Judy Davis

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Judy Davis
Judy Davis - Eye of The Storm.jpg
Davis in January 2012
Born(1955-04-23) 23 April 1955 (age 58)
Perth, Western Australia
OccupationActress
Years active1977–present
Spouse(s)Colin Friels (1984–present)
 
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Judy Davis
Judy Davis - Eye of The Storm.jpg
Davis in January 2012
Born(1955-04-23) 23 April 1955 (age 58)
Perth, Western Australia
OccupationActress
Years active1977–present
Spouse(s)Colin Friels (1984–present)

Judy Davis (born 23 April 1955) is an Australian film, television and stage Actress. She has won seven Australian Academy Awards (AACTA) and two British Academy Awards (BAFTA).

Early in her career, Davis starred on stage opposite Mel Gibson in Romeo and Juliet in 1978. Her other theatre roles include Edith Piaf in Piaf at the Perth Playhouse (1980), Insignificance at the Royal Court London (1982), the title role in Hedda Gabler with the Sydney Theatre Company (1986), Hapgood in Los Angeles (1989) and Irina in The Seagull at the Belvoir St Theatre in Sydney (2011).

She first came to attention on screen for her role as the fiery Sybylla Melvyn in the 1979 film My Brilliant Career, which won her two BAFTA Awards. She received Academy Award nominations for A Passage to India (1984) and Husbands and Wives (1992). For her television work she has won three Emmy Awards, for Serving in Silence (1995), the title role in Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows (2001) and The Starter Wife (2007). Her other films include, Winter of Our Dreams (1981), Heatwave (1983), High Tide (1987), Impromptu (1991), Naked Lunch (1991), Absolute Power (1997), Deconstructing Harry (1997), The Reagans (2003) The Break-up (2006) and The Eye of the Storm (2011).

Personal life[edit]

Davis was born in Perth, and had a strict Catholic upbringing.[1][2] She was educated at Loreto Convent and the Western Australian Institute of Technology, and graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in 1977. She has been married to actor and fellow NIDA graduate Colin Friels since 1984. They have two children, son Jack and daughter Charlotte.[3]

Career[edit]

First coming to prominence for her role as Sybylla Melvyn in the coming-of-age saga My Brilliant Career (1979),[4] for which she won BAFTA Awards for Best Actress and Best Newcomer, Judy Davis also played the lead in the Australian New Wave classics Winter of Our Dreams (1981) (as a waif-like heroin addict) and Heatwave (1982) (as a radical tenant organizer).

Her international film career began in 1981 when she played the younger version of Ingrid Bergman's Golda Meir in the television docudrama A Woman Called Golda, followed by the role of a terrorist in the British film Who Dares Wins (1982).[4]

In 1984, she was cast as Adela Quested in David Lean's final film A Passage to India, an adaptation of E. M. Forster's novel, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress.[4] She returned to Australian cinema for her next two films, Kangaroo, as a German-born writer's wife, and Hightide, as a foot-loose mother who attempts to reunite with her teenage daughter who is being raised by the paternal grandmother. She earned Australian Film Institute Awards for both roles, and a National Society of Film Critics award for Hightide's brief American theatrical run. In 1990, she played a cameo in Woody Allen's Alice.

In 1991, she was featured in Joel Coen's Barton Fink, which won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and in David Cronenberg's adaptation of the hallucinogenic novel Naked Lunch. She won an Independent Spirit Award for her work as mannish woman author George Sand in Impromptu and returned to E. M. Forster territory in Where Angels Fear to Tread. She portrayed real-life World War II heroine Mary Lindell in the CBS Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation One Against the Wind. In 1992, she played a major role in Woody Allen's Husbands and Wives as one half of a divorcing couple. For this performance she earned both Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for best supporting actress.

Other roles have included the mysterious, schizophrenic mother of a teenager in boarding school in On My Own (1993), the lifelong Australian Communist Party member reacting to the downfall of the Soviet Union in Children of the Revolution (1996), two more Allen films, Deconstructing Harry (1997) and Celebrity (1998), a highly-strung White House chief of staff in Absolute Power (1997), a supportive mother in Swimming Upstream (2003) and supporting roles in two 2006 films, The Break-Up and Marie-Antoinette.

She co-starred with actor Kevin Spacey in the 1994 comedy film The Ref, portraying a married couple whose relationship is on the rocks, with actor-comedian Denis Leary as their marriage counsellor.

Much of her recent work has been on television, where she has a collection of Emmy Award nominations. She won her first Emmy for portraying the woman who gently coaxes rigid militarywoman Glenn Close out of the closet in Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story, with subsequent nominations for her repressed Australian outback mother in The Echo of Thunder (1998), her portrayal of Lillian Hellman in Dash and Lilly (1999), her frigid society matron in A Cooler Climate (1999) and her interpretation of Nancy Reagan in the controversial biopic The Reagans (2003).

She earned a second Emmy for her portrayal of Judy Garland in the 2001 television biographical film Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows.[5] In July 2006, she received her ninth Emmy nomination for her performance in the television film A Little Thing Called Murder. Her tenth nomination came in 2007 for Outstanding Supporting Actress in the U.S. miniseries The Starter Wife for which she was awarded the Emmy. In August 2007, she appeared opposite Sam Waterston in an episode of ABC's anthology series Masters of Science Fiction. She appeared on the TV mini-series, Diamonds from 2008–2009.

In 2011, Davis appeared in a television drama film, Page Eight, and played Dorothy de Lascabanes in The Eye of the Storm, an adaptation of Patrick White's novel of the same title, for which, in 2012, she won an Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. She has a major role as Woody Allen's psychiatrist wife in his To Rome with Love and she also stars in The Surrealist about Salvador Dalí.

Stage[edit]

Davis's stage work has been limited, and mostly confined to Australia. Early in her career, she played Juliet opposite Mel Gibson's Romeo. In 1978, she appeared in Visions by Louis Nowra at the Paris Theatre Company in Sydney. In 1980, she portrayed French chanteuse Edith Piaf in Stephen Barry's production of the Pam Gems play Piaf at the Perth Playhouse.[6] She played both Cordelia and the Fool in a 1984 staging of King Lear by the Nimrod Theatre Company, and also starred in its productions of Strindberg's Miss Julie, Chekhov's The Bear, Louis Nowra's Inside The Island and, in 1986, the title role of Ibsen's Hedda Gabler for the Sydney Theatre Company

In 2004, she starred in and co-directed Howard Barker's play Victory, as a Puritan woman determined to locate her husband's dismembered corpse.[7] Other stage directorial efforts include Sheridan's The School For Scandal and Barrymore by William Luce[8] (all three for the Sydney Theatre Company). She created the role of The Actress in Terry Johnson's Insignificance at the Royal Court in London,[9] receiving an Olivier Award nomination, and appeared in a brief 1989 Los Angeles production of Tom Stoppard's Hapgood.

In 2011, she portrayed the role of fading actress Irina Arkadina in Anton Chekhov's The Seagull at Sydney's Belvoir St Theatre.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1977High RollingLynn
1979My Brilliant CareerSybylla MelvynBAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
BAFTA Award for Best Newcomer
Nominated — Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
1981HoodwinkSarahAustralian Film Institute Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
1981Winter of Our DreamsLouAustralian Film Institute Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
13th Moscow International Film Festival - Award for Best Actress[10]
1982Who Dares WinsFrankie LeithAlso entitled The Final Option
1983HeatwaveKate Dean
1984A Passage to IndiaAdela QuestedBoston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actress
1986KangarooHarriet SomersAustralian Film Institute Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
1987High TideLilliAustralian Film Institute Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress
1988GeorgiaNina Bailley/Georgia WhiteNominated — Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
1990AliceVicki
1991Barton FinkAudrey TaylorLondon Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
1991ImpromptuGeorge SandIndependent Spirit Award for Best Lead Female
1991Where Angels Fear to TreadHarriet HarritonBoston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress
1991Naked LunchJoan Lee/Joan FrostLondon Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress (3rd place)
1992On My OwnThe MotherAustralian Film Institute Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated — Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
1992Husbands and WivesSallyBoston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
London Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress (2nd place)
Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
1993Dark BloodBuffy(completed in 2012)
1994Ref, TheThe RefCaroline Chasseur
1994New Age, TheThe New AgeKatherine Witner
1996Children of the RevolutionJoan FraserAustralian Film Institute Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Actor - Female
1997Deconstructing HarryLucy
1997Absolute PowerGloria RussellNominated — Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actress - Suspense
1997Blood and WineSuzanne Gates
1998CelebrityRobin Simon
2001Man Who Sued God, TheThe Man Who Sued GodAnna Redmond
2001Gaudi AfternoonCassandra Reilly
2003Swimming UpstreamDora FingletonFilm Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Supporting Actor - Female
Nominated — Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated — IF Award for Best Actress
2006Break-Up, TheThe Break-UpMarilyn Dean
2006Marie AntoinetteComtesse de Noailles
2011Eye of the Storm, TheThe Eye of the StormDorothy de LascabanesAACTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated — Asia Pacific Screen Award for Best Performance by an Actress
Nominated — Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Actress - Leading Role
Nominated — IF Award for Best Actress
2012To Rome with LovePhyllis
2013The Young and Prodigious T.S. SpivetJibsen

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1980Water Under the BridgeCarrie Mazzini
1982Woman Called Golda, AA Woman Called GoldaGolda Myerson/MeirNominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
1983Merry Wives of Windsor, TheThe Merry Wives of WindsorMistress FordBBC Television Shakespeare
1986Rocket to the MoonCleo Singer
1991One Against the WindMary LindellGolden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
1995Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer StoryDiannePrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
1998The Echo of ThunderGladwyn RitchieNominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
1999Dash and LillyLillian HellmanNominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
1999Cooler Climate, AA Cooler Climate[11]Paula TannerNominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a Movie[12]
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie[11]
2001Life with Judy Garland: Me and My ShadowsJudy GarlandAmerican Film Institute Award for Actor of the Year – Female – Movie or Mini-Series
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress in a Picture Made for Television
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
Satellite Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
2003Reagans, TheThe ReagansNancy ReaganNominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
2004Coast to CoastMaxine Pierce
2006Little Thing Called Murder, AA Little Thing Called MurderSante KimesSatellite Award for Best Actress - Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress - Miniseries or a Movie
2007Starter Wife, TheThe Starter WifeJoan McAllisterPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
Gracie Allen Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress - Mini-Series
Nominated — Australian Film Institute International Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Prism Award for Performance in a TV Movie or Miniseries
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
2007Masters of Science Fiction: A Clean EscapeDr. Deanna Evans
2009DiamondsSenator Joan CameronNominated — Gemini Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
2011Page EightJill TankardNominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
2014Salting the Battlefield

Other awards[edit]

Nominations

References[edit]

  1. ^ Maslin, Janet (22 February 1980). "New Face: Judy Davis Don't Call Her Sybylla; A Last-Minute Replacement 'I'm Not Good at Reading Scripts' Elizabeth Swados at Club". The New York Times. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  2. ^ Rovi, Hal Erickson. "Judy Davis Biography". TV Squad. Retrieved 10 October 2010. 
  3. ^ Colin Friels biography at IMDb
  4. ^ a b c Ryan Gilbey (25 April 2013). "Judy Davis: 'I never wanted celebrity'". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  5. ^ Bernard Weinraub (10 December 2000). "The Rewards And the Risks of Playing an Icon". The New York Times. Retrieved 3 May 2013. 
  6. ^ Allen, Paul Stephen Barry (obituary) The Guardian, London, 9 November 2000
  7. ^ Fitzgerald, Michael The Restoration of Judy at Time Magazine, 24 April 2004
  8. ^ Kerry O'Brien (9 August 1999). "Judy Davies takes on directing". ABC 7.30 report. Retrieved 3 May 2013. 
  9. ^ "Society of West End Theatre Awards 1982" at West End Theatre.com
  10. ^ "13th Moscow International Film Festival (1983)". MIFF. Retrieved 2013-01-31. 
  11. ^ a b "6th Annual SAG Awards Nominees". Screen Actors Guild Awards. Archived from the original on 23 January 2010. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  12. ^ "The Starter Wife – Character Profiles & Bios – Judy Davis as Joan McAllister". USANetwork.com. NBC Universal. Archived from the original on 23 January 2010. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 

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