, she stunned critics by tackling a more dramatic role in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind where she played the neurotic and impetuous Clementine. The film quickly became a favorite for Winslet who joined Johnny Depp in Finding Neverland (2004) and earned a Primetime Emmy Award for her work in Extras (2005).

Current Projects

Over the last decade, Winslet expanded her reach in television and film with award-winning and critically acclaimed performances in The Holiday (2006), Mildred Pierce (2011), Divergent (2014), Insurgent (2015), and Steve Jobs (2015). Her most recent projects include Wonder Wheel (2017) and Mary and the Witch’s Flower (2018). She wrapped up Manou the Swift (2019) and will return to the silver screen in Avatar 2 (2020), Ammonite, Blackbird, and The French Dispatch, all of which are still in post-production.

Beyond her impressive career, Winslet expertly balances her fame with her role as a wife and mother to three. She fell in love with actor Jim Threapleton on the set of Hideous Kinky and married him in 1998. Two years later, she gave birth to their daughter, Mia, before divorcing Threapleton in 2001. Shortly after her divorce, she fell in love with director Sam Mendes and moved to New York to escape the British tabloids and her growing fame abroad. They married in 2003 and welcomed their son, Joe, into the world later in the year. By 2010, the marriage was over after rumors ran wild that Mendes had an affair with actress Rebecca Hall. Heartbroken, Winslet filed for divorce in 2010. She found love again in 2011 when she met Richard Branson’s nephew, Ned Rocknroll (Edward Abel Smith) during a house fire on Necker Island. They married in 2012 and added to their family with the birth of their son, Bear, in late 2012.

Today, the 43-year-old Winslet is happily settled down with Ned and her children at a seaside estate in West Wittering, Sussex. “The things that make me the happiest in the whole world are going on the occasional picnic, either with my children or with my partner; big family gatherings; and being able to go to the grocery store,” Winslet admits. “If I can get those things in, I’m doing good.”

As for her future, Winslet is proud of her past and how far she’s come. “When I was doing Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, I was asked, ‘If there was one part of your life that you could erase, what would it be?’ And I was so stunned by that. I thought: ‘Nothing.’ I would keep all the good bits and the bad bits because those things made me who I am,” she says. “I want to have nice consistent work, doing lovely things, no matter how big or small they might be. I’d like to turn into a wise old thing.”

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