Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Women We Love: Julie Christie

Movie Dearest continues the month long countdown to the Oscars with two of our weekly signature features -- Cinematic Crush and Women We Love -- spotlighting our favorites of this year's acting nominees:

Object of our affection: Julie Christie, actress.

- An icon of the 60's "swinging mod London", she won her first Academy Award in her breakout year -- 1965 -- for Darling, but she is even more well-known for her other role that year, as the luminous Lara in the epic romance Doctor Zhivago.

- Subsequent Oscar nominations followed with McCabe & Mrs. Miller and Afterglow, but she very well may break an Academy record this year if she wins for her heartbreaking performance as a victim of Alzheimer's disease in Away from Her, which has already netted her wins from the Golden Globes, the Screen Actors Guild and several critics' organizations.

- In addition to Darling, Christie starred in two more feature films directed by John Schlesinger: Billy Liar (her first major role on film) and Far from the Maddening Crowd, plus a TV remake of Separate Tables.

- More highlights of her early career include Don't Look Now, Shampoo and Heaven Can Wait, the latter two with then boyfriend Warren Beatty.

- In more recent years, she has turned in small but memorable performances in Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet, Troy, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Finding Neverland.

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