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TONI COLLETTE (Rose Feller) made an indelible impression on Hollywood with her portrayal of the hopeless and desperate ‘Muriel Heslop' in P.J. Hogan's 1994 film, "Muriel's Wedding.”

Collette's upcoming projects are the Australian film, "Like Minds” starring Richard Roxburgh, where Collette stars as a forensic scientist investigating a schoolboy's murder; and IFC Films' thriller "The Night Listener” with Robin Williams and Sandra Oh, written and directed by Terry Anderson. Collette recently completed production on "Little Miss Sunshine” opposite Greg Kinnear; they play parents hell bent on their little girl winning a beauty contest. Collette also soon starts production on the dark thriller "You Can't Come In.”

Collette received some of the best reviews of her career in the Samuel Goldwyn Company's release "Japanese Story,” for her portrayal as ‘Sandy,' a geologist whose outlook on life changes when she crosses paths with a Japanese businessman in the Australian desert. Collette received an Australian Academy Award as well as the 2003 AFI Award for Best Actress in a Lead Role. The film received a total of twenty-three awards, and in Australia, "Japanese Story” completed the Best Film trifecta, winning prizes at the IF Awards, the FCCA Awards and the AFI Awards.

In 2004 Collette starred in Universal's comedy "Connie & Carla,” opposite Nia Vardalos. The film follows two best friends as they flee from Chicago to Los Angeles after a run-in with the mob, finding the perfect undercover hideout: posing as drag queens on the cabaret circuit. Later that year, Collette starred opposite Alec Baldwin, Matthew Broderick and Calista Flockhart in the Touchstone film "The Last Shot.”

In 2002, Collette starred in "Changing Lanes,” a story of coincidence and consequence, with Ben Affleck and Samuel L. Jackson; "Dirty Deeds, an independent film set in 1960s Australia; opposite Hugh Grant in "About a Boy”; and in the critically acclaimed "The Hours,” opposite Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep and Julianne Moore. In 2000, Collette appeared in the remake of "Shaft” opposite Samuel L. Jackson, Vanessa L. Williams and Busta Rhymes. Directed by John Singleton, the film garnered strong boxoffice numbers.

Collette earned an Academy Award nomination for her performance in M. Night Shyamalan's psychological drama "The Sixth Sense.” Collette played a mother from South Philadelphia who must cope with the physical and emotional distress surrounding her young son's paranormal powers.

In 1998, Collette appeared in the independent film "The Boys,” by Australian director Rowan Woods, which was adapted from Gordon Graham's play. "The Boys” was shown in competition at the 1998 Berlin Film Festival, and it also stars David Wenham. That same year, Collette appeared as the wife of a fictional glam-rock star in the critically acclaimed film, "Velvet Goldmine.” She also delivered an unforgettable performance in the 1996 adaptation of Jane Austen's "Emma,” alongside Gwyneth Paltrow and Ewan McGregor.

Born and raised in Australia, Collette attended Australia's prestigious National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA). In 2000, Collette appeared on the Broadway's stage, in the highly anticipated revival of "The Wild Party,” with Mandy Patinkin and Eartha Kitt. In the role of ‘Queenie,' Collette displayed her extraordinary range as both actress and singer. Additional stage credits include performances for the Velvoir Street Theater and the Sydney Theater Company.

Additional film credits include "Dinner with Friends,” "The Magic Pudding,” "Hotel Splendide,” "The James Gang,” "The Clockwatchers,” "The Pallbearer,” "Lilian's Story” and Mark Joffe's "Spotswood” and "Cosi.” Collette resides in Australia.

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