Emmy and Golden Globe award winner TONI COLLETTE (Peggy)
an indelible impression on Hollywood with her beautiful portrayal as
the hopeless and desperate 'Muriel Heslop' in P.J. Hogan's 1994
film, MURIEL'S WEDDING. Proving her amazing ability to transform
into the characters in which she plays; Collette has since starred
in a variety of intriguingly diverse roles both in television and
feature films throughout the last two decades.
Most recently, Collette was seen in JESUS HENRY CHRIST, a
comedy produced by Julia Roberts and also starring Michael Sheen. In
the film, she played the role of 'Patricia,' a decidedly offbeat
woman who has become an ardent feminist raising her brilliant son,
who has one of the highest IQs in recorded history.
Collette will also appear in upcoming the films MENTAL, and
THE WAY, WAY BACK and is currently in production on UNTITLED NICOLE
HOLOFCENER PROJECT, and THE LONG WAY DOWN.
Collette was previously seen starring in Showtime's hit series
"United States of Tara," written by Academy-Award winner Diablo Cody
(JUNO). Collette portrayed the title character, 'Tara,' a woman
struggling to find a balance between her dissociative identity
disorder and raising a dysfunctional family. John Corbett and Brie
Larsen co-starred in the comedy. The show premiered on January 18,
2009 and garnered Collette both an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe
Award for "Best Actress in a Comedy Series," as well as two Screen
Actors Guild Award nominations. The show ended after three seasons
in 2011. In that same year, Collette starred in FOSTER, an
independent film directed by Jonathan Newman. Additionally, Collette
was seen opposite Colin Farrell in the horror film FRIGHT NIGHT.
In 2009, Collette lent her voice to the Australian animated
film, MARY AND MAX, which was written and directed by Academy-Award
winner Adam Elliott. Collette played the voice of Mary, a lonely
eight-year-old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne who becomes
pen pals with Max Horovitz (voice of Eric Bana), a 44-year-old
Jewish man with Asperger's Syndrome living in New York.
In 2007, Collette starred in THE BLACK BALLOON, an independent
film that was awarded the Crystal Bear Award at the Berlin
International Film Festival. Directed by Elissa Down, Collette
portrays the struggling and accepting mother of an autistic child,
who is played by Luke Ford.
Collette's recent projects continue her mandate of tasteful
choices as an actress. She starred in the Alan Ball ensemble,
TOWELHEAD, which also starred Aaron Eckhart, Peter Macdissi and
Maria Bello and was released in fall 2008. In 2007, Focus Features
released EVENING, which is about a dying woman (Vanessa Redgrave)
reflecting on her youth when she met the love of her life, as her
two daughters (Toni Collette and Natasha Richardson) wrestle with
her impending death. EVENING, which opened June 29, 2007, is based
on the best-selling novel by Susan Minot and is directed by Lajos
Koltai. Also in 2007, Collette starred in the Australian children's
film HEY, HEY IT'S ESTHER BLUEBURGER, opposite Keisha Castle-Hughes.
Some of Collette's other projects that have shown her
versatility as an actress include The Sundance Film Festival hit,
LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, that went on to be a huge critical and box-office
success. This sleeper hit, which also stars Greg Kinnear,
Steve Carrell and Alan Arkin, is about a dysfunctional family hell
bent on getting their little girl to win a beauty contest. Collette
also appeared in Miramax's 2006 thriller THE NIGHT LISTENER with
Robin Williams and Sandra Oh, written and directed by Terry
Anderson. That same year, she appeared in the Australian film LIKE
MINDS, starring Richard Roxborough, where Collette stars as a
forensic scientist investigating a schoolboy's murder, and
mystery/thriller THE DEAD GIRL alongisde Josh Brolin and Rose Byrne.
In 2005, Collette starred opposite Cameron Diaz and Shirley
MacLaine in the critically acclaimed film IN HER SHOES, directed by
Curtis Hanson and based on the best-selling novel by Jennifer
Weiner. IN HER SHOES is about two very different sisters, Rose
(Collette) who is climbing her way up the corporate ladder and
Maggie (Diaz), who is the consummate party girl, with nothing in
common with each other but size 8 Â½ feet. IN HER SHOES, a 20th
Century Fox film, was produced by Ridley Scott and with the
screenplay by Susannah Grant.
Collette received some of the best reviews of her career in
the Samuel Goldwyn's release, JAPANESE STORY, for which she garnered
extraordinary critical acclaim 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
Lead Actress in a Lead Role." The film also received a total of
twenty-three awards and completed the Best Film trifecta in
Australia, taking home the award 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 went on to co-star
opposite Alec Baldwin, Matthew Broderick and Calista Flockhart in
the Touchstone film THE LAST SHOT.
Appearing in four films, 2002 marked a substantial year for
Collette's film career. She was seen in CHANGING LANES, a story of
coincidence and consequence opposite Samuel L. Jackson; DIRTY DEEDS,
an independent film set in 1960s Australia; opposite Hugh Grant in
ABOUT A BOY, the hit box office adaptation from Nick Hornby's novel
of the same name; and the critically acclaimed film THE HOURS,
opposite Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep and Julianne Moore.
In the summer of 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 box-office
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 was seen 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 also stars David Wenham. In the same year,
Collette appeared as the wife of fictional glam-rock star in the
critically acclaimed Miramax film, VELVET GOLDMINE. She also
delivered an unforgettable performance in Miramax's 1996 adaptation
of Jane Austen's EMMA, alongside Gwyneth Paltrow and Ewan McGregor.
Born and raised in Australia, Collette was a student at
Australia's prestigious National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA).
In addition to her undeniable talent on-screen, Collette has had the
opportunity to demonstrate her talents on Broadway's stage. In
2000, she starred in the highly anticipated revival of The Wild
Party, alongside 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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