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Ratched star Judy Davis looks sensational in eighties throwback photo

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Hannah Hargrave
Hannah HargraveUS Deputy Editor
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Judy Davis looked a far cry from her stern Nurse Betsy Bucket character in Netflix show Ratched when she posed in hot pants and heels in a throwback photo from the eighties.

The Australian, Oscar-nominated actress, 65, was barely recognisable without the blunt, black bob, and 1940s blue uniform she wears in the hit show, as she sported curly hair and a carefree sense of style in the snapshot.

The photo of Judy is from the 1982 movie, Heatwave, and shows her wearing short shorts and chunky heels, and she has a cigarette in hand. 

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Judy is known for her versatility in the acting world and has been gracing screens for over 40 years. 

But before she entered the entertainment business she considered a music career and jetted across the world as a teenager with a band.

"I didn’t exactly run off, but I left school and I had a friend who was a drummer," she told LA Weekly. "I'd been in a band with him.

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Judy and her co-star in the 80s

"Then he got a job in Japan as a drummer. So he went off, and I was there in Perth, and then I got a message from him that they wanted a girl singer. Would I be interested?

"I hopped on a plane and went over. I met him in Taipei and then went to Japan with him. We weren't exactly running away, but I had no money, so it was a job as well. Not that they paid much."

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Judy as Nurse Betsy Bucket in Netflix show Ratched

Judy broke into the industry in the 1970s but insists her passion for acting has always driven her career - not the desire to be famous.

"I never wanted celebrity," she told the Guardian. "It's not a game I've ever been interested in. My life leads my work, and I wouldn't want it to be the reverse."

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