WHO IS IT? Currently starring as the wicked stepmother in the live action version of Cinderella, Cate Blanchett has always struck me as the epitome of the cool blonde. However, although she may have lost her cool this week with a jerk journalist, she later turned things around by trying to start a discussion about how older women are a demographic not to be dismissed by Hollywood and the media.
WHY I LOVE HER? Multi-award winner Cate Blanchett is uber talented and probably one of the most versatile actors of her generation having played everything from a small town harlot to unwavering journalist to Indiana Jones’s love interest to Bob Dylan!
FIRST ENCOUNTER: I first saw Cate play Lucinda in the adaptation of Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey. The title characters played by Cate and Ralph Fiennes have such an awkward romance it was actually quite beautiful.
FAVE CLASSICS SCENE: I’ve always enjoyed how Cate plays Galadriel as both ethereal, yet fierce. But nudging out my favourite LOTR scenes is the very romantic “ask me nicely” scene in Robin Hood where Robin (Russell Crowe) uses a private joke in answer to Marian’s request that he come back to her just before he rides off to war. I couldn’t find a decent clip, so here’s an equally swooney one of Lady Marian and Robin dancing.
CLASSICS ADAPTATION FILMOGRAPHY
1997 ~ Oscar and Lucinda ~ Lucinda Leplastrier
1999 ~ An Ideal Husband ~ Lady Gertrude Chiltern
1999 ~ The Talented Mr. Ripley ~ Meredith Logue
2001 ~ The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring ~ Galadriel
2002 ~ The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers ~ Galadriel
2003 ~ The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King ~ Galadriel
2008 ~ The Curious Case of Benjamin Button ~ Daisy Fuller
2010 ~ Robin Hood ~ Lady Marian
2012 ~ The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey ~ Galadriel
2013 ~ The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug ~ Galadriel
2014 ~ The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies ~ Galadriel
2015 ~ Cinderella ~ Lady Tremaine
See all of Cate’s filmography on Wikipedia.
[Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald] was handed to me on a silver platter by my husband, who said, “You cannot die without reading this.” I keep coming back to it because it’s so detailed in recording the inner life of Dick Diver, the central character. His yearning—to save his mentally unstable wife, Nicole—just keeps unfolding. That aching is quite destructive but also so understandable. The word I think of with this story is “fragile.” I was utterly struck by the fineness of Fitzgerald’s writing and the timelessness of Dick and Nicole’s failures.
Read all of the books on Cate’s bookshelf on Oprah.
What is your favourite Cate Blanchett adaptation of a classic? Who is your favourite celebrity in a classic or who should I profile next?