1960s siren Julie Christie: See the bombshell actress then and now

In the 1960s, British actress Julie Christie rose to fame as one of the world's most lusted-after bombshells. The leading lady of "Doctor Zhivago" and "Fahrenheit 451," Christie was not only a knockout -- she had major talent to boot.

And, of course, with fame came Hollywood glamour: Christie began dating iconic playboy Warren Beatty, who would later call her "the most beautiful and at the same time the most nervous person I had ever known." She also impressed Al Pacino, who described her as "the most poetic of all actresses," and struck up a friendship with a young Goldie Hawn.

Oh, by the way: Christie won an Academy Award for Best Actress in 1966 -- and was nominated for the exact same award forty years later. No big deal.

Julie Christie, then and now:

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(GERMANY OUT) Christie, Julie *14.04.1941-Schauspielerin, GB- Portrait- undatiert (vermutlich Anfang der 1960er Jahre) (Photo by ullstein bild/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
10th December 1961: Actor Cy Grant and actress Julie Christie hold their handcuffed hands over a candle ringed with barbed wire at a Human Rights ceremony at St-Martin-in-the-Fields church, London. (Photo by Edward Miller/Keystone/Getty Images)
Julie Christie, London, 7th June 1962. (Photo by Michael Ward/Getty Images)
British actress Julie Christie in London, 1962. (Photo by Michael Ward/Getty Images)
British actress Julie Christie, Birmingham, 22nd November 1963. (Photo by Michael Ward/Getty Images)
British actress Julie Christie smoking a cigarette, 1964. (Photo by Michael Ward/Getty Images)
Julie Christie lying in a bath, 1964. (Photo by Michael Ward/Getty Images)
Julie Christie with a glass of wine, 1964. (Photo by Michael Ward/Getty Images)
18th April 1966: British actress Julie Christie holds the Academy Award she won for her role in the film 'Darling' (1965), at the awards reception at the Civic Auditorium at Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
(GERMANY OUT) Christie, Julie *14.04.1941-Schauspielerin, GB- Rollenportrait, in dem Spielfilm 'Darling'- 1965 (Photo by ullstein bild/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) 12/10/1965-London, England-Actress Julie Christie strikes a pin-up pose shortly before her departure for New York to attend the premiere of her latest fil, 'Dr. Zhivago.'
(GERMANY OUT) Christie, Julie *14.04.1941-Schauspielerin, GB- als 'Lara' mit Omar Sharif als 'Jurij Schiwago' in dem Film 'Doktor Schiwago', USA- 1965 (Photo by ullstein bild/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
Julie Christie, British actress, wearing a short-sleeved turquoise knitted top, circa 1965. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
22nd April 1966: English actress Julie Christie with her Academy Award for Best Actress , which she won for her role in 'Darling'. (Photo by Harry Benson/Express/Getty Images)
British actress Julie Christie acting in Doctor Zhivago. Spain, 1965 (Photo by Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
English actress Julie Christie wearing a short wig in a promotional portrait for 'Fahrenheit 451', directed by Francois Truffaut, 1966. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
English actress Julie Christie wearing a short wig in a promotional portrait for 'Fahrenheit 451', directed by Francois Truffaut, 1966. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
Julie Christie during 'Far From the Maddening Crowd' Premiere in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Julie Christie (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
16th October 1967: Actress Julie Christie at the Royal Film premiere of 'Far from The Madding Crowd' at the Odeon Leicester Square, London in which she starred. (Photo by George Freston/Fox Photos/Getty Images)
Julie Christie is yelled at by George C Scott in a scene from the film 'Petulia', 1968. (Photo by Warner Brothers/Getty Images
Julie Christie at JFK Airport; circa 1970; New York. (Photo by Art Zelin/Getty Images)
British Actress Julie Christie. (Photo by Photoshot/Getty Images)
Julie Christie and Goldie Hawn (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
American actor Warren Beatty and English actress Julie Christie in a scene from the film 'Shampoo', 1975. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
English actress Julie Christie wearing sunglasses, as Jackie Shawn in 'Shampoo', directed by Hal Ashby, 1975. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
Actress Julie Christie and actor Warren Beatty attend the American Film Institute Benefit on May 27, 1970 at the Westbeth Artists Housing in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
CIRCA 1975: Actor Warren Beatty actress Julie Christie on set of the movie 'Shampoo' , circa 1975. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Actress Julie Christie attends a Stop the War Games Rally at Eldon Square in Newcastle 13 September 1980 - The Rally was organised by the Tyneside Anti-Nuclear Campaign in conjunction with Peace Action. (Photo by NCJ Archive/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
Julie Christie during Ozzy Osbourne Concert After-Party at Peter Gatien's Limelight Entertainment Complex in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
British actress Julie Christie in her London Home 1982 (Photo by Martyn Goddard/Corbis via Getty Images)
Julie Christie and Richard Gere the film 'Power', 1986. (Photo by 20th Century-Fox/Getty Images)
British film actress Julie Christie, early 1990s. (Photo by Terry O'Neill/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 14: Actress Julie Christie arrives at the 'Glorious 39' screening during the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival held at the Visa Screening Room at the Elgin Theatre on September 14, 2009 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
JULIE CHRISTIE Munich, Germany 26th of June, 2008 ??Kurt Krieger (Photo by Kurt Krieger/Corbis via Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - JUNE 27: Actress Julie Christie shows the award trophy after the Cine Merit Award on June 27, 2008 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - FEBRUARY 24: Actress Julie Christie attends the 80th Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre on February 24, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Julie Christie arrives at the 80th annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre on February 24, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bob Riha Jr/WireImage)
Actress Julie Christie attends the 80th Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre on February 24, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Julie Christie arrives at the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) held at the Royal Opera House in London. (Photo by rune hellestad/Corbis via Getty Images)
LONDON - FEBRUARY 10: Actress Julie Christie arrives at The Orange British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) at the Royal Opera House on February 10, 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 24: Julie Christie attends the West End Gala Performance of 'Queens Of Syria', a modern adaptation of Euripides' anti-war tragedy 'The Trojan Women' featuring an all female cast of Syrian refugees, at The New London Theatre, Drury Lane on July 24, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 16: Actress Julie Christie speaks onstage at the 'Glorious 39' press conference held at the Four Seasons Hotel on September 16, 2009 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 16: Actress Julie Christie speaks onstage at the 'Glorious 39' press conference held at the Four Seasons Hotel on September 16, 2009 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Actress Julie Christie ('Away from Her') arrives at the Academy Awards?? Nominees Luncheon held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
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Christie snagged more than two dozen nominations, including that Best Actress nom, for her leading role in "Away From Her" (2006). Take a look at her on the red carpet: Truly eternal beauty.

Although she doesn't work as often as she did in the '60s and '70s -- she is 77 years old now, after all! -- she's continued to land high-profile roles in recent years. Before her stellar performance in "Away From Her," she earned critical acclaim in "Finding Neverland" and played Madam Rosmerta in "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban."

Christie's most recent film role was in 2012. She's married to British journalist Duncan Campbell.

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7/21/59-New York: Provocative Jane Fonda, daughter of film star Henry Fonda, looks sultry as she poses here July 21st before boarding a TWA jetliner to Los Angeles. Miss Fonda, 20, is to co-star with Tony Perkins in her first movie role in 'The Way The Ball Bounces.' She is five feet, eleven inches tall and measures 36-21-35. She admits that being the daughter of a famous actor helps in breaking into show business.
Jane Fonda, circa 1960. (Photo by Columbia Pictures/Getty Images)
American actors Anthony Perkins (1932 - 1992), as Ray Blent, and Jane Fonda as June Ryder, in 'Tall Story', directed by Joshua Logan, 1960. The film is Fonda's debut. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
Jane Fonda publicity portrait for the film 'Tall Story', 1960. (Photo by Warner Brothers/Getty Images)
circa 1960: Promotional studio portrait of American actor Jane Fonda wearing a black evening gown. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
circa 1960: Promotional studio portrait of American actor Jane Fonda kneeling with her hands on her knees, for her first film, director Joshua Logan's film, 'Tall Story'. She wears a dark top and short shorts. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Jane Fonda in a sultry pose for a publicity portrait. She wears sheer clothing and holds her hands up behind her head. Ca. 1960-1970.
LOS ANGELES - CIRCA 1962: Actress Jane Fonda and husband Roger Vadim attend a party in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Earl Leaf/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Jane Fonda American actress, 31.08.1962. (Photoshot/Getty Images)
American actress Jane Fonda, circa 1962. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
The American actress Jane Fonda wears the clinging space suit of Barbarella, the leading role in the homonymous movie directed by her husband Roger Vadim; she looks stuck in some dangerous situation into the futuristic scenography. Rome (Italy), 1967.. (Photo by Marisa Rastellini/Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
The American actors John Phillip Law and Jane Fonda talk together into Dino De Laurentis Studios during the filming of Roger Vadim's Barbarella; Fonda has the leading role of astronaut Barbarella while Law interprets the blind angel named Pygar. Rome (Italy), 1967.. (Photo by Marisa Rastellini/Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
FRANCE � 1964: Alain Delon And Jane Fonda On The Set Of The Movie 'Les F�ins' Directed By Ren�Cl�ent, In France, In 1964 . (Photo by Giancarlo BOTTI/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Jane Fonda, Jean Claude Brialy et Marie Jos�Nat sur le tournage du film de Roger Vadim 'La Ronde' en 1964, France . (Photo by REPORTERS ASSOCIES/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
23rd January 1965: American actress Jane Fonda at the Savoy Hotel, London holds a press reception. (Photo by Kaye/Express/Getty Images)
American actress Jane Fonda with her husband, French director Roger Vadim (1928 - 2000), California, December 1965. (Photo by Archive Photos/Getty Images)
23rd January 1965: Actress Jane Fonda in the Savoy Hotel, London puts her feet up and enjoys a relaxing cigarette. (Photo by Kaye/Express/Getty Images)
American actress Jane Fonda, Hollywood, USA, December 1965. (Photo by Archive Photos/Getty Images)
FRANCE - NOVEMBER 14: Film Of Roger Vadim. 19651114 Film By Roger Vadim. (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)
Jane Fonda, US actress, wearing a pink puff sleeve blouse and drop earrings, in a studio portrait, against a red background, circa 1965. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
Jane Fonda on bed in a scene from the film 'Circle Of Love', 1965. (Photo by Continental Distributing/Getty Images)
Jane Fonda and baby daughter Vanessa Vadim at the Belvedere Hostpital in Paris, France (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
American actress Jane Fonda in a pink, floral blouse and yellow slacks, circa 1968. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
Jane Fonda, US actress, in a publicity portrait issued for the film, 'Barbarella', 1968. The science fiction film, directed by Roger Vadim (1928-2000), starred Fonda as 'Barbarella'. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
Jane Fonda sur le tournage de 'Metzengerstein' r�lis�par Roger Vadim en 1968, �Sibiril, France . (Photo by REPORTERS ASSOCIES/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES - APRIL 20: Actress Jane Fonda attends Jane Fonda's Second Annual Celebrity Auction to Benefit the Cancer Project of the CED Education Fund on April 20, 1980 at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Jane Fonda during 1980 American Movie Awards at Wilshire Theater in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
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