Julie Christie
Actress, activist
Julie Christie
Julie Frances Christie is a British actress. A pop icon of the "swinging London" era of the 1960s, she has won the Academy, Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Screen Actors Guild Awards. Christie's first big-screen roles were in Crooks Anonymous and The Fast Lady (both 1962), and her breakthrough was in 1963's Billy Liar. In 1965, she won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance as Diana Scott in Darling.
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CultureZohn: I Spent New Year's Eve In Bed With Warren Beatty
Huffington Post - about 2 months
Ok, so you know the drill by now. I'm home, it's almost 2017, and I need to crawl into bed with someone exciting, sexy, dynamic, legendary, to lift myself up over the hulking mess of New Year's Eve. This year, I knew had to think big, really really big, especially big, to face down the looming disaster of 45. I combed the bestseller list for a Keith Richards or Richard Burton-equivalent (my previous NY eve boon companions), and all I could come up with was Bruce Springsteen and Robbie Robertson and no offense, I've never been a Bruce babe and as much as I like Music from Big Pink, after seeing the Scorcese docu I found Robbie a wee bit self-important and limelight-stealing from his fellow Band members. As I was pondering this biggest of date nights, Carrie Fisher died, and I, like many others, rewound her career and came upon her first acting gig in Shampoo, and there he was staring me in the face. Warren! Warren could help me enter 2017 and get me some moxie back: if anyone ...
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Leonard Cohen's Folk Ballads Defined The Great 'McCabe & Mrs. Miller'
Huffington Post - 3 months
Leonard Cohen’s oft-covered “Hallelujah” is such a soundtrack staple that it’s become a cliché. Used to accentuate wistful emotions in movies and TV shows as varied as “Basquiat,” “Shrek,” “The West Wing,” “The O.C.,” “Cold Case” and “Watchmen,” the 1984 ballad will surely be remembered as Cohen’s signature contribution to popular culture, even though it saw little fanfare when first released.  Cohen, who died Thursday at age 82, gave Hollywood far more than “Hallelujah.” His greatest cinematic achievements are the songs used in 1971’s “McCabe & Mrs. Miller.” Robert Altman’s classic is a perfect emblem of its decade, considered a banner period for filmmaking, when Hollywood mended the crumbled studio system by leaving directors to their own creative devices. That auteurism contributed to Altman’s remarkable career, of which “McCabe & Mrs. Miller” is arguably the highlight. Without Cohen’s songs to guide it, the film wouldn’t be what it is.  A revisioni ...
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Robert Altman's 'McCabe & Mrs. Miller' on the big screen in Beverly Hills
LATimes - 12 months
Robert Altman's bleakly beautiful, revisionist 1971 western, the all-too-rarely-revived "McCabe & Mrs. Miller," starring Warren Beatty and Julie Christie, is getting a big-screen appearance at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Laemmle Ahrya Fine Arts Theater in Beverly Hills. The screening is a tribute...
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The Abell auction house has been in the business of buying, selling and bargains for 100 years
LATimes - about 1 year
The Abell Auction Co. not only has sold the estates of many Hollywood stars, its auctions attracted many a legend. "Lucille Ball used to sit in the front row at our Sunday sales," noted Abell CEO Don Schireson, who began working at the auction house with his father in 1977. "Julie Christie used...
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More Fictional Days of Rage
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Author and activist Diana Block calls her narrative, "Clandestine Occupations," "an imaginary history," though she might have simply described it as a novel, or perhaps as a roman a clef, to borrow the French phrase for a tale in which fictional characters are based on real people. In many ways, there's little if anything that's imaginary about "Clandestine Occupations," a 240-page book that's recently been published by PM Press in Oakland, California and that looks at the history of underground movements in the U.S. from a feminist, anti-imperialist perspective. Historical figures like Assata Shakur, the African American political exile, appear in these pages, along with real places like San Francisco and Chicago, and actual events like the Occupy Movement and the War in Iraq. Block is understandably reluctant to divulge certain facts and basic information that might make her work less murky than it is. After all, according to her profile at the back of the book, she "spent ...
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Review: 'Far From the Madding Crowd'
Chicago Times - almost 2 years
Equipped with its own brand of rough-hewn glamour, the new film version of the 1874 love quadrangle "Far From the Madding Crowd" is a long way from the widescreen, 171-minute running time and anachronistic Julie Christie eyeliner of the Thomas Hardy novel's best-known previous adaptation, released...
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Doctor Zhivago's Sound
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
The musical based on that Russian classic Doctor Zhivago inevitably evokes comparisons with the Omar Shariff-Julie Christie, David Lean 1965 movie, from Boris Pasternak's 1957 novel. A Broadway show with name recognition, Doctor Zhivago has played in Australia and South Korea--in Korean--and was much loved. Given its politics, that's a coup. Les Miserables Russian style, under Des McAnuff's direction, Doctor Zhivago has The Broadway Theater exploding with war, unexpected petards from the rafters, casting the stage in smoke and fire, and jarring the audience with attention commanding noise. By contrast, Lucy Simon's score with lyrics by Michael Korie and Amy Powers features memorable songs: "Now" and "Love Finds You" are standouts. The familiar lovers, Tam Mutu as the doctor/poet Zhivago, and Kelli Barrett as Lara give the story its force beginning with his wedding, to Tonya (a fine Lora Lee Gayer), to Lara's wild attempt at shooting Viktor Komarovsky (a very good Tom Hewitt). Traveli ...
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Our Money and Our Movie Stars
Huffington Post - over 3 years
"CHINA and India will, separately and together, unleash an explosion of demand," said Indian financier Muckesh Abami. WELL, China's explosion of demand is heavy on Hollywood these days. American-based stars such as Leonardo DiCaprio, John Travolta, Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, Kate Beckinsale and Catherine Zeta-Jones made an appearance at the unveiling of China's billion dollar studio complex in the city of Qingdao. (The unveiling of its plans, anyway. It was kind of like a groundbreaking ceremony.) Along for the ride were super-moguls such as Harvey Weinstein of New York City. The name behind the push is The Wanda Group and nobody knows for sure if anything as big as promised will come out of all the hoopla. As the Hollywood Reporter noted: "The Chinese are famous for wildly exaggerating what they are going to do." But nobody wants to diss the Chinese market even if it is a bit flaky in its predictions. The Asian take on American films is considerable. To the poi ...
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Terence Stamp Finds His Song
Huffington Post - over 3 years
One of the iconic actors and faces of London's "swinging" '60s; Terence Stamp was discovered by actor/director Peter Ustinov for the titular role in his adaptation of Melville's Billy Budd in 1962. The Cockney lad from London's notorious Bow district was thrust into the limelight almost overnight, becoming a symbol of the English working class "intelligentsia," which helped shape that decade's pop culture. Along with game-changers like Joe Orton, (Stamp's former roommate) Michael Caine, and the Beatles, Stamp et al proved to the world that one needn't have graduated with a First from Oxford to make a mark on the world. Terence Stamp marked his 50th year in show business with the release of last year's Unfinished Song, being released September 24 on DVD and Amazon Instant Video by Anchor Bay Entertainment. Stamp plays grumpy pensioner Arthur Harris, who honors his recently deceased wife (the great Vanessa Redgrave)'s passion for performing by joining the unconventional local choir to ...
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Life's a beach at Blugirl Milan show
Reuters.com - over 3 years
Blugirl designer Anna Molinari draws inspiration from Julie Christie in the movie 'Darling' for her latest beach-styled collection. Rough cut - no narration
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The Best of the Venice Film Festival
Huffington Post - over 3 years
In Death in Venice, Thomas Mann, described the city affectionately known as La Serenissima as "part fairy tale and part tourist trap". The Oscar nominated movie adaptation of the book, starring Dirk Bogarde, was shot at the sybaritic Hotel des Bains in the Venetian island of the Lido. The 12km long island -- one side of which faces the lagoon and the other, the Adriatic Sea -- now hosts the Venice Film Festival, the oldest and arguably the most glamorous film festival in the world. This year it has been celebrating its 70th anniversary. The Hotel des Bains has now closed, a victim of a failed refurbishment plan during the Italian economic crisis. In a city where tourism is the only real economic driver, it is surprising this year's Film Festival had no visible presence in the main tourist areas -- there were no billboards, no posters and no ticket booths. In fact, the average tourist in Venice this summer will probably have been oblivious to it. It is as if the festival directors made ...
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Ellen Snortland: Broad Appeal Reveals the Invisibility of Older Women
Huffington Post - over 3 years
An affable, funny and friendly woman by the name of Sam Dawson has compiled a book that deserves your attention: Broad Appeal: Wit and Wisdom from Women Ages Sixty to Ninety. When is the last time you've had a meaningful connection with a woman over 60 with whom you're not related? Sam Dawson is out to change the invisibility of "broads" over 60, and she's made a good start. She's also a connector and salon maven, but more about that later. When I taught the "Media, Culture & Identity" course at Cal State Los Angeles, I'd screen movies that were provocative and inclusive of invisible characters missing from the general movie and TV landscape. I used to joke with my students that if aliens landed and were to judge the population profile of the earth based on the characters depicted in our entertainment, they would logically conclude that: We have sufficient population control, not through birth control but through white men killing everything in sight... except each ...
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Nina Camp: What I Say to Men Who Want to Screw
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Swelling. Urgency. Pressure. I may have special powers to relieve swelling, urgency and pressure. I write ad copy for mail-order vitamin companies. I recently covered rent and utilities for three years in a spacious Manhattan apartment, plus health insurance and personal training (8 sessions/month), with royalties from the sales of just three male health formulas. Each formula, I promised, shrinks an enlarged prostate and relieves urgent male swelling. I like to think my promises were fulfilled. A few months ago I agreed to write a piece for a natural testosterone booster for men over 50 "who want to screw" (client's words) but have lost their sex drive and don't get great erections anymore. When I told my personal trainer about it, he said men can increase testosterone by doing squats to pump up the area. Even though my trainer is a fitness model contest winner, and very sweet, I can't use his idea in the promo. I can say something like this: FEEL LIKE A MAN ...
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William Bradley: Mad Men: A Return To Form?
The Huffington Post - over 3 years
The latest episode in this most uneven of Mad Men seasons, A Tale of Two Cities, was actually a good one. Coming just a week after the least viewed episode since 2009, and just as I was thinking it might be time for a pithy 400 or 500 words on the show jumping the shark, it was a welcome arrival. Which is not to say that it's a great or, in the end, especially important episode, just that it wasn't the clanker that some of the recent efforts were. There were no major reveals in the episode, but there was a fair amount of action, more than the usual, and most of it thankfully out of the inner hell the show too often inhabits, on the road and out on the town, focused on Mad Men's core advertising milieu. Beware of spoilers, as always, and here's an archive of my pieces on the show, in The Mad Men File. It's late August 1968 in Mad Men universe. Which means that the blood-in-the-streets debacle of the Democratic National Convention took place on television before the mos ...
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George Heymont: Class Acts
Huffington Post - over 3 years
For me, watching a film or a live theatrical performance is a bit like making love. I'm often in the dark, unsure of the next move. Whether or not my hopes and expectations will match reality remains to be seen. One old saying warns that "You have to kiss a lot of frogs to find a Prince." Another cautions to "Just sit back and enjoy it." Famous words of advice. But what if the action is keeping you on the edge of your seat? What if your foot is tapping in rhythm to the music? What if the performances you're witnessing on stage and screen are more satisfying than usual? When you find yourself in the care of a skilled creative team that knows what it's doing, it's like the magical moment when you discover that you've locked lips with someone who knows the fine art of kissing. Years of experience and practice have brought about a refinement of craft which can make the moment seem intoxicating, yet precise. Knowing, yet spontaneous. Deliciously orchestrated. Such m ...
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John Farr: Dressing Up: The 10 Best Period Costume Movies
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
One of the singular joys of living in New York City is The Metropolitan Museum of Art, conveniently situated right across the Park from us. I was reminded of this on Wednesday when I attended their "Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity" exhibition. Combining artwork and costumes, it showed how the finest French impressionist painters of the late-19th century were celebrating Paris as the epicenter of style and fashion in their work, by painting not just glorious gardens and vistas, but the colorful, elaborate outfits worn by the city's most prominent women. Admittedly, I'm a sucker for the Impressionists. Were I Bill Gates, I'd be snapping up any Monet or Renoir I could lay my hands on. And though you won't see me at any "Fashion Week" events, I also love and revere timeless fashion and style, by which I mean: a) Clean styles, cuts and color sense that worked in 1930, and will work in 2030. b) Fashions from the past -- say, two centuries (I'm less inter ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Julie Christie
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  • 2011
    Age 69
    In 2011, Christie played a "sexy, bohemian" version of the grandmother role in Catherine Hardwicke's gothic retelling of Red Riding Hood.
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  • 2008
    Age 66
    She appeared in a segment of the 2008 film, New York, I Love You, written by Anthony Minghella, directed by Shekhar Kapur and co-starring Shia LaBeouf, as well as in Glorious 39, about a British family at the start of World War II.
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    She has been a long-standing supporter of the charity, and in February 2008, was named as its first 'Ambassador'.
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    In 2008, Christie narrated Uncontacted Tribes, a short film for the British-based charity Survival International, featuring previously unseen footage of remote and endangered peoples.
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    In January 2008, several news outlets reported that the couple had quietly married in India two months earlier, in November 2007, which Christie called "nonsense", adding, "I have been married for a few years.
    More Details Hide Details Don't believe what you read in the papers." In the late 1960s, her advisers adopted a very complex scheme in an attempt to reduce her tax liability, giving rise to the leading case of Black Nominees Ltd v Nicol (Inspector of Taxes). The case was heard by Templeman J (who later became Lord Templeman), who gave judgment in favour of the Inland Revenue, ruling that the scheme was ineffective. She is also active in various causes, including animal rights, environmental protection, and the anti-nuclear power movement and is also a Patron of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, as well as Reprieve, and CFS/ME charity Action for ME. General Interviews
    On 22 January 2008, Christie received her fourth Oscar nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role at the 80th Academy Awards.
    More Details Hide Details She appeared at the ceremony wearing a pin calling for the closure of the prison in Guantanamo Bay.
  • 2007
    Age 65
    On 5 December 2007, she won the Best Actress Award from the National Board of Review for her performance in Away from Her.
    More Details Hide Details She also won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama, the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role and the Genie Award for Best Actress for the same film.
    Christie's performance generated Oscar buzz, leading the distributor, Lions Gate Entertainment, to buy the film at the festival to release the film in 2007 to build momentum during the awards season.
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  • 2006
    Age 64
    Debuting at the Toronto International Film Festival on 11 September 2006 as part of the TIFF's Gala showcase, Away from Her drew rave reviews from the trade press, including The Hollywood Reporter, and the four Toronto dailies.
    More Details Hide Details The critics singled out the performances of Christie and her co-star, Canadian actor Gordon Pinsent, and Polley's direction.
    In July 2006 she was a member of the jury at the 28th Moscow International Film Festival.
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  • 2004
    Age 62
    In 2004, Christie made a brief cameo appearance in the third Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, playing Madam Rosmerta.
    More Details Hide Details That same year, she also appeared in two other high-profile films: Wolfgang Petersen's Troy and Marc Forster's Finding Neverland, playing the mother of Brad Pitt and Kate Winslet, respectively. The latter performance earned Christie a BAFTA nomination as supporting actress in film. Christie portrayed the female lead in Away from Her, a film about a long-married Canadian couple coping with the wife's Alzheimer's disease. Based on the Alice Munro short story "The Bear Came Over the Mountain", the movie was the first feature film directed by Christie's sometime co-star, Canadian actress Sarah Polley. She took the role, she says, only because Polley is her friend. Polley has said Christie liked the script but initially turned it down as she was ambivalent about acting. It took several months of persuasion by Polley before Christie finally accepted the role.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1997
    Age 55
    Also in 1997, she received the British Academy's highest honour, the BAFTA Fellowship.
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    Her next critically acclaimed role was the unhappy wife in Alan Rudolph's 1997 domestic comedy-drama Afterglow, which gained her a third Oscar nomination.
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  • 1996
    Age 54
    In 1996, after a somewhat lengthy absence from the screen, Christie co-starred in the fantasy adventure film DragonHeart, and appeared as Gertrude in Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1988
    Age 46
    In 1988, she starred in the television film Dadah Is Death, based on the Barlow and Chambers execution, as Barlow's mother Barbara, who desperately fought to save her son from being hanged for drug trafficking in Malaysia.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1979
    Age 37
    In 1979, she was a member of the jury at the 29th Berlin International Film Festival.
    More Details Hide Details Never a prolific actress, even at the height of her fame and bankability, Christie turned down many high-caliber film roles, including Anne of the Thousand Days, They Shoot Horses, Don't They? Nicholas and Alexandra, and Reds, all of which earned Oscar nominations for the actresses who eventually played them. In the 1980s, Christie appeared in non-mainstream films such as The Return of the Soldier (1982) and Heat and Dust (1983). She had a major supporting role in Sidney Lumet's Power (1986) alongside Richard Gere, Gene Hackman and Denzel Washington, but other than that, Christie avoided large budget films.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1971
    Age 29
    In 1971, Christie co-starred with Alan Bates in Joseph Losey's romantic drama The Go-Between, which won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
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  • 1967
    Age 25
    Having moved to Los Angeles in 1967 ("I was there because of a lot of American boyfriends") Christie returned to the United Kingdom in 1977, where she lived on a farm in Wales.
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    The two had a high-profile but intermittent relationship between 1967 and 1974.
    More Details Hide Details After the relationship ended, they worked together again in the hit comedies Shampoo (1975) and Heaven Can Wait (1978). Her other films during the decade were Nicolas Roeg's controversial thriller Don't Look Now (1973), in which she had a graphic sex scene with Donald Sutherland, and the science-fiction/horror film Demon Seed (1977), based on the novel of the same name by Dean Koontz and directed by Donald Cammell.
    In 1967, Time magazine said of her: "What Julie Christie wears has more real impact on fashion than all the clothes of the ten best-dressed women combined."
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  • 1966
    Age 24
    In 1966, Christie played a dual role in François Truffaut's adaptation of the Ray Bradbury novel Fahrenheit 451, where she starred opposite Oskar Werner.
    More Details Hide Details Later, she played Thomas Hardy's heroine Bathsheba Everdene in Schlesinger's Far from the Madding Crowd (1967), and the title role, Petulia Danner, in Richard Lester's Petulia (1968), opposite George C. Scott. Christie's persona as the "swinging 60s British bird" she had embodied in Billy Liar and Darling was further cemented by her appearance in the documentary Tonite Let's All Make Love in London.
  • 1965
    Age 23
    She was engaged to Don Bessant, a lithographer and art teacher, in 1965, before dating actor Warren Beatty for several years.
    More Details Hide Details She is married to The Guardian journalist Duncan Campbell; they have lived together since 1979, but the date they wed is disputed.
    Christie starred in two other films released in 1965, first appearing as Daisy Battles in Young Cassidy, a biopic of Irish playwright Seán O'Casey, co-directed by Jack Cardiff and (uncredited) John Ford.
    More Details Hide Details Her last film of the year was David Lean's Doctor Zhivago, adapted from the epic/romance novel by Boris Pasternak. The film was a box office smash, and Christie's role as Lara Antipova would become her most famous. As of 2016, Doctor Zhivago is the 8th highest-grossing film of all time, adjusted for inflation.
    Life magazine hailed 1965 as "The Year of Julie Christie" when the young actress became known internationally for her role as an amoral model in Darling, directed by Schlesinger.
    More Details Hide Details Christie, who had obtained the lead role after the casting of Shirley MacLaine fell through, won numerous accolades for her performance, including the Academy Award for Best Actress.
  • 1962
    Age 20
    In 1962, Christie appeared in feature films with co-starring roles in a pair of comedies for Independent Artists: Crooks Anonymous and The Fast Lady.
    More Details Hide Details Her breakthrough role, however, was as Liz, the friend and would-be lover of the eponymous character played by Tom Courtenay in Billy Liar (1963), which earned her a BAFTA Award nomination. The director, John Schlesinger, had cast Christie only after another actress dropped out of the film.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1961
    Age 19
    Her big break came in the 1961 BBC serial A for Andromeda.
    More Details Hide Details She was a contender for the role of Honey Rider in the first James Bond film, Dr. No, but producer Albert R. Broccoli reportedly thought her breasts were too small.
  • 1957
    Age 15
    Christie made her professional stage debut in 1957, and her first screen roles were on British television.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1940
    Age -2
    Christie was born on 14 April 1940 at Singlijan Tea Estate, Chabua, Assam, British India, the elder child of Rosemary (née Ramsden), a painter, and Francis "Frank" St. John Christie.
    More Details Hide Details Her father ran the tea plantation where she was raised. She has a younger brother, Clive, and an older (now deceased) half-sister, June, from her father's relationship with an Indian woman, who worked as a tea picker on his plantation. Frank and Rosemary Christie separated when Julie was a child. She was baptised in the Church of England and studied as a boarder at the independent Convent of Our Lady school in St. Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex, after being expelled from another convent school for telling a risqué joke that reached a wider audience than originally anticipated. After being asked to leave the Convent of Our Lady as well, she later attended Wycombe Court School, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, during which time she lived with a foster mother from the age of six. After her parents' divorce, Christie spent time with her mother in rural Wales. As a teenager at the all-girls' Wycombe Court School, she played "the Dauphin" in a production of Shaw's Saint Joan. She later studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama.
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