Julie Frances Christie is a British actress. She came to international attention for her performances in Darling and Doctor Zhivago. She has received awards including an Oscar, a Golden Globe, a BAFTA Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award.
About Julie Christie in brief
Julie Frances Christie is a British actress. She came to international attention for her performances in Darling and Doctor Zhivago. She has received awards including an Oscar, a Golden Globe, a BAFTA Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award. Christie was born on 14 April 1940 at Singlijan Tea Estate, Chabua, Assam, British India. Her parents separated when Julie was a child, and after their divorce, she spent time with her mother in rural Wales. She was baptised in the Church of England, and studied as a boarder at the independent Convent of Our Lady school in St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex. She later studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama. Christie made her professional stage debut in 1957, and her first screen roles were on British television. She appeared in Fahrenheit 451, Far from the Madding Crowd, Petulia, The Go-Between, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, Don’t Look Now, Shampoo, and Heaven Can Wait. From the early 1980s, her appearances in mainstream films decreased, though she held roles as Thetis in Wolfgang Petersen’s historical epic Troy and as Madam Rosmerta in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
Christie appeared as Daisy Battles in Young Cassidy, a biopic of Irish playwright Seán O’Casey, co-directed by Jack Cardiff and John Ford. Her role as an amoral model in Darling led to Christie becoming known internationally. In 1967, she appeared in the documentary Let’s All Make Love in London: The Year of Julie Christie. According to Life to Life magazine, Julie Christie’s dual identity in 1965 was “Julie Christie and Julie Frances Christie.” She has appeared in six films ranked in the British Film Institute’s BFI Top 100 British films of the 20th century, and in 1997, she received the BAFTA Fellowship. Her breakthrough role was as Liz, the friend and would-be lover of the eponymous character played by Tom Courtenay in Billy Liar. She received the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance. As of 2019, Doctor Zhvago is the 9th highest-grossing film of all time, adjusted for inflation. Christie’s role as Lara Antipova in the film was a major box-office success. She also appeared in Werner Oskar’s adaptation of Fahrenheit 451, starring with Thomas Hardy.