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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 1 March 1983Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Birth NameLupita Amondi Nyong'o
Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Lupita Nyong'o was born in Mexico, to Kenyan parents. She was raised in Kenya and educated in the USA. She is a graduate of the Yale University School of Drama's Acting program.

Lupita's film debut was playing "Patsey" in acclaimed director, Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave (2013). She was also the lead in MTV's award-winning drama series, Shuga (2009).

Lupita's stage credits include playing "Perdita" in "The Winter's Tale", (Yale Repertory Theater), "Sonya" in "Uncle Vanya", "Katherine" in "The Taming of the Shrew", as well as being in the original production of Michael Mitnick's "Elijah".

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Seventh Sense Communications

Lupita was born in March 1983. Her father, a Kenyan senator was in Mexico, where she was born, as a visiting lecturer in political science but her upbringing was in Kenya. At age 16, her parents sent her back to Mexico for 7 months to learn Spanish. She read film studies at Hampshire College, Massachusetts and, after working as a production assistant on several films, graduated from Yale School of Drama. In 2013 she impressed cinema audiences in her American film debut, as brutalized slave Patsey in the acclaimed '12 Years a Slave.'

- IMDb Mini Biography By: don @ minifie-1

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Trivia (16)

Lupita is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.
It is a Luo tradition to name a child after the events of the day, so her parents named her Lupita. She is the second of six children.
Her father, Professor Anyang' Nyong'o, is a senator in Kenya.
Is the fourth Mexican born actress to be nominated for an Oscar. The others in chronological order are: Katy Jurado for Broken Lance (1954), Salma Hayek for Frida (2002) and Adriana Barraza for Babel (2006).
When she won the Oscar for Best Supporting Sctress for her role in 12 Years a Slave (2013) in 2014, she became the first Kenyan to win an Oscar, the first African actress to win Best Supporting Actress and the first Mexican-born actress to win an Oscar.
Considers herself Mexican-Kenyan.
Is fluent in Luo, English, Swahili and Spanish.
Her brother, Junior, was her date to the Oscars in 2014.
Is the second of six children.
Is of Luo descent on both sides of her family.
Moved from Mexico back to Kenya with her family when she was less than a year old.
Her father, Peter Anyang' Nyong'o, a former college professor, was elected to represent Kisumu County in the Kenyan Senate in 2013.
Her mother, Dorothy, is the managing director of the Africa Cancer Foundation and has her own communications company.
Was the 142nd actress to receive an Academy Award; she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for 12 Years a Slave (2013) at The 86th Academy Awards on March 2, 2014.
Unveiled as the "Face of LancĂ´me" becoming the first black celebrity to represent the French luxury cosmetic brand. She is the fourth Academy Award-winning actress to merit this post after Julia Roberts, Penelope Cruz and Kate Winslet. [April 2014]
Her first "Vogue" magazine cover (July 2014) was photographed by Swedish photographer Mikael Jansson.

Personal Quotes (11)

[on retaining overnight the elaborate scarring makeup on her back, incurred in the brutal sexual scenes with the sadistic plantation owner] They were haunting. I could only sleep on my belly. I was just so aware of them the whole night. I remember fretting and weeping, and then it occurred to me that my discomfort was temporary, and the woman who I was playing, her discomfort was permanent. It just really centered me, and really quieted my soul for the next day's work.
[on portraying Patsey in '12 Years a Slave'] I was heartbroken by her story. I just felt so sorry for her. I recognized then that I had a lot of work to do to get to a point where I could play her, because feeling that kind of sympathy for someone is no way to actually inhabit them.. She was just simple and she was trying to get by on a daily basis. She's not sentimental about her pain. I had to have the same kind of attitude.
[2014: Academy Award acceptance speech, closing remarks] When I look down at this golden statue, may it remind every child that no matter where you are from, your dreams are valid.
I got teased and taunted about my skin. My one prayer to God was that I would wake up lighter skinned. The morning would come and I would be so excited about seeing my new skin that I would refuse to look down at myself until I was in front of the mirror because I wanted to see my face first. Every day I would feel the disappointment of being just as dark as the day before.
[on supermodel Alek Wek] She was dark as night and was in all the magazines and on runways. My complexion had always been an obstacle to overcome. I couldn't believe that people were embracing a woman who looked so much like me as beautiful. It was perplexing and I wanted to reject it because I had begun to enjoy the seduction of inadequacy. But a flower couldn't help but bloom inside of me.
I'm Mexican and Kenyan at the same time. I've seen the quarrels over my nationality, but I'm Kenyan and Mexican at the same time. So again, I am Mexican-Kenyan and I am fascinated by carne asada tacos.
Having stamina. I think that's what my three years at Yale rewarded me with, a kind of stamina. And also building a kind of confidence in myself. At Yale they say, 'Hold on tightly. Let go lightly'. That's it. You hold on, and then you just let go with it and trust that when [the director] says 'Cut' and then when he says 'Action' again, it will be there.
[on being directed by Steve McQueen] Patsey is simple. She's not noble. He wasn't interested in a portrait of her as a noble savage. I had to move away from sympathy to a place of empathy, rather than just commenting on her situation, trying to buy people's love for her. Because she was just trying to get by on a day-to-day basis.
[on her parents] They raised all of us to listen to what we think our calling is and then do it. Do it. And do it well. With a sense of purpose. And so, when my interest was in acting they were very supportive. My mother drove me to rehearsals every day at school. My father was a thespian, so he can live vicariously.
I realize that beauty was not a thing I could acquire or consume. It was something that I just had to be.
My mother would say to me, "You can't eat beauty. It doesn't feed you." And these words plagued and bothered me; I didn't really understand them until finally I realized that beauty was not a thing that I could acquire or consume, it was something that I just had to be. And what my mother meant when she said you can't eat beauty was that you can't rely on how you look to sustain you. What does sustain us... what is fundamentally beautiful is compassion for yourself and for those around you. That kind of beauty enflames the heart and enchants the soul.

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