Wendy Hughes

Actor, Producer, Screenwriter
When the "New Australian Film" movement began in the late 1970s and early 80s, several actresses rose to prominence including Helen Morse and Judy Davis (who went on to earn international fame). Among the most talented ... Read more »
Born: 07/29/1952 in Melbourne, Victoria, AU

Filmography

Actor (35)

Salvation 2009 (Movie)

Gloria (Actor)

The Caterpillar Wish 2006 (Movie)

Elizabeth Roberts (Actor)

The Man Who Sued God 2001 (Movie)

Jules Myers (Actor)

Lust and Revenge 1997 (Movie)

Oliphant's Adviser (Actor)

Paradise Road 1997 (Movie)

Mrs Dickson (Actor)

Snowy River: The McGregor Saga 1993 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Princess Caraboo 1994 (Movie)

Mrs Worrall (Actor)

Homicide: Life on the Street 1992 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Actor

Wild Orchid 2: Two Shades of Blue 1992 (Movie)

Elle (Actor)

The Heist 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Echoes of Paradise 1989 (Movie)

Maria McEvoy (Actor)

Luigi's Ladies 1989 (Movie)

Sara (Actor)

Warm Nights on a Slow Moving Train 1989 (Movie)

The Girl (Actor)

Amerika 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Boundaries of the Heart 1987 (Movie)

Stella Marsden (Actor)

Happy New Year 1987 (Movie)

Carolyn Benedict (Actor)

An Indecent Obsession 1984 (Movie)

Honour Langtry (Actor)

I Can't Get Started 1984 (Movie)

Margaret (Actor)

My First Wife 1984 (Movie)

Helen (Actor)

Careful, He Might Hear You 1983 (Movie)

Vanessa Scott (Actor)

Hoodwink 1982 (Movie)

Lucy (Actor)

A Dangerous Summer 1981 (Movie)

Sophie (Actor)

Lonely Hearts 1981 (Movie)

Patricia (Actor)

My Brilliant Career 1980 (Movie)

Aunt Helen (Actor)

Partners 1980 (Movie)

Barbara Dunstan (Actor)

Kostas 1979 (Movie)

Cathy (Actor)

Newsfront 1979 (Movie)

Amy McKenzie (Actor)

Touch and Go 1979 (Movie)

Eva Gilmour (Actor)

High Rolling 1977 (Movie)

Barbie (Actor)

Petersen 1974 (Movie)

Patricia Kent (Actor)

Sidecar Racers 1974 (Movie)

Lynn Carson (Actor)

A Woman Named Jackie (TV Show)

Actor

Donor (TV Show)

Actor

Return to Eden (TV Show)

Actor

Salvation (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (2)

Luigi's Ladies 1989 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Boundaries of the Heart 1987 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

Biography

When the "New Australian Film" movement began in the late 1970s and early 80s, several actresses rose to prominence including Helen Morse and Judy Davis (who went on to earn international fame). Among the most talented was Wendy Hughes, an attractive, elegant-looking brunette who originally intended to pursue a career in dance. When she hit her teens, though, Hughes switched interests to acting and went on to train at the prestigious National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) and hone her craft on stage with the Melbourne Theatre Company. She moved to features in 1974 with "Petersen," playing the wife of a college professor who takes an interest in a married student. Hughes first reached American audiences as a woman involved with an ambitious newsreel photographer in Philip Noyce's "Newsfront" (1978), a role that brought her the first of seven (to date) nominations for the Australian Film Institute award. The following year, she earned plaudits as the maternal figure to aspiring writer Sybylla Melvyn (Judy Davis) in "My Brilliant Career" and initiated a collaboration with director Paul Cox with "Kostas," in which she portrayed a genteel divorcee romantically pursued by a Greek journalist.

Relationships

Charlotte Juillet

Daughter

Jay Juillet

Son

Patric Juillet

Husband
French founded Tra La La Productions

EDUCATION

National Institute of Dramatic Arts

LaTrobe High School

Victoria

Milestones

2001

Portrayed Mrs. Robinson in the Australian stage adaptation of "The Graduate"

2001

Reunited on screen with Judy Davis and Colin Friels in "The Man Who Sued God"

1997

Cast as one of the female prisoners in "Paradise Road"

1997

Played the lead in the Australian TV series "State Coroner"

1996

Fourth film with Paul Cox, undertook gender-bending role in "Lust and Revenge"

1994

Portrayed the lady of the house in which the title character is welcomed in the comedy "Princess Cariboo"

1993

Starred in the TV series "Snowy River: The McGregor Saga"

1991

Played the title character's mother in the NBC miniseries "A Woman Called Jackie", about former US First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy

1991

Cast in first US feature, "Wild Orchid 2: Two Shades of Blue"; portrayed a brothel madam

1989

Co-starred with Pierce Brosnan in the HBO movie "The Heist"

1989

First feature screenplay and debut as executive producer, "Luigi's Ladies"; also had one of the leading roles

1989

Relocated with family to USA and settled in Los Angeles (date approximate)

1988

Debut as associate producer with "Boundaries of the Heart", produced by Juillet; also starred

1987

US miniseries debut, "Amerika"

1987

Starred opposite Colin Friels in the quirky romance "Warm Nights on a Slow Moving Train", co-produced by husband Patric Juillet

1985

Cast as the incompetent nurse heading a mental ward during WWII in "An Indecent Obsession"

1984

Played an unfaithful spouse in Paul Cox's "My First Wife"

1984

Acted in the Australian miniseries, "Return to Eden"; aired in syndication in the USA

1983

Delivered a stellar turn as the Anglophile aunt battling for custody of her nephew in the feature adaptation of "Careful, He Might Hear You", based on Sumner Locke Elliott's book

1982

Cast as a doomed insurance investigator in the mystery "A Dangerous Summer"

1982

Reteamed with Cox for "Lonely Hearts"; cast against type as a dowdy, sexually repressed woman

1981

Revisited themes similar to her debut feature in "Duet for Four"

1981

Third film with Judy Davis, "Hoodwink"

1979

Made first of four films (to date) with director Paul Cox, "Kostas"

1978

Reunited with Judy Davis (playing her aunt) in "My Brilliant Career"

1978

Co-starred in the acclaimed Australian feature "Newsfront"

1977

Initial film collaboration with Judy Davis, "High Rolling"

1974

Feature debut, "Petersen"

1966

Turned focus towards acting and began appearing in school plays and community theater (date approximate)

Returned to Australia

Raised in Melbourne, Australia

Had recurring role in the first season of the NBC series "Homicide: Life On The Street", playing the medical examiner

Pursued ballet as a child

After graduating from drama school, spent two years working with the Melbourne Theatre Company

Attended the National Institute of Dramatic Arts

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