Bisset in September 2007
|Born||Winifred Jacqueline Fraser Bisset
13 September 1944
Weybridge, Surrey, England
Winifred Jacqueline Fraser Bisset (born 13 September 1944) is a British actress. In 2010, she received one of France's highest honours, the Légion 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).
Bisset was born Winifred Jacqueline Fraser Bisset in Weybridge, Surrey, England, the daughter of Arlette Alexander, a lawyer turned housewife, and Max Fraser Bisset, a general practitioner. 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; Bisset's mother cycled from Paris and boarded a British troop transport to escape the Germans during World War II. 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.
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.
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," 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 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:
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.
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. For her work, she won the Golden Globe for Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film.
Bisset has never married, though she has had lengthy romances with actor Michael Sarrazin, Russian-American dancer and actor Alexander Godunov, real estate magnate Victor Drai, actor Vincent Pérez, and martial arts instructor Emin Boztepe. "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."
She divides her time between homes in England and Beverly Hills, California.
|1965||Knack ...and How to Get It, TheThe Knack ...and How to Get It||Extra||Uncredited|
|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||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|
|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||Rich and Famous||Liz Hamilton|
|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|
|1994||Leave of Absence||Nell||TV film|
|1995||La Cérémonie||Catherine Lelievre||Nominated—César Award for Best Supporting Actress|
|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"|
|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|
|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|
|2005||Fine Art of Love: Mine Ha-Ha, TheThe Fine Art of Love: Mine Ha-Ha'||Headmistress|
|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|
|2011||Rizzoli & Isles||Constance Isles, Maura Isles' mother||TV series
|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.|
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