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Born: June 12, 1967 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Oxfordshire, England, GB Profession: actor, model, ESL teacher

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After graduating from the Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts in Perth and appearing extensively on Australian TV in series including "Halifax f.p.", dark-haired, porcelain-skinned actress Frances O'Connor made her film debut in Emma-Kate Croghan's surprise hit "Love and Other Catastrophes" in 1996. She played Mia, a self-assured film student facing difficulties with school administration and romantic problems with her girlfriend Danni (Radha Mitchell). The actress' impressive turn as the staunch and spunky young woman in this Australian independent garnered notice and acclaim. Hot on the heels of the 1996 Cannes screening of "Love and Other Catastrophes", O'Connor began lensing "Thank God He Met Lizzie" (1997) a romantic comedy starring Cate Blanchett as the titular significant other of a man (Richard Roxburgh) plagued by thoughts of his previous girlfriend Jenny (O'Connor). As Jenny, O'Connor gave an exuberant performance, easily evincing the high-spirited vitality and charm crucial to her role as the idealized early girlfriend who lives primarily in flashback. Although the film attracted only a small audience, critics pointed to O'Connor's performance as a stand-out feature of the...

After graduating from the Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts in Perth and appearing extensively on Australian TV in series including "Halifax f.p.", dark-haired, porcelain-skinned actress Frances O'Connor made her film debut in Emma-Kate Croghan's surprise hit "Love and Other Catastrophes" in 1996. She played Mia, a self-assured film student facing difficulties with school administration and romantic problems with her girlfriend Danni (Radha Mitchell). The actress' impressive turn as the staunch and spunky young woman in this Australian independent garnered notice and acclaim. Hot on the heels of the 1996 Cannes screening of "Love and Other Catastrophes", O'Connor began lensing "Thank God He Met Lizzie" (1997) a romantic comedy starring Cate Blanchett as the titular significant other of a man (Richard Roxburgh) plagued by thoughts of his previous girlfriend Jenny (O'Connor). As Jenny, O'Connor gave an exuberant performance, easily evincing the high-spirited vitality and charm crucial to her role as the idealized early girlfriend who lives primarily in flashback. Although the film attracted only a small audience, critics pointed to O'Connor's performance as a stand-out feature of the otherwise unremarkable offering.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Mercy (2014)
3.
4.
 Blessed (2009)
5.
 Three Dollars (2006)
6.
 Book of Love (2004) Elaine Walker
7.
 Iron Jawed Angels (2004) Lucy Burns
8.
 Timeline (2003) Kate Erickson
9.
 Windtalkers (2002) Rita
10.
 Importance of Being Earnest, The (2002) Gwendolyn Fairfax
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Born in Oxford, England but raised in Perth, Australia
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Spent one year in Japan modeling and teaching English as a second language
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After graduation from drama school, joined Melbourne Theatre Company
1995:
Appeared in the Australian TV series "Halifax f.p."
1996:
Feature debut in "Love and Other Catastrophes", playing a lesbian university student as part of an ensemble that also included Matt Day; also sang in the film
1997:
Starred opposite Day in "Kiss or Kill"; was nominated for the Australian Film Institute Award as Best Actress
1997:
Played the idealized ex-girlfriend of the protagonist in "Thank God He Met Lizzie"; also nominated for the Australian Film Institute Award as Best Actress
1998:
Returned to the Melbourne Theater Company to star in "The Herbal Bed"
1998:
Appeared in support of Geoffrey Rush in Patrick Duncan's "A Little Bit of Soul"
1999:
Starred as Fanny Price in Patricia Rozema's adaptation of Jane Austen's "Mansfield Park"
2000:
Had co-starring role in the Dublin set feature "About Adam", featuring Kate Hudson and Stuart Townsend (released in the USA in 2001)
2000:
Played the title character in the BBC-1 presentation of the Flaubert classic "Madame Bovary" (aired in USA in February)
2000:
Starred as the object of Brendan Fraser's affection in the remake of "Bedazzled"
2001:
Cast as Monica, the adoptive mother of a robotic child, in "A.I. Artificial Intelligence"
2001:
Reteamed with Fraser on the London stage in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"
2002:
Had supporting role in "Windtalkers", directed by John Woo
2002:
Portrayed Gwendolyn in the remake of "The Importance of Being Earnest"
2003:
Cast in female lead of the film version of Michael Crichton's novel "Timeline"
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Education

Curtin University of Technology: -
Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts: - 1992

Notes

"I was raised Catholic. Being Catholic is good for actors. Repression really encourages creativity." --O'Connor quoted in Interview, December 1997.

On "Kiss or Kill": "The whole movie was improvised, pretty much. We'd have a page, each day, that sort of told us where the characters started from and where they were going, and all the rest we worked out ourselves, It's a very challenging way of acting, and very rewarding." --O'Connor quoted in Winston-Salem Journal, June 5, 1998.

O'Connor on tackling Hollywood: "I'm just a little fish in a huge market over here. I've been watching 'Sesame Street' since I was 3. I think I can manage Big Bird's accent." --quoted in Winston-Salem Journal, June 5, 1998.

"I feel that a lot of hard work has really paid off, though I think a lot if it has to do with luck, synchronicity, and just being at the right place at the right time. But I've always believed that if you stay positive, good things come along." --O'Connor quoted in Urban Cinefile, July 7, 1998.

O'Connor on the timelessness of "Mansfield Park": "People think the Regency period was stuffy, or that people were different then, but they weren't.

"We all fall in love, have affairs we shouldn't have, we all question our own sense of truth or what we want in life." --quoted in Toronto Sun, September 16, 1999.

"Mansfield Park" director Patricia Rozema on O'Connor: "She's just so breathtakingly natural and so full of life, it's a joy to watch her. She doesn't have a remote quality at all. You fall into her situation and her personality really easily, and she's authentic, which is what I wanted the character to be." --to Chicago Tribune, November 28, 1999.

"It was a little bit Alice in Wonderland to me. In some ways it didn't feel real." --Frances O'Connor on her first big-budget Hollywood film experience, "Bedazzled", quoted in Movieline, August 2000.

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