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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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Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

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 Boxtrolls, The (2014)
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 Miss You Already (2014)
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 Tammy (2014)
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 Long Way Down, A (2014)
6.
 Lucky Them (2014)
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8.
 Mental (2013)
9.
 Hitchcock (2012)
10.
 Fright Night (2011)
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Milestones close milestones

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Raised in Blacktown, a suburb of Sydney, Australia
1986:
Made performing debut at age 14 in a school production of "Godspell"
1988:
Left school to pursue an acting career
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Worked with the Australian Theatre for Young People
1989:
Attended college for a year and a half; left to work on the Sydney stage
1992:
Feature acting debut, "Spotswood/The Efficiency Expert"
1990:
Acted in the Australian TV series "A Country Practice"
1994:
Won international attention as the title character in Australian comedy "Muriel's Wedding"; gained 40 pounds for the role
1995:
Portrayed the young version of the title character in the Australian film "Lilian's Story"
1996:
Co-starred with Gwyneth Paltrow in "Emma"; directed by Douglas McGrath
1997:
Essayed lead role of Diana Spencer in Australian film "Diana and Me"
1998:
Featured in "Velvet Goldmine" as the wife of a glam rocker played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers
1998:
Delivered strong supporting turn in the Australian film "The Boys"
1999:
Co-starred as the mother of a psychic child in "The Sixth Sense"; received Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actress
2000:
Made Broadway debut in "The Wild Party," a musical by Michael John LaChiusa and George C. Wolfe; received Tony nomination as Actress in a Musical
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:
Played a struggling single mother opposite Hugh Grant in the comedy "About a Boy"; received a BAFTA nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
2002:
Appeared as a 1950s housewife troubled by secrets in "The Hours"
2003:
Starred as a geologist in "Japanese Story"
2004:
Co-starred as a narcissistic and manipulative English bombshell starlet in "The Last Shot"
2004:
Co-starred with Nia Vardalos in the comedy "Connie and Carla"; writtten 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 Greg Kinnear and Steve Carell in hit comedy "Little Miss Sunshine"; received Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical
2006:
Co-starred with Robin Williams in an adaptation of Armistead Maupin's novel "The Night Listener"
2006:
Released debut album <i>Beautiful Awkward Pictures</i>, recorded with her band The Finish
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; received Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for Best Supporting Actress in a Mini-Series
2007:
Cast in Michael Cunningham's film adaptation of Susan Minot's novel "Evening"
2008:
Co-starred in Alan Ball's directorial debut "Towelhead"
2009:
Played a wife and mother of two with Dissociative Identity Disorder on Showtime series "United States of Tara"; earned SAG (2009) and Emmy (2010) nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
2011:
Co-starred with Colin Farrell in remake of 1985 horror "Fright Night'
2012:
Cast in 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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