There’s a field in the standard Wikipedia bio block for artists that reads “Years active.” I happened to be thumbing over to Julie Christie’s bio, and hers reads: “1957-present.”
Sixty-one years! She started out on stage and British TV, and according to legend, was considered for a role in Dr. No but lost out to Ursula Andress, who presented a more impressive rack. By 1963, she was getting seriously good roles, starting with a turn in John Schlesinger’s Billy Liar.
John Schlesinger directed Julie again in Far from the Madding Crowd, a 1967 variation on a theme by Thomas Hardy.
I remembered this mostly for the name of Christie’s character: “Bathsheba Everdene.”
Her most recent credit was for Robert Redford’s The Company You Keep (2013), in which she plays a retired — maybe — member of the Weather Underground.
Today she’s seventy-eight.