A commercial success, the picture also garnered Thurman recognition and acclaim from critics and audiences; Malkovich said of her, "There is nothing twitchy teenager-ish about her, I haven’t met anyone like her at that age. The film was the first to receive an NC-17 rating and partly because many American newspapers refused to advertise films with the new rating, it did not get wide release in the United States. The New York Times wrote: "Thurman, as the Brooklyn-accented June, takes a larger-than-life character and makes her even bigger, though the performance is often as curious as it is commanding." In the 1991 British adventure Robin Hood, she played Maid Marian, the love interest of the titular character.The film was originally intended for a theatrical release in the US, but premiered as a television film for Fox network.She grew up mostly in Amherst, Massachusetts, where she went to Amherst Regional Junior High School, then moved to Woodstock, New York. She made her movie debut in 1988, appearing in four films that year.Her first two were the high school comedy Johnny Be Good and teen thriller Kiss Daddy Goodnight.She took little advantage of her new-found fame by choosing not to do any big-budget films for the next three years.1996 would see Thurman in two films, the first of which was the ensemble romantic comedy Beautiful Girls, alongside Mira Sorvino, Martha Plimpton, and Natalie Portman.Several actresses were considered for the role, but Tarantino wanted Thurman after their first meeting.
The Washington Post described her acting as shallow, remarking that, "Thurman's strangely passive characterization doesn't go much deeper than drawling and flexing her prosthetic thumbs".In 2002, Thurman won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Film for her performance in Hysterical Blindness (2002).Her subsequent film roles included Be Cool (2005), The Producers (2005), Prime (2005), and My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006).She had a small role in The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, playing the goddess Venus alongside Oliver Reed's Vulcan; during her entrance she briefly appears nude, in an homage to Botticelli's The Birth of Venus.The most notable of these first four films was Oscar-winning drama Dangerous Liaisons, in which Thurman's character of Cecile de Volanges is seduced by the manipulative Vicomte de Valmont (John Malkovich). She's more than a little haunted." In 1990, Thurman appeared with Fred Ward and Maria de Medeiros in Henry & June, a sexually provocative drama about the relationship and affairs between writer Henry Miller and his wife June Miller in 1931 Paris.In 2011, Thurman was a member of the jury for the main competition at the 64th Cannes Film Festival.Thurman has also worked in television, with notable performances in the NBC series Smash (2012) and The Slap (2015), as well as a recurring role in the Bravo series Imposters (2017).Her mother, Nena von Schlebrügge, is German nobility and a high-fashion model, discovered in Stockholm, who moved to New York City at the age of 17 to join the Ford Modeling Agency.Thurman received a Buddhist upbringing, and spent altogether around two years in the Indo-Himalayan town of Almora. 1973), Thurman is described as having been an awkward and introverted girl who was teased for her tall frame, angular bone structure, enormous feet and unusual name (sometimes using the name "Uma Karen" instead of her birth name).She obtained a Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Best Sci-fi Actress and was also nominated for Favourite Movie Actress at the Kids' Choice Awards.In 1998, she starred as a British secret agent in The Avengers, another financial and critical flop; CNN described her as "so distanced you feel like you’re watching her through the wrong end of a telescope." She took on the role of Fantine in Les Misérables, the 1998 film version of Victor Hugo's novel of the same name, directed by Bille August.