No Musical Monday post today though it would be ‘Happy Birthday’ if there was one. Today, 14th May, is the 43rd birthday of Aussie actress Cate Blanchett.
When someone asks me: “What has Cate Blanchett been in?” I will undoubtedly say that she was Galadriel in The Lord of the Rings. While I am a huge LOTR fan, Galadriel is arguably one of Blanchett’s career defining roles. With her tall stature, pale complexion and long, blonde hair, she was a natural choice for the royal elf. Director Peter Jackson thought so and I wholeheartedly agree.
Another role that she portrayed in more than one film was Queen Elizabeth I, firstly in 1998’s Elizabeth, directed by Shekhar Kapur, and then in 2007’s Elizabeth: The Golden Age, once again directed by Kapur. Fellow Aussie Geoffrey Rush also starred in both films as Sir Francis Walsingham, Queen Elizabeth’s principal secretary. I have only seen the former film, and from what I remember Blanchett gave a stunning, vivid performance.
More recently, Blanchett joined another of cinema’s best loved franchises as Irina Spalko in 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. She also starred opposite Brad Pitt in 2008’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and against Russell Crowe in 2010’s Robin Hood.
And, finally, there is her Oscar-winning performance as Katharine Hepburn in Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator. In the 2004 film she stars alongside Leonardo DiCaprio as Howard Hughes and Kate Beckinsale as Ava Gardner.
- Which of Blanchett’s performances in your favourite?