Frances O'Connor at: Celebstuck
June 12, 1969,
Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK
Raised in Perth, Australia (Family moved when Frances was two years
Now calls Melbourne, Australia home.
Father: a nuclear physicist.
Mother: a pianist.
Frances has four siblings.
Long time boyfriend: Gerald Lepkowski. They have one child, born April, 2005.
Education: BA in literature from Curtin University in Western Australia.
| Frances O'Connor describes her hometown
of Perth, Australia as "the most isolated city in the world!"
To top it off, her family lived outside the city, which added to the
remoteness, but forced the intellectually minded O'Connor household
(musician mom, physics professor dad, five kids) to create its own
playground. "There was a lot of land around us, so we spent a lot
of time in our imaginations being very creative," she says.
After graduating from the Western Australia
Academy of Performing Arts, she appeared in the Australian TV series
"Halifax f.p." and in 1996 made her feature-film debut, playing a
lesbian college student in the independent hit, Love and Other
After more well-received but little
known films, her roles opposite Brendan Frasier in Bedazzled,
and in Steven Spielberg's A.I. launched her into the mainstream.
Next, she appeared as Gwendolyn in The Importance of Being Earnest,
with Reese Witherspoon, and Windtalkers, with Nicolas Cage.
"I've had a really good run so far. I've enjoyed
myself and I'm happy in my life."
On her Catholic school background... "That's why I'm an actor.
They got repression going, and it's very good for acting."
On acting... "You get to be in a world that is immediately removed
from your own existence. That's just really interesting, I think,
as an actor. And it's very romantic."