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Also Known As: Julie Frances Christie Died:
Born: April 14, 1941 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Assam, IN Profession: actor, washed bottles at Schweppes

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An iconic figure of the 1960s, actress Julie Christie was an Academy Award-winning actress who appeared in a small but substantial number of classic films in her native England and America during the '60s and early 1970s. She was perhaps best known to international audiences as Lara in David Lean's "Doctor Zhivago" (1965), but also enjoyed memorable leading roles in Robert Altman's "McCabe and Mrs. Miller" (1971) and "Shampoo" (1975), both starring her longtime romantic companion Warren Beatty. An independent attitude and interest in political affairs reduced her screen appearances in the 1980s, but she made a triumphant return to film in the mid-1990s in Kenneth Branagh's "Hamlet" (1996). Since then, she made several notable movies, including "Afterglow" (1997) with Altman, which netted her third Academy Award nomination, before playing the mother of Achilles in "Troy" (2004), Madame Rosmerta in "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" (2004), and Kate Winslet's disapproving mother in "Finding Neverland" (2004). In "Away from Her" (2006), she gave a moving performance as a woman stricken with Alzheimer's that earned her high praise and a number of critics awards, all of which solidified Christie's...

An iconic figure of the 1960s, actress Julie Christie was an Academy Award-winning actress who appeared in a small but substantial number of classic films in her native England and America during the '60s and early 1970s. She was perhaps best known to international audiences as Lara in David Lean's "Doctor Zhivago" (1965), but also enjoyed memorable leading roles in Robert Altman's "McCabe and Mrs. Miller" (1971) and "Shampoo" (1975), both starring her longtime romantic companion Warren Beatty. An independent attitude and interest in political affairs reduced her screen appearances in the 1980s, but she made a triumphant return to film in the mid-1990s in Kenneth Branagh's "Hamlet" (1996). Since then, she made several notable movies, including "Afterglow" (1997) with Altman, which netted her third Academy Award nomination, before playing the mother of Achilles in "Troy" (2004), Madame Rosmerta in "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" (2004), and Kate Winslet's disapproving mother in "Finding Neverland" (2004). In "Away from Her" (2006), she gave a moving performance as a woman stricken with Alzheimer's that earned her high praise and a number of critics awards, all of which solidified Christie's standing as one of the finest veteran actresses of her time.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Red Riding Hood (2011)
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 Glorious 39 (2009)
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 Belphegor (le fantome du Louvre) (2008) Glenda Spencer
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 Away From Her (2006)
7.
 Letter to True, A (2005) Herself
9.
 Finding Neverland (2004) Cast
10.
 Troy (2004) Thetis
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Milestones close milestones

1948:
Sent to England to attend boarding school at age seven
1957:
Made stage debut with Frinton-on-Sea Repertory
1960:
Starred on BBC series "A for Andromeda"
1962:
Film acting debut, "Crooks Anonymous"
1963:
Landed first starring film role in John Schlesinger's "Billy Liar"
1963:
Joined Birmingham Repertory Company
1964:
Performed with Royal Shakespeare Company; toured Europe and U.S. appearing in "The Comedy of Errors"
1964:
Made Broadway debut with RSC in "The Comedy of Errors"
1965:
Won Academy Award for performance in Schlesinger's "Darling"
1965:
Starred opposite Omar Sharif as the ill-fated Lara in David Lean's "Dr. Zhivago"
1965:
Appeared in small role in "Young Cassidy," the only sequences directed by John Ford before he became ill
1967:
Reteamed with Schlesinger for "Far From the Madding Crowd," co-starring Alan Bates and Terrence Stamp
1971:
Cast in first of three starring turns opposite Warren Beatty in Robert Altman's "McCabe and Mrs. Miller"
1973:
Co-starred on Broadway in Mike Nichols' staging of "Uncle Vanya"
1973:
Acted opposite Donald Sutherland in Nicolas Roeg directed "Don't Look Now"; Roeg served as cinematographer for three of Christie's earlier films
1975:
Joined ensemble cast of "Shampoo," directed by Hal Ashby and co-written by Warren Beatty
1978:
Played female lead in "Heaven Can Wait," a remake of "Here Comes Mr. Jordan" (1941); co-written, co-directed, and starring Beatty
1983:
Reunited with Schlesinger and frequent co-star Alan Bates for HBO remake of "Separate Tables"
1986:
Teamed up with Richard Gere and Gene Hackman in Sidney Lumet's "Power"
1986:
Worked with Argentine director Maria Luisa Bemberg, playing a stern English governness in "Miss Mary"
1992:
Joined 160 people to sign an advertisement which ran in <i>The Times</i> (London) urging the legalization of marijuana
1995:
Starred in West End revival of Harold Pinter's "Old Times"
1996:
Returned to screen acting after six year absence in "Dragonheart"
1996:
Portrayed a rich woman exploited by her husband in Dennis Potter's miniseries "Karaoke" (Bravo)
1996:
Played Gertrude in Kenneth Branagh's "Hamlet"
1997:
Played a former B-movie actress in Alan Rudolph's "Afterglow"
2001:
Appeared in writer-director Hall Hartley's "No Such Thing"
2002:
Co-starred with Burt Reynolds in "Snapshots"
2004:
Played Thetis, mother of Achilles (Brad Pitt) in director Wolfgang Petersen's epic "Troy"
2004:
Cast as Madame Rosmerta in "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," directed by Alfonso Cuarón
2004:
Cast as Mrs. Emma du Maurier, the disapproving mother of Sylvia (Kate Winslet) in "Finding Neverland"; film detailed experiences of 'Peter Pan' author J.M. Barrie (Johnny Depp)
2007:
Cast as the female lead suffering from Alzheimer's disease in Sarah Polley¿s directorial debut "Away From Her"
2009:
Joined ensemble cast in romantic anthology "New York, I Love You"
2011:
Cast as Grandmother in Catherine Hardwicke directed "Red Riding Hood"
2012:
Cast opposite director Robert Redford and "New York, I Love You" co-star Shia LaBeouf in thriller "The Company You Keep"
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Education

Brighton College: -
Central School of Speech and Drama: London , England -

Notes

In recent years, Christie has been active in the nuclear disarmament and peace movement, as well as championing animal rights.

"Gertrude, in Julie's view, has not had an adulterous affair with Claudius before the play begins and she doesn't know that he murdered her husbansd. That was important to her. She works very hard and is very available and adaptable. In rehearsal, I asked her and the other actors if we could do a run-through of the entire play in sequence, like a theatrical performance, which required everyone to learn their entire part. It was not something Julie had ever done before and she was terrified, but she did a wonderful job and was very excited about it. She's always ready to do things like that and she's always real. And she's an incredibly beautiful woman who--in an underwritten but pivotal role, which Gertrude is--told me things about the Queen in a way that I'd never seen before." --Kenneth Branagh in Interview, February 1997.

"I see stardom very clearly as a construct that's been created in order to sell things. The more I meet other actors, the less the idea of the mythical movie star--an imaginary desire object who conforms to a certain ideal--makes sense to me at all. I think if people realize this when thay read interviews, they might be less avid about them. It's sad that they get fooled into buying magazines and seeing films when so much of it is ... a sort of fabrication." --Julie Christie quoted in Interview, March 1997.

About her passion for recording audio books: "That's what I like doing best. Of course, it's hard work, but you have the opportunity to go on a search for the author's voice. Every author has a different voice, and when you've got it, the book becomes more alive than it ever does when you're reading it to yourself." --Christie to the Los Angeles Times, December 14, 1997.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Don Bessant. Artist. Together in the late 1960s.
companion:
Warren Beatty. Actor, director, producer. Together in the late 1960s and early 1970s; co-starred together in "McCabe and Mrs. Miller" (1971), "Shampoo" (1975) and "Heaven Can Wait" (1978).
companion:
Duncan Campbell. Journalist. Together since c. 1977; British.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Frank St John Christie. Tea plantation owner. Deceased.
mother:
Rosemary Christie. Deceased.
brother:
Clive Christie.

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