Julie Christie Biography

Actress, Activist, Film Actor/Film Actress, Animal Rights Activist, Film Actress, Television Actress(1941–)
Actress Julie Christie won an Academy Award for her role in Darling, and earned a second nomination for her performance in McCabe & Mrs. Miller.

Synopsis

Actress Julie Christie was born on April 14, 1941, in Chabua, Assam, India. Her first brush with fame came via a BBC television series, A for Andromeda. She made her film debut in Crooks Anonymous (1962). Her first major film role was in Billy Liar (1963). In 1965 she won an Academy Award for her role in Darling. She picked up her second Oscar nomination for McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971), and her third for Afterglow (1997).

Early Life

Julie Frances Christie was born on April 14, 1941, in Chabua, Assam, India, on her father's tea plantation. Her education began at a convent in India, and she was later sent to England and France to complete her studies.

Fascinated with the artist's lifestyle, Christie enrolled at the University of London's Central School of Speech & Drama. She made her professional debut on stage in 1957. However, her first real brush with fame came via a BBC television series, A for Andromeda (1961), in which she played an artificial human created from the DNA of a deceased science lab assistant.

Career in Cinema

Christie made several more television appearances before making her film debut in the comedy Crooks Anonymous (1962). Her first major film role was as Liz, the friend and love interest to Tom Courtenay's full-time dreamer in Billy Liar (1963). It netted her a BAFTA nomination and ushered her into the big leagues of movie-making.

In 1965, Christie won an Oscar for her portrayal of a beautiful, ambitious and morally bankrupt model in Darling. She consolidated her career with Dr Zhivago (1965), a love story set during the Russian revolution, the historical romantic tale Far From the Madding Crowd (1967) and The Go-Between (1971).

Christie picked up her second Oscar nomination for 1971's McCabe & Mrs. Miller. In the Robert Altman-directed western, she played Mrs. Miller, a madam, who convinces McCabe to hire her to manage his brothel.

Subsequent films have highlighted her involvement with a variety of political issues, although she returned to more mainstream productions with Heat and Dust (1982), Fools of Fortune (1990), Hamlet (1996) and Troy (2004).

In 1997, Christie earned her third Academy Award nomination for her performance as a former B-movie actress and a wife in crumbling marriage in Afterglow (1997). On January 22, 2008, she received her fourth Oscar nomination for best actress for her role in Away From Her (2007). In the film, Christie plays a long-married Canadian wife who begins to suffer from Alzheimer's and moves into a nursing home, where she falls for another resident while losing virtually all memory of her husband.

Personal Life

Christie had a high-profile relationship with actor Warren Beatty from 1967 to 1974. They starred together in McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971), Shampoo (1975) and Heaven Can Wait (1978). Christie is currently married to journalist Duncan Campbell.

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