We’re going all the way to Australia for this one. Blanchett is the icon that defines the Australian movie industry. She however is not limited only to her country; Cate is a star when compared to her career counterparts in other countries! Before she was catapulted to international stardom in 1998, Cate Blanchett had been known in her native country as one extraordinaire when it comes to the movie industry.
Date of Birth: May 14, 1969
Zodiac Sign: Taurus
Blanchett grew up with her family in Melbourne, Australia and her love for the arts was discovered and explored while she was still in college. Her first major role came because the original actress pulled out giving the opportunity to the already enthusiastic Blanchett in 1992. What roles did her family have to play in the success that she is today? Who are her parents and siblings? Read on to get all your questions answered.
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Who are Cate Blanchett’s parents?
June Blanchett (mother)
June worked as a real estate developer and teacher. She practically raised her kids on her own as her husband died early at the age of 40. Since 1979 after Robert’s death, June never remarried instead she moved in to Cate`s house to help her in raising kids.
Robert DeWitt Blanchett Jr. (father)
Date of Birth: November 19, 1938
Date of Death: January 9, 1980 (aged 42)
Zodiac Sign: Scorpio
Robert is a native of Texas in America who worked as a United States Navy petty officer. You are probably wondering how an American and an Australian woman met and produced a wonderful family? Robert met June (nee Gamble) in Melbourne when his USS Arneb ship broke down several years ago. He put himself though night school after his returned to the States.
We guess June Gamble struck the love chord in his heart because he returned to Australia to marry her and shortly after relocating; Blanchett began a career in advertising. He died from cardiac arrest at 42 when the acclaimed Aussie actress Cate was only 10 years old. Robert Blanchett is the author behind Big Taxi and Younger Than You.
Who are Cate Blanchett’s siblings?
Robert Blanchett Jr (older brother, born to Robert and June Blanchett)
Year of birth: 1968
The first Blanchett child is an information systems engineer. Rob was at the cinemas with his two sisters when they were called out to the sad news of their dad’s sudden death. He graduated from the RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. Aside this, there is nothing else known about him.
Genevieve Amelia Blanchett (younger sister, born to Robert and June Blanchett)
Year of Birth: 1971
Genevieve is the easy-going younger sister to the Hobbit actress Cate Blanchett. Like most families, the girls were closer to themselves and Genevieve wore Cate’s clothes several times. At one that she recalled, the younger Blanchett wore Cate’s cardigan without her permission and this caused a “big war” between the two girls. They went for quite a long while without talking to each other. Cate even went as far as drawing a demarcation line in the room she shared with her sister that no one was to cross.
She is a 2008 graduate of Architectural Design and is the production designer behind the short film Bangers (1999) which starred her sister Cate. Genevieve works for the NZ Opera at the Aotea Centre in Auckland. She admires artist Louise Bourgeois for her talent and artistic creativity. The youngest Blanchett is also a yoga practitioner, so much for a fit family!