Natalie took the stage in Washington, D.C. to speak during the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s 2012 Elie Wiesel National Tribute Dinner. The actress showed support for her Jewish faith by stepping up to the podium to honour this year’s tribute recipient, Aung San Suu Kyi, praising the non-violent activist’s work to rescue Burmese refugees. Natalie also addressed the need to continue educating younger generations of the genocide in an effort to stomp out hate across the world.
Having already teamed up last year on a Free the Children project, Natalie is back for an encore — this time as an ambassador for the charity.
“As a mother and the organization’s newest ambassador, I am grateful to Free the Children for giving me the opportunity to channel my passion and love of children into meaningful action that furthers the education and leadership of young women for years to come,” Natalie said in a statement. “I hope others join me in supporting this important cause.”
It was also announced that Natalie has partnered with Dior — she’s currently the face of the brand’s Miss Dior Cherie fragrance campaign — with proceeds from the sale of the company’s newest Rouge Dior lipstick to go to Free the Children in support of its Scholarships for Girls’ Secondary Education in Kenya program.
New York City Ballet announced today that its 2012 Spring Gala on Thursday, May 10 will feature two World Premiere ballets, one by NYCB’s Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins to a score by the French composer Marc-André Dalbavie; and one by French-born choreographer and former NYCB Principal Dancer Benjamin Millepied to a commissioned score by Nico Muhly.
Natalie will serve as the Honorary Chairman for the gala evening, with Emily and Len Blavatnik, Charlotte Moss and Barry Friedberg, and Marie-Nugent Head and James C. Marlas as the gala’s Chairmen. The entire evening, which will take place at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, is sponsored by Christian Dior and Swarovski.
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Natalie will be presenting at the 84th Academy Awards, Oscar show producers Brian Grazer and Don Mischer announced on Thursday. The winners of last year’s Academy Awards in the best performance category will present this year’s winners. Last year’s lead-acting prize went to Natalie for “Black Swan” and Colin Firth for “The King’s Speech.” Hollywood’s biggest night is this Sunday, February 26 live from the Kodak Theatre!
Deadline exclusively confirms that Natalie has committed to her first two movie roles since winning the Best Actress Oscar for Black Swan and taking maternity leave. Natalie is joining the casts of the Terrence Malick films Knight Of The Cups, and Lawless. Portman will join Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett and Isabel Lucas in Knight of the Cups, which shoots this summer. She will follow by starring with Ryan Gosling, Bale, Blanchett, Rooney Mara and Haley Bennett in Lawless, the film Malick shoots in the fall. It will be Natalie’s first time working with Malick, whose The Tree of Life won the Palme d’Or at Cannes and is nominated for Best Picture and Best Director Oscars.