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Also Known As: Antonia Collette Died:
Born: November 1, 1972 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Blacktown, New South Wales, AU Profession: actor, singer, sales clerk, pizza delivery person

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Australian actress Toni Collette was virtually unknown outside of the Sydney theater scene when she shot to international fame at age 22 with a starring role as an Abba-loving, overweight misfit who gets her revenge in the lively hit, "Muriel's Wedding" (1994). Collette's strong first impression as a frumpy sad sack from Down Under was the first of a remarkably wide range of physical and psychological transformations the actress would become known for. International filmmakers sought Collette's gift for totally inhabiting characters. So convincing was her palette of international accents and so thorough were her physical metamorphoses that audiences often times did not realize they were watching the same actress in "Velvet Goldmine" (1998), "The Sixth Sense" (1999), "About a Boy" (2002) and "Little Miss Sunshine" (2006). Her unique gift for inhabiting a multitude of characters came to full fruition with her Emmy-winning role as a wife and mother with dissociative identity disorder on the Diablo Cody-scripted dramedy, "The United States of Tara" (Showtime, 2009- ). Unconcerned with stardom, Collette enjoyed creative freedom and made consistently interesting project choices that showcased her...

Australian actress Toni Collette was virtually unknown outside of the Sydney theater scene when she shot to international fame at age 22 with a starring role as an Abba-loving, overweight misfit who gets her revenge in the lively hit, "Muriel's Wedding" (1994). Collette's strong first impression as a frumpy sad sack from Down Under was the first of a remarkably wide range of physical and psychological transformations the actress would become known for. International filmmakers sought Collette's gift for totally inhabiting characters. So convincing was her palette of international accents and so thorough were her physical metamorphoses that audiences often times did not realize they were watching the same actress in "Velvet Goldmine" (1998), "The Sixth Sense" (1999), "About a Boy" (2002) and "Little Miss Sunshine" (2006). Her unique gift for inhabiting a multitude of characters came to full fruition with her Emmy-winning role as a wife and mother with dissociative identity disorder on the Diablo Cody-scripted dramedy, "The United States of Tara" (Showtime, 2009- ). Unconcerned with stardom, Collette enjoyed creative freedom and made consistently interesting project choices that showcased her instinctive acting style, quick wit and significant depth.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Unlocked (2017)
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 Birthmarked (2017)
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 Fun Mom Dinner (2017)
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 Please Stand By (2017)
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 Imperium (2016)
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 Krampus (2015)
9.
 Miss You Already (2015)
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 Boxtrolls, The (2014)
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1992:
Made her feature acting debut in "Spotswood/The Efficiency Expert."
1990:
Appeared in the Australian TV series "A Country Practice".
1996:
Co-starred with Gwyneth Paltrow in the Jane Austin adaptation "Emma," directed by Douglas McGrath.
1997:
Essayed the lead role of Diana Spencer in Australian film "Diana and Me."
1998:
Delivered strong supporting turn in the Australian film "The Boys."
2000:
Appeared in John Singleton's remake of "Shaft."
2001:
Co-starred as Beth, a woman facing the end of her marriage, in the HBO adaptation of the Pulitzer-winning play "Dinner With Friends."
2002:
Co-starred with Ben Affleck and Samuel L. Jackson in "Changing Lanes."
2002:
Appeared as a 1950s housewife troubled by secrets in "The Hours."
2003:
Starred as a geologist in "Japanese Story."
2004:
Co-starred with Nia Vardalos in the comedy "Connie and Carla"; written by Nia Vardalos and directed by Michael Lembeck.
2005:
Co-starred with Cameron Diaz in drama feature "In Her Shoes," based on the book of the same name by Jennifer Weiner.
2006:
Co-starred with Robin Williams in an adaptation of Armistead Maupin's novel "The Night Listener."
2006:
Played an aid worker in "Tsunami: The Aftermath," a two-part HBO/BBC joint production that dramatized events following the 2004 tsunami in Asia, and received Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for Best Supporting Actress in a Mini-Series.
2008:
Co-starred in Alan Ball's directorial debut "Towelhead."
2011:
Co-starred with Colin Farrell in a remake of 1985 horror "Fright Night.'
2012:
Was cast in the biographical drama "Hitchcock," starring Anthony Hopkins.
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Education

National Institute of Dramatic Art: -

Notes

"I don't understand why I do what I do. I don't understand why I act anymore. But I do know that I love it, and that I find it really interesting and satisfying to enter into other worlds and explore different ways of thinking. If that makes me an exhibitionist, then fine. I don't think of it like that, I can't see it like that, but I totally understand why you would say that." --Toni Collette quoted in Vogue Australia, August 1998.

"I'd like to study iridology. It's a form of holistic medicine where you look into a person's eye and you can tell exactly how they're functioning inside. I find that just amazing." --Toni Collette to New York, May 11. 1998.

"You know what my dream is? I want to build a mud-brick house on some beautiful land in some beautiful part of Australia, with a river and a waterfall on it." --Collette to the online site "Urban Cinefile", 1998.

"I pretty much try to work on films that I believe in and that really resonate with me in a very real place. I've never had a game plan. I'm just trying to do good work and keep it interesting for myself, and work with inspirational people. The luxury of working in the arts is that you don't have to go to the office everyday. There is a lot of variation involved so I really like to vary it and play different roles."---Toni Collette qouted in Venice Magazine February 2004.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Actor. No longer together.
husband:
Dave Galafassi. Musician. Married c. January 2003 in a Buddhist ceremony near Sydney, Australia.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Bob Collette. Truck driver.
mother:
Judy Collette. Customer service representative.

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