You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

Natalie Portman turned 40: read about her secrets here

Showbizz Daily Logo By Zeleb.es of Showbizz Daily | Slide 2 of 19: Natalie Portman was born in Israel on June 9th, 1981. Her given name when born was Neta-Lee Hershlag; Neta-Lee is a Hebrew name. However, when Natalie landed a role in ‘Leon: The Professional’ in 1994, she adopted the stage name of Portman. It is the maiden name of her grandmother on her father’s side of the family. The reason she switched names, according to People magazine, was to help maintain both her own and her family’s privacy.

Neta-Lee Hershlag

Natalie Portman was born in Israel on June 9th, 1981. Her given name when born was Neta-Lee Hershlag; Neta-Lee is a Hebrew name. However, when Natalie landed a role in ‘Leon: The Professional’ in 1994, she adopted the stage name of Portman. It is the maiden name of her grandmother on her father’s side of the family. The reason she switched names, according to People magazine, was to help maintain both her own and her family’s privacy.

© Showbizz Daily

More from Showbizz Daily

Showbizz Daily
Showbizz Daily
AdChoices
image beaconimage beaconimage beacon