Collette, Toni 1972–

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Collette, Toni 1972–


Full name, Antonia Collette; born November 1, 1972, in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia; daughter of Bob (a truck driver) and Judy (a customer service representative) Collette; married Dave Galafassi (a musician), January 11, 2003. Education: Attended National Institute of Dramatic Art, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Addresses: Agent—Endeavor, 9601 Wilshire Blvd., Third Floor, Beverly Hills, CA 90210; Peters Fraser & Dunlop, Drury House, 34-43 Russell St., London WC2B 5HA, England. Manager—Shanahan Management, Berman House, 91 Campbell St., 2010 Australia.

Career: Actress. Affiliated with the Australian Theatre for Young People; Figurehead Films, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, partner; worked as a singer, sales clerk, and pizza delivery person.

Awards, Honors: Australian Film Institute Award nomination, best actress in a supporting role, 1991, for Spotswood; Sydney Critics Circle Award, best newcomer in a play or musical, 1992; Australian Film Institute Award, best actress in a leading role, 1994, Australian Film and Television Award, best actress, 1994, and Golden Globe Award nomination, best actress in a motion picture—comedy or musical, 1996, all for Muriel's Wedding; Australian Film Institute Award, best actress in a supporting role, 1996, for Lilian's Story; Australian Film Institute Award, best performance by an actress in a supporting role, 1998, and Film Critics Circle of Australia Award nomination, best supporting actor—female, 1999, both for The Boys; Blockbuster Entertainment Award, favorite supporting actress—suspense, Academy Award nomination, best actress in a supporting role, and Golden Satellite Award nomination, best performance by an actress in a supporting role, drama, International Press Academy, all 2000, for The Sixth Sense; Theatre World Award, outstanding new performance in a Broadway production, 1999–2000, Antoinette Perry Award nomination, best performance by a leading actress in a musical, Outer Critics Circle Award nomination, outstanding actress in a musical, and Drama Desk Award nomination, best actress in a musical, all 2000, for The Wild Party; Blockbuster Entertainment Award nomination, favorite supporting actress—action, 2001, for Shaft; Film Critics Circle of Australia Award nomination, best actor—female, 2002, for Dirty Deeds; Boston Society of Film Critics Award, best supporting actress, 2002, for The Hours and About a Boy; Film Award nomination, best performance by an actress in a supporting role, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and Golden Satellite Award nomination, best performance by an actress in a supporting role, comedy or musical, both 2003, for About a Boy; Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award, best supporting actress, Screen Actors Guild Award nomination (with others), outstanding performance by the cast of a theatrical motion picture, and Phoenix Film Critics Society Award nomination (with others), best acting ensemble, all 2003, for The Hours; Australian Film Institute Award, best actress in a leading role, Film Critics Circle of Australia Award, best actor—female, and If Award, best actress, all 2003, Golden Satellite Award nomination, best performance by an actress in a motion picture, drama, 2004, and Chlotrudis Award nomination, best actress, 2005, all for Japanese Story.


Film Appearances:

Wendy Robinson, Spotswood (also known as The Efficiency Expert), Miramax, 1992.

Cindy, This Marching Thing, VCA Film & Television School, 1994.

Muriel Heslop Van Arckle, Muriel's Wedding (also known as The Muriel), Miramax, 1994.

Voices of good witch and nurse, Arabian Knight (animated; also known as The Prince and the Cobbler and The Thief and the Cobbler), Miramax, 1995.

Cynthia, The Pallbearer, Miramax, 1996.

Diana Spencer, Diana and Me, Roadshow Film Distributors, 1996.

Harriet Smith, Emma, Miramax, 1996.

Julia Armstrong, The James Gang, Miramax, 1996.

Julie, Cosi (also known as Caught in the Act), Miramax, 1996.

Young Lilian Singer, Lilian's Story, Beyond Films, 1996.

Iris Chapman, Clockwatchers, Goldcrest Films International, 1997.

Michelle, The Boys, Arena Films, 1997.

Mandy Slade, Velvet Goldmine, Miramax, 1998.

Griselda/Sister Concordia, 8 1/2 Women (also known as Eight and a Half Women), Lions Gate Films, 1999.

Lynn Sear, The Sixth Sense, Buena Vista, 1999.

Dead by Monday, 1999.

Diane Palmieri, Shaft (also known as Shaft—Noch Fragen?), Paramount, 2000.

Kath, Hotel Splendide, 2000.

Voice of Meg Bluegum, The Magic Pudding (animated), Twentieth Century-Fox Australia, 2000.

Fiona, About a Boy (also known as About a Boy oder: Der Tag der toten Ente), Universal, 2002.

Kitty Barlowe, The Hours, Paramount, 2002.

Michelle, Changing Lanes, Paramount, 2002.

Sharon, Dirty Deeds (also known as Sacre boulot), DEJ Productions, 2002.

Sandy Edwards, Japanese Story, Samuel Goldwyn, 2003.

Carla, Connie and Carla, Universal, 2004.

Emily French, The Last Shot, Buena Vista, 2004.

Rose Feller, In Her Shoes, Twentieth Century-Fox, 2005.

Sally Rowe, Like Minds, Becker Group/Redbus Film Distribution, 2005.

Donna Lomax, The Night Listener, Hart-Sharp Entertainment, 2006.

Sheryl, Little Miss Sunshine, Big Beach Productions/Third Gear Productions/Dean River, 2006.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Beth, Dinner with Friends, HBO, 2001.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

Herself, The 72nd Annual Academy Awards Presentation, ABC, 2000.

Herself, The 2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, Fox, 2000.

Herself, The Orange British Academy Film Awards, 2002.

Presenter, The 2003 Australian Film Institute Awards, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 2003.

Presenter, The 2004 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards, Independent Film Channel, 2004.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Herself, "The Code," Frontline, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 1997.

Herself, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, syndicated, 1997, 1999.

Herself, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, NBC, 1998.

Herself, The Panel, Ten Network (Australia), 1999, 2002.

Herself, Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (also known as Ellen and The Ellen DeGeneres Show), syndicated, 2003.

Herself, Enough Rope with Andrew Denton, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 2003, 2004.

Herself, Rove Live, Ten Network, 2003, 2004.

Herself, The Graham Norton Effect, Comedy Central, 2004.

Stage Appearances:

Cast member and chorus member, Aristophanes' Frogs, Belvoir Street Theatre, 1992.

Meg, Away, Sydney Theatre Company, 1992.

Sonya, Uncle Vanya, Sydney Theatre Company, 1992.

Bev/Beatrice, Summer of the Aliens, Sydney Theatre Company, 1993.

Cordelia, King Lear, Sydney Theatre Company, 1994.

Queenie, The Wild Party (musical), Virginia Theatre, New York City, 2000.

Appeared as Petra, A Little Night Music (musical), Sydney Theatre Company; appeared in other productions, including Godspell (musical).



Herself, Shaft: Still the Man (documentary), 2000.

Herself, The Making of "Changing Lanes" (documentary; also known as Behind the Scenes of "Changing Lanes"), 2002.

Herself, The Sixth Sense: Reflections from the Set (documentary), 2002.


The Wild Party (Broadway cast album), Decca Broadway, 2000.



Entertainment Weekly, March 1, 2000, p. 54; February 13, 2004, pp. 46-47.

In Style, July, 2000, pp. 139-40.

Interview, December, 1998, p. 102.

Movieline, Volume 7, issue 10, pp. 58-59.

People Weekly, June 17, 2002, p. 160; February 3, 2003, p. 72.

Time, January 31, 2005, p. 77.

Urban Cinefile, December 20, 2000.

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