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Overview (3)

Born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Birth NameJacqueline Ruth Weaver
Height 4' 11½" (1.51 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Jacki Weaver was born on May 25, 1947 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia as Jacqueline Ruth Weaver. She is an actress, known for Silver Linings Playbook (2012), Animal Kingdom (2010) and Stoker (2013). She has been married to Sean Taylor since 2003. She was previously married to Derryn Hinch, Max Hensser and David Price.

Spouse (5)

Sean Taylor (2003 - present)
Derryn Hinch (1997 - 1998) ( divorced)
Derryn Hinch (25 February 1983 - 1996) ( divorced)
Max Hensser (1975 - 1977) ( divorced)
David Price (1966 - 1970) ( divorced)

Trivia (12)

Publicly stated in interviews that her idol growing up and as a young actress in Australia was Esther Williams. Her manager got a phone call saying that Esther Williams was about to turn 90 and she'd love to meet Jacki.
Has a son, Dylan Walters (b.1969), with her ex-boyfriend John Walters.
Made her American stage debut in 2011 as apart of the Sydney Theater Company's production of "Uncle Vanya" at the Eisenhower Theater, Washington D.C. (and later at the Lincoln Centre Festival in 2012 in New York City).
Stated in her memoir "Much Love, Jac" that she was sexually molested as a child from the age 7-11 by a family friend.
Has been a vocal supporter of the LGBT community throughout her career.
Won her Oscar nominated role of Dolores Solitano in Silver Linings Playbook (2012) after Emma Thompson turned it down.
Attended Hornsby Girls' High School.
Since her Oscar nomination, projects that have fallen through include the 2013 CBS pilot The McCarthys (2014), which wasn't picked up but was a year later when it was re shot with Laurie Metcalf in the role. Additionally she was long attached to the Shirley MacLaine starring vehicle Wild Oats (2016) however she was replaced with Jessica Lange. Finally she was cast in a supporting role in the all-star film 'Frank or Francis', directed by 'Charlie Kauffman', however funding fell through.
She had a vacation home in Kauai, Hawaii for ten years.
She was awarded the AO (Officer of the Order of Australia) in the 2014 Queen's Honours List for her services and contributions to the performing arts.
Has two grandchildren; Taketora (b. 2007) and Luli (b. 2010).
Daughter of Edith (Simpson) and Arthur Weaver. Her father was from Sydney and her mother was English.

Personal Quotes (54)

[on playing the matriarch of a Melbourne crime family in Animal Kingdom (2010)] I found some of my scenes intense and emotionally draining, but that's the nature of the beast. I enjoy that.
[re her Oscar nomination for Animal Kingdom (2010)] I remember being like a stunned mullet. A mullet is a fish, and when they catch them, they [makes cross-eyed face]. The Oscar buzz when I was nominated was totally overwhelming. I think I can cope with anything now that I've coped with that. It was huge. It makes you realize, coming from a small country like Australia, what an enormous industry it is in America.
I remember I was a little girl when Elizabeth Taylor stole Eddie Fisher from America's Sweetheart, Debbie Reynolds, and the reaction back then was enormous! And Angelina Jolie was in trouble, too, for taking a husband away from another America's Sweetheart. Don't take husbands from America's Sweethearts.
'Promiscuous' implies that I'm not choosy. In fact I'm very choosy. I just happen to have had a lot of choices.
The thing about being an actor is that every new job is a new challenge. Sometimes you'll have a shot, and it doesn't work. Sometimes it'll work better than you expected.
Most Australians who've got an ear can do an American accent because we grow up listening to them on television and in movies.
I love getting presents. And awards. I'd do whatever they told me to do.
I guess just a lively imagination is the best effort an actor can have.
I do have friends in Australia who now refer to me as 'Hollywood Jack.'
I'm in fact Australian but my mother's English so I've got no problem playing a domineering English woman.
I'm a nice middle-class girl in real life, and I'm a mom and a grandma, and I usually play sweet characters.
A lot of directors want to storyboard you, whereas the best way to get a performance out of an actor is a collaborative process where you listen to the actor's input.
In Australia, I grew up watching 'The Mickey Mouse Club,' my son grew up watching 'Sesame Street,' my grandson's growing up watching 'Dora The Explorer.' So we are sort of saturated with American culture from the day we're born, and to those of those who do have an ear for it, it's second nature.
You learn stuff from every character you play about the human condition that can be quite enlightening.
I'm always shy when I meet people I admire so I wouldn't be able to say anything rather than, 'How do you do? Love you! Bye!'
I was an adventurer, and I got married a few times. I kept trying to find a relationship as good as my parents'.
I know that Philadelphians hate New York actors passing off New York accents as Philadelphian when they are quite different.
I don't play many characters like myself. Oh I don't know what I am!
I believe in sex on a first date. Otherwise, how do you know if a second date is worth the effort?
Everything the Coen brothers do is brilliant.
A lioness has got a lot more power than the lion likes to think she has.
When you get as old as I am, you kind of believe there's nothing new under the sun, but there's always a fresh way of looking at something. That's why I love working with young people. They remind you of things you used to know and have since forgotten.
I'm under five feet; I'm very small, 4'11 1/2.
I'm crazy about the Coen brothers, I'm crazy about Sean Penn. I love the usual suspects like Susan Sarandon, Meryl Streep and people like that.
I'd love to be a voice in 'Toy Story 4.'
I usually do get to play the very sweet, charming roles... but I'm not an obvious kind of villain.
I love a bit of a sequin and a bead. I do, even though I usually wear trousers, when I put a frock on. I like a bead or a sequin.
We're becoming so much better at destigmatizing all sorts of things, including mental illness in 'Silver Linings.'
They call David O. Russell the actor whisperer because he can get stuff out of actors that maybe some other directors can't.
The eyes are the windows of your soul, and when you're acting, they're one of your most important instruments. Especially for close-ups!
It's one of the functions of the theater to shock and titillate and appall, apart from entertain and delight.
It's a very generous culture, American culture. I know you can't generalize 300 million people, but everyone I've met here has been so lovely to me.
No, I'm so well-known at home I think they think of me like a piece of comfortable furniture that's always been around that they're not going to throw out.
It's funny in the U.K., where I'm not really known because I never did a soap. My English cousins in the Lake District think I'm not a real actor because they've never seen me in 'Home and Away' or 'Neighbours.'
It's a basic tenet you learn at drama school. If you're playing someone evil, you can't make an objective moral judgment. You've got to get inside the character and empathize as much as possible.
I love when I am not typecast. I've been acting for 50 years. I was such a baby face; I was playing children until I was in my 30s, which frustrated me enormously. Now that I am 65 and getting to play women in their 50s, I am getting paid back for having to play children for so long.
I do a lot of American plays. I've done a lot of Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams and Neil Simon. I was in 'Sisters Rosensweig,' 'Six Degrees of Separation,' all of that stuff. So we're very familiar with America. I did 400 performances of 'Born Yesterday.' I did 700 performances of 'They're Playing Our Song.'
I live for my work, apart from my family who come first. And I live to tell stories and pretend to be other people, it's something I've been doing since I was 3 years old. Maybe it's because I'm intrinsically bored with myself, and I find other people more interesting. The more different they are, the bigger the challenge.
I live for my work, apart from my family who come first. And I live to tell stories and pretend to be other people, it's something I've been doing since I was 3 years old. Maybe it's because I'm intrinsically bored with myself, and I find other people more interesting.
Every director's so different. Everybody has their own modus operandi and I love getting to know different directors in the way they work. David O. Russell is very exciting to be with because he's got a mind like quicksilver.
A lot of actors, whatever movie you're working on, you make up a back story just for your own, to work off, even if the audience doesn't have it revealed to them. I think it's important that the audience makes up their own mind.
Sexism is alive and well! We were saying this forty years ago. I'm an optimist, so I like to think we've progressed in some ways - in Australia, we get equal pay.
I've done a lot of plays before where I had to do a New York accent, but never a Philly one before. They do the rhotic 'r' - where you say the 'r' - where most New Yorkers don't.
I've always said about awards that they're meaningless until you win one, and then they're best thing in the world. The other thing about awards is that they engender respect from areas where it might never have come from without it.
I was sent the script for 'Silver Linings' when I was doing a play in D.C. at The Kennedy Center with Cate Blanchett and I was sent the script and asked if I was interested, and I said 'Oh, boy am I!'
I love pretending to be other people. The more unlike me they are the better - I find other people endlessly fascinating and myself incredibly boring.
I love gay Mardi Gras in Sydney, which is a big parade, a big march that thousands and thousands of people participate in. And there's one little group... well it's not little, it's got hundreds of people marching, and they're all very sweet, middle-aged and elderly people who are the parents of gay children who are out and proud.
This friend of mine said he was surprised to find that - I don't think it's quite a majority - a bigger percentage of actors are introverts than extroverts. It was a big surprise to him. Now, I know me, and I'll do anything if I'm playing a character. Or anything that's true to the character, anyway. But in real life I'm a little more withdrawn.
The Oscar buzz when I was nominated was totally overwhelming. I think I can cope with anything now that I've coped with that. It was huge. It makes you realize, coming from a small country like Australia, what an enormous industry it is in America.
It wasn't on my agenda, but the thing about getting important awards is it makes the adventure of your career have a little more possibility. I think just what's happened so far is already making the opportunities more interesting, even though I'm at the twilight of my career of like 48 years.
I've had my share of villains and played some fairly nasty characters. But I've been acting for so long. I started out as the girl next door. Now I'm the grandmother next door.
I've had five weddings but if I'm really honest and if I count significant de factos... I've had nine husbands... which sounds appalling but when you consider I started at 18 and I'm 65 it's not so bad.
When I was seven, I wanted to be Esther Williams. I was drummed out of Brownies because I snuck off to the cinema to watch an Esther Williams festival - my greatest wish if I get to Hollywood is to meet her.
Well, I've been acting for 50 years now, professionally. I've been acting a lot longer. My mother reckons I was acting when I got out of the womb. But because I've been working in the theater, I've probably only done about 25 movies but I've done more than 100 plays.

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