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Despite modest box office returns, the film was favorably received by the critics.

Thurman next starred with Janeane Garofalo in the romantic comedy The Truth About Cats & Dogs as a ditzy blonde model.

In Richard Linklater's real-time drama Tape, she starred as the former girlfriend of a drug dealer and volunteer firefighter (Ethan Hawke).

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Her father, Robert Alexander Farrar Thurman, is a professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies; an academic and writer, he lived as an ordained Buddhist monk for three years.

Her mother, Nena von Schlebrügge, a high-fashion model, was born in Mexico City; Nena was discovered in Stockholm, and moved to New York City at the age of 17 to join the Ford Modeling Agency.

In the Oscar-winning drama Dangerous Liaisons, co-starring Glenn Close and John Malkovich, Thurman took on the role of a naive young woman seduced by a manipulative man. She's more than a little haunted." In 1990, Thurman appeared with Fred Ward and Maria de Medeiros in Henry & June, a sexually provocative drama about the relationship and affairs between writer Henry Miller and his wife June Miller in 1931 Paris.

The picture was an arthouse success, and garnered Thurman recognition from critics and audiences; Malkovich said of her, "There is nothing twitchy teenager-ish about her, I haven’t met anyone like her at that age. The film was the first to receive an NC-17 rating and partly because many American newspapers refused to advertise films with the new rating, it did not get wide release in the United States. The New York Times wrote: "Thurman, as the Brooklyn-accented June, takes a larger-than-life character and makes her even bigger, though the performance is often as curious as it is commanding." In the 1991 British adventure Robin Hood, she played Maid Marian, the love interest of the titular character.

Most of her roles in the early 2000s were in independent films, such as Vatel (2000), Tape (2001) and Chelsea Walls (2001).

The historical drama Vatel saw Thurman play Anne de Montausier, the love interest of 17th-century French chef François Vatel.

Thurman was subsequently cast in three 1988 films — Johnny Be Good, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen and most notably, Dangerous Liaisons.

In the comedy Johnny Be Good, she played the girlfriend of a top high school quarterback prospect, and in The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, she made a brief appearance as goddess Venus; during her entrance she briefly appears nude, in an homage to Botticelli's The Birth of Venus.

Thurman received a Buddhist upbringing, and spent altogether around two years in the Indo-Himalayan town of Almora. 1973), Thurman is described as having been an awkward and introverted girl who was teased for her tall frame, angular bone structure, enormous feet and unusual name (sometimes using the name "Uma Karen" instead of her birth name).

She grew up mostly in Amherst, Massachusetts, where she went to Amherst Regional Junior High School, then moved to Woodstock, New York. She made the transition to acting with her film debut, the teen thriller Kiss Daddy Goodnight, which was released in 1987.

Played by the long-necked Uma Thurman, she's less vixen than ninny – a smooth operator whose maneuvers seem to issue not from shrewdness or intelligence but from a microchip that allows her to robotically spout her lines with careful inflection.