Sunday, August 8, 2010
Sixties Style: Julie Christie
Julie Christie became an international sensation in 1966 after winning the Best Actress Academy Award for the box-office hit, Darling.
In the film, the British actress portrays the frustratingly daft yet adorable Diana Scott, a model who sleeps her way to the top of the London fashion scene at the height of the Swinging Sixties.
While the film would easily be considered PG-13 by today's standards, the plot was shocking more than 40 years ago.
But it introduced the world to a woman who would one day be considered one of the greatest gifts to cinema.
(Here is a clip of her after the Academy Awards ceremony in 1966.)
Unlike her character, Diana Scott, however, Julie made her way to the top of Hollywood the old-fashioned way: hard work and undeniable talent.
When Darling was released in theaters, the 24-year-old became a household name. People soon became obsessed with her glamorous style and personal life.
Julie made tabloid headlines in the sixties by dating a string of successful, handsome men, including notorious womanizer Warren Beatty. And who could blame her? She was young, gorgeous, and famous. She could have any man she wanted!
Here are my favorite photos of Julie:
So...what do you think?