In spite of winning multiple awards counting an Oscar for “The Reader” and a lot of nominations in the last 14 years, Kate Winslet will forever be remembered for “Titanic”.
The iconic scene everybody remembers is Winslet standing in the bow of the “Ship of Dreams” supported by Leonardo Dicaprio as the lingering tune “My Heart Will Go On” was played in the background.
Kate Winslet was born in Reading Berkshire where her grandparents Linda, as well as Archibald Oliver Bridges, founded and operated the repertory theatre, her father & mother were “jobbing actors” and her Uncle Mr Robert was in the unique West End production of Lionel Bart’s “Oliver”.
Winslet’s older sister Anna, as well as younger sister Beth, are both actresses and she forever says she never had an advantaged background, she just lived from hand-to-mouth.
Although “Titanic” was the film that brought her to the interest of the world it was not a cheerful time for the British actress. Her partner writer/actor Stephen Tredre with whom she had lived for almost five years was suffering from bone cancer. He died after filming finished as well as she missed the Los Angeles Premiere of “Titanic” to be present at his funeral in London.
Kate Winslet started learning at the age of 11-years-old at the Redroofs Theatre School in Maidenhead, Berkshire where she was head schoolgirl, and at her 12 year age she appeared in a Sugar Puffs television classified ad directed by film-maker Tim Pope.
Her television acting occupation began with a co-starring role in the BBC Children’s science-fiction serial “Dark Season” and this was followed by appearances in numerous other television series.
In 1992 she got a casting call for Peter Jackson’s “Heavenly Creatures” in London. She auditioned for the role of Juliet Hulme, a teenager who assists in the murder of the mother of her most excellent friend Pauline Parker. She won the role over 175 other girls as well as the film also marked Winslet’s singing debut.
She sang a cappella version of Sono Andato, an aria from “La Boheme” which was featured on the film’s soundtrack. Winslet won an Empire Award as well as a London Film Critic’s Award for most excellent Actress of the Year for her performance.
She has gone on to make numerous films since including the film adaptation of Bernhard Schlink’s 1995 novel “The Reader” directed by Stephen Daldry which won her an Oscar.
Winslet along with Dicaprio remained friends after “Titanic” and they were united once more for the film “Revolutionary Road” in 2008 which was directed by her then husband Sam Mendes.
She is playing the lead in the re-make of the 1945 film “Mildred Pierce” which has been turned into a 5-part one hour HBO mini series which premieres on March 27th 2011 and she has been cast in the Steven Soderbergh disaster film “Contagion” which is due to be launched in October 2011.
She is at present filming Roman Polanski’s adaptation of the play “God of Carnage” in Paris with Jodie Foster as well as Christoph Waltz.
On 22nd November 1998 she married film director Jim Threapleton whom she met while on the set of “Hideous Kinky” as well as they have a daughter Mia who was born on 12th October 2000 in London. They were broken up in 2001 and on 24th May 2003 she married director Sam Mendes on the Caribbean Island of Anguilla.