In addition to the critically-acclaimed film Away From Her, Julie Christie has starred in such classics as Doctor Zhivago and Heaven Can Wait, as well as one of my favorite films of all time, the incredibly frightening psychological thriller Don’t Look Now (which, incidentally, also features Donald Sutherland and an evil, knife-wielding troll creature). Throughout her distinguished career, Christie has also been an outspoken advocate for animal and environmental protection, and in 1981, she gained a worldwide reputation as a strong voice for animals after she narrated the groundbreaking documentary The Animals Film, which graphically depicts factory- farming abuses.
And just this morning, she sent a letter to clothing retailer Burberry’s creative director Christopher Bailey urging him to end the use of fur in Burberry designs once and for all. Here’s what she says:
“For the sake of basic decency and humanity as well as for the sake of your company’s reputation, won’t you please stop using real fur in your designs?”