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Natalie Portman says 'Oui' to her dashing French dancer

6 August 2012
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Natalie Portman's stint as a ballerina on Black Swan earned her an Oscar, and now it has also led her down the aisle. The actress has married the film's French dancer and choreographer Benjamin Millepied, whom she met on set in 2009.


According to People magazine, the couple said: "I do" after dark in a low-key Jewish ceremony witnessed by family and friends. The nuptials took place against the backdrop of the picturesque Big Sur coast in California, which is said to be one of bride's favourite places and a haven where she can escape the pressures of Hollywood.When she's not working Natalie loves to spend her time with Benjamin and their 14-month-old son Aleph. The stunning brunette has spoken in the past about the contentment the 35-year-old Frenchman has brought to her life.


"Nothing is more important than my personal life," she recently told France's Madame Figaro magazine. "It's something which comes first, always makes sense, and compared to the happiness of a successful family life, everything else is practically superficial." A self-confessed "Francophile", the relationship also consolidates her love of all things Gallic. "I now have the possibility of taking on French nationality. It would accomplish the Francophile dreams of my father and myself," she added. "I lived in Paris when I was 12 and my father gave me the name Natalie as an homage to Gilbert Bécaud's song. Everything in my life has drawn me towards a French family." The man who wooed one of Hollywood's most beautiful women hails from Bordeaux, France. Benjamin is a force to be reckoned with in the world of ballet – and he developed his career within the prestigious studios of the New York City Ballet company. His talent generated a buzz with the film industry, and Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky, pictured above with the couple, hired him to choreograph the dark, dance thriller Black Swan. Whilst working with Natalie, he described being "blown away" by her talent. For her part, the actress was equally entranced, and their relationship continued to flourish long after the cameras stopped rolling.

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