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Julie Christie: The Biography
     

Julie Christie: The Biography

by Tim Ewbank, Stafford Hildred
 

Born a tea-planter's daughter in India, Julie Christie led a troubled younger life growing up in Britain until her breakthrough performance in the 1963 film Billy Liar. Success soon followed, including an Oscar for her role in Darling, an acclaimed performance in Dr. Zhivago, and a string of romances that included a marriage with Warren Beatty.

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Born a tea-planter's daughter in India, Julie Christie led a troubled younger life growing up in Britain until her breakthrough performance in the 1963 film Billy Liar. Success soon followed, including an Oscar for her role in Darling, an acclaimed performance in Dr. Zhivago, and a string of romances that included a marriage with Warren Beatty. In the face of her success and fame, however, Christie soon shied away from stardom in favor of a quiet and isolated personal life. This insightful biography charts Christie’s career right up through Oscar-nominated performance in Away from Her and uncovers little-known secrets about the private life of this astounding actress.

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Kirkus Reviews
Shallow biography of the renowned film, stage and TV actress. A varied and celebrated acting career, a history of political activism and an outspoken personality make Julie Christie an ideal subject for biography. Unfortunately, British entertainment journalists Ewbank and Hildred offer very little beyond what exists in previously published accounts. The authors begin with Christie's childhood in India and boarding school in England, glossing over the family discord that may have informed her career. Though she grew up to star in films both groundbreaking (Billy Liar, Darling) and epic (Doctor Zhivago, Far from the Madding Crowd), the accounts of these works given here consistently strike one or two notes: Christie was chronically insecure about her talent; she was a stunning beauty loved by the camera. The films' production histories are fairly well detailed, but analysis of the work seldom goes deeper than the surface. As to why the eminent director John Schlesinger failed in his adaptation of Thomas Hardy's Far from the Madding Crowd, the authors note, "somewhere in the mix wise heads detected trouble." This same lack of critical acumen precludes a definitive assessment of Christie's acting; instead, the authors pay a great deal of attention to Christie's highly publicized romantic affairs. Her relationship with lothario Warren Beatty merits an entire chapter in which at least some note is made of the two films they made together, Shampoo and Heaven Can Wait. But even that section is padded out with an extended, irrelevant discussion of the sound-recording technique Beatty used in Bonnie and Clyde, a film in which Christie was not involved. Notes on Christie's face-lift preface a thinsummary of her recent, stunning work as a woman with Alzheimer's in Away from Her. Christie's significance as an actress and cultural icon await a more perceptive appraisal.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780233998466
Publisher:
Deutsch, Andre
Publication date:
01/01/2000
Pages:
243
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.45(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Tim Ewbank works as a television journalist. Stafford Hildred is a television critic. Together they have written several celebrity biographies, including Joanna Lumley, Roy Keane, and There’s Only One David Beckham.

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