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Judy Davis
, 1981

by 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, Canberra
Purchased 1998
Accession number: 1998.14