Uma Karuna Thurman (born April 29, 1970) is an American actress and model. She has performed in a variety of films, ranging from romantic comedies and dramas to science fiction and action movies. Following her appearances on the December 1985 and May 1986 covers of British Vogue, she starred in Dangerous Liaisons (1988). Thurman rose to international prominence with her performance in Pulp Fiction (1994), for which she was nominated for the Academy Award, the BAFTA Award, and the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress. Often hailed as Quentin Tarantino's muse, she reunited with the director to play the main role in both Kill Bill films (2003–2004), which brought her two additional Golden Globe Award nominations.
Thurman starred in several high-profile films throughout the 1990s, including Henry & June (1990), The Truth About Cats & Dogs (1996), Batman & Robin (1997), Gattaca (1997), and Les Misérables (1998). In the 2000s, she found further success as a leading lady and headlined films such as Paycheck (2003), The Producers (2005), Prime (2005), and My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006). In 2011, Thurman was a member of the jury for the main competition at the 64th Cannes Film Festival, and in 2017, she was named president of the 70th edition's "Un Certain Regard" jury. She has worked with director Lars von Trier in Nymphomaniac (2013), and The House That Jack Built (2018).
On television, Thurman has had notable roles in the made-for-HBO film Hysterical Blindness (2002), the NBC musical series Smash (2012), the mini-series The Slap (2015), and the Bravo show Imposters (2017). In 2002, Thurman won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Film for her performance in Hysterical Blindness, and, in 2012, she received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her five-episode role in Smash.