'Natalie Portman marries in Jewish ceremony'

Jerusalem-born Oscar winner marries 'Black Swan' choreographer Benjamin Millepied in California, 'People' reports.

August 6, 2012 10:54
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Natalie Portman and her fiance Millepied

Actress Portman and her fiance Millepied 370. (photo credit: Danny Moloshok / Reuters)


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Actress Natalie Portman married Benjamin Millepied in a Jewish ceremony in California on Saturday, People magazine reported.

The couple were surrounded by family and friends during the traditional Jewish ceremony, which took place after sunset at a private home in Big Sur, California, according to the report.

The couple have a 14-month-old son named Aleph and have been engaged for two years. They met on the set of the 2010 movie Black Swan, for which Portman won an Academy Award for best actress.

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Portman was born in Jerusalem. Her father is an Israeli doctor, and her mother is an artist from Cincinnati, Ohio. Portman left Israel for Washington, D.C., when she was young. The Oscar winner is the face of Miss Dior Chérie and was recently nominated as Best Actress by the Film Independent Spirit Awards.

Last year, the actress turned down her first post-baby film role to focus on taking care of three-month-old Aleph Millepied-Portman. In May of last year, Portman said in an interview that she looks up to Audrey Hepburn, and like the film icon, she may take time off to be with her children: "Audrey made some good choices in life," Portman explained. "More and more I realize how unimportant it is to be in the history books… Putting time and energy into your children – that's valuable."

JTA and Lahav Harkov contributed to this report.

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