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Toni Collette

Academy Award-Nominated Actress Known For "Hereditary" & "The Sixth Sense"

Academy Award-Nominated Actress Known For "Hereditary" & "The Sixth Sense"

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Toni Collette Biography

Toni Collette is an Academy Award-nominated Australian actress. Collette was born Toni Collett (she later added an "e") on November 1, 1972, in Blacktown, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. She is the first of three children of Judith (Cook), a customer service representative, and Bob Collett, a truck driver. From age six, she was brought up in suburban Sydney. At the age of eleven, 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 was wrong with it.

At 16, she left school and enrolled in the 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 the 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 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. In June 2018, Collette gave an acclaimed performance in the A24 horror film "Hereditary." Entertainment Weekly praised Collette for her "real dramatic power and force," while the Chicago Tribune complimented her "fierce performance with a human pulse". Also in 2018, Collette was cast to play a main role in the critically acclaimed Netflix miniseries, "Unbelievable," which was released on September 13, 2019.

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 resides with her husband in Sydney, Australia, and owns a second home in Ireland.

Toni Collette Videos

  • Kaitlyn Dever, Toni Collette Talk 'Unbelievable' Netflix Series
    Kaitlyn Dever, Toni Collette, and Merritt Wever discuss the emotional experience of filming their Netflix drama "Unbelievable", about the rape of a...
  • "Muriel's Wedding": Toni Collette's Journey
    Host Susannah Grant and special guest Toni Collette discussed Collette's early career at a screening of "Muriel's Wedding" at the Samuel Goldwyn...
  • HEREDITARY | Toni Collette talks about her experience making the movie
    When the matriarch of the Graham family passes away, her daughter's family begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about...

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Toni Collette is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Toni Collette for your event is available upon request. Toni Collette generally travels from Australia and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Nikki Deloach, Allison Janney, Vanessa Hudgens, Logan Browning and Bernadette Peters. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Toni Collette for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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