Judy Davis

Judy Davis

  • Highest Rated: 93% Page Eight (2011)
  • Lowest Rated: 29% Gaudi Afternoon (2001)
  • Birthday: Apr 23, 1955
  • Birthplace: Perth, Western Australia, Australia
  • Known for her intense intelligence and the range of unconventional characters she has brought to life, Australian actress Judy Davis has had a fairly brilliant career. Born in Perth, Western Australia, on April 23, 1955, Davis rebelled against her Catholic upbringing by leaving home at the age of 17 to join a rock band, which toured across Asia for six months. Upon her return to Australia, she soon gave up her singing career to attend the Western Australia Institute of Technology and then concentrated on another branch of performing at the National Institute of Dramatic Art. At NIDA she trained with the likes of Mel Gibson, with whom she starred in a school production of Romeo and Juliet.In her subsequent stage work, Davis gravitated toward characters whose significant traits alternated between steel-like strength and vacillating vulnerability: She played the title roles in Lulu and Piaf. In films from 1977, Davis ascended to stardom as Sybilla Melvin in director Gillian Armstrong's My Brilliant Career (1979), a performance that won her several awards, including the Australian and British equivalents of the Oscar. She was likewise showered with industry and film-festival honors for her work in Hoodwink (1981), The Winter of Our Dreams (1982), Heatwave (1982), and Kangaroo (1984), appearing in the latter film with her husband, Colin Friels. She was nominated for an Emmy for her portrayal of young Golda Meir in the TV miniseries A Woman Called Golda (1982), and earned her first Oscar nomination for her interpretation of the enigmatic Adela Quested in David Lean's A Passage to India in 1984.Described by one colleague as "the patron saint of modern emotions," Davis has never done anything by halves: She was a lusty George Sand in Impromptu (1991), the junkie wife of William Lee in Naked Lunch (1991), a bibulous, self-destructive Hollywood ghostwriter in Barton Fink (1991), an overbearing ex-spouse in Woody Allen's Husbands and Wives (1992) (the second of her Oscar-nominated turns), and a hostage from Hell in The Ref (1994). Davis' films during the second half of the '90s were marked by a notably uneven quality, and she could be seen in everything from the wildly idiosyncratic Children of the Revolution (1996) to some other disappointing collaborations with Allen, Deconstructing Harry (1997) and Celebrity (1998). In 1999, Davis received another Emmy nomination for her work in Dash and Lilly, in which she starred as Lillian Hellman opposite Sam Shepard as Dashiell Hammett. Nonetheless, that particular award eluded her grasp.During the first few years of the new millennium, Davis stepped down and maintained a somewhat lower profile than in prior years, placing a much greater emphasis on telemovies than she had in the nineties, and limiting herself to lower-profile theatrical features. She gleaned positive notices - and won a Golden Globe - for her portrayal of the adult Judy Garland in the telemovie Life With Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows (2001), opposite Hugh Laurie and Victor Garber.Two years later, Davis received yet another Golden Globe nomination (her fifth nod, including the Garland win) for her portrayal of Nancy Reagan (opposite James Brolin as Ronald) in the unexpectedly controversial TV biopic The Reagans.A few scattered theatrical features highlighted this period, such as the twin 2001 releases The Man Who Sued God and Susan Seidelman's Gaudi Afternoon. Davis then joined the ensembles of two A-list features in 2006. The Jennifer Aniston-Vince Vaughn vehicle The Break-Up - a comedy about the constant sparring between a couple of live-in lovers - hit cinemas in June 2006 to mixed critical receptions, and struck gold at the box, doubtless riding high on the popularity of its twin leads. In the picture, Davis plays Marilyn Dean, Aniston's slave-driving boss at an art gallery. In that same year's hotly-anticipated but underperforming Marie Antoinette, Davis put her inimitably chilly stamp on the role of La Comtesse de Noaille

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Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

83% David Stratton: A Cinematic Life Actor 2017
56% The Dressmaker Molly Dunnage $2.1M 2016
76% The Young And Prodigious T.S. Spivet Jibsen 2015
No Score Yet Salting the Battlefield Jill Tankard 2014
60% The Eye of the Storm Executive Producer Dorothy de Lascabanes 2012
46% To Rome with Love Phyllis $16.6M 2012
93% Page Eight Jill Tankard 2011
No Score Yet The Starter Wife Joan McAllister 2007
No Score Yet Masters of Science Fiction Dr. Deanna Evans 2007
56% Marie Antoinette Contesse de Noailles $16M 2006
34% The Break-Up Marilyn Dean $118.7M 2006
No Score Yet A Little Thing Called Murder Sante Kimes 2006
61% Swimming Upstream Dora Fingleton 2004
No Score Yet The Reagans Actor 2003
71% The Man Who Sued God Anna Redmond 2001
29% Gaudi Afternoon Cassandra Reilly 2001
No Score Yet Life With Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows Judy Garland 2001
No Score Yet A Cooler Climate Paula Tanner 1999
No Score Yet Dash and Lilly Lillian Helman 1999
41% Celebrity Robin Simon 1998
No Score Yet The Echo of Thunder Gladwyn Ritchie 1998
73% Deconstructing Harry Lucy 1997
80% Children of the Revolution Joan Fraser 1997
61% Blood and Wine Suzanne 1997
48% Absolute Power Gloria Russell 1997
No Score Yet Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story Diane 1995
64% The New Age Katherine 1994
64% Where Angels Fear to Tread Harriet Herriton 1994
72% The Ref Caroline 1994
80% Dark Blood Buffy Fletcher 1993
93% Husbands and Wives Sally 1992
No Score Yet On My Own Mother 1992
69% Naked Lunch Joan Frost/Joan Lee 1991
90% Barton Fink Audrey 1991
No Score Yet One Against the Wind Mary Lindell 1991
76% Impromptu George Sand 1991
75% Alice Vicki 1990
No Score Yet Georgia Georgia 1988
88% High Tide Lilli 1987
No Score Yet Kangaroo Harriet Somers 1986
No Score Yet Rocket to the Moon Cleo 1986
86% A Passage to India Adela Quested 1984
No Score Yet Heatwave Kate Dean 1983
No Score Yet The Merry Wives of Windsor Mistress Ford 1982
No Score Yet Who Dares Wins (The Final Option) Frankie Leith 1982
No Score Yet A Woman Called Golda Young Golda 1982
No Score Yet Winter of Our Dreams Lou 1982
No Score Yet Coast to Coast Maxine Pierce 1980
83% My Brilliant Career Sybylla Melvyn 1979
No Score Yet High Rolling in a Hot Corvette Lynn 1977

TV

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Title

Credit

Year

100% Mystery Road
2018
Emma James
  • 2018
91% Feud
2016-2017
Hedda Hopper
  • 2017
No Score Yet Feud: Bette and Joan
Hedda Hopper
  • 2017
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2014
Jill Tankard
  • 2014
  • 2011
No Score Yet American Playhouse
1982-1996
Cleo
  • 1986
No Score Yet Ratched
2019

QUOTES FROM Judy Davis CHARACTERS

George Sand
I used to think I'd die of suffocation when I was married. Now it's freedom that's killing me.
Marilyn Dean
Travis, get your gorgeous out of here.
Marilyn Dean
Discover a path... that doesn't lead back here.
Jerry
Don’t try and psychoanalyze me. Many have tried, all have failed. My brain doesn’t fit the usual ego, superego model.
Jerry
Don't try and psychoanalyze me. Many have tried, all have failed. My brain doesn?t fit the usual ego, superego model.
Phyllis
No, you have the only brain with three ids.
Gus
Let's get one thing straight. From now on, the only person who yells is me. Why? Because I have a gun. People who have guns can do whatever they want. Married people without guns, for instance, you...
Caroline
Um-hum.
Lloyd
Um-hum.
Gus
Do not get to yell. Why? No guns! No guns! No yelling! Simple little equation!
Marie Antoinette
This is ridiculous!
Comtesse de Noailles
This is Versailles!
Jerry
I hace an IQ of 140, 160
Jerry
I have an IQ of 140, 160.
Phyllis
your thinking in euros, in dollars is much less
Phyllis
Your thinking in euros, in dollars is much less.
Jerry
I have an IQ of 140
Jerry
I have an IQ of 140.
Phyllis
Yes, but that's in Euros
Phyllis
Yes, but that's in Euros.
Joan Frost/Joan Lee
It's a literary high, a Kafka high. You feel like a bug. You want to try?
William Lee
I don't know, our metabolism's are very different...
Joan Frost/Joan Lee
You mean yours and Kafkas?
George Sand
I am not full of virtues and noble qualities. I love. That is all. But I love strongly, exclusively, and steadfastly.
Sally
It was a huge blow to my ego. You know, I thought he loved me, that, uh, that we were experimenting, you know.