• How Natalie avoided Tinseltown drama to become a poster girl for the new generation

    As we have seen this week, growing up in the glare of the Hollywood lights can be a tricky business. Not for Natalie Portman. While many peers struggle with the pitfalls of wealth and fame at a young age, the brunette has managed to body swerve brushes with the law and the paparazzi, emerging as one of the most poised actresses of her generation. Now 29, she's the kind of girl of whom her co-star in 1999's Anywhere But Here, Susan Sarandon said it was like "working with an equal". Opening the Venice Film Festival with her pyshcological thriller Black Swan