Posted on May 22nd, 2011 by Frederik

The distinguished Australian actor Bill Hunter, best known for his roles in films such as Strictly Ballroom and Muriel’s Wedding – playing Toni Collette’s father – has died the age of 71. During an acting career lasting more than five decades, Hunter had parts in more than sixty films, developing a reputation for portraying irascible and outspoken characters. When news of his deteriorating condition emerged last week, a cavalcade of prominent figures in the Australian film and television industries lined up with messages of support, including this quote from Toni Collette:

Bill may come across as a gruff bloke but he has poetry in his blood and a sweet heart. I am so lucky to have worked with him in the early days of my career. I am sending love, hope and peace to Bill and his family.

Posted on April 25th, 2011 by Frederik

Congratulations! News are coming from People Magazine: It’s a boy for Toni Collette! The star of Showtime’s The United States of Tara and her husband David Galafassi’s son was born on Friday in Australia, her rep tells PEOPLE exclusively. “Toni Collette, her husband David Galafassi and their daughter Sage Galafassi are excited and proud to announce the arrival of their baby boy, Arlo Robert Galafassi,” the rep says. “He was born on Good Friday making it the greatest Friday, indeed!” the couple said in a statement. Collette was understandably absent from Saturday’s premiere of her new movie Jesus Henry Christ at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City on Saturday. “She is doing well,” the film’s director Dennis Lee told PEOPLE on the red carpet. Julia Roberts is the executive producer of Jesus Henry Christ, which tells the story of a child genius who was conceived in a petri-dish and is determined to find his biological father. Collette married musician Galafassi in 2003. Their daughter Sage is 3.

Posted on December 14th, 2010 by Frederik

Congratulations to Toni for receiving another Golden Globe nomination as Best Actress in a Television Series Comedy or Musical for “United States of Tara”. She shares the category with Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), Tina Fey (30 Rock), Laura Linney (The Big C) and Lea Michele (Glee). Toni won the Golden Globe in January 2010 for the first season of “United States of Tara”, in addition to also winning the Emmy and a SAG Award nomination. The Golden Globes are handed out on January 16, 2011.

Posted on October 25th, 2010 by Frederik

People Magazine reports exclusively that Toni Collette will soon have another new face in her own household. The actress, who stars as a mom with multiple personality disorder in Showtime’s The United States of Tara, and her husband, musician Dave Galafassi, “are very happy to be expecting our second child together,” the couple tell People. The pair – wed in 2003 – are already parents to daughter Sage Florence, 2½. Collette, 37, is due in the spring. Congratulations!

Posted on January 8th, 2010 by Frederik

Golfing great Greg Norman will be honoured alongside Australian actors Simon Baker and Toni Collette at next week’s G’Day USA Australia Week black tie ball in Hollywood. The star-studded ball is the highlight of the two-week festival which will see events held in in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, San Diego and Palm Springs to promote all things Australian. The ball will be held on January 16.

Posted on December 15th, 2009 by Frederik

Toni has received a Golden Globe nomination in the category Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series – Musical Or Comedy for “United States of Tara”. She shares this category with Courteney Cox (Cougar Town), Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), Tina Fey (30 Rock) and Lea Michele (Glee). This is Toni’s fourth nomination, she has received previous mentions for “Muriel’s Wedding”, “Tsunami: The Aftermath” and “Little Miss Sunshine”. Congratulations!