Pacino called her “the most poetic of all actresses.”
Julie Frances Christie was born in 1941 in Chukua, Assam, India.
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Her breakthrough role came in 1965 as Diana Scott in John Schlesinger’s Swinging Sixties film Darling. It won her the Oscar for best performance in a leading role.
The role was originally offered to Shirley MacLaine, sister of the man she would soon share a decade of headlines with.
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Christie and MacLaine’s brother Warren Beatty, first saw each other at a 1966 Royal Command performance for the film Born Free.
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Beatty has said that he fell for Julie Christie while watching her shake hands with the Queen after the performance.
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Schlesinger warned her away from Warren Beatty. He likened Beatty to a serial womanizer who "seems to get through women like a businessman through a dozen oysters". Schlesinger was concerned Beatty would do the same with his adored star.
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Regardless, by 1968 the two were Hollywood’s “it” couple.
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They went on to co-star in three films during the next decade –breaking up along the way when Schlesinger’s prophecy proved too close to the truth.
Vogue August 1968
Photography: Richard Avedon
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