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Judy Davis found her passion for acting as she grew up in Australia and attended the National Institute of Dramatic Art. Graduating the Sydney school in 1977, she started to work in Australian cinema, earning plaudits for her role in "My Brilliant Career" (1979), which netted her a BAFTA Award. Heralded as a promising young actress in her home country, Davis began her international march to stardom with her Emmy-nominated turn in "A Woman Named Golda" (1982). Shortly after, she garnered even more international prestige as her performance in David Lean's "A Passage to India" (1984) was nominated for Best Actress at the Academy Awards. For the rest of 1980s, she mostly worked in Australia before working with auteurs in the early '90s. She drew critical acclaim for her work in the Coen Brothers' "Barton Fink" (1991), David Cronenberg's "Naked Lunch" (1991), and Woody Allen's "Husbands and Wives" (1992), including another Oscar nomination for her work in the latter. Outside of film, Davis was also prolific on television, drawing Golden Globe and Emmy attention for her work in a variety of made-for-TV movies and mini-series, including "Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story" (1995), "Dash and Lilly" (1999), and perhaps most famously, "Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows" (2001), in which she played the legendary actress. By the early 2000s, Davis' pace slowed down, but she still appeared in TV mini-series such as "The Reagans" (Showtime 2003) and even popped up in films such as "The Break-Up" (2006) and "Marie Antoinette" (2006). She netted Emmy notoriety for "The Starter Wife" (USA 2007) and "Feud: Bette and Joan" (FX 2017).
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Screen acting debut, "High Rolling"; delivered one line
Landed breakthrough role I "My Brilliant Career"
First non-Australian screen credit, the British thriller "Who Dares Wins/The Final Conflict"
Landed first international role in "A Woman Called Golda"
Received an Oscar nomination as Best Actress for her widely seen performance as Adela Quested in David Lean's "A Passage to India"
First feature pairing with husband Colin Friels, "Kangaroo"
Reteamed with Gillian Armstrong for "High Tide"; film co-starred Friels
Made U.S. stage debut in Los Angeles production of Tom Stoppard's play "Hapgood"
Began association with Woody Allen in "Alice"
Played George Sand in the period drama "Impromptu"
Earned first Emmy nomination as a British woman involved with the French Underground during WWII in "One Against the Wind" (CBS), again paired with Sam Neill; earned Emmy nomination
Received Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her memorable performance as a woman undergoing a divorce who finds a new love in Woody Allen's "Husbands and Wives"
Cast to co-star with Jonathan Pryce and River Phoenix in "Dark Blood"; project terminated after Phoenix's death
Teamed with Denis Leary and Kevin Spacey for the quirky comedy "The Ref"
Played the lesbian lover of a U.S. Army nurse in "Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story" (NBC), received Emmy Award as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Returned to Australian films as star of "Children of the Revolution"; reteamed onscreen with Sam Neill
Landed featured role as the ex-wife of Jack Nicholson in "Blood & Wine"
Third teaming with Woody Allen. "Deconstructing Harry"
Cast in featured role as a teacher whose marriage crumbles in Allen's "Celebrity"
Received Emmy nomination playing a struggling farmer in Australia's Outback faced with raising her husband's daughter from his first marriage in "Echo of Thunder" (CBS)
Cast as Lillian Hellman opposite Sam Shepard as Dashiell Hammett in the A&E biopic "Dash & Lilly," directed by Kathy Bates; picked up another Emmy nomination as Best Actress
Starred opposite Sally Field in "A Cooler Climate" (Showtime), received sixth Emmy nomination
Made stage directorial debut with the Australian premiere of the one-man show "Barrymore"
Starred in the Australian box office hit "The Man Who Sued God"
Portrayed Judy Garland in the ABC miniseries "Life With Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows," adapted from Lorna Luft's memoir; won second Emmy
Cast as an American translator who agrees to help a friend locate her missing husband in "Gaudi Afternoon"
Portrayed Nancy Reagan in the controversal television movie "The Reagans" (Showtime), earned a Golden Globe and an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Miniseries or Movie (2004)
Portrayed Dora Fingleton, the long-suffering mother of champion swimmer Tony Fingleton in the true story "Swimming Upstream"
Portrayed The Comtesse de Noailles in Sofia Coppola's "Marie Antoinette"
Earned an Emmy nomination for Best Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for "A Little Thing Called Murder" (Lifetime)
Played Molly's (Debra Messing) oldest friend Joan in the USA Network miniseries "The Starter Wife"
Cast in BBC drama "Page Eight"
Again directed by Woody Allen in the romantic comedy "To Rome with Love"; played the wife of Allen's character