Jewish Journal


June 15, 2011

Natalie Portman delivers baby boy


Natalie Portman at the 2011 Film Independent's Spirit Awards.

Natalie Portman at the 2011 Film Independent's Spirit Awards.

Actress Natalie Portman has given birth to a baby boy, her first child.

People magazine was the first to report Tuesday that Portman gave birth; the report did not say when the baby was born or where the birth took place. Portman’s publicist had not confirmed the birth as of Wednesday morning.

Portman and the baby’s father, New York Ballet dancer and choreographer Benjamin Millepied, are engaged to be married. The two met on the set of the film “Black Swan,” for which Portman won the Academy Award for best actress.

Millepied is not Jewish, according to Hollywood insiders. Portman was born Natalie Hershlag in Jerusalem; her father is Israeli and her mother American. She has lived in the United States since the age of 3.

Portman told the Israeli news site Ynet in an interview in 2006, “A priority for me is definitely that I’d like to raise my kids Jewish, but the ultimate thing is to have someone who is a good person and a partner.”

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