Rachel Griffiths
Actress
Rachel Griffiths
Rachel Anne Griffiths is an Australian film and television actress who came to prominence in the 1994 film Muriel's Wedding and her Academy Award nominated performance in the 1997 film Hilary and Jackie. Among her other notable roles, she is particularly well known for her portrayal of Brenda Chenowith in the TV series Six Feet Under and Sarah Walker on the ABC primetime drama Brothers & Sisters.
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"Hacksaw Ridge" Is an Amazing Movie About Faith, Courage, Love and Patriotism
Huffington Post - 5 months
Movie Review - Jackie K Cooper "Hacksaw Ridge" (Lionsgate) "Hacksaw Ridge" is a movie hard to watch but also hard to forget. Mel Gibson directed this film based on the life of Desmond Doss, a young man from Virginia who served in World War II as a medic. He was also a conscientious objector who stated he would never touch a rifle or take anyone's life. This determination to serve his country but also hold fast to his beliefs makes for a film that touches the hearts and souls of audiences from its beginning to its end. The first half of the film serves as a set up to all that occurs in the second half. Andrew Garfield portrays Doss who is seen as a simple and naive young man. His father (Hugo Weaving) is a World War I veteran who is haunted by all that he saw in combat. He has turned to alcohol to try and hold off his demons. This is turn causes him to be emotionally and physically abusive to his wife (Rachel Griffiths) and his two sons. When Pearl Harbor is bom ...
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12 Baby Names Inspired By History-Making Black Female Singers
Huffington Post - about 2 years
In honor of Black History Month, we salute some fabulous singers who contributed to the birth of the blues and the beginnings of jazz. Most are not as well known now as Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald, but they all made significant contributions to this most American of art forms -- and many of their vintage names are right on trend for babies today! Adelaide Jazz singer Adelaide Hall had a career that spanned 70 years, was a major figure in the Harlem Renaissance, pioneered the improvisational vocal techniques known as “scat” singing, and had great success in England. The place name Adelaide, used by Aussie actress Rachel Griffiths for her daughter, is a big Nameberry fave, now at Number 13; Number 321 nationally. Alberta Another jazz and blues singer with a long career, Alberta Hunter had early success, starting in 1917, flourished as a singer and songwriter in the 1920s and 1930s and was still performing into the seventies. The feminization name Alberta is a ro ...
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Saving Mr. Banks Singalong at The Four Seasons
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Disney scores again! First it was multi-Oscar winning Mary Poppins, now Saving Mr. Banks, a biopic of Mary Poppins writer P. L. Travers. In the person of Emma Thompson she's stern, a bit of a frump, Britishly out of step, yet endearing as she comes around giving Walt Disney the rights to make this classic musical. Let's face it: who can say no to Tom Hanks? Set in two time frames, the 1960's when Disney finally got Travers to agree and the 1930's back brush Australia where Travers nee Helen Goff grew up, a daughter of an alcoholic with lofty dreams played movingly by Colin Farrell. Featuring a stellar supporting cast of Jason Schwartzman, Paul Giamatti, Rachel Griffiths, Kathy Baker, B. J. Novak, the miracle of this movie is its tone: with sad and funny in equal measure, Saving Mr. Banks will surely top award season lists. The invitation for a celebratory luncheon at The Four Seasons read "Singalong." Sure enough, diners equipped with Mary Poppins songbooks, accompanied by piano and t ...
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Jason Statham to Kill Some More People
Yahoo News - over 3 years
Today in movie and TV casting news: Jason Statham takes over for Daniel Craig, Rachel Griffiths will play one of Australia's most famous political women, and another Australian begins his takeoff. Remember Layer Cake, the stylish little British crime flick that kicked the careers of star Daniel Craig and director Matthew Vaughn into high-gear? Well, the guy who wrote the novel that that movie is based on has written a follow-up, called Viva La Madness, which Jason Statham is eying as a starring vehicle. I won't spoil the ending of Layer Cake in case you haven't seen it yet, but let's just say this is a somewhat surprising development.
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'Saving Mr. Banks' Reviews Are Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
Huffington Post - over 3 years
No spoonful of sugar is necessary before seeing "Saving Mr. Banks." That, at least, is the consensus from critics who were in attendance at the film's world premiere during the London Film Festival on Sunday. Based on an original screenplay by Kelly Marcel (the upcoming adaptation of "50 Shades of Grey") and Sue Smith, "Saving Mr. Banks" details the lengths Walt Disney went to adapt P.L. Travers' "Mary Poppins" for the silver screen. Tom Hanks stars as Disney, with Emma Thompson playing Mrs. Travers. "Somewhere, Uncle Walt is smiling," Variety critic Scott Foundas wrote of "Saving Mr. Banks," which comes from director John Lee Hancock. "Thick with affection for Hollywood's most literal 'dream factory' and wry in its depiction of the studio filmmaking process, ['Saving Mr. Banks'] should earn far more than tuppence from holiday audiences -- and from awards voters who can scarcely resist this sort of mash note to the magic of movies (e.g., 'Argo,' 'The Artist')." Those films, it shoul ...
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Tom Hanks' Next Oscar?
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Tom Hanks stars as Walt Disney in the upcoming film "Saving Mr. Banks," about the making of the 1964 Disney classic "Mary Poppins." The first "Saving Mr. Banks" trailer debuted on Thursday here at HuffPost Entertainment and Moviefone -- watch it above. Also starring Emma Thompson, Colin Farrell, Ruth Wilson, Paul Giamatti, B.J. Novak, Jason Schwartzman, Rachel Griffiths and Bradley Whitford, "Saving Mr. Banks" tells the story of how Disney convinced author P.L. Travers (Thompson) to give the studio the rights to her novel, "Mary Poppins." (The book was first published in 1934.) John Lee Hancock ("The Blind Side") directs the film, from a script by Kelly Marcel (the upcoming adaptation of "50 Shades of Grey"). "Saving Mr. Banks" is set for release on Dec. 25; the film could give Hanks a sixth Oscar nomination, at least judging by his performance teased in the trailer.
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Rachel Griffiths Heads Into the Woods on NBC's Playful New Dramedy Camp
Seattle Pi - over 3 years
Rachel Griffiths Heads Into the Woods on NBC's Playful New Dramedy Camp Seattle Post-Intelligencer Copyright 2013 Seattle Post-Intelligencer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 10:00 pm, Tuesday, July 9, 2013 Ah, summer camp: hallowed ground for singing "Kumbaya," celebrating rites of passage and forging relationships never meant to withstand the first fall frost. At the center of the action is Mackenzie Granger (Brothers & ­Sisters' ­Rachel Griffiths), a newly ­divorced mom whose first act of ­independence is to take over the cash-strapped Little ­Otter. Some backwoods hanky-panky - including, in the premiere, an ­impromptu tryst with an arrogant rival camp owner (Rodger Corser). Another plotline focuses on counselors Sarah (Dena Kaplan) and Robbie (Tim Pocock), longtime summer-only sweethearts whose bond gets tested when Sarah strikes up a flirtation with an aut ...
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North West Has Got Some Company
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
NEW YORK — Was Kanye West inspired by One Direction? Kim Kardashian and Kanye West named their daughter North West, according to their Los Angeles County birth certificate. The baby was born at 5:34 a.m. Saturday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. North is certainly not the first celebrity baby with an unorthodox name – and plenty of those names have set trends. Brooklyn may have seemed exotic when Victoria and David Beckham chose it in 1999, but last year it was the 29th most popular baby name in the U.S., according to the Social Security Administration. (Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz's choice of another New York borough, Bronx, remains less popular.) North has not cracked the Social Security Administration's top 1000 baby names over the past 100 years, though West ranked 949 for boys in the year 1913. But given the popularity of place names – Paris, London, Sydney and Savannah were also in the top 100 for girls – perhaps we can expect more babies ...
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'Camp' On NBC: Rachel Griffiths Stars In New Summer Series (VIDEO)
The Huffington Post - almost 4 years
NBC is going to "Camp" this summer. "Six Feet Under" veteran Rachel Griffiths stars as Mackenzie Granger, the owner and director of Little Otter Family Camp. She's recently divorced and attempting to do things her own way to keep the cash-strapped camp afloat. There's love and drama -- and that's just with the adults. Wait until you meet the kids. "Camp" hails from Liz Heldens of “Friday Night Lights” fame and Peter Elkoff of “Deception." Read More... More on Reality-Free
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NBC's 'Camp' dramedy aims for summer fun in the Midwest
LATimes - almost 4 years
The hour-long dramedy about a cash-strapped lakeside getaway in the Midwest stars Australian actress Rachel Griffiths. Summer is the main inspiration for NBC's "Camp," a dramatic comedy created by Liz Heldens ("Friday Night Lights") and Peter Elkoff ("Gossip Girl").
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NBC Sets Summer Schedule
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
NBC has announced its new summer 2013 schedule. "Save Me," which was ordered to series in May 2012, will debut on Thursday, May 23 with two episodes, beginning at 8 p.m. ET. The series stars Heche as a woman who suffers a near-death experience and undergoes a spiritual awakening. "Camp," which comes from from Liz Heldens ("Friday Night Lights") and Peter Elkoff ("Gossip Girl"), will premiere on Wednesday, July 10 at 10 p.m. ET. The series is set at Little Otter Family Camp and follows Rachel Griffiths as a divorced camp director who is in search of a fresh start. In the reality category, "Get Out Alive With Bear Grylls" premieres on Monday, July 8 at 9 p.m. ET. The show features 10 teams of two surviving on New Zealand's South Island. Also, "American Ninja Warrior" returns with a two-hour special on Monday, July 1 at 8 p.m. ET. The show, which features contestants competing in obstacle courses, moves to Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on July 8. "America's Got Talent" return ...
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Matthew Rhys: “I still blink hard when the young PAs say, ‘We’re doing this period drama’”
Salon.com - about 4 years
The Cold War-era espionage thriller "The Americans," which is halfway through its first season on FX (and airs on Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. ET), is not the first series to challenge the audience to identify with unsympathetic characters. But this early 1980s drama pushes American views a little harder, asking us to root for KGB sleeper cells living in suburban northern Virginia as Americans — and see CIA and FBI agents as the enemy. Welsh actor Matthew Rhys, who last appeared on U.S. television in ABC's  family drama "Brothers & Sisters" as a gay lawyer (and whose TV brood included Rachel Griffiths, Calista Flockhart and Sally Field), returns to the small screen to play Philip Jennings, a Russian spy, who takes all of his roles very seriously, no matter which identity he's assumed. He is an effective strategist when it comes to collecting intelligence — and a scrappy thug when he needs to be. But equally interesting is the domestic drama within "The Americans": Philip is devoted ...
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Griffiths on mental health, gun control
Byron Shire News - over 4 years
ACTRESS Rachel Griffiths says mental health issues need to be focused on as much as gun control legislation in the aftermath of The Dark Knight Rises massacre.
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2012 Tony Award Nominations Wish List
The Faster Times - almost 5 years
Below is what I would want to see nominated for Tony Awards in a few of the 26 categories. This is not my prediction of what the Tony nominating committee will actually announce Tuesday morning, May 1st. Update: For the actual 2012 Tony Award nominations, click here. (Scroll to the bottom for the complete list of all those eligible in eight major Tony categories) MY SELECTIONS Best Play: Chinglish Clybourne Park
 The Lyons Other Desert Cities New plays were especially strong this year, and there were really good productions of some scripts that were not the best work of individual playwrights, such as David Auburn’s The Columnist, or of playwrights in general, such as Peter and the Starcatcher. Best Musical: Ghost Newsies Once There are supposed to be four nominees in this category but I can’t in good conscience pick any of the remaining new musicals that qualify. There are only eight shows in total that qualify in this category this year, and most ranged from dis ...
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Anthony LaPaglia to Star in Julian Assange Movie
New York Observer - almost 5 years
Anthony LaPaglia (Getty Images) Anthony LaPaglia, once the star of TV's Without a Trace, is to star in an Australian TV movie called Underground, about Julian Assange. This ripped-from-the-headlines tale features Mr. LaPaglia as a detective attempting to thwart a young hacker, Rachel Griffiths as that hacker's mother, and one Alex Williams as the hacker himself--one Julian Assange. (May we suggest a slimmed-down Jeremy Renner for a flash-forward to Julian Assange's future as a world-renowned information trafficker?) IndieWire speculates that it will end up on NBC given the network's financial interest in the Australian production house behind Underground.
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Griffiths LaPaglia for Assange telemovie
BigPond News - almost 5 years
A telemovie about the early life of Julian Assange will star Rachel Griffiths and Anthony LaPaglia.
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A Homecoming For Rachel Griffiths On Broadway
NPR - over 5 years
The Australian actress known in the U.S. for her role on HBO's Six Feet Under returns to her roots as a stage actress in Other Desert Cities. "Theater was where I began," she says. » E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Rachel Griffiths
    FORTIES
  • 2015
    Age 46
    In 2015, Griffiths made her debut as a television director when she directed three episodes of the second series of the Australian teen drama Nowhere Boys.
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  • 2011
    Age 42
    Griffiths made her Broadway debut in Other Desert Cities, directed by Joe Mantello and co-starring Judith Light, which began previews on 10 October 2011, opening on 3 November 2011.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2008
    Age 39
    Additionally, she appeared as "Inez Scull" in the 2008 mini-series adaptation of Larry McMurtry's Comanche Moon.
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    Griffiths received 2008 and 2009 Golden Globe nominations for her work on Brothers & Sisters.
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  • 2007
    Age 38
    Griffiths received a 2007 Emmy nomination and a 2008 Emmy nomination for her work on the series.
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  • 2006
    Age 37
    As of 2006, she became part of the ensemble cast, co-starring alongside Sally Field, Calista Flockhart, Balthazar Getty and Matthew Rhys, of the dramatic series Brothers & Sisters, in which she portrays Sarah Walker, who inherits control of the family business after her father's death.
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  • 2002
    Age 33
    Griffiths married Australian artist Andrew Taylor on 31 December 2002 in the chapel of her high school, Star of the Sea College, in Melbourne.
    More Details Hide Details They have three children: a son born in 2003, and two daughters, one born in 2005 and the other in 2009. Griffiths is a devout Catholic.
  • 2001
    Age 32
    She then appeared in 2001's Blow, opposite Johnny Depp and Ray Liotta.
    More Details Hide Details In 2001, Griffiths was cast as one of the leads in Six Feet Under. Her performance as emotionally scarred massage therapist, Brenda Chenowith, earned her Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards, as well as two Emmy Award nominations. In the third season, she missed four episodes due to her first pregnancy. Her second pregnancy was written into the show's final season and she appeared in almost every episode of the series. She also played a supportive housewife in the film The Rookie opposite Dennis Quaid for which she garnered generally good reviews.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1997
    Age 28
    Griffiths joined forces again with Muriel's Wedding director P. J. Hogan for her American film debut, My Best Friend's Wedding, in 1997.
    More Details Hide Details That same year she starred in My Son the Fanatic, a British film in which she portrayed a tough Yorkshire prostitute who becomes involved with a considerably older Pakistani taxicab driver, played by Om Puri. Griffiths received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of real-life flautist Hilary du Pré opposite Emily Watson as her sister, famed cellist Jacqueline "Jackie" du Pre, in Hilary and Jackie (1998).
  • 1996
    Age 27
    She followed this triumph in 1996 with the role of an earthy, ill-mannered pig farmer's daughter in Michael Winterbottom's Jude. In 1997, Griffiths sparked a controversy after attending the opening of the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia.
    More Details Hide Details Topless and uninvited, her stated reasoning being the protest of the views taken by the media and state government towards the new casino, and inspired by the story of Lady Godiva.
  • 1994
    Age 25
    She came to prominence with the 1994 film Muriel's Wedding and her Academy Award nominated performance in Hilary and Jackie (1998).
    More Details Hide Details She is best known for her portrayals of Brenda Chenowith in the HBO series Six Feet Under and Sarah Walker Laurent on the ABC primetime drama Brothers & Sisters. Her work in film and television has earned her a Golden Globe Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and three Australian Film Institute Awards. Griffiths was born in Melbourne, but spent her early childhood on the Gold Coast. She is the daughter of Anna, an art teacher and arts/education consultant, and Edward Griffiths. She moved to Melbourne at the age of five, with her mother and two older brothers. When she was 11, her father left home with an 18-year-old woman. She attended Star of the Sea College, a high school in Gardenvale.
  • 1991
    Age 22
    After earning a Bachelor of Education degree in drama and dance at Victoria College, Rusden, she began her career as a member of Woolly Jumpers, a Geelong-based community theatre group. She had her first success as the creator and performer of Barbie Gets Hip, which played at the Melbourne Fringe Festival in 1991. Griffiths and Toni Collette were relative unknowns when they were cast as best friends and fellow outcasts in the 1994 film Muriel's Wedding.
    More Details Hide Details Her performance won her critical acclaim and both the Australian Film Critics Award and the Australian Film Institute Awards for Best Supporting Actress.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1968
    Born
    Born on December 18, 1968.
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