Jacqueline Ruth Weaver AO (born 25 May 1947) is an Australian theatre, film, and television actress. She is known internationally for her performances in Animal Kingdom (2010) and Silver Linings Playbook (2012), both of which earned her a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Weaver emerged in the 1970s as a symbol of the Australian New Wave through her work in Ozploitation films such as Stork (1971), Alvin Purple (1973) and Petersen (1974). In 2005, she released her autobiography titled Much Love, Jac.
Weaver was born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Her mother, Edith (née Simpson), was a migrant from England, and her father, Arthur Weaver, was a Sydney solicitor. She attended Hornsby Girls' High School and was Dux of her school. She won a scholarship to study sociology at university, but instead embarked upon an acting career.
Weaver has been working in Australian film, stage and television since the 1960s. The turning point in her career came in 1965 just before she was about to go to university and was cast in the Australian TV series Wandjina!.
In 1963, at the age of 16, Jacki mimed the role of Gretel to the great soprano, Marilyn Richardson, in an ABC production of Weber's Hansel and Gretel, conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras. In 1964 at the Palace Theatre in Sydney, 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."
Jacki's racy appearances in television shows such as No. 96 and The Box, threatened to seal her as a sex symbol, but this was challenged by her stage work in Chekov's The Cherry Orchard and Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire, in which she played Stella. Her stage abilities were recognised with a "Mo" award. In 1980 she appeared in a television production of Summer Locke Elliot's Water Under the Bridge.
Weaver's film debut came with 1971's Stork for which she won her first Australian Film Institute Award. In the 1970s, Weaver gained a sex-symbol reputation thanks to her performances in the likes of Alvin Purple (1973), a stereotyping she claimed she hated, but complied with as a means to work. Other notable films during this time include a small role in Peter Weir's critically acclaimed film version of Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975), and a more substantial appearance in Caddie (1976) for which she won her second Australian Film Institute Award.
In the 1990s and early 2000s, Weaver found it increasingly difficult to gain roles on screen or television and she 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, and Chekhov's Uncle Vanya alongside Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh in 2010-11.
In 2010, Weaver starred in the Melbourne-set crime thriller Animal Kingdom playing a gang family matriarch. Her dead-pan performance 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.
On 10 January 2013, Weaver was again nominated for an Academy Award for her role opposite Robert De Niro in the film Silver Linings Playbook. 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 honoured with the organisation'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.
Weaver had a relationship of many years with Richard Wherrett, Director of the Sydney Theatre Company. She was married to David Price from 1966 to 1970 before marrying Max Hensser in 1975. She lived with Phil Davis, former Sydney crime reporter, Canberra Press Secretary and Executive Producer for Mike Willesee, for five years in "the most stable relationship of her life" until 1981 before she married radio and television presenter Derryn Hinch in 1983. She and Hinch divorced in 1996, remarried in 1997, and divorced again in 1998. She had a son, Dylan (b. 1969) with partner at the time John Walters. She is currently married to actor Sean Taylor.
Jackie Weaver is currently the Patron of Ballarat National Theatre, a volunteer Theatre Group in Ballarat, Australia.
|1973||Alvin Purple||Second Sugar Girl|
|1975||Picnic at Hanging Rock||Minnie|
|Removalists, TheThe Removalists||Marilyn Carter|
|1983||Abra Cadabra||Primrose Buttercup||Voice|
|1987||Perfectionist, TheThe Perfectionist||Barbara Gunn|
|1997||Two-Wheeled Time Machine, TheThe Two-Wheeled Time Machine||Old Alice||Short film|
|2008||Three Blind Mice||Bernie Fisher|
|2010||Animal Kingdom||Janine "Smurf" Cody|
|2012||The Five-Year Engagement||Sylvia Dickerson-Barnes|
|Silver Linings Playbook||Dolores Solitano|
|2013||Stoker||Aunt Gwendolyn "Gin" Stoker|
|2014||Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks||Irene Mossbecker|
|The Voices||Dr. Warren|
|Maya the Bee||Buzzlina Von Beena (voice)|
|Magic in the Moonlight||Grace|
|2015||Last Cab to Darwin||Dr. Farmer|
|2017||The Polka King||Barb|
|Small Crimes||Irma Denton|
|The Disaster Artist||Carolyn Minnott|
|Life of the Party||Sandy||Post-production|
|Homicide||Hettie / Anne Johnson / Sue Ryan||9 episodes|
|1969||Riptide||Liz||Episode: "Brethren Island"|
|1969–1973||Division 4||Val Smith / Thea Kemp||2 episodes|
|1970||Woobinda, Animal Doctor||Episode: "Chocolate, Cherry or Pistachio"|
|1970–74||Would You Believe?||As Self||Panelist on ABC TV Game Show|
|1971||The Comedy Game||2 episodes|
|The Godfathers||Matilda Mathews||Episode: "Waltzing Matilda"|
|Spyforce||Elaine Harrison||Episode: "The Volunteers: Part 1"|
|1972||Catwalk||Rock Wilson||Episode: "A Life in the Day Of"|
|1975||Polly Me Love||Polly||TV film|
|Do I Have to Kill My Child?||TV film|
|Up the Convicts|
|Rush||Yvette Precot||Episode: "A Shilling a Day"|
|1977||The Dick Emery Show in Australia||Various Characters|
|1980||Trial by Marriage||Joan|
|Water Under the Bridge||Maggie McGhee||8 episodes|
|1981||Tickled Pink||2 episodes|
|1986||The Challenge||Rasa Bertrand||Miniseries|
|1988||House Rules||Julie Buckley||Episode: "The Honourable Housewife"|
|2007||Hammer Bay||Aileen Blakely||TV film|
|2013||The McCarthys||Marjorie McCarthy||TV film|
|Super Fun Night||Pamela Boubier||Episode: "Engagement Party"|
|2014||Gracepoint||Susan Wright||10 episodes|
|2015–2016||Blunt Talk||Rosalie Winter||Series regular; 20 episodes|
|2016||Sister Cities||Mary Baxter||TV film|
|2016–2018||Secret City||Senator Catriona Bailey||12 episodes|
|1962||A Wish is a Dream||Phillip Theatre, Sydney|
|1963||Once Upon a Surfie||Palace Theatre, Sydney|
|1974||Love's Labour's Lost||Drama Theatre, Sydney (6 December 1974 – 18 January 1975)|
|The Seagull||Nimrod Upstairs, Surry Hills|
|1976||A Streetcar Named Desire||Drama Theatre, Sydney|
|Bedroom Farce||Theatre Royal (1976-5 October 1978)|
|1980||They're Playing Our Song||Sonia Walsk||Comedy Theatre, Melbourne (23 August 1980 - January 1981)|
|1985||The Real Thing||Drama Theatre, Sydney|
|1986||Blithe Spirit||Playhouse, Melbourne|
|1987||Emerald City||Playhouse, Melbourne (18 March & 11 November 1987)|
|1993||Away||Riverside Theatres, Parramatta|
|1995||Reunion||Comedy Club, Carlton, 13 May - 3 June 1995|
|1997||After the Ball||Sydney Theatre Company|
|Navigating||Katherine Thompson||Queensland and Melbourne Theatre companies|
|1999||Fred||Sydney Theatre Company|
|2000||The Falls||Griffin Theatre Company & Stables Theatre, Darlinghurst|
|Girl Talk||Australia wide October 2000 - June 2001|
|2002||The Blonde, The Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead||Stables Theatre, Darlinghurst|
|Soulmates||Civic Theatre, Newcastle (13 April - 28 August 2002)|
|2003||Last of the Red Hot Lovers||3 June 2003 – 13 July 2004|
|Six Degrees of Separation|
|2004||Last Cab to Darwin||7 August - 10 November 2004|
|The Blonde, The Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead||24 February 2004 – 23 October 2006, 1 June 2007|
|2006||A Hard God||Sydney Theatre Company|
|2010||Entertaining Mr Sloane||State Theatre Company of South Australia|
|Uncle Vanya||Nana||Sydney Theatre Company|
|1971||Stork||Australian Film Institute Award||Best Actress in a Leading Role||Won|
|1976||Caddie||Best Actress in a Supporting Role||Won|
|2010||Animal Kingdom||Best Actress in a Leading Role||Won|
|National Board of Review Award||Best Supporting Actress||Won|
|Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award||Best Supporting Actress||Won|
|Satellite Award||Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture||Won|
|Utah Film Critics Association||Best Supporting Actress||Won|
|Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association||Best Supporting Actress||2nd Place|
|National Society of Film Critics||Best Supporting Actress||3rd Place|
|San Francisco Film Critics Circle||Best Supporting Actress||Won|
|Critics' Choice Movie Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|Central Ohio Film Critics Association||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|Chicago Film Critics Association||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|Saturn Award||Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|Golden Globe Award||Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture||Nominated|
|Denver Film Critics Society||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|Houston Film Critics Society||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|Detroit Film Critics Society||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|Academy Award||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|2012||Silver Linings Playbook||Nominated|
|AACTA Awards||Best International Supporting Actress||Won|
|Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture||Nominated|
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