Born in Assam, India, JULIE CHRISTIE (Mimi Lurie) attended school in England, but at sixteen moved to
Paris to study art. Later she became a drama student in London, gained experience on
stage, and appeared on television before making her screen debut in John Schlesinger's
Billy Liar. Just two years later, she re-teamed with Schlesinger for Darling, which
earned her an Academy Award for Best Actress, and that same year she starred in David
Lean's epic, Dr. Zhivago, as the beautiful, love-torn Lara.
In 1971, Christie garnered her second Academy Award nomination for Best Actress for
her role in Robert Altman's western McCabe & Mrs. Miller, a film which also was her
first of three screen collaborations with Warren Beatty, the other two being Shampoo and
Heaven Can Wait.
After slowing her output of films in the 1980s, Christie returned to mainstream movies
with a string of more recent high-profile releases, including Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet,
Afterglow (for which she received her third Academy Award nomination), Troy, Harry
Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Finding Neverland, and Away From Her, for which
she received her fourth Oscar nomination for Best Actress.