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Birth information

23 April 1955 Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Given Name

Judith Davis

How tall is Judy Davis?

1.65 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Colin Friels

Life Story of Judy Davis

Davis was educated at Loreto Convent and the Western Institute of Technology and graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in 1977. She found international success with the role of Adela Quested in A Passage to India (1984). Her performance was nominated an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. She went on to receive another Academy Award nomination (this time for Best Actress in a Supporting Role) for her performance as Sally in Woody Allen's Husbands and Wives (1992). Davis and Allen would go on to be a longtime collaborators; Allen once described Davis as "one of the most exciting actresses in the world".

Significant features of Judy Davis

Often portrays brittle, neurotic women.
Known for her pale, chalky complexion.
Often works with Woody Allen.

What movies did Judy Davis play or participate?

Actors Filmography
Ratched (2020) Betsy Bucket, Mystery Road (2018) Emma James, Feud: Bette and Joan (2017) Hedda Hopper, The Dressmaker (2015) Molly Dunnage, Salting the Battlefield (2014) Jill Tankard, The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet (2013) Ms. Jibsen, Dark Blood (2012) Buffy Fletcher, Hard Chic (2012) Elsa Schiaparelli, Naïf Chic (2012) Elsa Schiaparelli, Schiaparelli & Prada: Impossible Conversations (2012) Elsa Schiaparelli, The Classical Body (2012) Elsa Schiaparelli, The Exotic Body (2012) Elsa Schiaparelli, The Surreal Body (2012) Elsa Schiaparelli, Ugly Chic (2012)...

Birth information

23 April 1955 Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Given Name

Judith Davis

How tall is Judy Davis?

1.65 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Colin Friels

Life Story of Judy Davis

Davis was educated at Loreto Convent and the Western Institute of Technology and graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in 1977. She found international success with the role of Adela Quested in A Passage to India (1984). Her performance was nominated an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. She went on to receive another Academy Award nomination (this time for Best Actress in a Supporting Role) for her performance as Sally in Woody Allen's Husbands and Wives (1992). Davis and Allen would go on to be a longtime collaborators; Allen once described Davis as "one of the most exciting actresses in the world".

Significant features of Judy Davis

Often portrays brittle, neurotic women.
Known for her pale, chalky complexion.
Often works with Woody Allen.

What movies did Judy Davis play or participate?

Actors Filmography
Ratched (2020) Betsy Bucket, Mystery Road (2018) Emma James, Feud: Bette and Joan (2017) Hedda Hopper, The Dressmaker (2015) Molly Dunnage, Salting the Battlefield (2014) Jill Tankard, The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet (2013) Ms. Jibsen, Dark Blood (2012) Buffy Fletcher, Hard Chic (2012) Elsa Schiaparelli, Naïf Chic (2012) Elsa Schiaparelli, Schiaparelli & Prada: Impossible Conversations (2012) Elsa Schiaparelli, The Classical Body (2012) Elsa Schiaparelli, The Exotic Body (2012) Elsa Schiaparelli, The Surreal Body (2012) Elsa Schiaparelli, Ugly Chic (2012)...

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Judy Davis and Jessica Lange in Feud: Die Feindschaft zwischen Bette und Joan (2017)

Has a son, Jack Friels (born 1987), and a daughter, Charlotte Friels (born 1997).

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Judy Davis and Jessica Lange in Feud: Die Feindschaft zwischen Bette und Joan (2017)

Attended drama school with Mel Gibson. They played Romeo and Juliet together.

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Judy Davis in Feud: Die Feindschaft zwischen Bette und Joan (2017)

Trained at NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Arts). Her fellow students included Mel Gibson, Colin Friels and Dennis Olsen.

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Judy Davis in Feud: Die Feindschaft zwischen Bette und Joan (2017)

Attended a Catholic convent school in her hometown of Perth, Australia.

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Peter Weller and Judy Davis in The New Age (1994)

Served as a member of the jury of the Cannes Film Festival in 1993.

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Judy Davis in The New Age (1994)

She was a part of the movement dubbed the "Australian New Wave" by the press. They were a group of filmmakers and performers who emerged from Down Under at about the same time in the early 1980's and found work in other parts of the world. Other members included actor Mel Gibson and directors George Miller and Gillian Armstrong.

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Peter Weller and Judy Davis in The New Age (1994)

Nominated for an Olivier Award for Insignificance (Actress of the Year in a New Play, 1982).

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Peter Weller and Judy Davis in The New Age (1994)

One of her most famous films is also one of her least favorite: My Brilliant Career (1979). Although it propelled her to major stardom, she was miserable during its filming and cannot stand to watch it today.

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Peter Weller and Judy Davis in The New Age (1994)

She was among the cast members of Dark Blood, the George Sluizer film which was left unfinished by star River Phoenix's 1993 death.

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Judy Davis and Billy Connolly in The Man Who Sued God (2001)

Nominated for the Helpmann Award (Australia's equivalent of the Tony Award) for Victory (Best Actress in a Play, 2004).

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Judy Davis in Engel und Narren (1991)

Appeared with her husband Colin Friels in several films, including Hoodwink (1981), Kangaroo (1986), High Tide - Sturm der Gefühle (1987), and The Man Who Sued God (2001). They have also frequently appeared together on stage.

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Helena Bonham Carter, Judy Davis, and Rupert Graves in Engel und Narren (1991)

She played Peter Weller's wife in both Naked Lunch (1991) and The New Age (1994).

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Woody Allen, Judy Davis, Alison Pill, and Flavio Parenti in To Rome with Love (2012)

Has protested Australia's involvement in the war with Iraq.

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Judy Davis in To Rome with Love (2012)

In 2002, took out an "apprehended violence order" against her husband, Colin Friels. She was reportedly cut during an argument about a newspaper article during which a table was broken. The order did not require the couple to be separated.

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Woody Allen and Judy Davis in To Rome with Love (2012)

Once said that the one role she wanted but didn't get was Debra Winger's part in The Sheltering Sky (1990).

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Woody Allen, Judy Davis, and Fabio Armiliato in To Rome with Love (2012)

She began filming Celebrity (1998) less than two weeks after giving birth to her daughter Charlotte. During production on the film, her husband Colin Friels contracted pancreatic cancer and nearly died.

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Woody Allen and Judy Davis in To Rome with Love (2012)

Shares a birthday (April 23) with playwright William Shakespeare, composer Sergei Prokofiev, "Lolita" author Vladimir Nabokov, and child actor Shirley Temple.

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Judy Davis and Geoffrey Rush in Children of the Revolution (1996)

To prepare for her role as Judy Garland in Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows (2001), she pored over television footage, biographies and nearly all of Garland's 32 feature films. She also wore dark contact lenses for the role.

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Judy Davis in Children of the Revolution (1996)

Intensely dislikes being interviewed, and does so only as a gesture of goodwill toward the directors of her films.

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Judy Davis in Children of the Revolution (1996)

In 1986, both she and husband Colin Friels won Australian Film Institute Awards. She won Best Actress for Kangaroo (1986) while he won the Best Actor award for Malcolm (1986).

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Judy Davis in High Tide - Sturm der Gefühle (1987)

Lost her Catholic faith at age 14, when she read a book that suggested a metaphorical rather than a literal interpretation of the story of Jesus and the miracle of the loaves and fishes.

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Judy Davis, Frankie J. Holden, etc.

In a 1994 interview, she listed Robin Williams as the one actor she would like to work with but hadn't. In 1997, they both appeared in Deconstructing Harry (1997), but did not share any scenes.

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Judy Davis in High Tide - Sturm der Gefühle (1987)

Was once described as "the patron saint of modern emotions" by director/screenwriter Michael Tolkin.

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Judy Davis and Colin Friels in Kangaroo (1986)

Did her own piano playing in My Brilliant Career (1979). Throughout the film she plays Schumann's "Scenes from Childhood".

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Judy Davis and Colin Friels in Kangaroo (1986)

Agreed to do the film Absolute Power (1997) so she could work with Clint Eastwood.

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Judy Davis and Colin Friels in Kangaroo (1986)

Although most of her work is in American films, she has steadfastly refused to move to the United States, preferring to live in Sydney, Australia.

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Judy Davis and Hugh Keays-Byrne in Kangaroo (1986)

Has played writers in numerous films, including George Sand in Impromptu (1991), Lillian Hellman in Dash and Lilly (1999), and characters based on writers Jane Bowles (in Naked Lunch (1991)) and Miles Franklin (in My Brilliant Career (1979)).

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Judy Davis in Ehemänner und Ehefrauen (1992)

Has played several real-life women, including Lillian Hellman, Judy Garland, Golda Meir, Nancy Reagan, Hedda Hopper, Anne d'Arpajon, George Sand, and WWII heroine Mary Lindell.

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Judy Davis and Richard Moir in In der Hitze des Zorns (1982)

Was the runner-up for the 1993 New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Husbands and Wives (1992). The winner was Miranda Richardson for her work in The Crying Game (1992), Damage (1992), and Enchanted April (1991).

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Judy Davis and Richard Moir in In der Hitze des Zorns (1982)

According to director Sydney Pollack, he met with both Davis and Julie Christie before casting Meryl Streep in the role of Karen Blixen in Out of Africa (1985).

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Judy Davis and John Turturro in Barton Fink (1991)

Sang in a band with an Italian band leader in both Taiwan and Japan.

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Judy Davis and John Turturro in Barton Fink (1991)

On June 2, 2008, won a libel case against Australia's Daily Telegraph. The suit claimed Davis had been defamed in articles about her appearance at a council meeting at which objections were raised against plans to install floodlighting at a sports field near her Sydney home. The articles suggested she was unconcerned about the potential danger to children due to the poor lighting at the park, and also suggested she had angrily stormed out of the meeting. The jury ruled with Davis, stating she had been defamed by the newspaper. She received the equivalent of $133,000 in damages.

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