Sunday, November 18, 2007

Julie Frances Christie (born 14 April 1941) is an Academy Award-winning English film actress. She was also a pop icon of the Swinging London era of the 1960s.

Christie was born in Assam, India, then part of the British Empire, as one of two children. Her mother, Rosemary Ramsden, was a Welsh-born painter and childhood friend of actor Richard Burton. Her father, Frank St. John Christie, ran the tea plantation around which Christie grew up. She had a brother and a half-sibling from her father's affair with an Indian mistress. before getting her big break in 1961 in a science fiction series on BBC television, entitled A for Andromeda.

Julie Christie Early life
Christie's first major film role was as Liz, the friend and would-be lover of the eponymous Billy Liar played by Tom Courtenay in the 1963 film directed by John Schlesinger. Schlesinger, who only cast Christie after another actress dropped out of his film, directed her in her breakthrough role, as the amoral model Diana Scott in Darling (1965), a role which the producers originally offered to Shirley MacLaine. Though virtually unknown before Darling (1965), Christie ended the year 1965 by appearing as Lara Antipova in David Lean's adaptation of Boris Pasternak's novel Doctor Zhivago (1965), which was one of the all-time box office hits, and as Dasiy Battles in Young Cassidy, the John Ford-Jack Cardiff directed biopic of Irish playwright Sean O'Casey. In 1966, the 25-year-old Christie won the Academy Award for Best Actress for Darling (1965). Later, she played Thomas Hardy's heroine Bathsheba Everdene in Schlesinger's Far from the Madding Crowd (1967) and the lead character, Petulia Danner, (opposite George C. Scott) in Richard Lester's Petulia (1968).
In the 1970s, Christie starred in such films as Robert Altman's McCabe and Mrs Miller (1971) (her second Best Actress Oscar nomination), The Go-Between (again co-starring Alan Bates, 1971), Don't Look Now (1973), Shampoo (1975), Altman's classic Nashville (also 1975, in an amusing cameo as herself opposite Karen Black and Henry Gibson), Demon Seed (1977), and Heaven Can Wait (1978). She moved to Hollywood during the decade, where she had a high-profile (1967-1974), but intermittent relationship with actor Warren Beatty who described her as "the most beautiful and at the same time the most nervous person I had ever known".

Julie Christie Personal life

Billy Liar (1963)
Darling (1965)
Doctor Zhivago (1965)
Fahrenheit 451 (1966)
Far from the Madding Crowd (1967)
Tonite Let's All Make Love in London (1967)
Petulia (1968)
McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)
The Go-Between (1971)
Don't Look Now (1973)
Shampoo (1975)
Nashville (1975)
Demon Seed (1977)
Heaven Can Wait (1978)
Memoirs of a Survivor (1981)
The Return of the Soldier (1982)
Heat and Dust (1983)
The Railway Station Man (1992)
Hamlet (1996)
Afterglow (1997)
Belphégor - Le fantôme du Louvre (2001)
No Such Thing (2001)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
Finding Neverland (2004)
Troy (2004)
Away From Her (2006)

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