“Once, it was because I had my school dress tucked in my knickers and was accused of enticing village boys.”
However, despite the fame and the status she enjoyed, Christie didn’t find much enjoyment in being a celebrity.
“I didn’t use to want to be a great star. But I must confess it’s becoming quite attractive to me now. However, I’m afraid I might become unbearable. In fact, now I am sometimes downright rude to people,” Julie said.
“I’m beginning to get spoiled. I’m starting to expect things. When people start predicting big things for you, then you really get terribly spoiled.”
She continued: ” I don’t feel I am a celebrity. No one ever recognizes me wherever I go and I’m just as glad. Success is a trap and you get caught up in it. I’m an incredibly selfish and insecure person.”
Her career reached new heights with the films that followed, including Far from the Madding Crowd, McCabe and Mrs. Miller, Shampoo, and Heaven Can Wait. In some of those productions, Julie appeared alongside her then-boyfriend Warren Beatty, who was widely known as a womanizer.
Because of his lengthy history with women, several people tried to persuade Christie to avoid him, but she resisted. Jane Fonda, Carly Simon, Goldie Hawn, Joni Mitchell, Jacqueline Onassis, and Madonna are just a few of the famous women Beatty has dated.
Director John Schlesinger urged her to leave him and said of him that he “gets through women like a businessman through a dozen oysters.”
The two split eventually but remained very close friends.
“He gave me a political perspective, which I am very grateful for. I loved the way, say, that he would go to baseball matches and stand up in the interval and talk about getting rid of guns,” Christie said of Beatty after the breakup.
“He would be this little tiny figure in this big baseball stadium, and I would be looking down at him, I thought he was wonderfully courageous for doing that.”
“When she and her husband come to Los Angeles, they stay in our guest house. We’re very close and she’s a remarkable person,” Beatty told People in 2016.
Christie left her beautiful life in 1977 and moved back to England, where she shared a home with a family and their kids because she was single and had no children of her own.
Subsequently, in 1979, she started dating journalist Duncan Campbell, with whom she later got married.
Years after moving to England, Christie returned to Hollywood and played in Away From Her, portraying an Alzheimer’s patient.
The actress is now 82 and she is as stunning as ever. She admitted undergoing cosmetic surgery and says she has “no connection at all” with her young self. “That person has gone,” she added.
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