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Judy Davis, 1981

William Yang

gelatin silver photograph (sheet: 48.3 cm x 39.3 cm, image: 40.3 cm x 27.5 cm)

Judy Davis (b.1959), actor, launched her own international career with her performance as Sybylla in Gillian Armstrong's My Brilliant Career (1979). Her subsequent Australian films have included Heatwave (1981), Winter of Our Dreams (1981), Kangaroo (1986), Children of the Revolution (1996) and The Man Who Sued God (2001). Renowned for playing complex and edgy women, Davis has won many acting accolades and awards, including both an Emmy and a Golden Globe for her television performance as Judy Garland in 2001. In Hollywood, she has played major film roles in Barton Fink (1991), Naked Lunch (1992) and The Ref (1994); she is a favourite of Woody Allen, for whom she appeared in Husbands and Wives (1992) Deconstructing Harry (1997) and Celebrity (1998). Davis made her directorial debut for the Sydney Theatre Company with Barrymore (1999) and has since directed School for Scandal (2001).

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 1998

Accession number: 1998.14

Currently on loan: Newcastle Art Gallery

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Artist and subject

William Yang (age 38 in 1981)

Judy Davis (age 22 in 1981)

Subject professions

Performing arts

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.