Friday, September 26, 2008

Pretty Woman

Juie Christie (April 14, 1941) is a British actress. She was a fashion icon in mod London in the 1960's and a Hollywood starlet in the 1970's.

After several major film roles, Christie's first big breakthrough as an actress was as the amoral model, Diana Scott in Darling in 1965. By the end of that year she appeared as Lara Antipova in David Lean's adaptation of Boris Pasternak's novel Doctor Zhivago which would go on to be one of the all-time box office hits. In 1966, the 25-year old Christie won the Academy Award for Best Actress and the BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for Darling.

By the seventies Christie's career was blossoming. She starred in many blockbuster films such as Robert Altman's McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971), The Go Between (1971), Don't Look Now (1973), Shampoo (1973), Altman's classic Nashville (1975) and Heaven Can Wait (1978). During this time period Christie moved to Hollywood where her career was often overshadowed by her high profile romance with Warren Beatty. Enduring many of Beatty's notorious affairs with other women their seven year on-again off-again relationship ended in 1974.

Later that year Christie returned to the United Kingdom where she lived on a farm in Wales. During the eighties she made few films and tended to choose small, independent and risky projects to lend her talent to.

Throughout the nineties and into the millennium she hand-selected her film roles appearing in Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet (1996), Alan Rudolph's Afterglow (1997) and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004). At the end of 2007, Christie won the Best Actress Award from the National Board of Review for her performance in Away From Her. She also won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress, the Screen Actor's Guild Award for Outstanding Performance and the Genie Award for Best Actress for the same film.

In November 2007, aged 66, Christie discreetly married her long time partner (since 1979) The Guardian journalist, Duncan Campbell. Her first marriage surprised many as Christie had always insisted marriage was not an option for her. She spends most of her time on her farm in Wales and is active in various causes including animal rights, environmental protection and the anti-nuclear power movement.

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