Rachel Griffiths

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Rachel Griffiths
Rachel Griffiths 2012 (cropped).jpg
Born (1968-12-18) 18 December 1968 (age 45)
Melbourne, Australia
Occupation Actress
Years active 1992–present
Spouse(s) Andrew Taylor (2002–present)
Children 3

Rachel Anne Griffiths (born 18 December 1968) is an Australian film and television actress. She came to prominence with the 1994 film Muriel's Wedding and her Academy Award nominated performance in Hilary and Jackie (1998). 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.

Early life[edit]

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.[1] 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.[2]

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.

Career[edit]

Griffiths and Toni Collette were relative unknowns when they were cast as best friends and fellow outcasts in the 1994 film Muriel's Wedding. Her performance won her critical acclaim and both the Australian Film Critics Award and the Australian Film Institute Awards for Best Supporting Actress. 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. 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.[3][4][5]

Griffiths joined forces again with Muriel's Wedding director P. J. Hogan for her American film debut, My Best Friend's Wedding, in 1997. 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). She then appeared in 2001's Blow, opposite Johnny Depp and Ray Liotta.

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.[6] She also played a supportive housewife in the film The Rookie opposite Dennis Quaid for which she garnered generally good reviews.

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. Griffiths received a 2007 Emmy nomination and a 2008 Emmy nomination for her work on the series. Griffiths received 2008 and 2009 Golden Globe nominations for her work on Brothers & Sisters. Additionally, she appeared as "Inez Scull" in the 2008 mini-series adaptation of Larry McMurtry's Comanche Moon.

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.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Griffiths married Australian artist Andrew Taylor on 31 December 2002 in Gardenvale at her high school, Star of the Sea College. They have three children, son Banjo Patrick (born 22 November 2003, Melbourne) and daughters Adelaide Rose (born 23 June 2005, Los Angeles) and Clementine Grace (born 21 June 2009). In 2000 she stated in a Madison magazine interview that she is an atheist.[8]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1994 Muriel's Wedding Rhonda Epinstall Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Supporting Actress
1996 Così Lucy
1996 Jude Arabella
1996 Children of the Revolution Anna
1997 My Son the Fanatic Bettina/Sandra Nominated—British Independent Film Award for Best Performance by a British Actress in an Independent Film
1997 My Best Friend's Wedding Samantha Newhouse
1998 Among Giants Gerry
1998 Hilary and Jackie Hilary du Pré Nominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—British Independent Film Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
1998 Amy Tanya Rammus Nominated—Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
1998 Divorcing Jack Lee Cooper
1998 Tulip Writer and Director
Aspen Shortsfest 'Watch It!' Award
Aspen Shortsfest Audience Award - Special Recognition
Melbourne International Film Festival OCIC Award
Palm Springs International ShortFest Award for Best of the Festival
1999 Me Myself I Pamela Drury Nominated—Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated—Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Actor - Female
2001 Very Annie Mary Annie Mary Pugh
2001 Blow Ermine Jung
2001 Blow Dry Sandra
2002 Hard Word, TheThe Hard Word Carol Nominated—Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
2002 Rookie, TheThe Rookie Lorri Morris Character and Morality in Entertainment Award (shared with Cast and Crew)
2003 Ned Kelly Susan Scott
2005 Angel Rodriguez Nicole Television movie
2006 Step Up Director Gordan
2009 Beautiful Kate Sally Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
2011 Burning Man Miriam
2012 Underground: The Julian Assange Story Christine Assange
2013 Patrick Matron Cassidy
2013 Saving Mr. Banks Aunt Ellie
2015 The Moon and the Sun Abbess Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1993–1994 Secrets Sarah Foster 13 episodes
1994 Jimeoin Various 8 episodes
1995 Police Rescue Shelley Episode: "Breaking Strain"
2001–2005 Six Feet Under Brenda Chenowith 63 episodes
Australian Film Institute International Award for Best Actress (2006)
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (2002)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2003–04))
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama (2003)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (2002)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (2003)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2002, 2005–06)
2004 Kath and Kim Herself Episode: "The Mango Espadrille"
2006–2011 Brothers and Sisters Sarah Walker 110 episodes
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (2008–09)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress – Drama Series (2007–08)
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (2007)
Nominated—Australian Film Institute International Award for Best Actress (2007–08)
2008 Comanche Moon Inez Scull 3 episodes
2010 Rake Eddie Langhorn Episode: "R vs Langhorn"
2013 Paper Giants: Magazine Wars Dulcie Boling 2 episodes
2013 Camp MacKenzie Granger 10 episodes
2014 Q&A As Herself
2014 "House Husbands" Belle Lewis Crab's ex-wife

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rachel Griffiths Biography (1968-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2010-03-07. 
  2. ^ "Rachel Griffiths Biography IMDb". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2011-06-04. 
  3. ^ Crown protest led to naked ambition - Melbourne Herald Sun
  4. ^ Feinstein, Howard (18 December 1998). "The Rachel capers | Culture | guardian.co.uk". London: Film.guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-03-07. 
  5. ^ Rachel Griffiths at the Internet Movie Database
  6. ^ McWhirter, Erin. "Family comes first". The Telegraph. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  7. ^ http://www.playbill.com/news/article/152959-Rachel-Griffiths-and-Judith-Light-Will-Join-Stockard-Channing-in-Broadways-Other-Desert-Cities
  8. ^ Google Books search result, Retrieved: 2011-09-19

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