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Issue Details: First known date: 2016... 2016 'I'm Very Stella' : Jacki Weaver
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'Jacki Weaver’s life as an actor is a story of immense talent and resilience. At the beginning of her career when she was 15 she played Cinderella at the Phillip Street Theatre in Sydney in 1962. She also appeared on the television program Bandstand several times as a teenager. Weaver studied elocution as a child and trained at the Independent Theatre with Doreen Warburton and Doris Fitton. As a youngster Jacki was determined to pursue acting but her small stature, girlish beauty and blonde hair often meant that she did not get the ‘strong characters’ that she wanted.(1) Weaver achieved success in the early 1970’s in Stork, Caddie and The Removalists(stage play and film). She appeared in the feature films Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) and Squizzy Taylor (1982) as well as in the telemovies Do I Have to Kill My Child? in 1976 (winning a Logie for Best Actress), Polly Me Love (1975) and the musical play set in the Depression called The Girl From Moonooloo in 1984, playing a part written especially for her. She also appeared in The Perfectionist in 1987. (Introduction)

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    y separately published work icon Players : Australian Actors on Stage, Television and Film Anne Pender , St Lucia : AustLit: The Australian Literature Resource , 2016 10628863 2016 selected work biography

    'The Australian theatre, television and film industries are dynamic and creative in ways that could never have been imagined half a century ago. Since the 1950s these industries have expanded and demonstrated extraordinary vitality. Our vibrant Australian performing arts industry would not exist in its current form without the creative contribution of actors. Actors are the public face of the performing arts, carrying the immediate responsibility for the success of each show. Yet they are sometimes left out of theatre history. It is the actors, and often the characters they play, that we remember when we recall a favourite television program, film or play, long after we have seen it. It is the actors who make a play or a television program credible, enjoyable and memorable. The aim of the essays in this series is to document and interpret the specific contributions of actors who have worked in Australia for most of their lives, in order to understand their artistry and their world. The actors profiled in these pages came to maturity in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. They have shaped our ideas and our identity.' (Introduction)

    St Lucia : AustLit: The Australian Literature Resource , 2016
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