In 1997, she starred opposite Ethan Hawke in Gattaca, a science fiction film set in a future society driven by eugenics where potential children are conceived through genetic manipulation to ensure they possess the best hereditary traits of their parents.
She obtained a Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Best Sci-fi Actress and was also nominated for Favourite Movie Actress at the Kids' Choice Awards.
Thurman received a Buddhist upbringing, and spent altogether around two years in the Indo-Himalayan town of Almora. 1973), Thurman 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).
She grew up mostly in Amherst, Massachusetts, where she went to Amherst Regional Junior High School, then moved to Woodstock, New York. She made the transition to acting with her film debut, the teen thriller Kiss Daddy Goodnight, which was released in 1987.
Thurman was subsequently cast in three 1988 films — Johnny Be Good, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen and most notably, Dangerous Liaisons.
In the comedy Johnny Be Good, she played the girlfriend of a top high school quarterback prospect, and in The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, she made a brief appearance as goddess Venus; during her entrance she briefly appears nude, in an homage to Botticelli's The Birth of Venus.
She has performed in a variety of films, ranging from romantic comedies and dramas to science fiction and action movies.
Thurman next starred with Janeane Garofalo in the romantic comedy The Truth About Cats & Dogs as a ditzy blonde model.In 2011, Thurman was a member of the jury for the main competition at the 64th Cannes Film Festival, On television, Thurman has had notable roles in the made-for-HBO film Hysterical Blindness (2002), the NBC musical series Smash (2012), the mini-series The Slap (2015), and the Bravo show Imposters (2017).In 2002, Thurman won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Film for her performance in Hysterical Blindness, and, in 2012, she received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her five-episode role in Smash. Her first name "Uma" literally means "splendor, light" and it is also one of the epithets of Hindu female Goddess Parvati, while her second given name "Karuna" means "compassion" or "empathy". To bring you the best content on our sites and applications, Meredith partners with third party advertisers to serve digital ads, including personalized digital ads.Those advertisers use tracking technologies to collect information about your activity on our sites and applications and across the Internet and your other apps and devices.