|Colin Friels||(30 October 1984 - present) 2 children|
Often portrays brittle, neurotic women
Known for her pale, chalky complexion
Has a son, Jack Friels (born 1987) and a daughter, Charlotte Friels (born 1997).
Attended drama school with Mel Gibson. They played Romeo and Juliet together.
Attended a Catholic convent school in her hometown of Perth, Australia.
Served as a member of the jury of the Cannes Film Festival in 1993.
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.
Nominated for an Olivier Award for Insignificance (Actress of the Year in a New Play, 1982).
Her family can trace its ancestry back to the original 1831 British settlement in Perth.
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.
Often works with Woody Allen, who considers her "one of the most exciting actresses in the world".
Forbidden to see movies as a child.
Nominated for the Helpmann Award (Australia's equivalent of the Tony Award) for Victory (Best Actress in a Play, 2004).
Appeared with her husband Colin Friels in several films, including Hoodwink (1981), Kangaroo (1987), High Tide (1987), and The Man Who Sued God (2001). They have also frequently appeared together on stage.
Fellow Australian actress Cate Blanchett has often said Davis is her role model.
Has protested Australia's involvement in the war with Iraq.
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.
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.
To prepare for her role as Judy Garland in Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows (2001) (TV), she pored over television footage, biographies and nearly all of Garland's 32 feature films. She also wore dark contact lenses for the role.
Intensely dislikes being interviewed, and does so only as a gesture of goodwill toward the directors of her films.
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.
Was once described as "the patron saint of modern emotions" by director/screenwriter Michael Tolkin.
Did her own piano playing in My Brilliant Career (1979). Throughout the film she plays Schumann's "Scenes from Childhood".
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.
Has played writers in numerous films, including George Sand in Impromptu (1991), Lillian Hellman in Dash and Lilly (1999) (TV), and characters based on writers Jane Bowles (in Naked Lunch (1991)) and Miles Franklin (in My Brilliant Career (1979)).
Once described her character in High Tide (1987) as the one which is "closest to my own persona".
Both times she was Oscar-nominated, she competed with Vanessa Redgrave for the award. Neither actress won the award either time.
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).
In her diverse career, Davis has played a woman addicted to bug spray, a former First Lady, a German housewife living in Australia, a Southern ghostwriter, a serial killer, an unbalanced White House Chief of Staff and a fervent Australian Stalinist.
 Was reportedly in talks to appear in "Cloudstreet," an adaptation of an Australian best-seller which would have been directed by Peter Duncan and also starred Geoffrey Rush, Anna Paquin, and Heath Ledger. For whatever reason, the project never made it off the ground.
Erroneously described as having dropped out of convent school at age 17 so she could travel around the world. Davis has said she most certainly graduated high school before touring with a band throughout Asia.
Sang in a band with an Italian band leader in both Taiwan and Japan.
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.
Was cast in her star-making role as Sybylla Melvyn in My Brilliant Career (1979) only after producers decided to replace actress Jan Hamilton, who was originally cast in the role.
Auditioned for the female lead roles in Scarface (1983), The Terminator (1984) Out of Africa (1985), Top Gun (1986), Adventures in Babysitting (1987), Fatal Attraction (1987), Broadcast News (1987) and The Accused (1988).
Was presented the Don Dunston Award for her contribution to the film industry at the 2011 BigPond Adelaide Film Festival.
Nominated for the 2011 Sydney Theatre Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role of a Mainstage Production for her performance in "The Seagull". The other nominees are Cate Blanchett, Kate Mulvany, Robyn Nevin and Susie Porter. Blanchett ultimately won the award, for her work in "Gross und Klein.".
[on working with David Lean] There was a touch of the bully about him - he'd take it out on the people who were the weakest and most dependent.
When I first started acting, and we would all sit down and talk about Shakespeare and how great it was, I thought well, I suppose it is. It is if you get to play Macbeth or Hamlet. But who wants to play bloody Lady Macbeth or Ophelia? And it struck me that most women seem to be required to pit themselves against men in dramatic situations, and the men got to pit themselves against ideas or God.
I was always terribly shy, so a great thing that acting has done for me has forced me out of myself and made me more generous.
I've never worked for the sake of working. There's probably enough crap out there for me not to add to it.
"It's like you're getting ready to go to Cinderella's ball. And then, when you lose, it's like you wake up and realize you're not Cinderella." (on being an Oscar nominee)
A lot of really good directors have a killer in them, as if they'd do anything to get that image. But that comes with the terrain and I don't mind it.
Of course, I'm not a celebrity. Never wanted to be one. Never promoted myself as one. I'm an actress. I think there's a difference. To be a celebrity, one really has to go after it, and want it.
I wish I tanned. It would make everybody happy and get them off my back. But this is the look I was born with, and I'm stuck with it.
(January 2005) Filming Marie Antoinette (2006).
(October 2007) In South Africa filming the upcoming miniseries Diamonds (2009) (TV).
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