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Overview (3)

Born in Cornwell Manor, Cornwell, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, England, UK
Birth NameRachel Claire Ward
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Rachel Ward was born on September 12, 1957 in Cornwell Manor, Cornwell, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, England as Rachel Claire Ward. She is an actress and director, known for The Thorn Birds (1983), Against All Odds (1984) and Sharky's Machine (1981). She has been married to Bryan Brown since April 16, 1983. They have three children.

Spouse (1)

Bryan Brown (16 April 1983 - present) ( 3 children)

Trivia (12)

Former model.
Has a sister, Tracy-Louise Ward (born in 1958), who married Henry Somerset, Marquess of Worcester in 1987, and a brother, Alexander Evelyn Giles Ward (born in 1961).
As a young starlet shared a house with fellow model-actress Daryl Hannah.
Born to Peter Alistair Ward, son of the 3rd Earl of Dudley, and his wife Claire Leonora Baring (born on 29 February 1936), daughter of first-class cricketer Giles Baring; her parents later divorced.
She is granddaughter of the 3rd Earl of Dudley and his first wife Lady Rosemary Leveson-Gower (once tipped as a possible bride for the future Edward VIII, later Duke of Windsor). Her uncle the Earl of Dudley is married to former actress Maureen Swanson; her sister Tracy-Louise Ward (now wife of the Marquess of Worcester, eldest son and heir of the 11th Duke of Beaufort) also acted, and her cousin the Honourable Leander Ward is also an actor.
Rachel Ward met her husband, Bryan Brown, while working on The Thorn Birds (1983). She played the heroine, and he played the heroine's husband (who was not however the hero!).
Has two daughters, Rosie (born in 1984) and Matilda Brown (born in 1987), and a son, Joe Brown (born in 1992), with husband Bryan Brown.
She was awarded the A.M. (Member of the Order of Australia) in the Queen's Birthday Honours List in June 2005 for "raising awareness of social justice through lobbying, mentoring and advocacy for the rights of disadvantaged and at-risk young people".
Voted one of the ten most beautiful women in the United States (1983).
Attended the Byam Shaw School of Art in London.
Longtime companion of Robert F. Kennedy's son David in the late 1970s.
Woollahra, New South Wales, Australia [January 2009]

Personal Quotes (16)

You're in a movie because you're appealing and because you represent the aspiration, the fantasy, the ideal. I resisted that but, when you're in the business, when you're making a film, one doesn't have to take it all too seriously. We're not curing cancer . . . it's entertainment. We want to get people into theatres.
"I wish I had [done more nude scenes when I was younger.] I was just a prudish English girl and I wish I had been less prudish about it really. I don't think we have a hell of a lot to be serious about at this point.
We don't want to see willies because they're ugly.
Breasts are sexy. I want to see them and audiences want to see them . . . I've certainly had to do my fair share of it. If you're going to be an actress or a model, it's usually part of the package.
If you're going to be an actress in film, you can't be coy.
[on the intensive training received from Sandra Seacat over the course the 5½-month shoot of The Thorn Birds (1983)] She's extraordinary. She made me work in a totally different way than I'd ever worked before. For the first time, I really worked on technique... It was definitely not an easy five months. It was a lot of tying things together and understanding and confusion and frustration and anger. I asked a lot of questions about acting and about me and stuff, and Sandra just had these answers, and they were just like, of course, oh my God, of course!
I remember having to take detours around the Hollywood sign to avoid having to see this grotesque poster of myself on Sunset Boulevard.
There's very little bohemia in Australia and it's one of the things I miss most about not living in Europe.
Having done something like The Thorn Birds (1983) gives you enormous longevity. You can keep picking and choosing the roles for a bit longer.
All anything takes, really, is confidence.
When I wanted to be an actress, I never wanted really to be the kind of actress I became.
I always tell young actors to have a back-up. You don't want to find yourself at the age of 30 still struggling to make a living out of acting.
On Richard Chamberlain: It feels like I'm still in The Thorn Birds (1983) because I was always waiting for Richard.
Writers are very much undervalued in the creative process.
I've been as critically rubbished as acclaimed and the worst thing about that is that it usually plays into your own self-criticism.
On Richard Chamberlain: I was very green and Richard was less green and incredibly supportive and darling to me. I'd been in love with Richard actually for years.

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