FRANCES O'CONNOR (Alison Gardner), an Australian actress who exhibits a remarkable talent for detailed and subtle characterizations, recently starred in Patricia Rozema's critically acclaimed film "Mansfield Park," based on Jane Austen's novel, combined with material from Austen's letters and journals. O'Connor played 'Fanny Price,' a poor relation who moves in with wealthy relatives and develops into an independent young woman.
She also stars in the comedy "About Adam," playing one of three sisters who fall for the same man. Kate Hudson and Stuart Townsend also star in the fall 2000 release, which debuted at this year's Sundance Film Festival, and was written and directed by Gerard Stembridge,
Following "Bedazzled," O'Connor stars with Jude Law and Haley Joel Osment in "A.I." for director Steven Spielberg.
On television, O'Connor starred with Greg Wise in the BBC adaptation of Flaubert's classic novel "Madame Bovary." Set in nineteenth-century France, "Madame Bovary" tells the story of the romantic daughter of a country squire who throws herself into love affairs, and runs up ruinous debts to escape her mundane country life.
O'Connor made a major impression with audiences and critics alike in Bill Bennett's darkly comic road movie, "Kiss or Kill." Her performance as 'Nikki,' a beautiful grifter who goes on the lam with her partner and an incriminating video about a local football hero, earned her the Best Actress Award at the Montreal Film Festival as well as the Australian Circle Critics' Award.
The actress made a startling film debut in Emma-Kate Crothan's "Love and Other Catastrophes," catching the public's imagination with her portrayal of the selfish but charismatic 'Mia,' a gay college student with a crush on her film lecturer. O'Connor garnered an AFI Best Actress Award nomination for her performance.
O'Connor's other films include Cherie Nowlan's "Thank God He Met Lizzie," a bittersweet comedy of manners with Cate Blanchett; and "A Little Bit of Soul," Peter Duncan's screwball comedy in which she appeared with Geoffrey Rush.
Her additional television credits include the telefilms "Halifax: The Feeding," and
regular roles on the Australian series "Shark Bay" and "Law of the Land." She has also appeared on "Frontline," "Snowy River: The McGregor Saga" and "Blue Heelers."
O'Connor recently appeared in Peter Whelen's "The Herbal Bed" with the Melbourne Theatre Company. This winter, she has the role of 'Maggie Pollitt' in a West End production of Tennessee Williams' "Cat On A Hot Tin Roof."
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