Julie Christie


Actor
Julie Christie

About

Also Known As
Julie Frances Christie
Birth Place
Assam, IN
Born
April 14, 1941

Biography

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 "McCa...

Photos & Videos

Shampoo - Movie Poster
Doctor Zhivago - Publicity Art
Darling - Movie Poster

Family & Companions

Don Bessant
Companion
Artist. Together in the late 1960s.
Warren Beatty
Companion
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).
Duncan Campbell
Companion
Journalist. Together since c. 1977; British.

Bibliography

"Julie Christie"
Anthony Hayward, Hale (2000)

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.

Biography

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.

Christie was born Julie Frances Christie on April 14, 1941, in Assam, India, on her father's tea plantation. Her education began at a convent in India before she was sent to England and France to complete her studies. A fascination with the artist's lifestyle led to her enrolling in London's Central School of Speech and Drama training, where she made her professional debut on stage in 1957. Her first brush with fame came via a television series, "A for Andromeda" (BBC, 1961), in which she played an artificial human created from the DNA of a deceased science lab assistant. She made several more television appearances before making her film debut in a pair of comedies for the legendary Ealing Studios, "The Fast Lady" (1962) and "Crooks Anonymous" (1962). Her near-flawless features and discernible talent caught the attention of producer Albert Broccoli, who considered her for the role of Honey Rider in their debut James Bond film, "Dr. No" (1962). Unfortunately, her svelte figure put her out of the running and the part famously went to the more voluptuous Ursula Andress.

When an actress dropped out of the role of Liz, the supremely confident friend and love interest to Tom Courtenay's full-time dreamer in "Billy Liar" (1963), director John Schlensinger chose her to take over the part. It was perfect casting, as audiences around the world fell deeply for her smart and sexy persona. The success of the film ushered Christie into the major leagues, where she found herself working with the iconic American director John Ford in one of his final projects, a biopic about Irish playwright Sean O'Casey titled "Young Cassidy" (1963). Christie again stepped in for another actress - in this case, Shirley MacLaine - for "Darling" (1965), a provocative drama about a manipulative young actress and jet setter that reunited her with director John Schlesinger. This time, the results were even greater than before. Christie took home the Academy Award and BAFTA for her performance, with her portrayal of the rise and fall of a swinging sixties British girl helping to make her a pop culture icon. This image was further cemented by her appearance in the 1967 documentary "Tonite Let's All Make Love in London," which covered the hipster scene in England.

Charlton Heston wanted Christie for his historical drama "The War Lord" (1965), but to his dismay, discovered that her rapid ascent to stardom had put her out of the studio's price range. Instead, Christie signed on to play Lara, the love object of Omar Sharif's "Doctor Zhivago" in the David Lean epic. A worldwide smash hit, the film further solidified Christie's status as an "It Girl" of the moment, but in a move that would be echoed throughout her career, she decided to move away from Hollywood productions and concentrate on more artistic endeavors for her next film. Her fascination with French New Wave director Francois Truffaut led to her being cast in a dual role as the obedient wife of fireman Guy Montag (Oskar Werner) as Clarisse, a young woman who breaks the rules of a future society by hoarding books in "Fahrenheit 451" (1966). At the time of the production, Christie was deeply involved with another sixties movie icon, actor Terence Stamp, whom she had met while making "Far From the Madding Crowd" (1967) for Schlesinger. Stamp was originally cast in the role of Montag, but stepped away from the film due to the intensity of his romance with Christie. The two were later enshrined as lovers in The Kinks' masterpiece single, "Waterloo Sunset."

"Far from the Madding Crowd" was Christie's first taste of negative publicity. Critics lambasted her for what they called a "mod" interpretation of Thomas Hardy's 19th-century heroine, Bathsheba Everdyne. But Christie's attention had been drawn away by the arrival of American actor Warren Beatty, with whom she began a seven-year relationship that reduced her screen appearances dramatically over the next decade. In fact, her last box-office hit came just one year after "Madding" with "Petulia," a romantic drama about the romance between a staid doctor (George C. Scott) and a flighty but vulnerable socialite (Christie). Christie's relationship with Beatty became the dominant interest in her life as the Sixties came to a close. She turned down numerous parts for films that later became substantial hits, like "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" (1969), "Anne of a Thousand Days" (1969), and "Nicholas and Alexandra" (1971), preferring instead to devote her infrequent performances to loftier projects like "The Go-Between" (1971), which was written by playwright Harold Pinter, and "McCabe and Mrs. Miller" (1971), a Western drama by Robert Altman that also starred Beatty. For her work as a shrewd madam in the Old West, Christie netted her second Academy Award nomination, but the film's critical success did not lure her back to moviemaking on a full-time basis.

Instead, she continued to pick and choose her projects with care, and for the most part, her eye for quality material proved dead-on. She raised eyebrows in a graphic sex scene with Donald Sutherland in the eerie horror film "Don't Look Now" (1973), played herself in Altman's "Nashville" (1975), and that same year, starred again with Beatty in "Shampoo," a devastating look at the soulless culture of wealthy Southern Californians at the dawn of the 1970s. Prior to its production, Christie's relationship with Beatty had come to an end, but the pair remained close friends, collaborating several years later in his charming update of "Heaven Can Wait" in 1978. Christie also helped inspire Beatty to pursue his epic masterpiece, "Reds" (1981) after a trip to Russia in the '70s. He had offered her the role of Louise Bryant, but she refused it, with the part going instead to Beatty's then-girlfriend, Diane Keaton. It was for her inspiration, that Beatty extended grateful thanks to Christie his Oscar acceptance speech and in the film's credits.

Christie relocated to England after the collapse of her relationship with Beatty, subsequently becoming involved with journalist Duncan Campbell, with whom she remained for the next 30 years. True to form, she continued to turn down projects; she was offered $1 million to star in "The Greek Tycoon" (1978) but refused, passed on "The Verdict" (1982), and quit "American Gigolo" (1980) after John Travolta briefly replaced Richard Gere. Instead, Christie became deeply involved in the nuclear disarmament movement, as well as a passionate campaigner for animal rights, a cause she took up after seeing farm animals abused during "Far from the Madding Crowd." Her sporadic film roles reflected her political consciousness as well. She appeared in "The Gold Diggers" (1983), Sally Potter's experimental film about culture, commerce, and cinema; as well as narrated "The Animals Film" (1981), an animal rights documentary.

She also found the time to appear in a handful of notable art house projects, including the Merchant-Ivory drama, "Heat and Dust," and earned a Cable ACE award for her turn in "Separate Tables" (1983), another collaboration with old pal Schlesinger. But for the most part, Christie's onscreen appearances were few and far between for the next decade. She did, however, cause a stir in London's West End in 1995 when she appeared in a revival of Pinter's "Old Times," her first theatrical turn in decades. In 1996, she made a rare return to a Hollywood film in Rob Cohen's absurd but exciting fantasy film "Dragonheart." The project seemed to signal a revived interest in acting for Christie, who quickly followed this project with a string of quality film and television productions. She co-starred with Albert Finney and Richard E. Grant in the Dennis Potter-scripted miniseries, "Karaoke" (1997), as well as, more famously, taking on the role of Queen Gertrude in "Hamlet" (1997) for the chance to work with its director and star, Kenneth Branagh. Her greatest success in decades came a year later when she starred in Alan Rudolph's best film to date, "Afterglow" (1997), which was produced by her old friend, Robert Altman. Her performance as a neglected wife who falls for a younger man earned her a third Academy Award nomination. But in typical Christie form, she did not pursue further fame or notable parts, preferring instead to handpick those scripts that interested her as an artist.

In 2001, Christie appeared in "No Such Thing," Hal Hartley's offbeat retelling of "Beauty and the Beast." Her co-star, Canadian actress Sarah Polley - who was something of an iconoclast herself - was immediately taken with Christie's independent stance, and formed a close relationship with her. From there, Christie enjoyed supporting roles in three widely seen Hollywood productions, playing the mother of Achilles (Brad Pitt) in Wolfgang Petersen's "Troy" (2004), Kate Winslet's disapproving mother in the moving "Finding Neverland" (2004), starring Johnny Depp as playwright J.M. Barrie; and Madam Rosemerta, the landlady of the Three Broomsticks pub, in "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" (2004). Following the art house drama, "The Secret Life of Words" (2005), Polley cast her in her feature directorial debut, "Away from Her" (2006), a role she had specifically written for the actress. Christie's performance as a woman stricken with Alzheimer's who develops an affection for a fellow patient (Michael Murphy) at a rest home - much to the concern of her husband (Canadian actor Gordon Pinset) - received almost universal critical acclaim and netted the veteran actress a Golden Globe win for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama in 2008. The momentum earned Christie an Oscar nomination from the Academy for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, the fourth of her illustrious career. She followed up with an appearance in the ensemble romance "New York, I Love You" (2009), the British thriller "Glorious 39" (2009), and the disappointing "Twilight" knockoff "Red Riding Hood" (2011).

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

The Company You Keep (2013)
Glorious 39 (2011)
Red Riding Hood (2011)
New York, I Love You (2009)
Belphegor (le fantome du Louvre) (2008)
Glenda Spencer
Away From Her (2006)
A Letter to True (2005)
Herself
The Secret Life of Words (2005)
Finding Neverland (2004)
Cast
Troy (2004)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
Madame Rosmerta
No Such Thing (2002)
The Miracle Maker (2000)
Voice Of Rachel
Afterglow (1997)
Dragonheart (1996)
Hamlet (1996)
Railway Station Man (1992)
Fools of Fortune (1990)
Mrs Quinton
Secret Obsession (1988)
Yilmaz Guney: His Life, His Films (1987)
Narrator
Power (1986)
Ellen Freeman
Miss Mary (1986)
Miss Mary Mulligan
The Gold Diggers (1984)
Ruby
Heat and Dust (1983)
Anne
Separate Tables (1983)
Anne Shankland; Sybil Railton-Bell
The Return of the Soldier (1982)
Kitty Baldry
Memoirs of a Survivor (1981)
The Animals Film (1981)
Narration
Demon Seed (1977)
Shampoo (1975)
Jackie Shawn
Nashville (1975)
Don't Look Now (1973)
Laura Baxter
The Go-Between (1971)
Marian-Lady Trimingham
McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)
Constance Miller
In Search of Gregory (1970)
Catherine
Tonight Let's All Make Love in London (1968)
Petulia (1968)
Petulia Danner
Far From the Madding Crowd (1967)
Bathsheba Everdene
Tonite Let's All Make Love in London (1967)
Herself
Fahrenheit 451 (1966)
Linda/Clarisse
Young Cassidy (1965)
Daisy Battles
The Fast Lady (1965)
Claire Chingford
Darling (1965)
Diana Scott
Doctor Zhivago (1965)
Lara
Billy Liar (1963)
Liz
Crooks Anonymous (1963)
Babette

Special Thanks (Feature Film)

The Man Who Cried (2000)
Special Thanks

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

A Letter to True (2005)
Other

Cast (Special)

Garbo (2005)
Narrator
A Decade Under the Influence (2003)
Herself
The 70th Annual Academy Awards (1998)
Performer
Karaoke (1996)

Misc. Crew (Special)

A Decade Under the Influence (2003)
Other

Cast (Short)

Location: FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD (1967)
Herself
This Is... Julie Christie (1965)
Herself
Pasternak (1965)
Herself
New Star: Geraldine Chaplin (1965)
Herself
This Is... Omar Sharif (1965)
Herself
Moscow in Madrid (1965)
Herself
Julie Christie Interview (1965)
Herself

Misc. Crew (Short)

Portrait of an Actor (1971)
Archival Footage
Sean O'Casey The Spirit of Ireland (1965)
Archival Footage

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Dadah Is Death (1988)
Sins of the Fathers (1988)
Charlotte Deutz

Life Events

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

Joined Birmingham Repertory Company

1963

Landed first starring film role in John Schlesinger's "Billy Liar"

1964

Made Broadway debut with RSC in "The Comedy of Errors"

1964

Performed with Royal Shakespeare Company; toured Europe and U.S. appearing in "The Comedy of Errors"

1965

Appeared in small role in "Young Cassidy," the only sequences directed by John Ford before he became ill

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"

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

Played Gertrude in Kenneth Branagh's "Hamlet"

1996

Portrayed a rich woman exploited by her husband in Dennis Potter's miniseries "Karaoke" (Bravo)

1996

Returned to screen acting after six year absence in "Dragonheart"

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

Cast as Madame Rosmerta in "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," directed by Alfonso CuarĂ³n

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)

2004

Played Thetis, mother of Achilles (Brad Pitt) in director Wolfgang Petersen's epic "Troy"

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"

Photo Collections

Shampoo - Movie Poster
Shampoo - Movie Poster
Doctor Zhivago - Publicity Art
Here are some specialty drawings created by MGM for newspaper and magazine reproduction to publicize Doctor Zhivago (1965), directed by David Lean.
Darling - Movie Poster
Here is a British Quad movie poster for Darling (1965), starring Dirk Bogarde, Julie Christie, and Laurence Harvey.
Billy Liar - Movie Poster
Here is the original British One-sheet movie poster for Billy Liar (1963), starring Tom Courtnay and Julie Christie.
Doctor Zhivago - Program Book
Here is the souvenir Program Book sold at Roadshow engagements for the 1965 epic Doctor Zhivago.

Videos

Movie Clip

Petulia (1968) -- (Movie Clip) Open, Road Block Opening with credits and it appears neither director Richard Lester nor later-legendary editor Antony Gibbs was focused on getting much performance from Janis Joplin and her band, more about George C. Scott, title character Julie Christie, and her spouse Richard Chamberlain, at a San Francisco benefit, in Petulia, 1968.
Petulia (1968) -- (Movie Clip) That's Kind Of Sickening Still in the same outfit from their absurd non-sexual encounter the night before, married title-character Julie Christie shows up with the tuba they’d only talked about, at the mod San Francisco apartment of divorcing doctor Archie (George C. Scott), who ends up calling pal Arthur Hill, in director Richard Lester’s stubbornly unorthodox Petulia, 1968.
Petulia (1968) -- (Movie Clip) That's Sex For You Soon to be divorced San Francisco doctor Archie (George C. Scott) returns home to find Julie Christie (title character) beaten to near-death, which will be explained later by director Richard Lester, who now uses Grateful Dead members (Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart, Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir) as gawkers, in Petulia, 1968.
Shampoo (1975) -- (Movie Clip) Don't Let The Steam Out George (Warren Beatty) has just finished doing a cut for former girlfriend Jackie (Julie Christie) and decides to get friendly when Lester (Jack Warden), her current lover and his potential financier, who presumes he's gay, turns up, Hal Ashby directing, in Shampoo, 1975.
Shampoo (1975) -- (Movie Clip) Don't Let Me Drink Too Much Escorting his ex-paramour Jackie (Julie Christie), along with current girlfriend Jill (Goldie Hawn), who’s officially with director Johnny (Tony Bill), hairdresser George (producer and co-writer Warren Beatty) at a Beverly Hills Republican election night party, November 1968, Jack Warden as high-roller Lester, Jackie’s sugar-daddy, who thinks George is gay, in Shampoo, 1975.
Demon Seed -- (Movie Clip) Brainwashed Into Wanting Susan (Julie Christie), in her automated home, establishing herself as psychologist and humanist, handling volatile patient Amy (Dana Laurita), in Demon Seed, 1977.
Demon Seed -- (Movie Clip) Try To Behave Rationally Susan (Julie Christie) makes the dramatic discovery that big Proteus 4 (voice of Robert Vaughn) has taken over little computer Alfred, which runs her home, in Demon Seed, 1977, directed by Donald Cammell.
Young Cassidy (1965) -- (Movie Clip) Right And Proper Too Dublin, ca. 1911, Cassidy (Rod Taylor, in a role based on the author Sean O'Casey) has written the flyers being handed out at an Irish workers' rally, British cops arrive, he flees with new friend Daisy (Julie Christie), in Young Cassidy, 1965.
Billy Liar (1963) -- (Movie Clip) Count Five And Tell The Truth Again ducking his two fianceès (Gwendolyn Watts, Helen Fraser) Tom Courtenay (title character), finds Liz (Julie Christie), then claims a song-writing credit, John Schlesinger shooting on location outside the Locarno Ballroom, Bradford, England, in Billy Liar, 1963.
Billy Liar (1963) -- (Movie Clip) She's Been All Over With pal Arthur (Rodney Bewes), Billy (Tom Courtenay), having just dodged his two fianceès, glimpses preferred friend Liz (Julie Christie, her first scene in her breakthrough film), turning heads in Bradford, West Yorkshire, John Schlesinger directing on location, in Billy Liar, 1963.
McCabe And Mrs. Miller (1971) -- (Movie Clip) Another Frontier Wit McCabe (Warren Beatty) has just opened his bare-bones prostitution operation in the frontier mining town when a steam-tractor arrives carrying Ida (Shelley Duvall) and unbidden Julie Christie as Mrs. Miller, who’ll make a proposition, in Robert Altman’s celebrated McCabe And Mrs. Miller, 1971.
McCabe And Mrs. Miller (1971) -- (Movie Clip) Get Your Ass Off Your Shoulder With Leonard Cohen’s song Sisters Of Mercy slipping in and out, McCabe (Warren Beatty) returns with his novice prostitutes (Jackie Crossland, Elizabeth Murphy, Carey Lee McKenzie), Berg (Jeremy Newsom) his construction foreman, in Robert Altman’s McCabe And Mrs. Miller, 1971.

Trailer

Away From Her (2006) -- Original Trailer Original trailer for writer-director Sarah Polley’s Away From Her, 2006, from the novel by Alice Munro, starring Julie Christie in her Academy Award-nominated performance.
Petulia - (Original Trailer) A divorced doctor (George C. Scott) has an affair with a young wife (Julie Christie) hiding a dark secret in Petulia (1968).
Doctor Zhivago - (Academy Award Trailer) Illicit lovers fight to stay together during the turbulent years of the Russian Revolution in David Lean's epic adaptation of Boris Pasternak's novel Doctor Zhivago (1965).
McCabe and Mrs. Miller - (Original Trailer) A gambler (Warren Beatty) and a prostitute (Julie Christie) become business partners in a remote Old West mining town in Robert Altman's McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971).
Fahrenheit 451 - (Original Trailer) A look behind-the-scenes of Ray Bradbury's science fiction thriller Fahrenheit 451 (1966), directed by Francois Truffaut and starring Julie Christie.
Heaven Can Wait (1978) - (Original Trailer) When a football player dies early, he gets a second chance in the body of a crooked industrialist in Heaven Can Wait (1978) starring Warren Beatty and Julie Christie.
Shampoo -- (Original Trailer) Warren Beatty plays a Hollywood hairdresser who does clients as well as hairdos during the late 1960's in Shampoo, 1975, with Julie Christie and Lee Grant in an Academy Award-winning role.
Young Cassidy - (Original Trailer) Rod Taylor stars in the true story of Irish playwright Sean O'Casey, Young Cassidy (1965), directed by John Ford and Jack Cardiff, also starring Julie Christie, and Maggie Smith.
Far From The Madding Crowd - (Original Trailer) Julie Christie cannot chose between three suitors in John Schlesinger's adaptation of Thomas Hardy's classic novel Far From The Madding Crowd (1967).

Promo

Family

Frank St John Christie
Father
Tea plantation owner. Deceased.
Rosemary Christie
Mother
Deceased.
Clive Christie
Brother

Companions

Don Bessant
Companion
Artist. Together in the late 1960s.
Warren Beatty
Companion
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).
Duncan Campbell
Companion
Journalist. Together since c. 1977; British.

Bibliography

"Julie Christie"
Anthony Hayward, Hale (2000)

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.