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Ballarat National Theatre

patron jacki weaver

Jacki has been our Patron since 2005.

She follows in the footsteps of Leo McKern

One of Australia's best loved and most respected performers since she began her career in 1962, whether on stage, movies or television. Jacki has won numerous Best Actress awards, for her moving portrayal of Joy Gresham in Shadowlands, and what critics called ‘a brilliant performance’ as Dr Gorgeous in The Sisters Rosensweig. Jacki has AFI awards for the films Animal Kingdom, Caddie and Stork, a Logie for Do I Have To Kill My Child? and a Variety Club Heart Award for They're Playing Our Song in which she starred with John Waters for two years.

Jacki studied drama at Doris Fitton's Independent Theatre in North Sydney and some of her theatre credits include Born Yesterday, Six Degrees of Separation, The Real Thing, Love Letters, Away and Shadowlands for the Sydney Theatre Company; Emerald City, Blithe Spirit, Joe Egg, Daylight Saving, The Sisters Rosenweig, Shadowlands and Navigating for the Melbourne Theatre Company; Navigating for the Queensland Theatre Company; A Streetcar Named Desire, The Three Sisters, The Imaginary Invalid, Love's Labour's Lost, You Never Can Tell, Forget Me Not Lane and The Legend of King O'Malley for the Old Tote; The Removalists, Rockola, The Seagull, Tom and After Magritte for Nimrod.

Among Jacki's film credits are Picnic At Hanging Rock, Petersen, The Perfectionist, Squizzy Taylor, Stork, The Removalists, Caddie, Alvin Purple, Cosi and most recently Animal Kingdom for which she received an Oscar Nomination (and many other awards and accolades) for her role as Janine ‘Smurf’ Cody, although very well known and highly respected in Australia this is Jacki’s first Oscar nomination.

Her television credits include The Girl From Moonooloo, Trial By Marriage and House Rules which were written especially for her; the mini-series Water Under The Bridge and The Challenge; eight years as a panelist on ABC TV's Would You Believe.

Jacki has completed seasons of Fred, After The Ball, Soulmates and Old Masters for the Sydney Theatre Company. Jacki has toured nationally with productions of The Last Of The Red Hot Lovers, The Last Cab To Darwin and The Blonde The Brunette And The Vengeful Redhead and Steel Magnolias. Other credits include Ruby’s Last Dollar, Derrida in Love, Prisoner of Second Avenue, Death of a Salesman, Secret Bridesmaid Business, Priscilla Queen of the Desert – The Musical and John Doyle’s Pig Iron People for STC.

Jacki has filmed four US movies since the Oscars, has three more movies lined up for 2012 and will also shoot a pilot for a HBO TV series as well as taking to the stage in New York later in the year. She will also be shooting the film, Wild Oats with Shirley MacLaine. She recently finished filming The Silver Linings Playbook in which she played Robert DeNiro's wife and Bradley Cooper's mother.

Jacki Weaver has reached a career highpoint, as she celebrates her 50th year as an actor in 2012
Congratulations Jacki !