Natalie Portman, The Professional, Star Wars, Black Swan

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What a year it's been for Natalie Portman.

Not only is she engaged, pregnant and the proud owner of a shiny new Golden Globe award for her role in Black Swan, but this morning she landed herself a Best Actress Oscar nomination.

But long before the über-perfect actress (she did go to Harvard, after all!) donned a tutu, she was just a cute kid with some serious acting chops. So how did she graduate to superstardom?  

From The Professional to Star Wars to Garden State, take a look at the performances that made her the most talked about actress in Hollywood!

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