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Oscar winner Kate Winslet has starred in a number of acclaimed dramas and comedies. She first gained fame in the blockbuster Titanic.
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The film's frank depiction of the sexual connection between Barron and PJ Waters (played by Harvey Keitel) displayed Winslet's talent for portraying physical and emotional nudity onscreen.
Winslet then returned to period drama in 2000 with the film Quills, a movie about the French novelist Marquis de Sade. In the movie,
Winslet portrayed the laundress who helped the Marquis (Geoffrey Rush) smuggle his illicit writings out of an insane asylum during his committment there.
In 2001, Winslet lent her voice to the animated British feature, A Christmas Carol. A song from the movie, "What If," featured Winslet as the lead vocalist and became a top ten single in Britain. Her most notable film that year was Iris, a screenplay based on John Bailey's book, Elegy for Iris. Winslet played the young Iris Murdoch, an unconventional student. Judi Dench played the older Iris, whose husband (Jim Broadbent) tries to help her as she struggles with the growing effects of her Alzheimer's disease. All three Iris stars earned Academy Award nominations, making it the second time Winslet and a co-star both earned nominations for playing different versions of the same character.
That same year, Winslet co-starred as a code-breaker in the World War II-era spy drama Enigma (2002). She also appeared as a reporter interviewing a death-row inmate in The Life of David Gale, costarring Kevin Spacey and Laura Linney. In 2004, Winslet starred opposite Jim Carrey in Charlie Kaufman's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, which earned her an Academy Award nomination for her performance. She also starred across from Johnny Depp in Finding Neverland (2004), which explored J.M. Barrie's inspiration for his best-known work, Peter Pan. In the film, Winslet played the widowed mother of four boys whom Barrie befriended.
Again playing a maternal role, Winslet starred in Little Children (2006) as a frustrated suburban woman who gets involved with a married man who she meets at the local park while with her daughter. She earned another Academy Award nomination for this film. Continuing to tackle serious dramas, Winslet starred in Revolutionary Road (2008) and The Reader (2008). For Revolutionary Road, Winslet teams up with her Titanic co-star Leonardo DiCaprio as a struggling married couple in 1950s. The Reader explores the relationship between a young boy and an older woman (Winslet) and their later encounter when she is put on trial for war crimes.
In 2011, Winslet won an Emmy Award for her starring role in the miniseries Mildred Pierce. The part had been previously played by Joan Crawford in the 1945 feature film version of the James M. Cain novel. Winslet also starred in the Roman Polanski film Carnage with Jodie Foster, Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly that same year.
Winslet has gone on to tackle a variety of roles. In 2013, she appeared in the ensemble comedy Movie 43 with Hugh Jackman and Emma Stone. Winslet will also appear in the upcoming thriller Labor Day with Josh Brolin and Jacki Weaver.
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