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Brenda Chenowith on Six Feet Under
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Rachel Anne Griffiths (born 18 December 1968) is an Australian Golden Globe- and SAG Award-winning, Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-nominated film and television actress known primarily for her roles in movies and television. Among her many notable roles, she is best known for her portrayal of Brenda Chenowith in the TV series Six Feet Under (2001–2005) and Sarah Walker on the ABC primetime drama Brothers & Sisters (2006–present).
Griffiths married Australian artist Andrew Taylor on 31 December 2002 at her old high school Star of the Sea College in Gardenvale (Melbourne). They have two children, son Banjo Patrick born 22 November 2003 in Melbourne and daughter Adelaide Rose, born 23 June 2005 in Los Angeles California. The children have dual US/Australian citizenship.
In June 2000, she explained her religious background and beliefs to Madison magazine. "Although I`m not Christian, I was raised Christian. I`m an atheist, with a slight Buddhist leaning. I`ve got a very strong sense of morality -- it`s just a different morality than the loud voices of the Christian morality...I can`t tell you how many films I`ve turned down because there was an absence of morality. And I don`t mean that from any sort of Judeo-Christian/Muslim point of view. I`m not saying they`re wrong and can`t be made. But, fundamentally, I`m such a humanist that I can`t bear to make films that make us feel humanity is more dark than it is light."
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Star of the Sea College, Melbourne, Australia
Full Name at Birth
Rachel Anne Griffiths
Rachel Anne Griffiths (born 18 December 1968) is an Australian actress and director. She came to prominence with the 1994 film Muriel's Wedding and her Academy Award nominated performance in Hilary and Jackie (1998). She is best known for her portrayals of Brenda Chenowith in the HBO series Six Feet Under and Sarah Walker Laurent on the ABC primetime drama Brothers & Sisters. Her work in film and television has earned her a Golden Globe Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and three Australian Film Institute Awards.
Actress, Director, Writer
Victoria College in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia with a bachelors degree in Education
Talent Agency (e.g. Modelling)
Markham, Froggatt & Irwin (LONDON), Shanahan Management Pty Ltd (SYDNEY)
Anna Griffiths (art teacher)
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==Rachel Griffiths== Actress - ===Date of Birth=== 18 December 1968, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
===Height=== 5' 9½" (1.77 m)
===Mini Bio (1)=== Her mother, Anna Griffiths, is an art consultant. Her uncle is a Jesuit priest. Has two older brothers. One brother, Ben, is a ski instructor. Lived on the Gold Coast, Queensland until age five, then moved to Melbourne. Attended Star of the Sea Catholic Girls' College, did well at school and learned ballet. When she was 11, her father left home with an 18 year old woman. She hasn't seen him for years. Her mother was an art teacher at the time and raised the children alone. Has an Education Degree in dance and drama. Worked for the theatre company The Woolly Jumpers, in Geelong. Made famous by Muriel's Wedding (1994).
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous
===Spouse (1)=== [[Andrew Taylor]] (31 December 2002 - present) (3 children)
Was involved with actor Eric Stoltz while in Wales filming Very Annie Mary (2001).
Often mistaken for actress Juliette Lewis, to whom she bears a striking resemblance
Once said to Bill Hunter, in a bout of insecurity, on the set of Muriel's Wedding (1994), "I'm kinda waiting for them to find out that I can't act". He encouraged her with the reply, "Rachel, I've been waiting 40 years, and they never find out!"
Ran topless through Melbourne's Crown Casino on its opening night in protest. Was asked by media why she felt the need to do so and replied :"If I didn't flash my tits, you wouldn't have put me in the paper!"
Announced her engagement to Australian artist Andrew Taylor. [June 2002]
Rachel and her husband, Andrew Taylor, are reportedly donating all their wedding gifts and money from sales of their wedding photographs to the Sacred Heart Mission in Melbourne, Australia.
Son, Banjo Patrick Taylor, born in Melbourne, Australia [November 22, 2003] with husband Andrew Taylor.
Daughter, Adelaide Rose Taylor, was born at 8 lbs, in Los Angeles, California [June 23, 2005] with husband Andrew Taylor.
Married her husband in a moonlit ceremony, on New Year's Eve in their hometown of Melbourne, Australia.
Graduated from Victoria College in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia with a bachelors degree in Education.
Plays Ermine Jung, George's (Johnny Depp's) mother, in Blow (2001), although she's actually five years younger than Depp.
Plays Dennis Quaid's wife in The Rookie (2002) and Val Kilmer's wife in Comanche Moon (2008). Quaid played "Doc" Holliday in Wyatt Earp (1994), and Kilmer played the same part in Tombstone (1993).
Daughter, Clementine Grace Taylor, was born [June 21, 2009] with husband Andrew Taylor.
Returned to work one month after giving birth to her daughter Clementine in order to resume filming Brothers & Sisters (2006).
Lives in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Lives on the northern beaches in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
===Personal Quotes (21)===
I think family movies have gotten so rich in this country.
I think baseball - the baseball genre - is this mitt, to use a double pun there, to catch a whole bunch of themes.
I think a big part of our attraction to sport movies are the stories contained within the sports.
I just don't see where I could possibly fit in directing a feature.
I grew up on cricket and I think Australian kids are getting so Americanized, you know?
But just playing the partner of someone famous, I had a lot more freedom.
A Golden Globe is a mood-altering substance, there's no doubt about that.
I'm developing some screenplays at the moment with my Australian producer.
It was a lovely opportunity for the first time in my whole career to stand up and thank people who are really responsible for me getting to realise my dreams.
There's nothing as exciting as a comeback - seeing someone with dreams, watching them fail, and then getting a second chance.
We've got our football where no one wears anything and the guys are in little shorts and they beat the crap out of each other, and they can catch it and they can kick it, and it's the only place it's played in the world.
I found it an interesting portrait of a marriage in exploring notions of how one partner supports the other, whilst not jeopardising the greater good - which is the family.
And I grew up watching all the British ones so when you hear that from an early age, it makes it much easier than you guys who don't grow up with Australian television or British television.
We grew up as kids watching those movies and we were exposed to themes of civil rights, unfairness, bigotry and fathers struggling against the kind of mob of the town, so you remember how you felt as a kid being taken seriously, that you are part of the human drama.
Why movies are so powerful is because you are right in there and you stay in there until they want you to come out, and then you've really gone somewhere.
You know Texas is - even more now that Enron has bit the dust - it's held up on the back of small businesses.
The filmmaker's got to make it his story and the actors have got to make it their story.
People going into the cities for the opportunities and the towns are getting older, no young people.
I'm so motivated to collaborate with people and help them realise the kind of collective vision.
I'm quite intuitive about what I pick. Often it's to do with what I've just done and how I'm feeling.
I'm pretty ruthless about that; I think when you sign over your story, you sign over your story.
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