Leonardo DiCaprio described Kate Winslet as one of the greatest actresses of her generation, and he is not in the least exaggerating. The 35-year-old British actress has an outstanding list of film credits to her name, starring in more than 25 movies. Here are some of the highlights of her career:
Heavenly Creatures (1994)
Heavenly Creatures was Kate Winslet’s first feature film. Not only was she 17 at the time, she was also competing against 175 girls who auditioned for the role of Juliet Hulme. With her winning the part, her career as a notable movie actress took off.
Winslet plays one of two sisters who get separated by their parents who fear that their fantasy lives are becoming too intense. She and Melanie Lynskey, who plays the other sister, were so absorbed by their role that they stayed in character after the filming was done, according to director Peter Jackson.
Sense and Sensibility (1995)
First published in 1811 by the English novelist, Jane Austen, Sense And Sensibility tells the story of two daughters and their mother who are left in reduced circumstances after their father dies. Winslet plays Marianne Dashwood, one of the two daughters. Her performance earned her various awards.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Although the movie tells the story about a couple who undergo a procedure to erase each other from their memories, we would not want to see Kate Winslet’s neurotic performance in Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind being erased from this list. Alongside comedic actor Jim Carrey, she gives a wonderful and witty performance which proves that Winslet is capable of taking on any genre.
As a result she got nominated for an Oscar in the category, “Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role.” She mentioned in Empire Magazine that the movie features her own favorite performance.
The Reader (2008)
Winslet received her first and long-awaited Oscar for her performance in The Reader. However, she was initially not able to take on the role of the German Hanna Schmitz, due to a scheduling conflict with Revolutionary Road. As Nicole Kidman was planned to replace her, she also had to leave the project a month after filming began due to her pregnancy. Since filming of her had not begun yet, Winslet was able to rejoin the film.
The story is set in a post-war Germany. Winslet portrayed a 36-year-old, bitter woman who has an affair with a teenager. It is an adaption of the novel by Bernhard Schlink, first published in 1995.
Revolutionary Road (2008)
Directed by Sam Mendes, to whom she was married at the time, and the first reunion project between her and off-screen pal Leonardo DiCaprio since the 1997 blockbuster, Titanic, Kate Winslet said her experience on making Revolutionary Road was “spectacular,” and so is the movie itself.
The story, based on a novel by Richard Yates, revolves around the struggling relationship of a young couple who live in suburban Connecticut in the 1950s. Winslet received a Golden Globe for her amazing performance as April Wheeler.
It became the most successful movie of all time (until Avatar came along) and transformed Winslet immediately into a commercial movie star. Winslet revealed that the experience was very emotionally demanding. She had to learn how to scuba dive in preparation for her scenes in the water. As she wanted to give the most genuine performance possible, Winslet was also one of the few actors who didn’t want to wear a wetsuit during those scenes. As a result she got pneumonia.
Other notable Kate Winslet movies: Little Children (2006), Finding Neverland (2004), The Life Of David Gale (2003), Quills (2000), Hamlet (1996) and The Holiday (2006).