Blanchett has also had an extensive career on stage; she is a four-time Helpmann Award winner for Best Female Actor in a Play. Her earlier roles include the title role in Electra at the National Institute of Dramatic Art in 1992, Ophelia in Hamlet at the Belvoir St Theatre in Sydney in 1994, Susan in Plenty in the West End in 1999, and the title role in Hedda Gabler with the Sydney Theatre Company in 2004. From 2008 to 2013, she and her husband Andrew Upton were co-CEOs and artistic directors of the Sydney Theatre Company. Her other roles on stage include Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire in Sydney, New York at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and Washington D. C. at the Kennedy Center in 2009; Yelena in Uncle Vanya in Sydney, Washington D. C. at the Kennedy Center and New York at Lincoln Center in 2011; and Claire in The Maids in Sydney in 2013 and New York at Lincoln Center in 2014. Blanchett made her Broadway debut in 2017 with The Present, and received Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, and Drama League Award nominations for her performance in the play.
In 2006, she starred opposite Brad Pitt in the multi-lingual, multi-narrative ensemble drama Babel , directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu , which received seven Academy Award nominations, the Steven Soderbergh -directed The Good German with George Clooney , and the acclaimed Notes on a Scandal opposite Dame Judi Dench .   Blanchett received a third Academy Award nomination for her performance in the latter film. 
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