Julie Frances Christie, born April 14, 1941 in Chabua India is a British actress born on an Indian tea plantation. She was sent to England for her education and finished her studies in Paris. Christie fell in love with the bohemian life of artists. She enrolled in London' Central School of Speech Training and became a professional in 1957.
She did not like the stage and her true love was film. She made her screen debut in A for Andromeda in 1961. She played in Crooks Anonymous in 1962 and played in another comedy in The Fast Lady in 1962. She worked with director John Schlesinger and he placed her in the movie Billy Liar in 1963. She was cast by John Ford as an Irish prostitute in Young Cassidy in 1965.
Christie made the film Darling in 1965 and Doctor Zhivago also in 1965. Darling won her the Oscar for best actress and best actress from the British Film Academy. She then played in Fahrenheit 451 in 1966. Far from the Madding Crowd in 1967 featured Peter Finch and Alan Bates alongside Christie. Her high-water mark of acting was 1967-68. She met American actor Warren Beatty and almost gave up acting. Beatty was wealthy enough to carry the two of them.
One of Christie's last films was Petulia in 1968 alongside George C. Scott. She did not seek regular acting work and this was suicide for her career. After she and Beatty broke up in the mid-1970s she worked on Shampoo in 1975 and Heaven Can Wait in 1978. She returned to the UK but her work was not successful until she played alongside Nick Nolte in Afterglow in 1997. She received an Oscar nomination for this part. In 2006 Christie performed in Away from Her which gave her the National Board of Review's Best Actress Award.
Christie is married to Duncan Campbell and they live happily in the UK.