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The film saw her play the female lead and love interest of Timothy Hutton's character.Despite modest box office returns, the film was favorably received by the critics, who praised the script and acting, particularly that of Hutton and Portman.Upon its release, the movie received negative reviews and flopped at the box office; Thurman earned a Golden Raspberry Award nomination for Worst Actress.The Washington Post described her acting as shallow, remarking that, "Thurman's strangely passive characterization doesn't go much deeper than drawling and flexing her prosthetic thumbs".Several actresses were considered for the role, but Tarantino wanted Thurman after their first meeting.For her performance, Thurman was nominated for the Golden Globe and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and launched into the celebrity A-list.She grew up mostly in Amherst, Massachusetts, where she went to Amherst Regional Junior High School, then moved to Woodstock, New York. In an interview with The New York Times in February 2018, Thurman revealed that she was raped by an actor when she was 16 years old.
In 1998, she starred as a British secret agent in The Avengers, another financial and critical flop; CNN described her as "so distanced you feel like you’re watching her through the wrong end of a telescope." She took on the role of Fantine in Les Misérables, the 1998 film version of Victor Hugo's novel of the same name, directed by Bille August.She had a small role in The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, playing the goddess Venus alongside Oliver Reed's Vulcan; during her entrance she briefly appears nude, in an homage to Botticelli's The Birth of Venus.The most notable of these first four films was Oscar-winning drama Dangerous Liaisons, in which Thurman's character of Cecile de Volanges is seduced by the manipulative Vicomte de Valmont (John Malkovich). She's more than a little haunted." In 1990, Thurman appeared with Fred Ward and Maria de Medeiros in Henry & June, a sexually provocative drama about the relationship and affairs between writer Henry Miller and his wife June Miller in 1931 Paris.In 2012, Thurman received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her five-episode role in Smash. Her forename "Uma" literally means "splendour, light" and it is also one of the epithets of Hindu female Goddess Parvati, while her second given name "Karuna" means "compassion" or "empathy".Her father, Robert Alexander Farrar Thurman, is a professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies; an academic and writer, he lived as an ordained Buddhist monk for three years.