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Rachel Griffiths
, 2002 (printed 2004)

by Karin Catt

type C photograph (sheet: 50.6 x 50.6 cm, image: 48.0 x 47.5 cm)

Rachel Griffiths (b. 1968), actor, gained a bachelor of education in drama and dance at a little-known Melbourne college and began her performing career with community theatre group Woolly Jumpers, Inc in the 1980s. Her early short film Barbie Gets Hip attracted attention at the 1991 Melbourne Film Festival, and she appeared in such TV shows as Jimeoin before her feisty Rhonda in Muriel's Wedding (1994) won her international acclaim and an AFI award for best supporting actress. In the years since she has made films in Britain - including Jude (1995) and Hilary and Jackie (1998), for which she earned a supporting actress Oscar nomination - and Hollywood - including My Best Friend's Wedding (1997) and Blow (2001), in which she played Johnny Depp's character's mother. Meanwhile, she has continued to appear in Australian films including Me Myself I (1999), The Hard Word (2002) and Ned Kelly (2003). She won a Golden Globe for her work in the US TV series Six Feet Under (2001-2005) and has since starred in the prime-time US TV drama Brothers and Sisters (2006-present).

Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Purchased 2005
Accession number: 2005.105