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New York — When Cate Blanchett was last in New York, in between her nightly performances in the acclaimed touring production of "Uncle Vanya," she would slip uptown, to the East Side, to stealthily research her role in Woody Allen's latest, "Blue Jasmine."

In it, Blanchett plays Jasmine, a socialite in breakdown, a modern Blanche DuBois (a role Blanchett played a few years ago on stage, the "detritus" of which she says stays with her), distraught and destroyed by the betrayal of her Bernie Madoff-like financier husband (Alec Baldwin). On Jasmine's stomping ground, the Upper East Side, Blanchett bent her ear to the neighborhood's accents of affluence.

"I drank way too much wine sitting in restaurants by myself," says Blanchett, today sitting in a midtown office in a sleeveless emerald green top and skirt.

The polished refinement, though, is only a small element – a surface that cracks – to Blanchett's enormously layered performance in "Blue Jasmine. »


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