Julie Christie

Julie Christie

Her role as Lara Antipova in 'Doctor Zhivago' (1965)

Background:

One of the most incandescent actresses to grace the British screen and rest of
the world, Julie Christie is famous for both her onscreen appeal, which has not
weakened as she has grown older, and her so called off-screen solitariness. The
English actress gathered wide recognition and appreciation with her Academy
Award-winning, starring role of free-thinking social climber Diana Scott in
director John Schlesinger’s Darling (1965). Her spectacular performance in the
film also garnered Christie a British Academy Award, a Laurel Award, a New York
Film Critics Circle Award and a National Board of Review Award. She is also
widely recognized for her starring role as former B movie actress Phyllis Mann,
opposite Nick Nolte, in Alan Rudolph’s Afterglow (1997), in which she nabbed a
number of awards such as an Evening Standard British Film Award, a National
Society of Film Critics Award, an Independent Spirit Award, a National Society
of Film Critics Award, a New York Film Critics Circle Award, a San Sebastián
International Film Festival Award and a Ft. Lauderdale International Film
Festival Award.

A former co-owner of Katira Productions, along with Warren Beatty, Christie, who
came to prominence as the star of the1961 hit British sci-fi series “A for
Andromeda” and later achieved further TV credits as Mrs. Shankland/Miss Railton-Bell
in the HBO movie Separate Tables (1983), wherein she netted a 1983 Cable ACE
Award, has created a reputation for herself as a successful film star with
numerous impressive performances in movies like Billy Liar (1963, earned a BAFTA
nomination), the box office smash hit Doctor Zhivago (1965, won a David di
Donatello Prize Award), Truffaut’s Fahrenheit 451 (1967, earned a 1967 BAFTA
nomination), Far From the Madding Crowd (1967), Robert Altman’s McCabe and Mrs.
Miller (1971, received a Best Actress Oscar nomination), Shampoo (1975, earned a
Golden Globe nomination), Joseph Losey’s The Go-Between (1970, received a BAFTA
nomination, Nicolas Roeg’s Don’t Look Now (1973, earned a BAFTA nomination),
Maria Luisa Bemberg’s Miss Mary (1986, won a 1986 Havana Film Festival) and
Kenneth Branagh’s Hamlet (1996). Her more recent significant film credits
include the high profile Troy (2004, as Brad Pitt’s mother Thetis), the hit
Harry Potter and Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) and the acclaimed film Finding
Neverland (2004). Fans should not miss her performance in the upcoming drama
Away from Her, co-starring Olympia Dukakis, Michael Murphy, Wendy Crewson and
Kristen Thomson.

Off screen, Julie Christie is 5’ 4” and had the measurements 35B-23-36 (as a
young ingénue in 1966). She was voted one of Empire magazine’s “100 Sexiest
Stars in Film History” (1995) and was once named one of FHM magazine’s “100
Sexiest Women of All Time,” the 5th of Hello Magazine’s “25 British Beauties,”
the 34th of Celebrity Skin’s “50 Sexiest Starlets of All Time” and the 29th of
Mr.Skin’s “Top 100 Celebrity Nude Scenes.” The tremendously private Christie is
also an activist who supports nuclear disarmament and animal rights. As for her
romantic life, Christie is known for her much-published relationship with
actor/director/producer Warren Beatty (born on March 30, 1937), whom she dated
in the late1960s and early 1970s. Commenting about her romance with Beatty, she
said, “I’m terribly dependent on him, like a baby to its mother, so we travel
backwards and forward to be with each other.”

Her private life has also been liked to Don Bessant, an artist, (together in the
late 1960s) and English journalist Duncan Campbell (dated since 1977, no longer
together). Aside from her affairs with several men, Christie has never married
and has made it obvious that she has no desire to do so.


Sunflower

Childhood and Family:

Daughter of Rosemary Ramsden and Frank St John Christie (an India-based British
tea planter, both parents deceased), Julie Frances Christie was born on April
14, 1941, in Chukua, Assam, India. Along with her brother Clive Christie, who is
a professor of the South East Asian studies at Cambridge University, she spent
time at her parent’s tea plantation until she was sent to England to boarding
school at the tender age of seven. Originally wanting to become an artist or a
linguist, Julie, who earned the nickname “Sunflower” from director David Lean
for her beautiful personality and “Trilby” (after the 19th century novel) by
long-term collaborator and filmmaker John Schlesinger, later switched gears to
acting and attended the Central School of Speech Training in London. She was
also educated at the Brighton Polytechnic College in England, where she majored
in art.


Afterglow

Career:

India-born, England-raised Julie Christie inspired to be a linguist or artist
before changing the goal of her life by attending London’s Central School of
Speech Training. Determined she wanted to become a performer at age nine after
leaving boarding school and spending the day with a stranger who was an aspirant
actor, Christie made her professional stage debut seven years later with the
Frinton-on-Sea Repertory, but didn’t find fame until she made her move to TV in
1961 with a title role in the popular British sci-fi series “A for Andromeda.”

Following the TV breakthrough, the new performer kicked off her career with a
supporting part in the comedy Crooks Anonymous (1962), which starred Leslie
Phillips and Stanley Baxter and was helmed by Ken Annakin. After rejoining
Annakin for The Fast Lady (1963), Christie earned some critical reviews for her
first major film role as Liz, opposite Tom Courtenay, in the John
Schlesinger-directed Billy Liar (1963), where she was nominated for a BAFTA
Award for Best British Actress. Back to stage, she joined the Birmingham
Repertory Company in 1963 and became a member of the prestigious Royal
Shakespeare Company the next year. With RSC, Christie made her Broadway debut,
opposite Paul Scofield, in “The Comedy of E” (1964), a role that allowed her to
tour throughout Europe and the USA.

Christie returned to the big-screen in 1965 when Jack Cardiff cast her in the
small role of Daisy Battles in the biopic Young Cassidy. Her career soon
skyrocketed when she was re-teamed with Billy Liar’s director Schlesinger in the
seminal swinging sixties film Darling (1965). Starring as Diana Scott, the
open-minded social climber, Christie’s performance was widely praised and she
was handed an Oscar for Best Actress. In addition to the Academy Award, she
picked up a British Academy Award for Best British Actress, a Laurel for Best
Dramatic Performance, as well as a National Board of Review and a New York Film
Critics Circle in the category of Best Actress.

Her mounting star was further confirmed with memorable roles in the blockbuster
David Lean-directed Doctor Zhivago (1965), starring as the beautiful Lara,
opposite Omar Sharif, for which she won a David di Donatello Prize for Best
Actress and received a BAFTA nomination for Best British Actress, Truffaut’s
Fahrenheit 451 (1967, earned a 1967 BAFTA nomination as Clarisse/Linda Montag)
and John Schlesinger’s acclaimed adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s Far From the
Madding Crowd (1967), co-starring Alan Bates and Terrence Stamp.

Relocating to Los Angeles, Christie had a successful movie career by
collaborating with her lover (and later friend) Warren Beatty in three high
profile projects. She was first offered a bright starring turn as Beatty’s
business associate, Constance Miller, in Robert Altman’s Western McCabe and Mrs.
Miller (1971, received a Best Actress Oscar nomination), and then stared as
Jackie Shawn in the Hal Ashby ensemble Shampoo (1975, earned a Best Motion
Picture Actress - Musical/Comedy Golden Globe nomination) before portraying the
girlfriend Betty Logan in Warren Beatty’s remake of “Here Comes, Mr. Jordan,”
Heaven Can Wait (1978). Aside from her fruitful partnership with Beatty, the
appealing actress also gave other notable performances during the 1970s, as
Marian - Lady Trimingham, along with Alan Bates, in Joseph Losey’s The
Go-Between (1970, nominated for a Best Actress at BAFTA) and Laura Baxter in
Nicolas Roeg’s blatant scary, yet erotic, thriller Don’t Look Now (1973,
opposite Donald Sutherland).

The 1980s saw roles in movies like Memoirs of a Survivor (1981), The Return of
the Soldier (1982), Quarantièmes rugissants, Les (1982), Heat and Dust (1983),
The Gold Diggers (1983), Champagne amer (1986), the mainstream Hollywood Power
(1986, directed by Sidney Lumet) and Maria Luisa Bemberg’s Miss Mary (1986). For
her bright starring turn as the strict English governess in the latter, she was
garnered the 1986 Havana Film Festival Best Actress Award. In addition to film,
Christie was also seen on the small screen playing Charlotte Deutz in the
miniseries “Fathers and Sons” (1986) and was seen in the made-for-cable movie
Dadah Is Death (1988), but it was her partnership with Schlesinger and repeat
co-star Alan Bates in the HBO remake of Separate Tables (1983) that won the
actress additional attention for her starring role as Mrs. Shankland/Miss
Railton-Bell. The role also garnered a 1983 Cable ACE for Best Actress in a
Theatrical or Non-Musical Program.

After finishing Fools of Fortune (1990) and the British TV movie The Railway
Station Man (1992), Christie took a break from the cinematic industry and didn’t
make a film until Rob Cohen tapped her to play the small role of Queen Aislinn
in Dragonheart (1996), starring Dennis Quaid and David Thewlis. It was followed
by another supporting part in Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation of Hamlet (1996),
wherein her good performance as Gertrude earned her a great deal of
appreciation. The same year, she portrayed an affluent woman demoralized by her
spouse in Dennis Potter’s TV miniseries “Karaoke.”

A big fan of legendary actor Marlon Brando, Christie once again attracted the
attention of the public with her third Academy-Award nominated performance, as
Phyllis Mann, the ex-B movie actress, in the Alan Rudolph-directed Afterglow
(1997, also starring Nick Nolte). Christie’s outstanding performance in the
romantic film was critically applauded and she was handed countless awards like
an Evening Standard British Film, a National Society of Film Critics, an
Independent Spirit, a National Society of Film Critics, a New York Film Critics
Circle and a San Sebastián International Film Festival for Best Actress, as well
as a Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival for Best Ensemble Cast.

The British actress took another hiatus after the much-talk-about performance
and moved to the west coast of the United States in the late 1990s. Her silver
screen comeback was marked by the 2000 animated movie The Miracle Maker,
opposite Ralph Fiennes as Jesus and Michael Bryant, who provided the voice of
God/the Doctor. Christie returned to acting with supporting parts in such movies
as writer-director Hal Hartley’s mythic No Such Thing (2001), Rudolf van den
Berg’s touching Snapshot (2002) with Burt Reynolds, and Jon Sherman’s
little-seen romantic comedy I’m with Lucy (2002). She was next hired to play
Thetis, the mother of Brad Pitt’s Achilles, in the action-oriented version of
Homer’s epic poem about the Trojan War, Troy, for director Wolfgang Petersen.
She then was featured as Madame Rosmerta in the Harry Potter franchise, Harry
Potter and Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), based on the famed novel by J.K Rowling,
before taking a supporting role opposite Johnny Depp, Dustin Hoffman and Kate
Winslet in the Oscar-winning Finding Neverland, portraying Mrs du Maurier, the
grandmother of the Llewelyn Davies boys who were the real-life inspiration for
Peter Pan.

In 2005, Christie could add the French-production Vida secreta de las palabras,
La to her acting resume. She will soon costar with Olympia Dukakis, Michael
Murphy, Wendy Crewson and Kristen Thomson in the forthcoming Away from Her, a
drama directed and written by Sarah Polley.


Awards:

Evening Standard British Film: Best Actress, Afterglow, 1999
National Society of Film Critics: Best Actress, Afterglow, 1998
Independent Spirit: Best Female Lead, Afterglow, 1998
National Society of Film Critics: Best Actress, Afterglow, 1997
New York Film Critics Circle: Best Actress, Afterglow, 1997
San Sebastián International Film Festival: Best Actress, Afterglow, 1997
Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival: Best Ensemble Cast,
Afterglow, 1997
British Academy Award: Academy Fellowship, 1997
Havana Film Festival: Best Actress, Miss Mary, 1986
Cable ACE: Actress in a Theatrical or Non-Musical Program, Separate
Tables, 1983
Laurel: Dramatic Performance - Female, Darling, 1966
David di Donatello Prize: Best Actress, Dr. Zhivago, 1965
Academy Award: Best Actress, Darling, 1965
British Academy Award: Best British Actress, Darling, 1965
National Board of Review: Best Actress, Darling, 1965
New York Film Critics Circle: Best Actress, Darling, 1965
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