Toni Collette

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Biography

  • Birth Name: Antonia Collette
  • Birth Place: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 11/01/1972, Scorpio
  • Profession: Actor; singer
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Toni Collette had only a couple of roles under her belt when she gained her breakout role (not to mention 40 pounds) as a quirky introvert in the hit 1994 comedy Muriel's Wedding. Unfortunately, she was so convincing as a frump that it took years for her to convince the industry that she could play attractive, too. A string of solid supporting performances followed---she was Gwyneth Paltrow's homely friend in Emma and the wallflower in a quartet of temps in the indie Clockwatchers---until she proved she could be fabulous in an Angela Bowie-type turn as an ugly duckling turned sequin-covered swan in the glam-rock drama Velvet Goldmine. Her powerful performance as a single mom grappling with her son's supernatural abilities in 1999's Sixth Sense earned her an Oscar nod, and a slew of domestic roles followed: a suicidal mom in About a Boy, an unhappy housewife with sapphic desires in The Hours and Cameron Diaz's dumpy sister in In Her Shoes, a throwback to her roles of old that required her to gain, then lose, a striking amount of weight. But 2006 was a banner year for the versatile player: Not only did Collette earn a pair of Golden Globe nominations for her work as an addled mom in the indie Little Miss Sunshine and a harried aid worker in the TV-movie Tsunami: The Aftermath, she also released Beautiful Awkward Picture, her debut album with her band Toni Collette & the Finish. In 2009, she accepted the role of a suburban housewife with multiple-personality disorder in the Showtime series United States of Tara, a role that landed her both an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe. She has homes in Australia and Ireland, which she shares with husband Dave Galafassi and daughter Sage Florence.Toni Collette Fast Facts:
  • Made acting debut at 14 in a school production of Godspell.
  • First major professional stage appearance was in the Sydney Theatre Company's production of Uncle Vanya, with Geoffrey Rush.
  • Gained more than 40 pounds for her breakout role in Muriel's Wedding; later put on 30 pounds for In Her Shoes, which she had to drop during filming to reflect her character's weight loss.
  • Is in a rock band called Toni Collette and the Finish with her drummer husband.
  • Toni Collette Relationships:
  • Bob Collette - Father
  • Judy Collette - Mother
  • David Galafassi - Husband
  • Sage Florence Galafassi - Daughter
  • Arlo Robert Galafassi - Son
  • Toni Collette Awards:
  • 1996 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy - Nominee
  • 2007 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television - Nominee
  • 2007 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy - Nominee
  • 2003 Australian Film Institute Awards: Best Lead Actress - Winner
  • 2007 Australian Film Institute Awards: International Award for Best Actress - Nominee
  • 2000 Tony: Actress (Musical) - Nominee
  • 1999 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role - Nominee
  • 2009 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - Winner
  • 2006 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture - Winner
  • 2007 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie - Nominee
  • 2011 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical - Nominee
  • 2010 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy - Winner
  • 2002 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Nominee
  • 2009 Australian Film Institute Awards: International Award for Best Actress - Winner
  • 2006 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Nominee
  • 2010 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 2002 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture - Nominee
  • 2006 Australian Film Institute Awards: International Award for Best Actress - Nominee
  • 2008 Australian Film Institute Awards: Best Supporting Actress - Winner
  • 2012 AACTA Awards: Best Lead Actress - Nominee
  • 2010 Australian Film Institute Awards: International Award for Best Actress - Nominee
  • 1998 Australian Film Institute Awards: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role - Winner
  • 2009 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • College:
  • Attended National Institute of Dramatic Art, Kensington, New South Wales, Australia

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