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Uma Karuna Thurman (born April 29, 1970) is an American actress. She has performed in leading roles in a variety of films, ranging from romantic comedies and dramas, to science fiction and action movies. She is best known for her work under the direction of Quentin Tarantino. Her most popular films include Dangerous Liaisons (1988), Pulp Fiction (1994), Gattaca (1997) and Kill Bill (2003–2004).
Thurman’s mother, Nena von Schlebrügge, was a model born in Mexico City in 1941 to German-born Friedrich Karl Johannes von Schlebrügge, and Swedish-born Birgit Holmquist, from Trelleborg, who in 1930 modelled for a nude statue that overlooks the harbor of Smygehuk, Sweden. Thurman’s mother was introduced to LSD guru Timothy Leary by Salvador Dalí and became Leary’s third wife in 1964. She wed Thurman’s father Robert Alexander Farrar Thurman in 1967. He 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. A professor of Tibetan Buddhism at Columbia University, he was the first Westerner to be ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist monk.
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Thurman was born in Boston, and grew up mostly in Amherst, Massachusetts and Woodstock, New York. Her father gave his children a Buddhist upbringing, and she is named after an Dbuma Chenpo (in Tibetan, the “db” is silent; from Mahamadhyamaka in Sanskrit, meaning “Great Middle Way”). Regarding religion, she now calls herself agnostic. She has three brothers, and a half-sister from her father’s previous marriage. She and her siblings spent time in Almora, 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, 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 Northfield Mount Hermon, a boarding school in Northfield, Massachusetts, where she earned average grades, but excelled in acting. Talent scouts noticed her performance as Abigail in a production of The Crucible, and offered her the chance to act professionally. Thurman moved to New York City to pursue acting and to attend the Professional Children’s School, but dropped out before graduating. -Wikipedia