Rampling at the 2009 Venice Film Festival
|Born||Tessa Charlotte Rampling
5 February 1946
Sturmer, Essex, England, UK
|Alma mater||Jeanne d'Arc Académie pour Jeunes Filles
St. Hilda's School, Bushey
Jean Michel Jarre
(engaged since 1998)
Émilie Jarre (stepdaughter)
Isabel Anne Gurteen
Rampling was born in Sturmer, Essex, the daughter of Isabel Anne (née Gurteen), a painter, and Godfrey Rampling, an Olympic gold medalist and army officer. She attended Jeanne d'Arc Académie pour Jeunes Filles in Versailles and St. Hilda's School, a boarding school in Bushey, Hertfordshire, England.
After beginning her career at age 17 in a commercial role and as a model, Rampling's first screen appearance was uncredited as a water skier in Richard Lester's film The Knack ...and How to Get It in 1965, which was followed a year later by the role of Meredith in the film Georgy Girl.
Despite an early flurry of success, she told The Independent, "We weren't happy. It was a nightmare, breaking the rules and all that. Everyone seemed to be having fun, but they were taking so many drugs they wouldn't know it anyway."
Rampling has performed controversial roles. In 1969, in Luchino Visconti's The Damned (La Caduta degli dei), she played a young wife sent to a Nazi concentration camp. Critics praised her performance, and it cast her in a whole new image: mysterious, sensitive and ultimately tragic. "The Look" as co-star Dirk Bogarde called it, became her trademark. In 1974's The Night Porter she portrayed a former concentration camp inmate who after the war meets a former camp guard with whom she had an ambiguous relationship, and their relationship resumes. Bogarde played the camp guard. In Max mon amour, she played a woman who fell in love with a chimpanzee.
Rampling gained recognition from American audiences in a remake of Raymond Chandler's detective story Farewell, My Lovely (1975) and later with Woody Allen's Stardust Memories (1980) and particularly in The Verdict (1982), an acclaimed drama directed by Sidney Lumet that starred Paul Newman.
Rampling credits François Ozon with drawing her back to film in the 2000s, a period when she came to terms with the death of her eldest sister Sarah, who, after giving birth prematurely in 1966, committed suicide at 23. "I thought that after such a long time of not letting her be with me," she told The Guardian, "I would like to bring her back into my life." The character she played in Ozon's Swimming Pool (2003), Sarah Morton, was named in her sister's honour. For most of Rampling's life, she would say only that her sister had died of a brain haemorrhage; when she and her father heard the news, they agreed they would never let her mother know the truth. They kept their secret until Rampling's mother died in 2001.
At 59, Rampling appeared in Laurent Cantet's Heading South (Vers le Sud), a 2005 film about sexual tourism. She plays Ellen, a professor of French literature and single Englishwoman, who holidays in 1970s Haiti to get the sexual attention she does not get at home.
On her choice of roles, Rampling says, "I generally don't make films to entertain people. I choose the parts that challenge me to break through my own barriers. A need to devour, punish, humiliate or surrender seems to be a primal part of human nature, and it's certainly a big part of sex. To discover what normal means, you have to surf a tide of weirdness."
The actress has continued to work in sexually provocative films such as Swimming Pool and Basic Instinct 2. More recently, she portrayed the mother of Keira Knightley's character in the title role in 2008's The Duchess.
In 2002, she also recorded an album entitled Comme Une Femme. It is in both French and English, and includes parts that are spoken word as well as tracks Rampling sang.
In 2010, she completed filming Cleanskin, a terrorist thriller starring Sean Bean, James Fox, Tuppence Middleton, Michelle Ryan and Abhin Galeya. The film was written, produced and directed by Hadi Hajaig.
One of the most traumatic events in Charlotte's life occurred in 1966, when she was 20 years old. Her elder sister Sarah killed herself after giving birth prematurely and losing her child. Charlotte was devastated by this loss, which she experienced as an abandonment by her sister. She and her father lied to her mother, telling her that Sarah had died of a stroke. Charlotte seemingly overcame this trauma and was able to continue acting. Many years later she made a film in which her character was named Sarah (see above). (The baby girl to which her Georgy Girl character Meredith gave birth was also named Sarah.)
In 1972, Rampling married the actor and publicist Bryan Southcombe. They were widely reported to be living in a ménage à trois with a male model, Randall Laurence, and had one child, Barnaby Southcombe (who is now a successful television director) before divorcing in 1976. In 1974, Rampling was quoted by the syndicated columnist Earl Wilson as saying: "There are so many misunderstandings in life. I once caused a scandal by saying I lived with two men [...] I didn't mean it in a sexual sense [...] We were just like any people sharing a flat." In 1978, Rampling married the French composer Jean Michel Jarre and had a second son, magician and singer David Jarre. She also brought up stepdaughter Émilie Jarre, now a fashion designer. The marriage was publicly dissolved in 1997 when she learned from tabloid newspaper stories about Jarre's affairs with other women and had a nervous breakdown. She has been engaged to Jean-Noël Tassez, a French communications tycoon, since 1998. On 6 April 2009, it was reported by The Daily Mail that Rampling had hired lawyers to try to block the publication of a biography about her written by a close friend.
|1965||Knack ...and How to Get It, TheThe Knack ...and How to Get It||Water Skier||Uncredited|
|1965||Rotten to the Core||Sara Capell|
|1967||Long Duel, TheThe Long Duel||Jane|
|1968||Sequestro di persona||Christina|
|1969||Target: Harry||Ruth Carlyle|
|1969||Damned, TheThe Damned||Elisabeth Thallman|
|1971||Vanishing Point||Hitchhiker||scenes deleted|
|1971||Addio, fratello crudele||Annabella|
|1971||Ski Bum, TheThe Ski Bum||Samantha|
|1972||Henry VIII and His Six Wives||Anne Boleyn|
|1974||Caravan to Vaccarès||Lila|
|1974||Night Porter, TheThe Night Porter||Lucia Atherton|
|1975||La Chair de l'orchidée||Claire|
|1975||Farewell, My Lovely||Helen Grayle|
|1976||Sherlock Holmes in New York (TV)||Irene Adler|
|1977||Un taxi mauve||Sharon|
|1977||Al di là del bene e del male||Lou von Salomé|
|1982||Verdict, TheThe Verdict||Laura Fischer|
|1984||Viva la vie!||Catherine Perrin|
|1985||On ne meurt que 2 fois||Barbara Spark||Nominated—César Award for Best Actress|
|1985||Tristesse et beauté||Léa Uéno|
|1986||Max, Mon Amour||Margaret Jones|
|1987||Angel Heart||Margaret Krusemark|
|1987||Mascara||Gaby Hart||Fantasporto Award for Best Actress|
|1988||Paris by Night||Clara Paige|
|1989||Rebus||Miriam, contessa di Du Terrail|
|1992||La Femme abandonnée (TV)||Fanny de Lussange|
|1993||Hammers Over the Anvil||Grace McAlister|
|1994||Murder in Mind (1994 TV series)||Sonya Davies|
|1994||Time Is Money||Irina Kaufman|
|1995||Samson le magnifique (TV)||Isabelle de Marsac|
|1996||La Dernière fête (TV)||La marquise|
|1996||Invasion of Privacy||Deidre Stiles, Josh's Attorney|
|1997||Wings of the Dove, TheThe Wings of the Dove||Aunt Maude|
|1999||Great Expectations (TV)||Miss Havisham|
|1999||Cherry Orchard, TheThe Cherry Orchard||Lyubov Ranyevskaya|
|2000||My Uncle Silas||Sylvia Featherstone||TV series|
|2000||Signs & Wonders||Marjorie|
|2000||Hommage à Alfred Lepetit|
|2000||Sous le sable||Marie Drillon||Nominated—Chlotrudis Award for Best Actress
Nominated—César Award for Best Actress
Nominated—National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress
|2001||Fourth Angel, TheThe Fourth Angel||Kate Stockton|
|2001||Spy Game||Ann Cathcart|
|2002||Embrassez qui vous voudrez||Elizabeth Lannier|
|2003||I'll Sleep When I'm Dead||Helen|
|2003||Swimming Pool||Sarah Morton||European Film Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Chlotrudis Award for Best Actress
Nominated—César Award for Best Actress
Nominated—London Film Critics' Circle Award for British Actress of the year
|2003||Imperium: Augustus (TV)||Livia|
|2003||Statement, TheThe Statement||Nicole|
|2004||Immortel (ad vitam)||Elma Turner||Nominated—European Film Award for Best Actress|
|2004||Keys to the House, TheThe Keys to the House||Nicole|
|2005||Lemming||Alice Pollock||Nominated—César Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—European Film Award for Best Actress
|2005||Vers le sud||Ellen|
|2006||Basic Instinct 2||Milena Gardosh|
|2006||Désaccord parfait||Alice d'Abanville|
|2008||Deception||Wall Street Belle|
|2008||Babylon A.D.||Noelite High Priestess|
|2008||Duchess, TheThe Duchess||Lady Spencer|
|2009||Quelque chose à te dire||Mady Celliers|
|2009||The Ball of the Actresses||Herself|
|2009||La femme invisible (d'après une histoire vraie)||Rose|
|2009||Life During Wartime||Jacqueline|
|2010||Never Let Me Go||Miss Emily|
|2010||Rio Sex Comedy||Charlotte|
|2010||The Mill and the Cross||Mary|
|2011||The Eye of the Storm||Elizabeth Hunter||Nominated—AACTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role|
|2012||I, Anna||Anna Welles|
|2012||Restless (2012 miniseries)||Sally Gilmartin|
|2013||Dexter (TV series)||Dr. Evelyn Vogel|
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