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The Kate Winslet Bio

The Kate Winslet Review –

by Nate Lee

Best Films:

Finding Neverland
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Though she plays the darker part of "Neverland," her allure stands alone in this magnificent piece on J.M. Barrie, the author of "Peter Pan." Her quirkiness sets the tone for the bizarre "Sunshine," and makes it worth seeing several times.

Great Performances You May Not Have Seen:
The Holiday (Brit trading houses with wealthy Angeleno Cameron Diaz)
Hamlet (Ophelia, opposite Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet)
Enigma (a mathematician working on breaking the WWII German code)
Quills (aide to Marquis de Sade)
Heavenly Creatures (murderous sickly teen)
Holy Smoke (brainwashed teen)
Award-Nominated Performances:
Reader (Golden Globe, SAG, and Oscar-winning performance)
Revolutionary Road (Golden Globe-winning performance)
Little Children (Oscar, Golden Globe, SAG nominated)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Oscar, Golden Globe, SAG nominated)
Sense and Sensibility (Oscar, Golden Globe nominated, SAG-winning performance)
Iris (Oscar, Golden Globe nominated)
Titanic (Oscar, Golden Globe, SAG nominated)
Finding Neverland (SAG nominated)
Sense and Sensibility
The Real Kate Winslet:

We're doing her a favor here. A woman so attracted to such unattractive characters must have a few demons not far from the surface. Plus, she seems to purposely make them even more unlikable with her choices – most notably the usual frown and downright mean eyes. We can see that she is the opposite of the impetuous Marianne from "Sense and Sensibility." Maybe she's the post-Willoughby Marianne. Reportedly, she has the loyalty of Titanic's Rose, obviously the headstrong, maverick and survivor quality; and, a woman whose currents run "deep."
Acting Style:
Kate Winslet is the Hillary Clinton of the cinema: you either love her or hate her. (And like Hillary, her smile always seems forced and uncomfortable.) There is no denying her talent, of course. She has had four Oscar nominations while still in her twenties. But there is still something about her that recalls a description of Mae West as, "a plumber's idea of Venus."

As upper-class as are most of the foremost women actors, particularly British actors, well, Kate is not. If there is a studied quality to her performances, she certainly hides it well. Her relish for disguising both her outer and her inner beauty makes her the go-to gal for certain aggressive, sometimes headstrong, but mostly lower-class roles. Many actresses who play less than admirable characters still have something they keep hold of that we like or admire or relate to or hope for. Somehow, even when she is playing admirable characters, those qualities elude Kate Winslet's style.
Bits and Quirks:
The things she does to make herself unattractive. Various slouches and off poses, with much of her back to the audience. Bizarre facial expressions, mostly running the gamut from sad to mad.
Great Scenes:
The Reader

> The courtroom testimony, particularly by Winslet herself

The Holiday

> Running through the mansion, getting more and more excited with every room

The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

> The beach and the subway ride
> Listening to the tape

Finding Neverland

> The scene where she finds Neverland


> In the water with Leonardo, not quite freezing to death, then blowing the whistle.

Little Children

> In the playground with the other moms, flirting with the married guy

Sense and Sensibility

> Playing the morbid music at the beginning
> Playing the piano for Alan Rickman
> Chasing Willoughby at the party
> Standing in the rain, staring at Willoughby's mansion
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