Jacki Weaver

Jacqueline Ruth 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 nominations for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Jacki Weaver

Weaver in December 2012
Jacqueline Ruth Weaver

(1947-05-25) 25 May 1947
EducationHornsby Girls' High School
Years active1962–present
David Price
(m. 1966; div. 1970)

Max Hensser
(m. 1975; div. 1977)

Derryn Hinch
(m. 1983; div. 1998)

Sean Taylor
(m. 2003)
Partner(s)John Walters
(esp. 1969; sep. 1970)
Richard Wherrett
(esp. 1971; sep. 1974)
Phil Davis
(esp. 1977; sep. 1981)

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). Weaver's other films include Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975), Magic in the Moonlight (2014), The Disaster Artist (2017), Bird Box (2018), and Poms (2019). In 2005, she released her autobiography, Much Love, Jac.[1]

Early life

Weaver was born in Sydney, Australia. Her mother, Edith (née Simpson), was a migrant from England, and her father, Arthur Weaver, was a Sydney solicitor.[2] She attended Hornsby Girls' High School and was Dux of her school. She 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] Since then, she has performed in thousands of productions in television, film and stage.

Singing and stage

In 1963, at the age of 16, Weaver mimed the role of Gretel to the great soprano, Marilyn Richardson, in an ABC production of Weber's Hansel and Gretel, conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras. 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".

Contrary to popular belief, Weaver has never appeared in a soap opera. She has performed in more than 80 plays, including her stage work in Chekov's The Cherry Orchard and Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire, in which she played Stella. Her stage abilities were recognised with a "Mo" award. In 1980 she appeared in a television production of Sumner Locke Elliot's Water Under the Bridge.


Weaver's film debut came with 1971's Stork for which she won her first Australian Film Institute Award. 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 substantial appearance in Caddie (1976) for which she won her second Australian Film Institute Award.

In the 1990s and early 2000s, Weaver found it increasingly difficult to gain roles on screen or television and she 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 starred in the Melbourne-set crime thriller Animal Kingdom playing a gang family matriarch. Her performance 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 2012, 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 Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks opposite Gena Rowlands.[7]

Personal life

Weaver had a relationship of many years with Richard Wherrett, director of the Sydney Theatre Company.[8] She was married to David Price from 1966 to 1970, before marrying Max Hensser in 1975. She lived with Phil Davis, a former Sydney crime reporter, Canberra Press Secretary, and executive producer for Mike Willesee, for five years until 1981, before she married the radio and television presenter Derryn Hinch in 1983. She and Hinch divorced in 1998. She had a son, Dylan (b. 1970) with her partner at the time, John Walters.[9] She is currently married to actor Sean Taylor.



Year Film Role Notes
1971 Stork Anna
1973 Alvin Purple Second Sugar Girl
1974 Petersen Susie Petersen
1975 Picnic at Hanging Rock Minnie
The Removalists Marilyn Carter
1976 Caddie Josie
1982 Squizzy Taylor Dolly
1983 Abra Cadabra Primrose Buttercup Voice
1987 The Perfectionist Barbara Gunn
1996 Cosi Cherry
1997 The 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
2014 Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks Irene Mossbecker
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
2017 The Polka King Barb
Small Crimes Irma Denton
The Disaster Artist Carolyn Minnott
2018 Irreplaceable You Estelle
Life of the Party[10] Sandy Cook
Out of Blue Miriam Rockwell
Widows Agnieszka
Bird Box Cheryl
2019 Poms Sheryl
Zeroville Dotty
2020 Grudge Lorna
TBA Elsewhere Post-production
Stage Mother Post-production
Penguin Bloom Jan Post-production


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 ABC series. In 2 episodes
The Godfathers Matilda Mathews Nine Network. 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"
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 10 episodes
Who Do You Think You Are? As Self Season 6, episode 3
2015–2016 Blunt Talk Rosalie Winter Series regular; 20 episodes
2016 Sister Cities Mary Baxter TV film
2016–2018 Secret City Senator Catriona Bailey 6 episodes (season 1) TBC (Season 2)
2019 Bloom Gwendolyn "Gwen" Reed Main role
2019 Perpetual Grace, LTD Lillian Main role


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[11] 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[12] 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[13] 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
Critics' Choice Movie Awards Best Acting Ensemble Won
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated

Other awards

Further reading

  • Jane Cadzow, "All or nothing", The Sydney Morning Herald, Good Weekend, 5 December 1998
  • Deborah Blashki-Marks, "What I've Learnt: Jacki Weaver", The Age, 8 May 2004


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  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 pp. 121–124, 185
  6. Craig Dunning "Jacki Weaver has landed another blockbuster role alongside Nicole Kidman in Stoker" The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) (29 July 2011)
  7. "Jacki Weaver To Star In Indie '6 Dance Lessons In 6 Weeks" Deadline Hollywood (4 April 2013)
  8. Tranter, Kirsten (2 November 2013). "Jacki Weaver: Hooray for Hollywood". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  9. Jones, Caroline (2 June 2003). "Secret Life of Jacki". ABC. abc.net.au. Archived from the original on 14 November 2012. Retrieved 2 December 2013.
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  15. "Jacki Weaver wins AACTA lifetime achievement award", Sydney Morning Herald, 27 January 2014. Retrieved 2014-01-27
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