Rachel Weisz (pronounced ‘Vice’) was born in London, England in early 1971. Her mother, Edith, is a Viennese-born psychotherapist. Her father, George, is a Hungarian-born inventor who came up with a new type of artificial respirator. She was born into a rough history; both parents family’s had been forced to flee their respective countries during the oppression during the 30s.
Rachel got started as a career woman early. During college at Trinity Hall in Cambridge and studying English, she established herself as a radical feminist. When she was barely in her teens she began modeling. At the age of 14, she turned down a part in the film King David, in which Richard Gere smote the Philistines. This fact she finds trying to have to regurgitate again: “It was so-oooo long ago,’ she sighs. It was through modeling that she made her way into acting. While studying at Cambridge University, where she formed the Talking Tongues theater company. At the 1991 Edinburgh Festival, they won a Guardian Award for a play, called Slight Possession, which she wrote and acted in. This means that people will forever harp on about how clever she is, as if it’s such a surprise to meet an actress who can punctuate in addition to walking and talking. “Shocking, isn’t it?” she deadpans. In 1994, Rachel grabbed a role in Design for Living, a production in London that grabbed Rachel ‘Best Newcomer Award’ from the Critics’ Circle.
Rachel Weisz first earned the attention of an international audience with her role as the spoiled daughter of a sculptor in Bernardo Bertolucci’s Stealing Beauty (1996).The film focused greatly on Liv Tyler, who was in the midst of a meteoric rise, but Weisz poured in an excellent performance. Rachel was still far from stardom. But in 1999 Rachel’s costarring role in the Brendan Fraser special effects debacle The Mummy, a filim low on script and high on action, opened to a whopping 43.4 million dollar box office take. The acting was a bit different than what Rachel had grown accustomed to. “We called it scoobydoobydoo acting. We ran around shouting ‘I HATE MMMMMMUMMIES’ and ‘scoobydoobydoo’.” The film called for a sequel, and fully propelled Rachel to the forefront of the Hollywood scene.
Rachel Weisz has proved herself to be more than just a big budget action star in films such as the noirish I Want You (1998), where she plays a stalked hairdresser, as the mafia trophy wife Petula in Beautiful Creatures (2000) and a single mother in the comedy About a Boy. Rachel was most recently seen in as the sexy femme fatalé Lily in Confidence and as Marlee in Runaway Jury and has several new projects coming up in 2004, including Envy, Constantine and The Constant Gardener. Rachel will be seen ontage again in 2004 in August Strindberg’s “Miss Julie”. She recently moved from London to New York to be close to her partner director Darren Aronofsky .
In the spring of 2005 news of Darren proposing to Rachel leaked out. Darren had phoned Rachel’s father to ask for permission for his daughter’s hand and then he proposed in the hubbub of New York’s Times Square after the couple returned from filming his new movie The Fountain in Montreal. Of course, Rachel Weisz answered “yes” to the big question.
More great news came in January 2006 when Rachel announced that she was 5 months pregnant with the couples first child. January was a big month for Rachel in career vice as well when she took home the Golden Globe for her portrayal of Tessa Quayle in The Constant Gardener.
March 2006 Rachel got her first Academy Award from her portrayal of Tessa Quayle in The Constant Gardener. Rachel fought passionately for the part of Tessa and it seems that it was the career move that has brought her name to the lips of every household all over the world.
2006 has proved to be a great year to Rachel in personal and career vice. On May 31st, 2006 Rachel gave birth to a son, Henry Chance Aronofsky.
In November, 2010 to everyones surprise Rachel and Darren announced that they would part ways. Many had thought that their relationship was solid until the announcement of their separation.
In June, 2011 another surprise hit the news, Rachel was now Mrs. Daniel Graig. The pair supposedly married in New York in a small ceremony in front of only 4 people, Daniel’s 18-year-old daughter Ella and Rachel’s son Henry, four, plus two family friends who acted as witnesses.