Rampling at Cannes in 2011
|Born||Tessa Charlotte Rampling
5 February 1946
Sturmer, Essex, United Kingdom
|Spouse(s)||Bryan Southcombe (m. 1972; div. 1976)
Jean Michel Jarre (m. 1978; div. 1998)
|Partner(s)||Jean-Noël Tassez (1998-2015; Tassez's death)|
|Relatives||Godfrey Rampling (father)|
Tessa Charlotte Rampling, OBE (born 5 February 1946) is an English actress, model, chanteuse, and fashion icon, known for her work in European arthouse films in three languages, English, French, and Italian.
Rampling is an icon of the Swinging Sixties. She began her career as a model and later became a fashion icon and muse. She was cast in the role of Meredith in the acclaimed 1966 film Georgy Girl starring Lynn Redgrave. She soon began making French and Italian arthouse films, most notably during this time in Luchino Visconti's The Damned (1969) and Liliana Cavani's The Night Porter (1974). She went on to star in Zardoz (1974), Farewell, My Lovely (1975), Woody Allen's Stardust Memories (1980), opposite Paul Newman in The Verdict (1982), Long Live Life (1984), Max, Mon Amour (1986), Angel Heart (1987) and The Wings of the Dove (1997). In 2002, she released an album of recordings in the style of cabaret titled As A Woman.
In the 2000s, she became the muse of French director François Ozon, appearing in his films Under the Sand (2000), Swimming Pool (2003) and Angel (2007). On television, she is known for her role as Evelyn Vogel in Dexter (2013). In 2012, she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award for her performance in the miniseries Restless. Other television roles include the 2015 dramas Broadchurch and London Spy. For her performance in the 2015 film 45 Years, she won the Berlin Film Festival Award for Best Actress, the European Film Award for Best Actress, and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress.
A four-time César Award nominee, she received an Honorary César in 2001 and France's Legion of Honour in 2002. She was made an OBE in 2000 for her services to the arts, and received the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from the European Film Awards. In 2015, she released her autobiography in French, titled Who I Am.
Rampling was born in Sturmer, Essex, the daughter of Isabel Anne (née Gurteen; 1918-2001), a painter, and Godfrey Rampling (1909-2009), an Olympic gold medalist and army officer. She grew up in Gibraltar, France and Spain. She attended Académie Jeanne d'Arc in Versailles and St. Hilda's School, a boarding school in Bushey, Hertfordshire, England. She had one sister, Sarah, who committed suicide in 1966 at the age of 23. She had a close relationship with her sister. The two performed in a cabaret act together during their teenage years.
She began her career as a model and first appeared in a Cadbury advertisement. She was noticed by a casting agent while walking down a street in London. Rampling's first screen appearance was uncredited as a water skier in Richard Lester's film The Knack ...and How to Get It. She did appear as an extra in the 1964 Beatles film A Hard Day's Night. In 1965, she was cast in the role of Meredith in the film Georgy Girl. She was also given a role by John Boulting in the 1965 comedy Rotten to the Core. In 1967, she starred opposite Yul Brynner in the adventure film The Long Duel. She starred opposite Sam Waterston in the 1969 romance-drama Three and opposite Robert Blake in the 1972 drama Corky. She also portrayed Anne Boleyn in the costume drama Henry VIII and His Six Wives (1972)
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. In 1974, she posed nude for Playboy.
In 1974, Rampling starred in John Boorman's science-fiction film Zardoz opposite Sean Connery. She also starred with Peter O'Toole in Foxtrot (1976) and with Richard Harris in Orca (1977). She 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 starred in Claude Lelouch's 1984 film Long Live Life, before going on to star in the cult-film Max, Mon Amour (1986), and appear in the thriller Angel Heart (1987). In the 1990s, she appeared in The Wings of the Dove (1997), played Miss Havisham in a BBC television adaptation of Great Expectations (1998) and also starred in the film adaptation of The Cherry Orchard (1999), directed by Michael Cacoyannis.
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 elder 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. Rampling earned Cesar Award nominations for Under the Sand (2000), Swimming Pool (2003) and Lemming (2005). She also appeared in Tony Scott's Spy Game (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 Basic Instinct 2 (2006). In 2008, she portrayed Countess Spencer, the mother of Keira Knightley's character in the title role in 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
Given her striking style and look, Rampling has also been seen on the cover of Vogue Magazine, Interview Magazine, Elle Magazine and CRUSHfanzine. In 2009, she posed nude in front of the Mona Lisa for Juergen Teller.
In 2009, Rampling appeared in Todd Solondz' Life During Wartime. 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. Then in 2011, she appeared in Lars Von Trier's Melancholia.
For her role in the 2012 miniseries Restless, Rampling was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award. In 2013, she played Dr. Evelyn Vogel in the final season of Dexter. Other television roles include the ITV drama Broadchurch (2015) and the BBC drama London Spy (2015).
In 2015, Rampling starred opposite Tom Courtenay in Andrew Haigh's 45 Years. The film is about a couple preparing to celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary when new information regarding the husband's missing previous lover arises. 45 Years was screened in the main competition section of the 65th Berlin International Film Festival. She won the Silver Bear for Best Actress and Tom Courtenay won the Silver Bear for Best Actor. For this role, she also won the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress, the European Film Award for Best Actress, was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress, and also received nominations for the BIFA Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a British Independent Film and the Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Actress.
In 1972, Rampling married actor and publicist Bryan Southcombe and had a son, Barnaby Southcombe (a television director), before divorcing in 1976. They were widely reported to be living in a ménage à trois with a male model, Randall Laurence, and 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 French composer Jean Michel Jarre and had a second son, magician and singer David Jarre. She also brought up stepdaughter Émilie Jarre, 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 was engaged to Jean-Noël Tassez, a French communications tycoon, from 1998 until his death in 2015.
Rampling lives in Paris.
|Comme une femme||
|2015||"Où es-tu?" (duet with Alain Chamfort)||Alain Chamfort|
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