No. 2

By EW Staff
December 14, 2004 at 05:00 AM EST
Kill Bill: Andrew Cooper

Uma Thurman kicks butt in the ”Kill Bill” movies

AS The Bride
IN Kill Bill — Vol. 1 (2003) and Kill Bill — Vol. 2 (2004)

WHO IS SHE? She’s Beatrix Kiddo, a.k.a. Black Mamba, a contract killer who emerges from a four-year coma seeking vengeance against her fellow members of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad (DiVAS), who left the pregnant Bride for dead on her wedding day in a massacre at the altar.

SKILLS She’s a world-class swordfighter and martial-artist.

BATTLE GEAR Bruce Lee-inspired yellow tracksuit

MALE ADMIRER Boss and old flame Bill (David Carradine), who admits he may have overreacted when he learned she was getting married

DROP-DEAD DIALOGUE (in Vol. 2) ”I’m the deadliest woman in the world. But right now, I’m just scared s—less for my baby.”

CAN’T GET ENOUGH? Thurman first tried her hand at action heroics when she zipped herself into Diana Rigg’s leather jumpsuit in The Avengers (1998).