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Also Known As: Julia Karin Ormond Died:
Born: January 4, 1965 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Surrey, England, GB Profession: actor, producer, waitress

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A veteran British stage actress who was once Hollywood's "It" girl in the early 1990s, Julia Ormond weathered the transition from silver screen ingénue to nuanced character actor with grace and style. Thrown into the spotlight with starring roles opposite Brad Pitt in "Legends of the Fall" (1994) and Harrison Ford in Sydney Pollack's "Sabrina" (1995), the ethereal beauty quickly became a household name. Though her A-list actress status waned only a few years after her career break in "Legends," Ormond's sheer force of talent led to her securing more supporting parts in small screen movies like "Varian's War" (Showtime, 2001) and "Iron Jawed Angels" (HBO, 2004). She played motherly roles in a pair of wildly divergent movies, the Lindsay Lohan thriller "I Know Who Killed Me" (2007) and the family oriented "Kit Kittredge: An American Girl" (2008), before reuniting with Pitt for David Fincher's Oscar-nominated drama, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (2008). Meanwhile, Ormond began wracking up award nominations for her supporting role opposite Claire Danes in the critically acclaimed biographical drama, "Temple Grandin" (HBO, 2010), and made a return to the big screen to play Vivian Leigh in "My Week...

A veteran British stage actress who was once Hollywood's "It" girl in the early 1990s, Julia Ormond weathered the transition from silver screen ingénue to nuanced character actor with grace and style. Thrown into the spotlight with starring roles opposite Brad Pitt in "Legends of the Fall" (1994) and Harrison Ford in Sydney Pollack's "Sabrina" (1995), the ethereal beauty quickly became a household name. Though her A-list actress status waned only a few years after her career break in "Legends," Ormond's sheer force of talent led to her securing more supporting parts in small screen movies like "Varian's War" (Showtime, 2001) and "Iron Jawed Angels" (HBO, 2004). She played motherly roles in a pair of wildly divergent movies, the Lindsay Lohan thriller "I Know Who Killed Me" (2007) and the family oriented "Kit Kittredge: An American Girl" (2008), before reuniting with Pitt for David Fincher's Oscar-nominated drama, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (2008). Meanwhile, Ormond began wracking up award nominations for her supporting role opposite Claire Danes in the critically acclaimed biographical drama, "Temple Grandin" (HBO, 2010), and made a return to the big screen to play Vivian Leigh in "My Week With Marilyn" (2011), which assured critics and fans that Ormond's star had never truly faded.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 East, The (2013)
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 Chained (2012)
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 Albatross (2012)
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 Green, The (2011)
7.
 Temple Grandin (2010)
8.
 Wronged Man, The (2010)
9.
 Che: Part One (2008)
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First acting job was in a TV commercial for cottage cheese
1989:
Breakthrough stage role in Christopher Hampton's play "Faith, Hope and Charity"
1990:
American TV debut, "Traffik"; aired on PBS's "Masterpiece Theatre"
1991:
Starred as Catherine the Great on the TNT miniseries "Young Catherine"
1992:
Won acclaim for her portrayal of Nadya Alliluyeva, the wife of "Stalin" in the HBO biopic
1993:
Feature debut, Peter Greenaway's "The Baby of Macon"
1994:
First feature released in the US, "Nostradamus"
1994:
Breakthrough role in "Legends of the Fall" with Brad Pitt and Anthony Hopkins
1995:
Cast as Guenevere opposite Sean Connery's Arthur and Richard Gere's Lancelot in "First Knight"
1995:
Had title role in Sydney Pollack's ill-fated remake of "Sabrina"
1996:
Executive produced the documentary "Calling the Ghosts: A Story About Rape, War and Women"
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Formed Indican Productions
1997:
Signed production deal with Fox Searchlight Pictures
1997:
Had lead in "Smilla's Sense of Snow"
1999:
Starred in Nikita Mikhalkov's epic "The Barber of Siberia"
2000:
Returned to the London stage in David Hare's "My Zinc Bed"
2001:
Acted opposite Vince Vaughn and Ed Harris in "The Prime Gig"; film released direct-to-video after screenings at film festivals
2001:
Had featured role in the Showtime movie "Varian's War"
2004:
Co-starred in the HBO film about the American women's suffrage movement, "Iron Jawed Angels"
2006:
Appeared in David Lynch's "Inland Empire"
2007:
Played Lindsay Lohan's mother in the thriller "I Know Who Killed Me"
2008:
Played Abigail Breslin's mother in the family film "Kit Kittredge: An American Girl"
2008:
Re-teamed with Brad Pitt for David Fincher's "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
2010:
Cast opposite Claire Danes in the biographical TV drama "Temple Grandin"; earned an Emmy (2010) nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
2010:
Nominated for the 2010 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie ("Temple Grandin")
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries ("Temple Grandin")
2011:
Played Vivien Leigh in "My Week with Marilyn"
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Education

Guildford High School: Guildford , Surrey -
Cranleigh School: Cranleigh , Surrey -
Surrey Institute of Art & Design: -
Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art: - 1988

Notes

Her last name is pronounced OR-mund

"British actors will discuss what the point of the scene is and it's quite an open discussion. Americans, though, discuss what they think THEIR characters should do. I'd say, 'I need your character to do this'--that doesn't work. You have to wait. I put my foot in my mouth a couple of times." --Julia Ormond quoted in USA Today, January 4, 1995.

"Now that . . . Ormond is well situated in Hollywood, will she do the Emma Thompson thing--star in everything, charm up everybody, win Oscars? 'Who knows? The ball isn't in my court, as it were,' she says. 'I'll just continue to work on things I enjoy.' Being Britishly sensible doesn't prevent her from thinking big, however. 'I do have burning ambitions. Along with Godzilla and the rest of the acting community, I'd like to direct.'" --From Movieline, January/February 1995.

Companions close complete companion listing

husband:
Rory Edwards. Actor. Appeared together in stage production of "Wuthering Heights"; divorced c. 1993.
companion:
Gabriel Byrne. Actor. Met during filming of "Smilla's Sense of Snow" in 1996; no longer together.
husband:
Jon Rubin. Married in 1999.

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father:
John Ormond. Computer software designer. Became a millionaire by age 30; divorced from Ormond's mother.
mother:
Josephine Ormond. Laboratory technician. Divorced from Ormond's father.

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