Weaver at Les Misérables red carpet movie premiere in Sydney, Australia in December 2012
|Born||Jacqueline Ruth Weaver
25 May 1947
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Jacqueline Ruth "Jacki" Weaver, AO (born 25 May 1947) is an Australian theatre, film, and television actress. She is known internationally for her performances as Janine 'Smurf' Cody in Animal Kingdom and as Dolores Solatano in Silver Linings Playbook, both of which earned her a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Weaver is a symbol for the Australian New Wave that began in the 1970s through her work in the films such as Caddie, for which she tied for the very first AFI Award for Best Supporting Actress, Petersen, and Stork, for which she won the second ever AFI Award for Best Lead Actress.
Weaver was born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Her mother, Edith (née Simpson), was a migrant from northern England, and her father, Arthur Weaver, was a Sydney solicitor. She attended Hornsby Girls' High School, and won a scholarship to study Sociology at university, but instead embarked upon an acting career.
Weaver has been working in Australian film, stage and television since the 1960s. The turning point in her career came in 1965 just before she was about to go to university and was cast in the Australian TV series Wandjina!.
In 1964 at the Palace Theatre in Sydney, Weaver and a number of other Australian singers such as The Delltones and her then-boyfriend Bryan Davies performed a satire on the Gidget movies, in which Weaver performed as "Gadget."
Weaver's film debut came with 1971's Stork for which she won her first Australian Film Institute Award. In the 1970s, Weaver gained a sex-symbol reputation thanks to her performances in the likes of Alvin Purple (1973). Other notable films during this time include a small role in Peter Weir's critically acclaimed film version of Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975), and a more substantive appearance in Caddie (1976) for which she won her second Australian Film Institute Award.
In the 1990s and early 2000s, Weaver found it increasingly hard to find roles on screen or television and devoted much of her energy to the Australian stage, starring in plays including A Streetcar Named Desire, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Death of a Salesman, Reg Cribb's Last Cab to Darwin, and Chekhov's Uncle Vanya alongside Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh in 2010-11.
In 2010, Weaver also starred in the Melbourne-set crime thriller Animal Kingdom playing a gang family matriarch. Her performance was praised and earned her an Academy Award nomination as well as winning the Australian Film Institute Award, the National Board of Review, Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award and a Satellite Award.
Weaver made her Hollywood debut with the comedy The Five-Year Engagement, alongside Emily Blunt and Jason Segel, and starred in Park Chan-Wook's English-language debut, Stoker, alongside fellow Australian actors Nicole Kidman and Mia Wasikowska, and British actor Matthew Goode.
On 10 January 2013, Weaver was again nominated for an Academy Award for her role opposite Robert De Niro in the film Silver Linings Playbook. In April the same year, she was cast in the adaptation of Richard Alfieri's play 6 Dance Lessons in 6 Weeks opposite Gena Rowlands.
Weaver was married to David Price from 1966 to 1970 before divorcing and remarrying Max Hensser in 1975. She married radio and television presenter Derryn Hinch in 1983. They divorced in 1996, remarried in 1997, and divorced again in 1998. She had a son, Dylan (b. 1969) with partner at the time John Walters. She is currently married to actor Sean Taylor.
|1973||Alvin Purple||Second Sugar Girl|
|1975||Picnic at Hanging Rock||Minnie|
|Removalists, TheThe Removalists||Marilyn Carter|
|1983||Abra Cadabra||Primrose Buttercup||Voice|
|1987||Perfectionist, TheThe Perfectionist||Barbara Gunn|
|1997||Two-Wheeled Time Machine, TheThe Two-Wheeled Time Machine||Old Alice||Short film|
|2009||Three Blind Mice||Bernie|
|2010||Animal Kingdom||Janine 'Smurf' Cody|
|2012||The Five-Year Engagement||Sylvia Dickerson-Barnes|
|Silver Linings Playbook||Dolores Solitano|
|2013||Stoker||Aunt Gwendolyn 'Gin' Stoker|
|Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks||Irene Mossbecker||Post-production|
|Maya the Bee|
|Magic in the Moonlight||Grace|
|2015||Last Cab to Darwin||Dr. Farmer||Post-production|
|Homicide||Hettie / Anne Johnson / Sue Ryan||9 episodes|
|1969–1973||Division 4||Val Smith / Thea Kemp||2 episodes|
|1969||Riptide||Liz||Episode: "Brethren Island"|
|1970||Woobinda, Animal Doctor||Episode: "Chocolate, Cherry or Pistachio"|
|1970-74||Would You Believe?||As Self||Panelist on ABC TV Game Show|
|1971||The Comedy Game||2 episodes|
|The Godfathers||Matilda Mathews||Episode: "Waltzing Matilda"|
|Spyforce||Elaine Harrison||Episode: "The Volunteers: Part 1"|
|1972||Catwalk||Rock Wilson||Episode: "A Life in the Day Of"|
|1975||Polly My Love||Polly||TV film|
|Do I Have to Kill My Child?||TV film|
|Up the Convicts|
|Rush||Yvette Precot||Episode: "A Shilling a Day"|
|1977||The Dick Emery Show in Australia||Various Characters|
|1980||Trial by Marriage||Joan|
|Water Under the Bridge||Maggie McGhee||8 episodes|
|1981||Tickled Pink||2 episodes|
|1986||The Challenge||Rasa Bertrand||Miniseries|
|1988||House Rules||Julie Buckley||Episode: "The Honourable Housewife"|
|1997||The Two-Wheeled Time Machine||Old alice||Short|
|2007||Hammer Bay||Aileen Blakely||TV film|
|2013||The McCarthys||Marjorie McCarthy||TV film|
|Super Fun Night||Pamela Boubier||Episode: "Engagement Party"|
|1962||A Wish is a Dream||Phillip Theatre, Sydney|
|1963||Once Upon a Surfie||Palace Theatre, Sydney|
|1974||Love's Labour's Lost||Drama Theatre, Sydney (6 December 1974 – 18 January 1975)|
|The Seagull||Nimrod Upstairs, Surry Hills|
|1976||A Streetcar Named Desire||Drama Theatre, Sydney|
|Bedroom Farce||Theatre Royal (1976-5 October 1978)|
|1980||They're Playing Our Song||Sonia Walsk||Comedy Theatre, Melbourne (23 August 1980 - January 1981)|
|1985||The Real Thing||Drama Theatre, Sydney|
|1986||Blithe Spirit||Playhouse, Melbourne|
|1987||Emerald City||Playhouse, Melbourne (18 March & 11 November 1987)|
|1993||Away||Riverside Theatres, Parramatta|
|1995||Reunion||Comedy Club, Carlton, 13 May - 3 June 1995|
|1997||After The Ball||Sydney Theatre Company|
|Navigating||Katherine Thompson||Queensland and Melbourne Theatre companies|
|1999||Fred||Sydney Theatre Company|
|2000||The Falls||Griffin Theatre Company & Stables Theatre, Darlinghurst|
|Girl Talk||Australia wide October 2000 - June 2001|
|2002||The Blonde, The Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead||Stables Theatre, Darlinghurst|
|Soulmates||Civic Theatre, Newcastle (13 April - 28 August 2002)|
|2003||Last of the Red Hot Lovers||3 June 2003 – 13 July 2004|
|Six Degrees of Separation|
|2004||Last Cab to Darwin||7 August - 10 November 2004|
|The Blonde, The Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead||24 February 2004 – 23 October 2006, 1 June 2007|
|2006||A Hard God||Sydney Theatre Company|
|2010||Entertaining Mr Sloane||State Theatre Company of South Australia|
|Uncle Vanya||Nana||Sydney Theatre Company|
|2013||Solomon and Marion||Marion||Arts Centre Melbourne (7 June - 20 July 2013)|
Awards and nominations
- Best Actress Awards for Joy Gresham in Shadowlands and Dr Georgeous in The Sisters Rosensweig
- Variety Club Award for They're Playing Our Song
- 2013 Australians in Film Breakthrough Award 
- 2014 AACTA Raymond Longford Award for lifetime achievement
- Jane Cadzow, "All or nothing", The Sydney Morning Herald, Good Weekend, 5 December 1998
- Deborah Blashki-Marks, "What I've Learnt: Jacki Weaver", The Age, 8 May 2004
- Weaver, Jacki (2007). Much Love, Jac. Allen & Unwin. pp. 2–7. ISBN 1741750563.
- Jacki Weaver (2005). Much Love, Jac. Crows Nest, N.S.W.: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-74114-618-6.
- "Jacki Weaver actress" by Jennie Curtin, The Age (11 April 1986)
- Tom Ryan, "Jacki Weaver", Cinema Papers, April 1982 p121-124, 185
- Craig Dunning "Jacki Weaver has landed another blockbuster role alongside Nicole Kidman in Stoker" The Daily Telegraph (Australia) (29 July 2011)
- "Jacki Weaver To Star In Indie ’6 Dance Lessons In 6 Weeks" deadline.com (4 April 2013)
- (26 August 2013), Jacki Weaver and Sullivan Stapleton tapped for top award from Australians in Film. "Variety", Los Angeles
- Casamento, Jo. "Weaver gives interview to ex-husband Hinch". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2 December 2013.
- Jones, Caroline (2 June 2003). "Secret Life of Jacki". abc.net.au. Retrieved 2 December 2013.
- "Love's Labour's Lost". AusStage.edu.au. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
- "Fred by Beatrix Christian". AustralianPlays.org. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
- Uncle Vanya at the Sydney Theatre Company
- "Jacki Weaver wins AACTA lifetime achievement award", Sydney Morning Herald, 27 January 2014. Retrieved 2014-01-27
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