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Australian Toni Collette is not only a theater and film actress but also the lead vocalist of the Toni Collette and the Finish band, where she performs with her husband.

Her performance on the television series United States of Tara won two prestigious Emmy and Golden Globe awards.

Early Life

Antonia Collette was born on November 1, 1972, in Sydney, Australia. Her father, Bob Collette, worked as a truck driver; her mother, Judith Cook, worked in the customer service department.

Tony, the eldest child in the family, grew up with two brothers, Christopher and Ben. Her paternal grandfather was an American soldier whose name Toni does not know.

Antonia has been honing her acting skills since childhood: at the age of 11, she so skillfully staged an attack of appendicitis that the doctors believed it and removed it, although the tests showed nothing dangerous. As a teenager, Tony first appeared on stage, playing a role in the musical Gospel.

She went to Blacktown Girls High School until the age of 16 and then went to both the Australian theater for young people and the National Institute of Dramatic Arts.

Her initially acting part was in front of a melodic audience in Godspell in Sydney in her early teens.

In high school, Collette no longer doubted that being an actress was her calling. After a year and a half, Tony dropped out of school for a role in the production of Uncle Vanya.

 

Gossip and Rumors of Toni Collette

  1. It is rumored that Toni will be working in a recording studio soon and already 8 songs have been put to tape. 
  2. Her most recent movie Nightmare Alley is set to be released on December 3rd, 2021. 

 

Toni Collette Famous For

  1. For her roles in The Sixth Sense as Lynn Sear, Hereditary as Annie, About a Boy as Fiona Brewer, Little Miss Sunshine as Sheryl.
  2. On September 1 of 2008, she also produced the children’s book, Planet Yawn.
  3. The actress and her husband are known to be campers and spend time camping whenever possible.

 

Body Features

She stood at a perfect height of 5ft 8in (1.73m) and weighs around 59kg. Her body size is 36-27-35 inches while the Bra size is 36B. She has a beautiful blonde hair color and icy blue eye color.

 

Career

Collette’s professional career began in 1990 with a small role in the series A Country Practice. Two years later, she made her debut in the full-length film The Efficiency Expert).

But they started talking about Tony in 1994 after starring in the comedy film Muriel’s Wedding. The actress recalls that for the image she needed to gain 18 kilograms in 7 weeks.

Her performance received the Australian Film Institute’s Best Actress Award.

She got her first role in Hollywood in the comedy Emma which was released in 1996. At the same time, she made her debut in England, playing a role in the film adaptation of the novel Jane Austen.

In 1998, the actress played the wife of a rock star in the musical drama Velvet Goldmine, where she met actor Jonathan Rhys-Myers. A short romance broke out between them.

In 1999, acclaimed director Peter Greenaway offered Tony a role in 8 ½ Women, in which the Australian played the role of a nun working in a brothel.

A few months later, the first blockbuster featuring the actress, The Sixth Sense, was released. For the image of the mother of a boy with non-standard abilities, Collette was nominated for an Oscar as Best Supporting Actress.

In 2000, Tony turned down an offer to star in the comedy The Diary of Bridget Jones due to her Broadway busyness in the musical Wild Party. As you know, for Renee Zellweger, the image of Bridget became one of the most successful in her career.

In 2002, she appeared on the screen in the melodrama The Hours. At the same time, the film About a Boy was released, where Tony played a single mother, for whose image the actress was nominated for a BAFTA.

The following year, Collette received another Australian Film Institute’s Best Actress Award for her role in the drama Japanese Story.

In 2005, Tony and Cameron Diaz starred together in the tragicomedy, In Her Shoes. Externally similar actresses embodied the images of opposite sisters in character.

The next year, Collette played the role of a dysfunctional mother in Little Miss Sunshine. The film became one of the most successful in her career as an actress: 4 Oscar nominations, good reviews from critics, and a box office of over $ 100 million.

In 2008, the actress began acting in the series United States of Tara, where she worked for three seasons, until 2011. She played a mother of two who suffers from dissociative identity disorder while combining seven personalities.

In 2011, Tony first got a role in the horror film Fright Night, after which she starred in the drama Hitchcock. In 2013, Collette was invited to the TV series Hostages, where she turned into a brilliant surgeon who faced a difficult life choice.

In 2014, Tony returns to Broadway after a 14-year hiatus. Then she plays the main role in the play The Realistic Joneses. In the same year, she cut her long hair like a boy for the role in the movie Miss You Already.

In 2016, the actress starred with Daniel Radcliffe in the film Imperium, and a year later – with Orlando Bloom, John Malkovich, and Michael Douglas in the film The Guardian.

One of the last to appear on the screens was the film Madame by French director Amanda Shters. A film about the eternal theme of Cinderella: a maid from a wealthy house falls in love with an aristocrat who takes the girl for a person of blue blood.

In 2018, she delivered a performance hailed by critics in the independent horror film Heredity by Ari Aster. The same year, she plays a psychoanalyst in the drama series, Wanderlust, which tackles the subject of free marriage.

The series is broadcast by the BBC network in the United States and by the Netflix platform in France.

The following year, she continued this collaboration with the video on demand platform: First by assisting Jake Gyllenhaal in the horror film Velvet Buzzsaw then, by being on the poster for the series Unbelievable drawn of a true story. This eight-episode miniseries is based on an article titled An Unbelievable Story of Rape which received the prestigious Pulitzer Prize.

At the end of 2019, she was featured in À couteaux tirés, a Cluedo by Rian Johnson presented at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, with a choral cast including Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, and Don Johnson.

After the critical and popular success of Unbelievable, she was chosen to play the heroine of a series developed by Netflix, Pieces Of Her.

A thriller adapted from a bestseller set in the city of Georgia where a violent act will trigger unexpected events. The same year, she accepted a supporting role to shoot under the direction of the respected Guillermo del Toro with Cate Blanchett and Bradley Cooper for Nightmare Alley, the second adaptation of the novel The Charlatan.

 

Affairs

After filming in the film Velvet Goldmine, for about a year she was in a relationship with actor Jonathan Rhys-Myers, where she played the main role. For unknown reasons, the couple broke up.

In 2003, it became known that Collette had married musician Dave Galafassi. The couple had a Buddhist wedding in Australia. Two children were born in the marriage: in 2008 – the daughter Sage Florence, and in 2011 – the son Arlo Robert. Dave is currently the drummer for Toni Collette and the Finish, where Toni is the vocalist.

Net Worth

With more than 30 years of experience in the Film Industry, she has acted in numerous acclaimed movies and she has formed her band. Through her profession, this 48-year-old actress accumulated a net worth of 18 million dollars as of 2021.

In 2004, Toni and her husband bought a 5 million Australian dollar home in  Bellevue Hill in Sydney Australia which they sold for 6.5 million Australian Dollars in 2009. the couple bought another property in Sydney in 2011 for which she paid $6 million.

  1. After she gained popularity, the actress found it difficult to adapt t her increasing fame because of which she suffered from bulimia and panic attacks. The attacks lasted for 8 months and she had pains in her chest, blurred vision, and sweating. She also saved her head 5 times. 
  2. In an interview, the actress revealed that she got the role by director Steven Spielberg without having to audition.
  3. After founding a band of her own, she released her debut album Beautiful Awkward Pictures in 2006.

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