Oh, Julie

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.

Julie Christie in the days of Swinging London

Julie Christie takes a call

Julie Christie still has the look

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.

1 comment

  1. Roger Green »

    15 April 2018 · 12:04 pm

    I saw her in Afterglow (1997) and Away from Her (2006) and she was GREAT. She was also fine in Finding Neverland (2004)

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