Artist of the Week 4/12/12


Kate Elizabeth Winslet (born 5 October 1975) is an English actress and

occasional singer. She has received multiple awards and nominations.

She was the youngest person to accrue six Academy Award nominations,

and won the Academy Award for Best Actress for The Reader (2008). She

has won awards from the Screen Actors Guild, British Academy of Film

and Television Arts, and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association among

others, and has been nominated twice for an Emmy Award for television

acting, winning once for her role as Mildred Pierce in the 2011

mini-series of the same name.

Brought up in Berkshire, Winslet studied drama from childhood, and

began her career in British television in 1991. She made her film

debut in Heavenly Creatures (1994), for which she received her first

notable critical praise. She achieved recognition for her subsequent

work in a supporting role in Sense and Sensibility (1995) and for her

leading role in Titanic (1997), the highest grossing film at the time,

and, as of 2011, the highest grossing film of Winslet’s career.[1]

Since 2000, Winslet’s performances have continued to draw positive

comments from film critics, and she has been nominated for various

awards for her work in such films as Quills (2000), Iris (2001),

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), Finding Neverland

(2004), Little Children (2006), The Reader (2008) and Revolutionary

Road (2008). Her performance in the last of these prompted New York

magazine critic David Edelstein to describe her as “the best

English-speaking film actress of her generation”.[2] The romantic

comedy The Holiday and the animated film Flushed Away (both 2006) are

among the biggest commercial successes of her career.

Winslet was awarded a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for

Children in 2000. She has been included as a vocalist on some

soundtracks of works she has performed in, and the single “What If”

from the soundtrack for Christmas Carol: The Movie (2001), was a hit

single in several European countries. Winslet has two children.


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