This is a big week for Rachel Hannah Weisz, who besides turning 43 this week, has her latest film, Oz the Great and Powerful, opening in wide release. Weisz was born March 7th, 1970 in Westminster, London, and began her acting career with small roles in television. She had a small role in her first film, Death Machine (1994), but her first big turn was opposite Keanu Reeves and Morgan Freeman in Chain Reaction (1996). Weisz would become a star after landing the role of Evelyn Carnahan, the female lead in The Mummy (1999). The Mummy became an enormous box office success and gained her international recognition.
Weisz would appear in the first sequel to The Mummy, The Mummy Returns (2001), which was even more successful at the box office than its predecessor (she would later pass on the third installment in the franchise). A few of her other early successes include Enemy at the Gates (2001), About a Boy (2002), and The Runaway Jury (2003) – an adaptation of John Grisham’s legal thriller novel.
Rachel Weisz’s finest hour came in Fernando Meirelles’s The Constant Gardener (2005), for which she won the Academy Award, the Golden Globe, and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actress playing activist Tessa Quayle opposite Ralph Fiennes. She followed this success up with Darren Aronofsky’s divisive film, The Fountain (2006), Rian Johnson’s The Brothers Bloom (2008), Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones (2009), and Larysa Kondracki’s The Whistleblower (2010), to name a few. Last year Weisz received acclaim for her performance in Terence Davies’ The Deep Blue Sea (2012), and earned a Golden Globe nomination for Lead Actress (Drama) as well as other citations for her work.
She was supposed to appear in Terence Malick’s new film, To the Wonder, later this year, but fell victim to the cutting room floor. Her scenes have been removed from the film’s final cut, which is not a rare occurrence for a Malick film. As mentioned above, Rachel Weisz will appear in Oz the Great and Powerful this weekend, playing the witch Evanora.
My Circuit 3 for Rachel Weisz:
- The Constant Gardener (2005)
- About a Boy (2002)
- Enemy at the Gates (2001)
What are your three favorite/best Rachel Weisz films? You can view her entire filmography here.