Toni Collette Biography

Birthday: 1972-11-01
Place of Birth: Sydney, New South Wales Australia
Height: 5' 8" (1.73 m)
Wiki Biography: Toni Collette is an Academy Award-nominated Australian actress best known for her roles in The Sixth Sense (1999) and Little Miss Sunshine (2006). She was born on November 1, 1972, in Blacktown, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. She is the first of three children born to Bob Collette, a truck driver, and Judy Collette, a customer service representative. From age 6 she was brought up in suburban Sydney. At the age of 11 she showed her phenomenal acting skills when she faked appendicitis out of boredom and longing for attention; her act was so convincing that doctors had to remove her appendix, even though the test showed nothing wrong with it. At 16, she left school and enrolled in National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA). At that time she was a struggling actress, supporting herself by delivering pizzas. After 18 months of studies, she left NIDA for her feature film debut as Wendy Robinson opposite Russell Crowe and Anthony Hopkins in The Efficiency Expert (1992), and earned herself a nomination for Best Supporting Actress from the Australian Film Institute. Collette made her stage debut with the Sydney Theatre Company, as Sonya in Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, a performance that won her a critic's circle award as Best Newcomer. She also appeared in stage productions at the Belvoir Street Theatre under directorship of Geoffrey Rush. In 1994 she won the Australian Best Actress in a Lead Role for her work in Muriel's Wedding (1994) for which she had to gain 40 pounds in seven weeks. In 1995 Toni Collette came to Hollywood with a supporting role in The Pallbearer (1996), then had a string of supporting roles. Her first lead as Diana Spencer, an Australian woman who shares the name and birthday of Princess Diana, in comedy Diana & Me (1997), was obscured by the real Diana's death which practically occurred at the same time when the movie was released. Her breakthrough came with the role as Lynn Sear in The Sixth Sense (1999), for which she quite rightly won an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Her latest memorable role as Sheryl, a beaten-down but loving mother, in Little Miss Sunshine (2006), is also a fine ensemble work with Abigail Breslin, Greg Kinnear, Steve Carell, Paul Dano, and Alan Arkin. Since 2003 Toni Collette has been married to musician Dave Galafassi, with whom she recorded her singing and songwriting debut album, titled 'Beautiful Awkward Pictures' in 2006. She co-owns an independent production company in Australia, and also continues her music career as a singer. Toni Collette is currently residing with her husband in Sydney, Australia, and owns a second home in Ireland.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Emma Harriet Smith 1996 Comedy
The Boys 1998 Drama
The Sixth Sense Lynn Sear 1999 Drama
Shaft Diane Palmieri 2000 Action
Changing Lanes Michelle 2002 Drama
Tsunami, The Aftermath Kathy Graham 2006 Drama
United States of Tara Tara Gregson 2009 Comedy
Jimmy And The Giant Supermarket Fiona Brewer 2012 Documentary
F1 36 Pam 2013 Action
Hostages Dr. Ellen Sanders 2013 - 2014 Drama
About A Boy Fiona Brewer 2014 Family
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Fright Night Jane Brewster 1985 Reality Tv, Game Show
The Efficiency Expert Wendy Robinson 1992 Crime, Drama
Emma Harriet Smith 1996 Biography, 0
Cosi Julie 1996 0
The Pallbearer Cynthia 1996 Comedy, Romance
The James Gang Julia Armstrong 1997 Comedy, Crime
Diana & Me Diana Spencer 1997 Comedy, Romance
Velvet Goldmine Mandy Slade 1998 0
The Boys 1998 Drama
Clockwatchers Iris Chapman 1998 Comedy, Drama
Lilian's Story Young Lilian Singer 1998 Drama
The Sixth Sense Lynn Sear 1999 0, Game Show
8 ½ Women Griselda / Sister Concordia 1999 Comedy, Drama
Hotel Splendide Kath 2000 Comedy
The Magic Pudding Meg Bluegum 2000 Animation, Family
Changing Lanes Michelle 2002 Comedy, Game Show
About a Boy Fiona Brewer 2002 Comedy, Drama, Romance
Dirty Deeds 2002 Comedy, Crime
Japanese Story Sandy Edwards 2003 0
The Hours Kitty 2003 Drama
Connie and Carla Carla 2004 Comedy, Crime, Music
The Last Shot 2004 Comedy
In Her Shoes Rose 2005 0, 0
Little Miss Sunshine Sheryl Hoover 2006 0, 0
Like Minds Sally Rowe 2006 Crime, Horror, Mystery
The Night Listener Donna D. Logand 2006 Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Evening Nina Mars 2007
The Dead Girl Arden 2007 Drama, Mystery, Thriller
The Black Balloon Maggie Mollison 2008 Drama, Romance
Mary and Max Mary Daisy Dinkle 2009 Animation, Comedy, Drama
Foster Zooey 2011 0, 0
Jesus Henry Christ Patricia Herman 2012 Comedy
Hitchcock Peggy Robertson 2012 Biography, Drama
Mental Shaz 2013 Comedy, Drama
The Way Way Back Pam 2013 Comedy, Drama
Lucky Them Ellie Klug 2014
A Long Way Down Maureen 2014 0
Hector and the Search for Happiness Agnes 2014 Drama
Blinky Bill the Movie Beryl / Cheryl 2015 Animation
Shaft Diane Palmieri 2019 0, Comedy