Jacki Weaver known as Jacqueline Ruth Weaver was born on 25th may 1947 in Sydney, New South Wales. She is a television actress, an Australian theatre and film. Jacki Weaver is known internationally for her performances in Animal Kingdom, Silver Linings Playbook and The Voices of which earned her a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Her mother, Edith, was a migrant from the United Kingdom, while her father, Arthur Weaver, was a Sydney solicitor. She attended Hornsby Girls’ High School and won a scholarship to study sociology at university, but instead embarked upon an acting career.
Jacki Weaver started out in the theater, making her debut at the age of 15. She appeared in a production of Cinderella in Sydney. According to some reports, Weaver became involved with her co-star Bryan Davies, a leading teen star at the time. After several years of theatrical work, Weaver landed her first television role in 1966’s Wandjina!
In 1970, Weaver made headlines for having a child out of wedlock. This scandal did little to hamper her career, however. Weaver had a major career breakthrough with the 1971 comedy Stork, which be proved to be a big hit with audiences as well as critics. She won an Australian Film Institute Award for her work on the film. More films followed, such as Alvin Purple in 1973 and Petersen in 1974. Weaver also appeared in Peter Weir’s Picnic at Hanging Rock in 1975. After the 1970s, Weaver worked primarily as a stage actress, only appearing on screen from time to time.
In the mid-1960s, she appeared on the Australian music show Bandstand. In one appearance, she sang a 1920s-style pastiche, the novelty song “I Love Onions.”
Weaver and a number of other Australian singers such as The Delltones and her then-boyfriend Bryan Davies performed a satire on the Gidget movies, in which Weaver performed as “Gadget” In 1964.
Jacki Weaver won her first Australian Film Institute Award In 1971 . She gained a sex-symbol reputation thanks to her performances in the likes of Alvin Purple in 1973. Other notable films during this time include a small role in Peter Weir’s critically acclaimed film version of Picnic at Hanging Rock and a more substantial appearance in Caddie 1975 and 1976 respectively for which she won her second Australian Film Institute Award.
In the 1990s and early 2000s, Weaver found it increasingly hard to find roles on screen or television and devoted much of her energy to the Australian stage, starring in plays including A Streetcar Named Desire, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Death of a Salesman, Reg Cribb’s Last Cab to Darwin, Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya alongside Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh in 2010-2011.
In 2010, Jacki Weaver also starred in the Melbourne-set crime thriller Animal Kingdom playing a gang family matriarch. Her performance was praised and earned her an Academy Award nomination as well as winning the Australian Film Institute Award, the National Board of Review, Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award and a Satellite Award.
Weaver made her Hollywood debut with the comedy The Five-Year Engagement, alongside Emily Blunt and Jason Segel, and starred in Park Chan-Wook’s English-language debut, Stoker, alongside fellow Australian actors Nicole Kidman and Mia Wasikowska, and British actor Matthew Goode.
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Jacki Weaver was nominated for an Academy Award for her role opposite Robert De Niro in the film Silver Linings Playbook On 10 January 2013 . In April the same year, she was cast in the adaptation of Richard Alfieri’s play Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks opposite Gena Rowlands.
In August 2013, Australians in Film announced that Weaver would be honored with the organization’s Breakthrough Award at an exclusive Benefit Dinner held 24 October 2013 in Los Angeles. She also portrayed Dr. Warren in the 2014 comedy crime horror film The Voices.
Jacki Weaver Movies
- Stork Anna
- Alvin Purple
- Picnic at Hanging Rock
- The Removalists
- Squizzy Taylor
- Abra Cadabra
- The Perfectionist
- The Two-Wheeled Time Machine
- Three Blind Mice
- Early Checkout
- Animal Kingdom
- Summer Coda
- The Five-Year Engagement
- Silver Linings Playbook
- Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks
- The Voices
- Maya the Bee
- Magic in the Moonlight
- Last Cab to Darwin
- Sister Cities
- The Polka King
- The Disaster Artist
- Life of the Party