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Christie continued to work intermittently in the 1980s and 90s, most notably in the 1983 Merchant-Ivory film Heat and Dust and as Queen Gertrude in Kenneth Branaghs ambitious 1996 Hamlet. It was this Alan Rudolph romantic drama, though, that put her back on the map.
Christie received her third best actress Oscar nomination for her performance as Phyllis Mann, a former B movie star who has a loveless marriage to handyman Lucky (Nick Nolte). A family secret has caused a horrible rift between them and they havent been intimate in years. Phyllis allows Lucky to have his flings with women, including a bored young housewife (Lara Flynn Boyle). No sooner does Lucky begin his affair with Boyles Marianne than Phyllis finds herself the object of the affections of Marianne's husband, Jeffrey (Jonny Lee Miller).