From an About Uma bio published November 1995 in Cosmopolitian magazine:
Full Name: Uma Karuna Thurman Place of Birth: Boston, Massachusetts, USA Date of Birth: April 29, 1970 Current Residence: New York City, New York, USA Current Occupation: Film Actress Religion: Agnostic (Buddhism if must choose)
"I grew up in a mostly Buddhist environment. My father, when very young, was the first American to be ordained as a Buddhist monk. He now teaches Indo-Tibetan studies at Columbia University and is regarded as this country's foremost authority on Buddhism. When the Dalai Lama comes to America, it's my father who is his host. When asked if I consider myself Buddhist, the answer is, Not really. But it's more my religion than any other because I was brought up with it in an intellectual and spiritual environment. I don't practice or preach it, however. But Buddhism has had a major effect on who I am and how I think about the world. What I have learned is that I like all religions, but only parts of them."