Jacki Weaver

Jacki Weaver

Weaver at Les Misérables red carpet movie premiere in Sydney, Australia in December 2012
Born Jacqueline Ruth Weaver
(1947-05-25) 25 May 1947
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation Actress
Years active 1966present
Spouse(s) David Price
Max Hensser
Derryn Hinch
(19831996, 19971998)
Sean Taylor
Partner(s) John Walters
Children 1

Jacqueline Ruth "Jacki" Weaver, AO (born 25 May 1947) is an Australian theatre, film, and television actress. She is known internationally for her performances in Animal Kingdom (2010) and Silver Linings Playbook (2012), both of which earned her a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Weaver emerged in the 1970s as a symbol of the Australian New Wave through her work in Ozploitation films such as Stork (1971), Alvin Purple (1973) and Petersen (1974). In 2005, she released her autobiography titled Much Love, Jac.[1]

Early life

Weaver was born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Her mother, Edith (née Simpson), was a migrant from the United Kingdom, and her father, Arthur Weaver, was a Sydney solicitor.[2] She attended Hornsby Girls' High School, and won a scholarship to study sociology at university, but instead embarked upon an acting career.[3][4]


Weaver has been working in Australian film, stage and television since the 1960s. The turning point in her career came in 1965 just before she was about to go to university and was cast in the Australian TV series Wandjina!.[5]


In 1964 at the Palace Theatre in Sydney, Weaver and a number of other Australian singers such as The Delltones and her then-boyfriend Bryan Davies performed a satire on the Gidget movies, in which Weaver performed as "Gadget."

In the mid-1960s, she appeared on the Australian music show Bandstand. In one appearance, she sang a 1920s-style pastiche, the novelty song "I Love Onions."


Weaver at the AACTA Awards in Sydney, 31 January 2012

Weaver's film debut came with 1971's Stork for which she won her first Australian Film Institute Award. In the 1970s, Weaver gained a sex-symbol reputation thanks to her performances in the likes of Alvin Purple (1973). Other notable films during this time include a small role in Peter Weir's critically acclaimed film version of Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975), and a more substantive appearance in Caddie (1976) for which she won her second Australian Film Institute Award.

In the 1990s and early 2000s, Weaver found it increasingly hard to find roles on screen or television and devoted much of her energy to the Australian stage, starring in plays including A Streetcar Named Desire, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Death of a Salesman, Reg Cribb's Last Cab to Darwin, and Chekhov's Uncle Vanya alongside Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh in 2010-11.

In 2010, Weaver also starred in the Melbourne-set crime thriller Animal Kingdom playing a gang family matriarch. Her performance was praised and earned her an Academy Award nomination as well as winning the Australian Film Institute Award, the National Board of Review, Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award and a Satellite Award.

Weaver made her Hollywood debut with the comedy The Five-Year Engagement, alongside Emily Blunt and Jason Segel, and starred in Park Chan-Wook's English-language debut, Stoker, alongside fellow Australian actors Nicole Kidman and Mia Wasikowska, and British actor Matthew Goode.[6]

On 10 January 2013, Weaver was again nominated for an Academy Award for her role opposite Robert De Niro in the film Silver Linings Playbook. In April the same year, she was cast in the adaptation of Richard Alfieri's play 6 Dance Lessons in 6 Weeks opposite Gena Rowlands.[7]

In August 2013, Australians in Film announced that Weaver would be honored with the organization's Breakthrough Award at an exclusive Benefit Dinner held 24 October 2013 in Los Angeles.[8] She also portrayed Dr. Warren in the 2014 comedy crime horror film The Voices.[9]

Personal life

Weaver was married to David Price from 1966 to 1970 before divorcing and marrying Max Hensser in 1975. She married radio and television presenter Derryn Hinch in 1983; they divorced in 1996, remarried in 1997, and divorced again in 1998.[10] She had a son, Dylan (b. 1969) with partner at the time John Walters.[11] She is currently married to actor Sean Taylor.

Weaver is a supporter of the Australian Labor Party, and recorded a radio advertisement in support of them for the 1996 federal election.

Jackie Weaver is currently the Patron of Ballarat National Theatre, a volunteer Theatre Group in Ballarat, Australia.



Year Film Role Notes
1971 Stork Anna
1973 Alvin Purple Second Sugar Girl
1974 Petersen Susie Petersen
1975 Picnic at Hanging Rock Minnie
Removalists, TheThe Removalists Marilyn Carter
1976 Caddie Josie
1982 Squizzy Taylor Dolly
1983 Abra Cadabra Primrose Buttercup Voice
1987 Perfectionist, TheThe Perfectionist Barbara Gunn
1996 Cosi Cherry
1997 Two-Wheeled Time Machine, TheThe Two-Wheeled Time Machine Old Alice Short film
2008 Three Blind Mice Bernie Fisher
2009 Early Checkout Cleaner Short
2010 Animal Kingdom Janine 'Smurf' Cody
Summer Coda Jen
2011 Lois Lois Short
2012 The Five-Year Engagement Sylvia Dickerson-Barnes
Silver Linings Playbook Dolores Solitano
2013 Stoker Aunt Gwendolyn 'Gin' Stoker
Parkland Marguerite Oswald
Haunt Janet Morello
Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks Irene Mossbecker
2014 Reclaim Reigert
The Voices Dr. Warren
Maya the Bee Buzzlina Von Beena (voice)
Magic in the Moonlight Grace
2015 Last Cab to Darwin Dr. Farmer
Equals Bess
2016 Goldstone The Mayor
The Masterpiece Carolyn Minnott
Sister Cities Mary Baxter
2017 The Polka King Filming
2018 Life of the Party[12] Filming


Year Film Role Notes
1966 Wandjina!
1967 The Schoolmistress
Homicide Hettie / Anne Johnson / Sue Ryan 9 episodes
1969 Riptide Liz Episode: "Brethren Island"
19691973 Division 4 Val Smith / Thea Kemp 2 episodes
1970 Woobinda, Animal Doctor Episode: "Chocolate, Cherry or Pistachio"
1970–74 Would You Believe? As Self Panelist on ABC TV Game Show
1971 The Comedy Game 2 episodes
The Godfathers Matilda Mathews Episode: "Waltzing Matilda"
Spyforce Elaine Harrison Episode: "The Volunteers: Part 1"
1972 Catwalk Rock Wilson Episode: "A Life in the Day Of"
1975 Polly Me Love Polly TV film
1976 Alvin Purple Emily
Do I Have to Kill My Child? TV film
Up the Convicts
Rush Yvette Precot Episode: "A Shilling a Day"
1977 The Dick Emery Show in Australia Various Characters
1980 Trial by Marriage Joan
Water Under the Bridge Maggie McGhee 8 episodes
1981 Tickled Pink 2 episodes
1986 The Challenge Rasa Bertrand Miniseries
1988 House Rules Julie Buckley Episode: "The Honourable Housewife"
1997 The Two-Wheeled Time Machine Old alice Short
2007 Hammer Bay Aileen Blakely TV film
2009 Satisfaction Gillian 2 episodes
2013 The McCarthys Marjorie McCarthy TV film
Super Fun Night Pamela Boubier Episode: "Engagement Party"
2014 Gracepoint Susan Wright
2015–present Blunt Talk Rosalie Winter Series regular


Year Film Role Venue
1962 A Wish is a Dream Phillip Theatre, Sydney
1963 Once Upon a Surfie Palace Theatre, Sydney
1974 Love's Labour's Lost[13] Drama Theatre, Sydney (6 December 1974 – 18 January 1975)
The Seagull Nimrod Upstairs, Surry Hills
1976 A Streetcar Named Desire Drama Theatre, Sydney
Bedroom Farce Theatre Royal (1976-5 October 1978)
1980 They're Playing Our Song Sonia Walsk Comedy Theatre, Melbourne (23 August 1980 - January 1981)
1985 The Real Thing Drama Theatre, Sydney
1986 Blithe Spirit Playhouse, Melbourne
1987 Emerald City Playhouse, Melbourne (18 March & 11 November 1987)
1993 Away Riverside Theatres, Parramatta
1995 Reunion Comedy Club, Carlton, 13 May - 3 June 1995
1997 After the Ball Sydney Theatre Company
Navigating Katherine Thompson Queensland and Melbourne Theatre companies
1999 Fred[14] Sydney Theatre Company
2000 The Falls Griffin Theatre Company & Stables Theatre, Darlinghurst
Girl Talk Australia wide October 2000 - June 2001
2002 The Blonde, The Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead Stables Theatre, Darlinghurst
Soulmates Civic Theatre, Newcastle (13 April - 28 August 2002)
Three Sisters
2003 Last of the Red Hot Lovers 3 June 2003 – 13 July 2004
Six Degrees of Separation
2004 Last Cab to Darwin 7 August - 10 November 2004
The Blonde, The Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead 24 February 2004 – 23 October 2006, 1 June 2007
2006 A Hard God Sydney Theatre Company
2010 Entertaining Mr Sloane State Theatre Company of South Australia
Uncle Vanya[15] Nana Sydney Theatre Company

Awards and nominations

Year Nominated work Award Category Result
1971 Stork Australian Film Institute Award Best Actress in a Leading Role Won
1976 Caddie Best Actress in a Supporting Role Won
2010 Animal Kingdom Best Actress in a Leading Role Won
National Board of Review Award Best Supporting Actress Won
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award Best Supporting Actress Won
Satellite Award Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture Won
Utah Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Won
Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress 2nd Place
National Society of Film Critics Best Supporting Actress 3rd Place
San Francisco Film Critics Circle Best Supporting Actress Won
Critics' Choice Movie Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Central Ohio Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Chicago Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Saturn Award Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Golden Globe Award Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture Nominated
Denver Film Critics Society Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Houston Film Critics Society Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Detroit Film Critics Society Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Academy Award Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2012 Silver Linings Playbook Nominated
AACTA Awards Best International Supporting Actress Won
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated

Other awards

Further reading


  1. Much Love Jac accessed 1-9-2016
  2. Weaver, Jacki (2007). Much Love, Jac. Allen & Unwin. pp. 2–7. ISBN 1741750563.
  3. Jacki Weaver (2005). Much Love, Jac. Crows Nest, N.S.W.: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-74114-618-6.
  4. "Jacki Weaver actress" by Jennie Curtin, The Age (11 April 1986)
  5. Tom Ryan, "Jacki Weaver", Cinema Papers, April 1982 p121-124, 185
  6. Craig Dunning "Jacki Weaver has landed another blockbuster role alongside Nicole Kidman in Stoker" The Daily Telegraph (Australia) (29 July 2011)
  7. "Jacki Weaver To Star In Indie ’6 Dance Lessons In 6 Weeks" deadline.com (4 April 2013)
  8. 1 2 (26 August 2013), Jacki Weaver and Sullivan Stapleton tapped for top award from Australians in Film. "Variety", Los Angeles
  9. "Hi-Res Stills Hear 'The Voices'". Bloody Disgusting. 13 January 2015. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
  10. Casamento, Jo. "Weaver gives interview to ex-husband Hinch". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2 December 2013.
  11. Jones, Caroline (2 June 2003). "Secret Life of Jacki". abc.net.au. Retrieved 2 December 2013.
  12. Galuppo, Mia (August 2, 2016). "Jacki Weaver to Play Melissa McCarthy's Mom in 'Life of the Party' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 4, 2016.
  13. "Love's Labour's Lost". AusStage.edu.au. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
  14. "Fred by Beatrix Christian". AustralianPlays.org. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
  15. Uncle Vanya Archived 24 October 2010 at the Wayback Machine. at the Sydney Theatre Company
  16. "Jacki Weaver wins AACTA lifetime achievement award", Sydney Morning Herald, 27 January 2014. Retrieved 2014-01-27
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