To protect her son in battle, Thetis provided Achilleus with armor made by Hephaistos, the smith of the gods. But during the war at Troy, Achilleus was angered by Agamemnon, he refused to fight. Instead, he gave his armor to his friend Patroklos. Patroklos was killed as he pressed the attack to the walls of Ilion. The most brutal fighting of the war was for the armor of Achilleus and the body of Patroklos. The disgrace to his friends body and the theft of his armor brought Achilleus into the battle, but not before Thetis could persuade Hephaistos to forge new armor for her, soon to be immortalized, son. When Achilleus strode into battle with his new armor, the Trojans fled in terror. His divine protection was obvious from the blaze of his armor and his divine lineage was also obvious from his beauty and his enormous strength. The Trojans who did not have the good sense or swift feet to run away, were killed. After Achilleus had had his revenge, Thetis led a procession of her sisters up from the depths to morn openly and to cast a divine mist over the body of Patroklos.
When Hephaistos was thrown from Olympos, Thetis and Eurynome healed him and gave him love and protection. The noble smith has never forgotten their kindness.
British actress, who emerged as a star in the 1960s, representing the liberated woman before women's liberation was formally recognised. In Billy Liar (1963), in her first major role, she is the free spirit in the grim northern city who cuts through the male dreams of leaving, and actually escapes, leaving Tom Courtenay's bags on the station platform as monuments to lost desire.
In Darling (1965), the iconic movie of the period, her character is both celebrated for her freedom and punished for her independence, playing out the ambivalence of the sexual revolution. Her performance won her an Oscar, and awards from the New York Critics and the British Film Academy. Carrying her independence into her personal life and career, Christie has been discriminating and her filmography contains few of the clunkers that pepper the careers of most British stars of her generation.
She has been as successful in Hollywood as in Britain in securing interesting projects, including her role in Altman's McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971) for which she received an Oscar nomination. Her recent work has included a number of voice commentaries on television documentaries on political issues, and her commitment to feminism led her to accept a lead role in Sally Potter's The Gold Diggers (1983), a low-budget film with an all-women crew on which all participants were paid the same wage.
TALENT: She's a supreme acting talent, as validated by her Oscar for Darling in 1966. She later got Oscar nominations for McCabe and Mrs. Miller in '72 and for Afterglow in '97. She also got nominated for a Golden Globe in '76 as Best Actress, Shampoo.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) - Madame Rosmerta
Troy (2004) - Thetis
J.M. Barrie's Neverland (2004) - Mrs. du Maurier
Neverland (2004) - Mrs du Maurier
I'm with Lucy (2003) - Lucy's Mother
I'm with Lucy (2003) - Dori
Snapshots (2002) - Narma
Belphegor, Phantom of the Louvre (2001) - Glenda Spender
No Such Thing (2001) - Doctor Anna
The Miracle Maker (2000) - Rachel (voice)
Afterglow (1997) - Phyllis Mann
Dragonheart (1996) - Queen Aislinn
Karaoke (1996) - Lady Ruth Balmer
The Railway Station Man (1992) - Helen Cuffe
Fools of fortune (1990) - Mrs Quinton
Dadah is Death (1988) - Barbara Barlow
Yilmaz Guney: His Life, His Films (1987) - herself
Miss Mary (1986) - Miss Mary
Power (1986) - Ellen Freeman
Secret Obsession (1986) - Betty Rivière
Sins of the Fathers (1986) - Charlotte Deutz
The Gold Diggers (1983) - Ruby
Heat and Dust (1983) - Anne
Separate Tables (1983) - Miss Railton-Bell & Mrs Shankland
The Return of the Soldier (1982) - Kitty Baldry
The Roaring Forties (1982) - Catherine Dantec
The Animals Film (1981) - Narrator
Memoirs of a Survivor (1981) - 'D'
Demon Seed (1977) - Susan Harris
Nashville (1975) - herself
Shampoo (1975) - Jackie Shawn
Don't Look Now (1973) - Laura Baxter
The Go-Between (1971) - Marian Maudsley, later Lady Trimingham
McCabe & Mrs Miller (1971) - Constance Miller
In Search of Gregory (1969) - Catherine
Petulia (1968) - Petulia Danner
Far from the Madding Crowd (1967) - Bathsheba Everdene
Tonite Let's All Make Love in London (1967) - herself
Fahrenheit 451 (1966) - Clarisse/Linda
Darling (1965) - Diana Scott
Doctor Zhivago (1965) - Larissa Antipova
Pasternak (1965) - herself
Young Cassidy (1965) - Daisy Battles
Hamlet (1964) - Gertrude
Billy Liar (1963) - Liz
Crooks Anonymous (1962) - Babette LaVern
The Fast Lady (1962) - Claire Chingford
Heaven Can Wait (1943) - Betty Logan
Fahrenheit (4511966) - Linda & Clarisse