Uma Karuna Thurman (born April 29, 1970) is an American actress and model. She has performed in leading roles in a variety of films, ranging from romantic comedies and dramas to science fiction and action movies. She has been nominated for an Academy Award and has won a Golden Globe Award. Her most notable roles include Mia Wallace in Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction (1994), Debby Miller in the HBO miniseries Hysterical Blindness (2002), and Beatrix Kiddo in Tarantino's Kill Bill films (2003/2004). Thurman was born in Boston, to model Nena von Schlebrgge and professor Robert Thurman, and grew up mostly in Amherst, Massachusetts, where she went to Amherst Regional Middle School, and then moved to Woodstock, New York. While her father gave his children a Buddhist upbringing, she is named after one of the Hindu goddess Parvati's alternate names, 'Uma', which means 'Light' in Sanskrit. Regarding religion, she now calls herself agnostic. She has three brothers, Ganden (b.
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