'Saving Mr. Banks' to open AFI Fest in Hollywood this fall

'Saving Mr. Banks' to open AFI Fest in Hollywood this fall

BURBANK, Calif., Sept. 4 (UPI) -- "Saving Mr. Banks" is to open the American Film Institute's festival in Hollywood this fall, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures announced Wednesday.
David Baldacci pens children's fantasy novel 'The Finisher'

David Baldacci pens children's fantasy novel 'The Finisher'

NEW YORK, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Publishing giant Scholastic says it has acquired the North American rights to "The Finisher," a fantasy novel for children by bestselling author David Baldacci.
Garner, Usher head to 'Sesame Street'

Garner, Usher head to 'Sesame Street'

NEW YORK, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Usher, Jennifer Garner and Sherri Shepherd are to appear on episodes of "Sesame Street" to air this month, producers of the U.S. preschool series said.
Ivanek, Wiest win drama Emmys

Ivanek, Wiest win drama Emmys

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Zeljko Ivanek won the Emmy for outstanding supporting actor in a drama series in Los Angeles Sunday night for his work in "Damages."
'Mad Men' grabs 16 Emmy nods

'Mad Men' grabs 16 Emmy nods

LOS ANGELES, July 17 (UPI) -- The AMC show "Mad Men" was nominated for 16 Emmy Awards, including the one for outstanding drama series, in Los Angeles Thursday.
Stars line up for 'Brothers & Sisters'

Stars line up for 'Brothers & Sisters'

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- Hollywood actors Ken Olin, Danny Glover and Steven Weber will be guest stars in an upcoming episode of the U.S. TV drama "Brothers & Sisters."

Globes recognizes several new TV shows

HOLLYWOOD, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Quite a few new TV shows, including "Mad Men," "Damages," "Pushing Daisies" and "The Tudors," were recognized with Golden Globe nods Thursday in Hollywood.

'Lonesome Dove' prequel to air this winter

LOS ANGELES , Oct. 1 (UPI) -- "Comanche Moon," the Hollywood prequel to the immensely successful TV miniseries "Lonesome Dove," is slated to air on CBS this winter.

Aboriginal comedy wins Aussie film award

MELBOURNE, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- An aboriginal comedy has taken top place at the 48th annual Australian Film Institute Awards in Melbourne.

Sally Field joins 'Brothers & Sisters'

LOS ANGELES, July 11 (UPI) -- Veteran Hollywood star Sally Field has joined the cast of ABC's fall drama "Brothers & Sisters."

Actresses get sweet deal to play 'Sisters'

LOS ANGELES, April 18 (UPI) -- Calista "Ally McBeal" Flockhart and "Six Feet Under's" Rachel Griffiths will get $800,000 each for filming a pilot for ABC.

Flockhart and Griffiths join ABC drama

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- "Ally McBeal's" Calista Flockhart and "Six Feet Under's" Rachel Griffiths are joining the cast of ABC's family drama, "Brothers & Sisters."

Rachel Griffiths gives birth

LOS ANGELES, June 24 (UPI) -- "Six Feet Under" star Rachel Griffiths has given birth to her second child.

'Six Feet Under' shifts to Mondays

LOS ANGELES, May 5 (UPI) -- "Six Feet Under" will move from Sunday nights to Mondays when it returns for its fifth and final season, HBO announced Thursday.

Stars line up to go 'Six Feet Under'

NEW YORK, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Some of Hollywood's best and brightest are lining up to guest star on HBO's hit funeral-home drama "Six Feet Under."
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Rachel Griffiths
Actress Rachel Griffiths attends the Skin + Bones: Parallel Practices in Fashion and Architecture opening night party at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in Los Angeles, California on November 18, 2006 . (UPI Photo/ Phil McCarten)

Rachel Anne Griffiths (born 18 December 1968) is an Australian film and television actress who came to prominence in the 1994 film Muriel's Wedding. Among her other notable roles, she is particularly well known for her portrayal of Brenda Chenowith in the TV series Six Feet Under (2001–2005) and Sarah Walker on the ABC primetime drama Brothers & Sisters (2006–present). Her work in film and television has earned her many awards, most notably a Golden Globe award, two Screen Actors Guild awards and three Australian Film Institute awards.

Griffiths was born in Melbourne, the daughter of Anna, an art teacher and arts/education consultant, and Edward Griffiths. She grew up in Melbourne with her mother and two older brothers. After earning a Bachelor of Education degree in drama and dance at Victoria College, Rusden, she began her career as a member of Woolly Jumpers, a community theatre group. She had her first success as the creator and performer of Barbie Gets Hip, which played at the Melbourne International Film Festival in 1991.

bart and Toni Collette were relative unknowns when they were cast as best friends and fellow outcasts in the 1994 film Muriel's Wedding. Her performance won her critical acclaim and both the Australian Film Critics Award and the Australian Film Institute Awards for Best Supporting Actress. She followed this triumph in 1996 with the role of an earthy, ill-mannered pig farmer's daughter in Michael Winterbottom's Jude.

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