Upon her return to Australia, Cate moved to Sydney and attended the national Institute of Dramatic Art.
Acting Career: Cate Blanchett initially started out working in theatre and her first major stage role was in the David Mamet play Oleanna.
Her performance earned her the Sydney Theatre Critics' Best Newcomer Award.
Blanchett worked in television, as well, featuring in the mini-series Heartland, with Ernie Dingo and Bordertown with Hugo Weaving. Cate Blanchett made her major film debut with a supporting role in 1997's Paradise Road, which starred Glenn Close and Frances Mc Dormand.
Her first major lead role came the same year, when she played Lucinda in Oscar and Lucinda, which also starred Ralph Fiennes.
Her performance was very highly regarded, as was its follow-up, when she played the lead in Thank God He Met Lizzie.
Cate Blanchett (born Catherine Élise Blanchett, 14.5.1969) is an Oscar-winning Australian actress, and a theatre director.
Childhood: Cate Blanchett was born in Ivanhoe, Melbourne, to June and Robert Blanchett.
Her parents had met when Robert's US Navy ship was in Melbourne.
Robert died of a heart attack when Cate was 10 years old.
Cate Blanchett attended Ivanhoe East Primary School and went on to study at the Methodist Ladies' College, where she became interested in drama and acting.
When she graduated from the University of Melbourne, after studying Economics and Fine Arts, she travelled abroad.