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TONI COLLETTE made an indelible impression on Hollywood with her portrait of the hopeless but inspirational Muriel Heslop in P.J. Hogan's MURIEL'S WEDDING, for which she won an Australian Academy Award, her first of four. Proving her amazing ability to transform into the characters which she plays, Collette has since starred in a variety of diverse roles.

Collette was most recently seen in the critically acclaimed 20th Century Fox film IN HER SHOES with Cameron Diaz and Shirley MacLaine, directed by Curtis Hanson and based on the best-selling novel by Jennifer Weiner. She just completed the independent film DEAD GIRL with Giovanni Ribisi and is currently shooting TSUNAMI for HBO Films in Thailand.

In 2004 Collette starred in the comedies CONNIE & CARLA opposite Nia Vardalos and THE LAST SHOT with Matthew Broderick and Alec Baldwin. In 2003 Collette received some of the best reviews of her career for JAPANESE STORY, for which she garnered extraordinary critical acclaim and her fourth Australian Academy Award. Collette's other recent films include ABOUT A BOY, the hit box office adaptation of Nick Hornby's novel, the critically acclaimed THE HOURS, opposite Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep and Julianne Moore, and the remake of SHAFT opposite Samuel L. Jackson.

Collette earned an Academy Award nomination for her performance in M. Night Shyamalan's thriller THE SIXTH SENSE, as a Philadelphia mother who must cope with the physical and emotional distress surrounding her young son's paranormal powers. She will next be seen in THE NIGHT LISTENER with Robin Williams and Sandra Oh and in the thriller LIKE MINDS.

In addition to her undeniable talent on-screen, Collette has had the opportunity to appear on stage, starring in the highly regarded revival of "The Wild Party,ā€¯ alongside Mandy Patinkin and Eartha Kitt.

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