Kate gets ready to blow the candles

Oct 05, 2011, 10:54 IST | Special Features

English actor and singer Kate Winslet celebrates her 36th birthday today

English actor and singer Kate Winslet celebrates her 36th birthday today. CS gives you some interesting trivia on her:

>> She was the youngest actress ever to be nominated for two Academy Awards by the year 1998 for her roles in Sense and Sensibility in 1995 and Titanic in 1997.

>> While accepting her Academy for Best Actress in 2009, Kate confessed that when she was a little girl, she used to practise her Oscar speech in front of the bathroom mirror, with a shampoo bottle in her hand.

>> Kate and her former husband, Sam Mendes, were born in the same hospital.

>> Kate has unnaturally large feet for her dainty height, taking a size 11 in shoes. She claims to have inherited her gargantuan feet from her mother.

>> She was working at a deli and was making a pastrami sandwich when her agent told her that she was signed for Heavenly Creatures in 1994.

>> She gave a miss to Titanic's premiere in 1997 to attend her former boyfriend Stephen Tredre's funeral. He died of bone cancer.

>> Kate is also a singer and has sung in five films including Sense & Sensibility and Heavenly Creatures.

>> A digitally-slimmed version of Kate appeared on a UK edition of men's magazine in 2003. The fake physique waved of controversy. She criticised the mindset of equating sex appeal with thinness. In 2007, she sued and won libel damages from a magazine that claimed she saw a diet specialist.

>> In 2007, she had the portrait of her butt auctioned to support a charity.

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