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Academy Award® and Tony Award nominee TONI COLLETTE, born and raised in Australia, continues to make an indelible impression on Hollywood. She gained instant recognition for her portrayal of the hopeless and desperate Muriel Heslop in P.J. Hogan's 1994 film, MURIEL'S WEDDING, and has gone on to become one of the most respected actresses of her generation. Proving her amazing ability to transform into the character in which she plays, Collette has since starred in a variety of diverse roles.

Most recently, Collette starred in IN HER SHOES opposite Cameron Diaz and Shirley McClaine. She will next be seen in the Sundance Film Festival hit, LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, an offbeat family road comedy also starring Greg Kinnear, Steve Carell, Alan Arkin and Paul Dano.

She was also seen recently in the critically acclaimed JAPANESE STORY, directed by Sue Brooks, a performance that garnered her a Best Actress award from both the Australian Film Institute and the Film Critics Circle of Australia, and in the US, a Golden Satellite nomination for Best Actress as well. Collette made another memorable comedic turn in the musical comedy CONNIE AND CARLA and starred opposite Alec Baldwin, Matthew Broderick and Calista Flockhart in the comedy THE LAST SHOT for Touchstone Pictures.

In 2002, Collette starred as a fifties housewife in the Academy Award® nominated and Golden Globe winning picture THE HOURS. The film was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award in the  category of "Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.” Collette also starred in the touching comedy ABOUT A BOY. For her portrayal as a struggling single mother opposite Hugh Grant's self-involved playboy, she received a BAFTA nomination for "Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role.” Additionally, in 2002, Collette appeared with Samuel L. Jackson and Ben Affleck in the critical favorite CHANGING LANES. Collette first starred opposite Samuel L. Jackson in John Singleton's version of SHAFT.

Her breakthrough American film paired her with Bruce Willis in the box office phenomenon, THE SIXTH SENSE, directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Collette's mesmerizing performance as the mother of a boy with paranormal powers garnered an Academy Award® nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

Additional film credits include HBO's "Dinner with Friends” with Dennis Quaid, Greg Kinnear, and Andie McDowell; THE BOYS, a film by Australian director Rowan Woods, which was adapted from Gordon Graham's play; Miramax's VELVET GOLDMINE, and their 1996 adaptation of Jane Austen's EMMA, co-starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Ewan McGregor; HOTEL SPLENDIDE, THE JAMES GANG, THE CLOCKWATCHERS, THE PALLBEARER, LILIAN'S STORY and Mark Joffe's SPOTSWOOD and COSI.

In theater, Collette received her first Tony Award nomination in the spring of 2000 while making her New York stage debut in Michael John LaChiusa and George C. Wolfe's Tony Award nominated musical, "The Wild Party,” starring with Eartha Kitt and Mandy Patinkin.


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