Jane Lapotaire

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Jane Lapotaire
Born Jane Elizabeth Marie Burgess
(1944-12-26) 26 December 1944 (age 71)
Ipswich, Suffolk, England, UK
Occupation Actress
Spouse(s) Roland Joffé (1974–1980; divorced; 1 son)
Oliver Wood (1965–1967; divorced)

Jane Elizabeth Marie Lapotaire (born Jane Elizabeth Marie Burgess; 26 December 1944) is a British actress.

Personal life[edit]

Jane Elizabeth Marie Burgess was born in Ipswich, Suffolk, the daughter of Louise Elise (Burgess). Her stepfather, Yves Lapotaire, worked in the oil industry.[1]

She studied at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in the 1960s. Her performance in the title role of Marie Curie (1977) first brought her to wide attention. In 1978 she performed the title role Édith Piaf for Pam Gems's play Piaf, directed by Howard Davies for the Royal Shakespeare Company, in Stratford-upon-Avon and in London at the Warehouse Theatre, Covent Garden in 1979.

Two years later, the show moved to Broadway. Lapotaire won the Tony Award for Leading Actress in a Play that year.[2]

She was married to director Roland Joffé from 1974 to 1980;[3] they had one son, screenwriter and director Rowan Joffé (born 1973). Following their divorce, she was for a time the partner of actor Michael Pennington.[4]


Lapotaire has written a number of memoirs: Grace and Favour,[5] Out of Order: A Haphazard Journey Through One Woman's Year,[6] and Everybody's Daughter, Nobody's Child,[7] which includes an account of her childhood growing up in Levington Road, Ipswich.


In 2000 while working in France, Lapotaire suffered a cerebral haemorrhage. She writes about her recovery in Time Out of Mind.[8]


Jane Lapotaire is Honorary President of the Bristol Old Vic Theatre Club,[9] and is President of the Friends of Shakespeare's Globe.[citation needed]

Selected TV and filmography[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.filmreference.com/film/38/Jane-Lapotaire.html Profile], filmreference.com; accessed 26 February 2016.
  2. ^ Young, Marielle. "Stars Who Won a Tony Award and an Olivier Award for the Same Role". The Official Website of the American Theatre Wing's Tony Awards. Retrieved 19 October 2015. 
  3. ^ According to the GRO at findmypast.co.uk
    Roland V I Joffe married Jane E M Lapotaire in 1974
  4. ^ Daniel Farson, "The Latest Prince", The Sunday Telegraph, July 1980.
  5. ^ Lapotaire, Jane (1989). Grace and Favour. Macmillan. ISBN 0333481038. 
  6. ^ Lapotaire, Jane (1999). Out of Order: A Haphazard Journey Through One Woman's Year. Kyle Cathie. ISBN 1856263169. 
  7. ^ Lapotaire, Jane (2007). Everybody's Daughter, Nobody's Child. London: Virago. ISBN 1844084167. 
  8. ^ Lapotaire, Jane (2004). Time Out Of Mind. London: Virago Press. ISBN 1844080552. 
  9. ^ "Bristol Old Vic Theatre Club". Retrieved 14 November 2012. 
  10. ^ "There's Only One Jimmy Grimble". Retrieved 14 November 2012. 
  11. ^ "BBC Shakespeare Antony and Cleopatra". Retrieved 14 November 2012. 

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