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Julie Christie: Swingin’ Out Sister

May 5, 2010

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… These are the lovely ladies and gorgeous girls of eras gone by whose beauty, ability, electricity and all-round x-appeal deserve celebration and – ahem – salivation here at George’s Journal

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Free-spirited. Electric. Iconic. Enigmatic. Utterly irresistible. Julie Christie is probably the ultimate – and original – ‘it girl’ (she will be forever associated with the liberated Swinging ’60s London scene), but she’s also one of the greatest cinematic actresses this little island has ever produced. She’s Zhivago’s muse, Donald Sutherland’s on-screen wife, Tel and Warren’s former squeeze – in short, a completely delicious Darling. And she’s my deserved, third Talent offering…

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Name: Julie Frances Christie

Nationality: English

Profession: Actress

Born: 14 April 1941, Chukua, Assam, India

Height: 5ft 2in

Known for: Roles in the films Billy Liar (1963); Darling (1965) – Oscar win; Doctor Zhivago (1965); Farenheit 451 (1966); Far From The Madding Crowd (1967); Petulia (1968); The Go-Between (1970); McCabe And Mrs Miller (1971) – Oscar nomination; Don’t Look Now (1973); Shampoo (1975); Heaven Can Wait (1978); Hamlet (1996); Afterglow (1997) – Oscar nomination; Finding Neverland (2004) and Away From Her (2007) – Oscar nomination.

Strange but true: Following two infamous affairs to fellow cinematic and ’60s icons Terence Stamp and Warren Beatty, she announced she would never marry – only to go back on this vow when she quietly married her long-time partner of the past 30 years in January 2008.

Peak of fitness: It has to be in psychological thriller-cum-horror Don’t Look Now – yes, the one with that scene. Rarely has marriage been presented onscreen as tenderly, carnally or passionately.

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. May 18, 2010 11:13 am

    “Lovely ladies and gorgeous girls.” Sounds like a good idea for a category, George.

    Anyway, I could never have a crush on Julie Christie. Mainly because she rather reminds me of my mum.

    Still, her films are wonderful, and no mistake. Billy Liar, Doctor Zhivago, Don’t look Now – they’re all fantastic performances.

  2. May 18, 2010 11:51 am

    Yes, Ms Christie is certainly one in a million.

    As I’m sure your mum is too, dublo…

  3. November 17, 2011 2:25 pm

    she is just beautiful…….. beyond par…..and so soothing and strong at the same time…..

    The irony being I share, my birth date with her… :)

  4. nawab permalink
    January 21, 2012 5:26 pm

    i am from assam, india………and a fan of ‘Doctor Zhivago’ and Julie Christie. i know Singlijan Tea Estate, Chabua, Assam not far from my home. i wish julie feels nostalgic about her birthplace and her half-sister June.

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