Blanchett has described herself as being part extrovert, part wallflower during childhood.She had a penchant for dressing in traditionall
y masculine clothing, and went through goth and punk phases during her teenage years, and shaved her head at one point.She attended prima
ry school in Melbourne at Ivanhoe East Primary School for her secondary education, she attended Ivanhoe Girls Grammar School and then
Methodist Ladies College, where she explored her passion for the performing arts.In her late teens and early twenties, she worked at a nu
rsing home in Victoria.She studied economics and fine arts at the University of Melbourne but dropped out after one year to travel overse
as. While in Egypt, Blanchett was asked to play an American cheerleader, as an extra in the Egyptian boxing movie, Kaboria
in need of money, she accepted.Upon returning to Australia, and after working in the pocket theatres of Melbourne, La Mama not excluded,
she moved to Sydney, enrolled at the National Institute of Dramatic Art and saw to it her gifts were refined from scratch.
Blanchett made her feature film debut with a supporting role as an Australian nurse captured by the Japanese Army during World War II,
in Bruce Beresfords film Paradise Road (1997), which co-starred Glenn Close and Frances McDormand.Her first leading role was as Lucinda
Leplastrier in Gillian Armstrongs romantic drama Oscar and Lucinda (1997), opposite Ralph Fiennes.Blanchett received wide acclaim for her
performance,and earned her first AFI Award nomination as Best Leading Actress she lost to Deborah Mailman in Radiance (1998).She won the
AFI Best Actress Award in the same year for her role as Lizzie in the romantic comedy Thank God He Met Lizzie (1997), co-starring Richar
d Roxburgh and Frances O'Connor.By 1997, Blanchett had accrued significant praise and recognition in her native Australia.
In 2005, she won her first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her acclaimed portrayal of Katharine Hepburn in Martin Scorsese
s The Aviator.This made Blanchett the first actor to win an Academy Award for portraying an Academy Award-winning actor.She lent her
Oscar statuette to the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.That year, Blanchett won the Australian Film Institute Best Actress Award
for her role as Tracy Heart, a former heroin addict, in the Australian film Little Fish, co-produced by her and her husband's production
company, Dirty Films.Though lesser known globally than some of her other films, Little Fish received great critical acclaim in Blanchetts
native Australia and was nominated for 13 Australian Film Institute awards.In 2006, she starred opposite Brad Pitt in the multi-lingual,
multi-narrative ensemble drama Babel, directed by Alejandro Gonzlez Irritu, which received seven Academy Award nomination the Steven So
derbergh-directed drama The Good German with George Clooney, and the acclaimed psychological thriller Notes on a Scandal opposite Dame
Judi Dench.Blanchett received a third Academy Award nomination for her performance in the latter film.