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Uma Thurman's Life Has Been Just As Crazy As The Bride's

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Actress Uma Thurman's life has been so singular and unique that it rivals the craziness of even the most outlandish characters she's portrayed. All the crazy Uma Thurman stories out there are proof the famed actress has not had an easy or orthodox show business experience. She's had to fight to get where she is, and she's had to endure some major personal and professional setbacks in order to establish her career and her name.

The Uma Thurman biography begins in Boston, MA, where she was born on April 29, 1970. She grew up mainly in Amherst, MA, but two years of her childhood were spent in Almora, an Indian town deep in the Himalayas. Her modeling career began when she was just a teen and film roles soon followed. 

But these facts don't tell the whole story. Read on to discover some things you didn't know about Uma Thurman and the distinctive trail she has blazed.

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    Ethan Hawke Left Her For Their Children's Nanny

    In 1998, Thurman married actor Ethan Hawke after she became pregnant with their child. Their daughter was born that year, and a son followed in 2002. The couple split a year later when Thurman learned Hawke was involved with their children's nanny, Ryan Shawhughes. He would go on to marry Shawhughes and have two daughters with her. Hawke, however, maintains no infidelity ever occurred. He told The Guardian in 2009:

    "After a short period of working for me, Ryan went back to Columbia to get her degree. There were never any scandalous thoughts or actions back then. In the years that followed, my marriage disintegrated due to many pressures, none of which were remotely connected to Ryan."

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    She Started Modeling At 15

    At 15, Thurman was signed by a modeling agency after being spotted in a school production of The Crucible. She soon dropped out of school and relocated to New York City. By any standards, her modeling resume is impressive, especially considering how young she was when she first got into the business. She appeared on and in numerous magazines including Vogue and Glamour. But acting remained her first love, and Hollywood beckoned. In 1988, at the age of 18, she had four films all released in the same year. Among them: Dangerous Liaisons and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen.

  • She Turned Down The Role Of Eowyn In 'Lord Of The Rings'

    Another role Thurman regrets saying no to was that of Eowyn in The Lord of the Rings. In fact, the actress called it "the worst decision she ever made."

    "I had just had my first child and, I dunno, I was a little house bound," she explained. "It's really definitely a regret." In the end, the role went to Miranda Otto.

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    She Was Briefly Married To Gary Oldman

    In October 1990, Thurman married fellow actor Gary Oldman. They met on the set of the Sean Penn thriller State of Grace. Oldman was 12 years older than Thurman, who was only 20 when they wed. The marriage was short-lived and the couple was divorced within two years. The wedding was Thurman's first (of two) and Oldman's second (of five).