Jacqueline Bisset

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Jacqueline Bisset
JacquelineBissetSept08.jpg
Bisset in September 2007
Born Winifred Jacqueline Fraser Bisset
(1944-09-13) 13 September 1944 (age 69)
Weybridge, Surrey, England, UK
Occupation Actress
Years active 1965–present
Partner(s) Michael Sarrazin
Alexander Godunov
Victor Drai[1]
Emin Boztepe

Winifred Jacqueline Fraser Bisset (born 13 September 1944) is a British actress. In 2010, she received one of France's highest honours, the Legion d'Honneur.

Bisset began her film career in 1965 and first came to prominence in 1968, starring opposite Frank Sinatra in The Detective and Steve McQueen in Bullitt, and received a most promising newcomer Golden Globe nomination for The Sweet Ride. In the 1970s, she appeared in François Truffaut's Day for Night (1973) which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, Murder on the Orient Express (1974), opposite Nick Nolte in The Deep (1977) and received a Golden Globe nomination for Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? (1978).

Other film and TV credits include Rich and Famous (1981), Class (1983), her Golden Globe nominated role in Under the Volcano (1984), her Cesar nominated role in La Cérémonie (1995), her Emmy nominated role in the miniseries Joan of Arc (1999) and the BBC miniseries Dancing on the Edge (2013), for which she won a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress (television).

Early life[edit]

Bisset was born Winifred Jacqueline Fraser Bisset[2] in Weybridge, Surrey, England, the daughter of Arlette Alexander, a lawyer-turned-housewife, and Max Fraser Bisset, a general practitioner.[3] She was brought up in Reading, Berkshire, where she lived in the suburb of Tilehurst. Her father was Scottish and her mother was of French and English descent;[4][5] Bisset's mother cycled from Paris and boarded a British troop transport to escape the Germans during World War II.[6] Bisset has a brother, Max. Her mother taught her to speak French fluently, and she was educated at the Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle in London. She had taken ballet lessons as a child and began taking acting lessons and fashion modelling to pay for them. When Bisset was a teenager, her mother was diagnosed with disseminating sclerosis.[7]

Bisset's parents divorced in 1968, after 28 years of marriage.[6] Her father died aged 71 of a brain tumour in 1982. Her mother died in 1999.[8]

Career[edit]

First appearing as an extra in 1965's The Knack ...and How to Get It, Bisset made her official film debut the following year in Roman Polanski's Cul-de-sac (1966). In 1967, she appeared in the movie Two for the Road. Next, she participated in the James Bond satire, Casino Royale, as Miss Goodthighs. That same year, she played her first lead role in The Cape Town Affair, opposite James Brolin.

Bisset in 1969

In 1968, Bisset gained mainstream recognition when she replaced Mia Farrow for the role of Norma MacIver in The Detective, opposite Frank Sinatra. In the same year, she co-starred with Michael Sarrazin in The Sweet Ride, which brought her a Golden Globe nomination for Most Promising Newcomer, and played Steve McQueen's girlfriend in the police drama Bullitt, which was among the top five highest-grossing films of the year.

In 1969, she played her first "older woman" (at 25) in the sex comedy The First Time (1969 film). She was one of the many stars in the 1970 disaster film Airport, as a pregnant stewardess carrying Dean Martin's love child. Following films included The Mephisto Waltz (1971) with Alan Alda, The Thief Who Came to Dinner (1973) with Ryan O'Neal, The Spiral Staircase (1975) with Christopher Plummer, End of the Game (1975) with Jon Voight and St. Ives (1976) with Charles Bronson.

Several of Bisset's movies are also French or Italian productions. In 1973, she appeared in François Truffaut's Day for Night, where she earned the respect of European critics and moviegoers as a serious actress. She co-starred with Marcello Mastroianni in Luigi Comencini's La donna della domenica in 1975.

In 1977, Bisset made strides towards becoming a better-known entertainer in America with her movie The Deep, where swimming underwater wearing only a T-shirt for a top, helped make the film a box office success, leading the producer Peter Guber to say, "That T-shirt made me a rich man,"[9] and led many to credit her with popularising the wet T-shirt contest. At the time, Newsweek declared her "the most beautiful film actress of all time." About that time, a small Dutch-produced film Bisset had made some years earlier was re-released in the United States under the title Secrets. That movie featured the only extensive nude scenes of Bisset's career and the producers cashed in on her fame.

By 1978, she was a household name. In that year she earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress (Comedy) for her performance in Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe?, and starred opposite Anthony Quinn in The Greek Tycoon. Soon thereafter, she played in the movies When Time Ran Out (1980) with Paul Newman, and George Cukor's Rich and Famous (1981) with Candice Bergen, where she also served as co-producer. In 1983, she starred in Class (1983), as Rob Lowe's attractive mother who seduces her son's best friend (Andrew McCarthy). She earned another Golden Globe nomination for her role in John Huston's Under the Volcano (1984) opposite Albert Finney.

Bisset at the 1989 Academy Awards

Bisset has appeared in many made-for-TV movies since the mid-1980s. One of her later TV movies, in 2003, was America's Prince: The John F. Kennedy Jr. Story, in which she portrayed Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis. Bisset's other television work includes the Biblical epics Jesus (1999) and In the Beginning (2000), and the miniseries Joan of Arc, which earned her an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

In 1996, Bisset was nominated for a César Award for her role in the French film La Cérémonie. She appeared in Dangerous Beauty (1998) with Catherine McCormack, and in the Domino Harvey biographical film Domino (2005) with Keira Knightley.

In 2006, Bisset had a recurring role on the TV series Nip/Tuck as the ruthless extortionist James. She starred in the lead role of Boaz Yakin's Death in Love which premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. Later in 2008, she starred in the Hallmark television film An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving. She recently[when?] finished filming The Last Film Festival, which was the final screen appearance of Dennis Hopper. She told a Bermuda newspaper in 2004:[10]

This film business, perhaps more so in America than in Europe, has always been about young sexuality. It's not true of theatre, but in America, film audiences are young and they go to the cinema to see the sort of romance or adventure that appeals to them. It's not an intellectual cinema in America. But one mustn't be too greedy. One wants to be stimulated by the work as long as there is something to give. I think you have to be as flexible as possible. Perhaps you don't get handed the big American productions, but, quite honestly, who would want to be in a lot of them? Many of them are just puerile teenage filler, and they're not fascinating to be in. To be used in a part without depth is a frustrating feeling, when you know you have something to give, and the camera just sort of brushes past you, and doesn't get what you have to give. Most actresses I know are frustrated, but you have to adapt to the reality. I go and find a small part in something I find interesting, or find an independent film.

In 2010, Bisset was awarded the Légion d'honneur insignia, with French President Nicolas Sarkozy calling her "a movie icon."[11]

She recently returned to the UK to film Stephen Poliakoff's 1930s jazz drama series, Dancing on the Edge, which started on BBC2 in 2013.[12] For her work, she won the Golden Globe for Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film.

Personal life[edit]

Bisset is godmother to actress Angelina Jolie.[13]

Bisset has never married, though she has had lengthy romances with actor Michael Sarrazin,[14] Russian-American dancer and actor Alexander Godunov,[1] real estate magnate Victor Drai,[1] actor Vincent Pérez,[15] and martial arts instructor Emin Boztepe.[16] "I feel like I was married to them because I was very dedicated to them", she said in a 2008 interview. "But I also used to feel claustrophobic. Like many people who don't easily commit, I think I had a fear of being known; I was not sure there was anybody inside there."[17]

She divides her time between homes in England and Beverly Hills, California.[citation needed]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1965 Knack ...and How to Get It, TheThe Knack ...and How to Get It Extra Uncredited
1966 Cul-de-sac Jacqueline
1966 Drop Dead Darling Dancer AKA Arrivederci, Baby!
1967 Casino Royale Giovanna Goodthighs
1967 Two for the Road Jackie All dialogue re-recorded in post-production by an unidentified voice artist.
1967 Cape Town Affair, TheThe Cape Town Affair Candy
1968 Sweet Ride, TheThe Sweet Ride Vickie Cartwright Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer – Female
1968 Detective, TheThe Detective Norma Maclver
1968 Bullitt Cathy Laurel Award for Female New Face (2nd place)
1969 First Time, TheThe First Time Anna
1969 Secret World Wendy Sinclair Original title: L'échelle blanche
1970 Airport Gwen Meighen
1970 Grasshopper, TheThe Grasshopper Christine Adams Nominated—Laurel Award for Best Female Dramatic Performance
1971 Mephisto Waltz, TheThe Mephisto Waltz Paula Clarkson
1971 Believe in Me Pamela
1971 Secrets Jenny
1972 Stand Up and Be Counted Sheila Hammond
1972 Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean, TheThe Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean Rose Bean
1973 Thief Who Came to Dinner, TheThe Thief Who Came to Dinner Laura Keaton
1973 Day for Night Julie Baker Original title: La nuit américaine
1973 Le Magnifique Tatiana/Christine AKA How to Destroy the Reputation of the Greatest Secret Agent...
1974 Murder on the Orient Express Countess Andreyni
1975 The Spiral Staircase Helen Mallory
1975 End of the Game Anna Crawley Original title: Der Richter und sein Henker
1975 Sunday Woman, TheThe Sunday Woman Anna Carlo Dosio Original title: La donna della domenica
1976 St. Ives Janet Whistler
1977 Deep, TheThe Deep Gail Berke
1978 Greek Tycoon, TheThe Greek Tycoon Liz Cassidy
1978 Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? Natasha O'Brien Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1979 Amo non-amo Louise AKA Together ?
1980 When Time Ran Out Kay Kirby
1981 Inchon Barbara Hallsworth
1981 Rich and Famous Liz Hamilton
1983 Class Ellen Burroughs
1984 Under the Volcano Yvonne Firmin Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
1984 Forbidden Nina von Halder Nominated—CableACE Award for Actress in a Movie or Miniseries
1985 Anna Karenina Anna Karenina TV film
1986 Choices Marisa Granger TV film
1987 High Season Katherine Shaw
1987 Napoleon and Josephine: A Love Story Josephine de Beauharnais TV mini-series
1988 La maison de Jade Jane Lambert
1989 Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills Clare Lipkin
1990 Wild Orchid Claudia Dennis
1991 Maid, TheThe Maid Nicole Chantrelle TV film, original title: Un amour de banquier
1991 Rossini! Rossini! Isabella Colbran
1993 Hoffman's Hunger Marian Hoffman Original title: Hoffman's Honger
1993 Corrupt Justice Holly McPhee AKA CrimeBroker
1993 Les marmottes Frédérique
1994 Leave of Absence Nell TV film
1995 La Cérémonie Catherine Lelievre Nominated—César Award for Best Supporting Actress
1996 September Pandora TV film
1996 Once You Meet a Stranger Sheila Gaines TV film
1997 End of Summer Christine Van Buren TV film
1998 Dangerous Beauty Paola Franco
1999 Let the Devil Wear Black Helen Lyne
1999 Witch Hunt Barbara Thomas TV film
1999 Joan of Arc Isabelle d'Arc TV mini-series
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
1999 Hey Arnold! Madame Parvenu Voice only; Episode: "Grudge Match/Polishing Rhonda"
1999 Jesus Mary TV film
2000 Britannic Lady Lewis TV film
2000 Les gens qui s'aiment Angie
2000 Sex & Mrs. X Madame Simone TV film
2000 In the Beginning Sarah TV film
2001 Sleepy Time Gal, TheThe Sleepy Time Gal Frances
2001 New Years Day Geraldine
2001–
2002
Ally McBeal Frances Shaw 2 episodes
2002 Dancing at the Harvest Moon Maggie Webber TV film
2003 America's Prince: The John F. Kennedy Jr. Story Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis TV film
2003 Latter Days Lila Montagne
2003 Swing Christine / Mrs. DeLuca
2003 Law & Order: SVU Juliet Barclay Episode: "Control"
2004 Survivors Club, TheThe Survivors Club Carol Rosen TV film
2004 Fascination Maureen Doherty
2005 Fine Art of Love: Mine Ha-Ha, TheThe Fine Art of Love: Mine Ha-Ha' Headmistress
2005 Domino Sophie Wynn
2005 Summer Solstice Alexia White TV film
2006 Save the Last Dance 2 Monique Delacroix
2006 Nip/Tuck James LeBeau 7 episodes
2007 Carolina Moon Margaret Lavelle TV film
2008 Death in Love Mother Boston Film Festival Best Actress
Ibiza International Film Festival – Best Actress
2008 Old Fashioned Thanksgiving, AnAn Old Fashioned Thanksgiving Isabella Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television
2009 Eastmans, TheThe Eastmans Emma Eastman CBS pilot
2010 Last Film Festival, TheThe Last Film Festival Claudia Benvenuti
2010 An Old Fashioned Christmas Isabella TV film[18]
2011 Rizzoli & Isles Constance Isles, Maura Isles' mother TV series
Guest arc[19]
2012 Two Jacks Diana – 20 years later
2013 Dancing on the Edge Lady Lavinia Cremone BBC mini-series
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
2014 Welcome to New York Simone (representing Anne Sinclair) Inspired by the Domnique Strauss-Kahn affair.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Wallace, David (1 April 1985). "Just Your Ordinary Couple". People. Retrieved 25 April 2010. 
  2. ^ Births, Marriages & Deaths Index of England & Wales, 1916–2005.; at ancestry.com
  3. ^ "Jacqueline Bisset Biography (1944–)". FilmReference.com. Retrieved 10 October 2010. 
  4. ^ "NewsLibrary Search Results". 
  5. ^ "NewsLibrary Search Results". 
  6. ^ a b "Jacqueline Bisset Biography". movies.yahoo.com. Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved 10 October 2010. 
  7. ^ "Charlie Rose: January 28, 1997". Google. 28 January 1997. Retrieved 10 October 2010. 
  8. ^ "I want to marry my toy boy". Jacquelinebissetfans.org. Retrieved 10 October 2010. 
  9. ^ Nancy Griffin and Kim Masters, Hit & Run: How Jon Peters and Peter Guber Took Sony for A Ride in Hollywood, Simon & Schuster, 1996, p. 85.
  10. ^ Bisset Resurfaces: 2004 Bermuda career interview[dead link]
  11. ^ Olivia de Havilland, Jacqueline Bisset receive French honors USA Today. 9 September 2010
  12. ^ Jacqueline Bisset back for first UK drama role in nearly 40 years The Guardian. 30 December 2012
  13. ^ "Jolie denies trying to steal Kylie's man". Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). 12 April 2004. Retrieved 28 August 2012. 
  14. ^ The Times Michael Sarrazin Obituary p67, 20 April 2011.
  15. ^ "VINCENT PEREZ : "CA FAIT DU BIEN D'ÊTRE AMOUREUX, MÊME SI ÇA NE DURE PAS"". Closer (Paris). 3 January 2013. Retrieved 8 October 2013. 
  16. ^ Schneider, Karen (March 23, 1998). "Driving Miss Bisset". People magazine. Retrieved 8 October 2013. 
  17. ^ "Interviews » Blog Archive » Giving thanks for Jacqueline Bisset". Hollywood and Fine. 21 November 2008. Retrieved 10 October 2010. 
  18. ^ JACQUELINE BISSET Reprises Role in Hallmark’s AN OLD-FASHIONED CHRISTMAS Daemons TV. Retrieved on 3 October 2010
  19. ^ 'Rizzoli & Isles': Sasha Alexander on Dana Delany, Jacqueline Bisset factors Zap2it. 10 June 2011

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