Toni Collette

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Toni Collette
Toni Collette 2013.jpg
Collette at the 2013 Sydney premiere of The Way Way Back
BornAntonia Collette
(1972-11-01) 1 November 1972 (age 41)
Blacktown, New South Wales, Australia
OccupationActress, musician
Years active1990–present
Spouse(s)Dave Galafassi (m. 2003)
Children2
Emmy Awards
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress - Comedy Series
2009 United States of Tara
Golden Globe Awards
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Television Series Musical or Comedy
2010 United States of Tara
 
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Toni Collette
Toni Collette 2013.jpg
Collette at the 2013 Sydney premiere of The Way Way Back
BornAntonia Collette
(1972-11-01) 1 November 1972 (age 41)
Blacktown, New South Wales, Australia
OccupationActress, musician
Years active1990–present
Spouse(s)Dave Galafassi (m. 2003)
Children2
Emmy Awards
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress - Comedy Series
2009 United States of Tara
Golden Globe Awards
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Television Series Musical or Comedy
2010 United States of Tara

Antonia "Toni" Collette (born 1 November 1972) is an Australian actress and musician, known for her acting work on stage, television and film as well as a secondary career as the lead singer of the band Toni Collette & the Finish.

Collette's acting career began in the early 1990s with comedic roles in films such as Spotswood aka The Efficiency Expert (1992) and Muriel's Wedding (1994), for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress.[1] Following her performances in Emma (1996) and The Boys (1998), Collette achieved international recognition as a result of her Academy Award-nominated portrayal of Lynn Sear in The Sixth Sense (1999).[1] She has appeared in thrillers such as Shaft (2000) and Changing Lanes (2002) and independent comedy films like About a Boy (2002), Connie and Carla (2004), In Her Shoes (2005) and Little Miss Sunshine (2006).[2] In 2012 she appeared in the films Hitchcock and Mental.

In 2009, she began playing the lead role in the television series United States of Tara, for which she won a Primetime Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy in 2010.[1] In 2013,[3] Collette starred as Ellen Sanders in the US miniseries Hostages.[4]

Early life[edit]

Collette studied at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA)

Collette was born in Blacktown, a suburb in Western Sydney, the daughter of Judy, a customer-service representative, and Bob Collette, a truck driver. She has two younger brothers, Ben and Christopher.[5] From an early age, Collette showed a talent for acting. She faked appendicitis when she was 11, and was so convincing that doctors removed her appendix, although tests showed nothing wrong with it.[6]

She attended Blacktown Girls' High School until the age of 16, and later attended both the Australian Theatre for Young People and National Institute of Dramatic Art. Her first acting role was onstage in the musical Godspell in Sydney in her early teens.[7]

Acting career[edit]

Collette made her television debut in 1990, in a guest appearance on the Seven Network drama series A Country Practice. Collette has won five Australian Film Institute awards, including the Australian Best Actress in a Lead Role for Muriel's Wedding in 1994, a role for which she gained 18 kg (40 lb) in seven weeks. In 1992, she was part of the ensemble comedy-drama Spotswood aka The Efficiency Expert, which starred Anthony Hopkins and which also featured Russell Crowe. In 1996, she was part of the ensemble cast of the comedy, Cosi.

She has also received broad acclaim on Broadway, starring as Queenie in Michael John LaChiusa's musical work, The Wild Party. For this role, Collette was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical.

Collette turned down the title role in Bridget Jones's Diary because she was committed to perform on Broadway at the time.[8] In 1999, she was nominated for an Academy Award for her role as the mother of a troubled boy in the U.S. film The Sixth Sense, which also starred Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment.

2000s[edit]

In 2004 Collette starred with Nia Vardalos and David Duchovny in the musical comedy Connie and Carla, released by Universal Studios.

Collette at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival

Collette's only film in 2005 was In Her Shoes, a comedy-drama about the relationship between two uncommon sisters and their estranged grandmother, co-starring Cameron Diaz and Shirley MacLaine. Based on the 2002 novel of the same name by Jennifer Weiner, the production received generally positive reviews from critics, and became a moderate independent success, earning a total of US$82.2 million worldwide.[9] Collette was subsequently nominated for a Satellite Award for Best Actress for her performance of a successful-but-lonely lawyer with low self-esteem, which Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle noted the focus of the film: "As usual, Collette's face is a fine-tuned transmitter of her emotions, moment by moment, and she becomes the locus of audience feeling."[10]

In 2006, Collette starred in Little Miss Sunshine, a comedy-drama-road movie about a family's trip to a children's beauty pageant. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2006, and its distribution rights were bought by Fox Searchlight Pictures for one of the biggest deals made in the history of the festival.[11] Released in July 2006, the film received major critical acclaim, resulting into several accolades such as four Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, whilst Collette herself earned her second BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations for her portrayal of the family's worn-out matriarch.[1] A box office success, Little Miss Sunshine went on to gross US$100.5 million worldwide and became one of the most successful independent films of the mid-2000s.[12]

Also in 2006, Collette starred in supporting roles in the thriller films Like Minds, The Night Listener and The Dead Girl. Although the latter was released to positive response during its limited North American run,[13] none of these films fared generally well at the box office, with Robin Williams-featuring The Night Listener emerging as the biggest-selling production with global gross revenue of US$10.5 million.[14] In her first television engagement in five years, the HBO-BBC joint mini series Tsunami: The Aftermath (2006), Collette played an Australian government employee who tries to cope with the events following the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and the resulting tsunami in Thailand. Broadcast to controversial critics,[15] her performance of an aid worker garnered Collette her first Primetime Emmy[16] nomination and third Golden Globe nomination.[1]

In 2008, Collette accepted the leading role in the Showtime comedy drama series, United States of Tara. Created by Steven Spielberg and Juno screenwriter Diablo Cody, the show revolves around a wife and mother of two with dissociative identity disorder, coping with her seven alternate personalities. Originally planned for a twelve episode season, the series was picked up for a second and third season, broadcast in 2010 and 2011, respectively. Collette won both the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress - Comedy Series and the Best Actress in a TV Comedy for her performance on the show.[17]

2010s[edit]

Collette starred in the 2011 remake of Fright Night.[18]

Music career[edit]

In October 2006, she began touring Australia to promote her first vocal album Beautiful Awkward Pictures, released on Hoola Hoop Records under the name Toni Collette and the Finish, a band for which her husband plays drums.[19] Collette appeared on the Australian television show Cool Aid and performed the song "Look Up" from the album. In July 2007, Collette and the Finish were a headlining act at the Sydney show of Live Earth.[20] She sang a cover of T-Rex's "Children of the Revolution" with The Finish.[21]

Personal life[edit]

Collette married musician Dave Galafassi on 11 January 2003.[22] The couple have a daughter, Sage Florence, born on 9 January 2008,[23] and a son, Arlo Robert, born on 22 April 2011.[24]

She is a supporter of animal rights and PETA.[25] She urged former Prime Minister John Howard to end the Australian sheep farming practice of mulesing, which many animal rights activists consider cruel. She later revised her position after doing her own research of the Australian wool industry.[26]

Filmography[edit]

Collette at the Orange British Academy Film Awards in London's Royal Opera House in February 2007

Film[edit]

TitleYearsRoleNotes
Spotswood1992Wendy Robinson
The Thief and the Cobbler1993Mad Holy Old WitchVoice
This Marching Girl Thing1994CindyShort film
Muriel's Wedding1994Muriel Heslop
Cosi1996Julie
The Pallbearer1996Cynthia
Emma1996Harriet
Lilian's Story1996Young Lilian Singer
Clockwatchers1997Iris Chapman
The James Gang1997Julia Armstrong
Diana & Me1997Diana Spencer
The Boys1998Michelle
Velvet Goldmine1998Mandy Slade
8½ Women1999Griselda / Sister Concordia
The Sixth Sense1999Lynn Sear
Shaft2000Diane Palmieri
Hotel Splendide2000Kath
The Magic Pudding2000Meg BluegumVoice
Dinner with Friends2001BethTelevision movie
Changing Lanes2002Michelle
About a Boy2002Fiona
Dirty Deeds2002Sharon
The Hours2002Kitty
Japanese Story2003Sandy Edwards
The Last Shot2004Emily French
Connie and Carla2004Carla
In Her Shoes2005Rose Feller
Little Miss Sunshine2006Sheryl Hoover
The Night Listener2006Donna D. Logand
Like Minds2006Sally
The Dead Girl2006Arden
Tsunami: The Aftermath2006Kathy GrahamTelevision movie
Evening2007Nina Mars
Towelhead2007Melina Hines
The Black Balloon2008Maggie Mollison
Hey, Hey, It's Esther Blueburger2008Mary
Mary and Max2009Mary Daisy DinkleVoice
Jesus Henry Christ2011Patricia Herman
Fright Night2011Jane Brewster
Foster2011Zooey
Hitchcock2012Peggy Robertson
Mental2012Shaz
The Way, Way Back2013Pam
Enough Said2013Sarah
Lucky Them2013Ellie Klug
A Long Way Down2014Maureen
Tammy2014Missi
The Boxtrolls2014TBDPost-production
Hector and the Search for Happiness2014TBDPost-production

Television[edit]

TitleYearsRoleNotes
A Country Practice1990TracyEpisode: "The Sting: Part 1"
United States of Tara2009–2011Tara Gregson36 episodes
Hostages2013–2014Ellen Sanders15 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAssociationCategoryNominated workResult
1991Australian Film Institute AwardsBest Actress in a Supporting RoleSpotswoodNominated
1994Australian Film Institute AwardsBest Actress in a Leading RoleMuriel's WeddingWon
1996Australian Film Institute AwardsBest Actress in a Supporting RoleLilian's StoryWon
1996Golden Globe AwardsBest Actress – Motion Picture Musical or ComedyMuriel's WeddingNominated
1998Australian Film Institute AwardsBest Actress in a Supporting RoleThe BoysWon
1999Film Critics Circle of Australia AwardsBest Supporting Actor – FemaleThe BoysNominated
2000Academy AwardsBest Supporting ActressThe Sixth SenseNominated
2000Blockbuster Entertainment AwardsFavorite Supporting Actress – SuspenseThe Sixth SenseWon
2000Chlotrudis AwardsBest Supporting ActressThe Sixth SenseNominated
2000Satellite AwardsBest Supporting Actress – Motion PictureThe Sixth SenseNominated
2001Blockbuster Entertainment AwardsFavorite Supporting Actress – ActionShaftNominated
2002Boston Society of Film Critics AwardsBest Supporting ActressThe BoysWon
2002Boston Society of Film Critics AwardsBest Supporting ActressThe HoursWon
2002Vancouver Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Supporting ActressThe HoursWon
2002Film Critics Circle of Australia AwardsBest Actor – FemaleDirty DeedsNominated
2002Seattle Film Critics AwardsBest Supporting ActressThe BoysNominated
2002Southeastern Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActressThe BoysNominated
2002Toronto Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActressThe BoysNominated
2003Australian Film Institute AwardsBest Actress in a Leading RoleJapanese StoryWon
2003BAFTA AwardsBest Actress in a Supporting RoleThe BoysNominated
2003Film Critics Circle of Australia AwardsBest Actor – FemaleJapanese StoryWon
2003Phoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest CastThe HoursNominated
2003Satellite AwardsBest Supporting Actress – Motion PictureThe BoysNominated
2003Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureThe HoursNominated
2004Satellite AwardsBest Actress – Motion Picture DramaJapanese StoryNominated
2005Chlotrudis AwardsBest ActressJapanese StoryNominated
2005Satellite AwardsBest Actress – Motion Picture DramaIn Her ShoesNominated
2006Australian Film Institute AwardsBest Actress in a Leading RoleIn Her ShoesNominated
2006Chicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActressLittle Miss SunshineNominated
2006Gotham AwardsBest CastLittle Miss SunshineNominated
2006Phoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest CastLittle Miss SunshineWon
2006Satellite AwardsBest Actress – Motion Picture Musical or ComedyLittle Miss SunshineNominated
2007Australian Film Institute AwardsBest Actress in a Leading RoleLittle Miss SunshineNominated
2007BAFTA AwardsBest Actress in a Supporting RoleLittle Miss SunshineNominated
2007Golden Globe AwardsBest Actress – Motion Picture Musical or ComedyLittle Miss SunshineNominated
2007Golden Globe AwardsBest Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television FilmTsunami: The AftermathNominated
2007Monte-Carlo Television FestivalBest Actress in a Miniseries or a MovieTsunami: The AftermathNominated
2007Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a MovieTsunami: The AftermathNominated
2007Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureLittle Miss SunshineWon
2008Australian Film Institute AwardsBest Actress in a Supporting RoleThe Black BalloonWon
2009Australian Film Institute AwardsBest Actress on TelevisionUnited States of TaraWon
2009Film Critics Circle of AustraliaBest Supporting ActressThe Black BalloonWon
2009Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesUnited States of TaraWon
2009Satellite AwardsBest Actress – Television Series Musical or ComedyUnited States of TaraNominated
2010Australian Film Institute AwardsBest Actress on TelevisionUnited States of TaraNominated
2010Golden Globe AwardsBest Actress – Television Series Musical or ComedyUnited States of TaraWon
2010Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesUnited States of TaraNominated
2010Satellite AwardsBest Actress – Television Series Musical or ComedyUnited States of TaraNominated
2010Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy SeriesUnited States of TaraNominated
2011Golden Globe AwardsBest Actress – Television Series Musical or ComedyUnited States of TaraNominated
2013Australian Film Institute AwardsBest Actress in a Leading RoleMentalNominated

Discography[edit]

References[edit]

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  16. ^ Toni Collette Emmy Award Winner
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  23. ^ Tan, Michelle (10 January 2008). "Toni Collette Has a Girl". People. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  24. ^ Chi, Paul; Jordan, Julie (25 April 2011). "Toni Collette Is a Mom – Again!". People. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
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