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also known as Jules, Trilby


Julie Frances Christie is a British actress. A pop icon of the "swinging London" era of the 1960s, she has won the Academy, Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Screen Actors Guild Awards. Christie's acting work became low-key in the 1980s. Christie has been a long-standing supporter of the charity, and in February 2008, was named as its first 'Ambassador'.


Julie Christie, the British movie legend whom Al Pacino called "the most poetic of all actresses", was born in Singlijan Tea Estate, Chabua, Assam, British India on April 14, 1941. She was the elder child of Rosemary (née Ramsden), a painter, and Francis "Frank" St. John Christie. Her father ran the tea plantation where she was raised. She has a younger brother, Clive, and a (now deceased) older half-sister, June, from her father's relationship with an Indian woman, who worked as a tea picker on his plantation. Frank and Rosemary Christie separated when Julie was a child.


She was baptised in the Anglican church and studied as a boarder at the independent Convent of Our Lady school, after being expelled from another convent school for telling a risque joke which reached a wider audience than originally anticipated. After being asked to leave the Convent of Our Lady as well, she later attended Wycombe Court School,during which time she lived with a foster mother from the age of six.[


She made her debut as a professional in 1957 as a member of the Frinton Repertory of Essex. Her first screen roles were on British television. She made her screen debut in the science-fiction television serial "A for Andromeda" (1961) in 1961. Her first feature film role was as Leslie Phillips's wife in the Ealing-like comedy Crooks Anonymous (1962), which was followed up by an ingénue role in another comedy, The Fast Lady (1962). Christie starred in two other films released in 1965, first appearing as Daisy Battles in Young Cassidy, a biopic of Irish playwright Seán O'Casey. In 1966, Christie played a dual role in François Truffaut's adaptation of the Ray Bradbury novel Fahrenheit 451, where she starred opposite Oskar Werner. Later, she played Thomas Hardy's heroine Bathsheba Everdene in Schlesinger's Far from the Madding Crowd (1967), and the title role, Petulia Danner, in Richard Lester's Petulia (1968) with George C. Scott. Then she played in Robert Altman's postmodern western McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971). Christie and Warren Beatty worked together again in Shampoo (1975) and Heaven Can Wait (1978). Christie also starred in The Go-Between (1971), Don't Look Now (1973), and Demon Seed (1977). In the 1980s, Christie appeared in non-mainstream films such as The Return of the Soldier (1982) and Heat and Dust (1983), and generally avoided large budget films. After a decade out of the public eye, Christie appeared as Gertrude in Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet (1996). In 2004, Christie made very brief cameo appearances in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Troy. That same year, she had a larger supporting role as the mother of Kate Winslet's character in Marc Forster's Finding Neverland, for which she earned a BAFTA nomination. Christie portrayed the female lead in Away from Her. In 2011, Christie played a "sexy, bohemian" version of the grandmother role in Catherine Hardwicke's gothic retelling of Red Riding Hood. Her most recent role is in the upcoming political thriller The Company You Keep (2012), starring Robert Redford.


  • Her last film of the year was David Lean's Doctor Zhivago, adapted from the epic/romance novel by Boris Pasternak. The film was a box office smash, and Christie's role as Lara Antipova would become her most famous. As of 2012, Doctor Zhivago is the 8th highest-grossing film of all time, adjusted for inflationю In 1967, Time magazine said of her "What Julie Christie wears has more real impact on fashion than all the clothes of the ten best-dressed women combined." She was chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history.


She is active in various causes, including animal rights, environmental protection, and the anti-nuclear power movement and is also a Patron of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, as well as Reprieve.


Quotations: All women are aware of that moment when suddenly the boys don't look at you. It's a fairly common thing, when suddenly you no longer attract that instant male attention because of the way you look. I never really knew how to enjoy beauty, but it took the form of a subconscious arrogance, expecting things, all muddled up with celebrity. Then you begin to deal with it. In the 1970s I was amazed to be talked about as a 60s sex symbol. I wasn't that person, as if I were a doll from the past. I had to learn to come to terms with that. It's funny, it's silly, the ridiculousness of having asked so much of celebrity. Then it becomes really interesting and very much part of the excitement of the life you're living now, knowing you're approaching the end of it.

If I don't make films, no one is going to write about me. And most people have forgotten who I am anyway. My life is not interrupted because I am more or less anonymous.

It felt, to me, like a permanent cocktail party, without the drinks. Acting took me away from real life to a pretend life. I wanted that real life back. I am not a dedicated actress, I'm afraid. I never have been.


  • Artists

    Marlon Brando, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Meryl Streep



Julie's father ran a tea plantation in Assam, India, where she grew up.


She was a painter.

Duncan Campbell - Scotland

He married Julie Christie in 2008, following a long partnership. Brother-in-law of Clive Christie.


He is a professor of SouthEast Asian studies at Hull University.

Older half-sister:

Julie has a older half-sister, June, from her father's relationship with an Indian woman, who worked as a tea picker on his plantation.

Warren Beatty - writer

She lived with Warren Beatty from 1967 to 1974. She accompanied her long-time lover Warren Beatty on a trip to Russia which inspired him to write his Oscar-winning epic Krasnye (1981) which ultimately took him 13 years to write. Beatty had always planned to have Christie play the role of Louise Bryant, but when Krasnye (1981) began filming several years after the couple's breakup, Christie turned down the role and Beatty gave it to Diane Keaton. However, Beatty dedicated the film to Christie by hinting to her in his best director Oscar acceptance speech. "For Jules" can also be seen in the final credits of the film.

Don Bessant - lithographer , Art teacher

She lived with Don Bessant, a lithographer and art teacher, from 1962 to 1967. Bessant died in 1993.

Sharon Tate - United States - Actress

Julie was best friends with actress Sharon Tate. Julie gave friend Sharon Tate a copy of Thomas Hardy's novel "Tess of the d'Urbervilles" with the inscription "For my Hardy heroine" (Julie had recently become a Thomas Hardy heroine in Far from the Madding Crowd (1967)). Sharon gave the novel to her husband Roman Polanski shortly before her death. When Polanski later made the film Tess (1979) he dedicated it "For Sharon".

Goldie Hawn - United States - Actress

Kate Winslet - England - Actress