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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 4 January 1965Epsom, Surrey, England, UK
Birth NameJulia Karin Ormond
Height 5' 7½" (1.71 m)

Mini Bio (1)

The dark and classically beautiful British actress Julia Ormond was born into privileged surroundings as the daughter of a well-to-do laboratory technician. Her parents divorced when she was young; she was the second of five children. She attended Cranleigh, a private school, and showed interest in theatrics way back then. Her grandparents were artists, and she initially intended to be one herself, but after one year of art school, she renewed her dedication to acting and transferred to Webber-Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, where she graduated in 1988.

She subsequently appeared in the play "Wuthering Heights" as Catherine, where she met her Heathcliff both onstage and in real life, actor Rory Edwards. In 1989 she won the London Drama Critic's Award for her performance in "Faith, Hope and Charity" as "best newcomer." Her marriage to actor Edwards, who also appeared with her in the TV-movie Young Catherine (1991), in which she played Catherine the Great, dissipated in 1994. In the meantime she slowly built up her reputation as a fine actress with the films The Baby of Mâcon (1993) and Captives (1994), but Hollywood finally took notice with her lauded support role in Legends of the Fall (1994) opposite Brad Pitt. As a result of this, she was practically handed Audrey Hepburn's role in the revival of Sabrina (1995), stealing the picture from co-star Harrison Ford.

She has since continued to glow in such international pictures as Smilla's Feeling for Snow (1997), The Barber of Siberia (1998) [The Barber of Siberia] and Resistance (2003), and in such TV mini-series showcases as Iron Jawed Angels (2004).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh / gr-home@pacbell.net

Spouse (2)

Jon Rubin (1999 - 2008) (divorced) (1 child)
Rory Edwards (April 1989 - 1994) (divorced)

Trivia (16)

Signed a two-year contract with Fox Searchlight Pictures to produce, direct and write. [May 1997]
Attended West Surrey College of Art and Design (1989); received London Drama Critics Award for best newcomer.
Formed a production company called Indican (a take-off on the words "in the can").
For the title role Sabrina (1995), she was instructed to cut her waist-length hair, which did not thrill her fans.
She actually plays the intro piano part in an early scene in Legends of the Fall (1994).
She starred in three consecutive films in which she is caught between two or more men: Brad Pitt, Aidan Quinn, and Henry Thomas in Legends of the Fall (1994); Sean Connery and Richard Gere in First Knight (1995); and Harrison Ford and Greg Kinnear in Sabrina (1995).
She was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 2001 (2000 season) for Best Actress for her performance in "My Zinc Bed" at the Royal Court Theatre.
She was awarded the 1989 London Critics Circle Theatre Award (Drama Theatre Award) for Most Promising Newcomer for her performance in Faith, Hope and Charity.
Trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, whose alumni include Terence Stamp, Elizabeth Knowelden, Hugh Bonneville, Rupert Friend, Angela Lansbury, Matthew Goode, Sue Johnston, Minnie Driver and Julian Fellowes.
Is said to be a direct, if distant niece of the Welsh rebel and prince Owain Glyndwr through her paternal grandmother, by way of Glyndwr's sister.
Member of jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 2001.
Mother, with Jon Rubin, of a daughter named Sophie (born fall 2004).
Named ShoWest's "Female Star of Tomorrow" in 1995.
Daughter of Josephine, a laboratory technician, and John Ormond, a computer software designer.
Appeared alongside Mädchen Amick, Rachel Boston and Jenna Dewan-Tatum in a public service announcement for breast cancer awareness. [October 2013]
She did an interview where she talked about her feelings and concerns as a new mother to her baby daughter. [October 2004]

Personal Quotes (9)

When really you've gone to drama school and rep and then you've come to London and gone to auditions and you've worked, solidly, for years. But that all gets forgotten.
That made me feel very disturbed, because it never seemed to be about how much hard work was involved. Ever. It was about... 'hazel eyes'. It does help if you can brush that stuff off.
It was a fantastic learning experience and OK, I got slammed because I wasn't Audrey Hepburn but you could have predicted that, really, if you'd opened your eyes wide enough.
I found it all very scary. This fairytale gets built around you - as if you've been walking through the streets and then Sydney Pollack sees you and goes, 'I'll put you in something!'
I feel that David took a risk with me. I have a sense that by starting off in the theatre and going off to do films you are seen to sell out in some way. I don't hold truck with that, but you can't stop people from feeling it.
For sure, you don't believe the good stuff. I mean, the good stuff is just insane - wacky. If you don't take it too much to heart, it does help when the negative stuff hits. And you know the negative stuff is coming. It's got to! What comes up must come down.
At first I was a bit indignant about it, and then I realised, 'No, that's what people want, so that's what is given.' But it's not in your control. It's just what happens to you, and that's what's frightening.
And it's not that going out for a hack is wrong or bad, I certainly don't view it as that; it's just that there's something about the dressage, being put through your paces, that makes you better.
If you do anything for too long, it starts to lack edge, to become too easy. Easy is the kiss of death.

Salary (2)

Sabrina (1995) $300,000
My Week with Marilyn (2011) $1,000,000

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