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Olivia Hussey, 2007
17 April 1951
Buenos Aires, Argentina
|Spouse(s)||Dean Paul Martin (1971-1978)
Akira Fuse (1980-1989)
David Glen Eisley (1991-present)
|Children||Alexander Gunther Martin (b. 1973)
Max Fuse (b. 1983)
India Eisley (b. 1993)
|Parent(s)||Andrés Osuna (father)
Joy Alma Hussey (mother)
|Relatives||Andrew Osuna (brother)|
Olivia Hussey (born Olivia Osuna; 17 April 1951) is an Argentine-born English actress who became famous for her role as Juliet in Franco Zeffirelli's 1968 film version of Romeo and Juliet, winning a Golden Globe and also the David di Donatello Award for best actress. She is also well known for her role as Mary, the mother of Jesus in the 1977 TV production of Jesus of Nazareth. She has starred in films such as Black Christmas (1974), Death on the Nile (1978), Virus (1980) and Turkey Shoot (1982).
Hussey was born Olivia Osuna in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to Joy Alma (née Hussey), a British legal secretary and Andrés Osuna (alias Osvaldo Ribó), an Argentine tango singer. They divorced when Olivia was two.
She was brought up as a Catholic, and when she was seven years old, Hussey and her younger brother went with their mother to live in London, where she attended the Italia Conti Academy drama school for five years.
Assuming her mother's maiden name as her stage name, Hussey appeared on the London stage as Jenny in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, opposite Vanessa Redgrave. It was during the run of this play that Italian film director Franco Zeffirelli first spotted her because of her beauty and theatrical skill. Chosen out of 500 actresses, she appeared in her first starring role, as Juliet in Zeffirelli's 1968 film version of Romeo and Juliet, opposite Leonard Whiting's Romeo. In 1969 she won a special David di Donatello Award and the Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year - Actress.
Hussey has appeared in over forty films. She played the leading role of Jessica Bradford in the Canadian horror film, Black Christmas (1974), which became influential as a forerunner of the slasher film genre of horror films. She played Mary, the mother of Jesus, in the 1977 television production of Jesus of Nazareth (her second work for director Zeffirelli). In 1978 she played Rosalie Otterbourne in Death on the Nile with Peter Ustinov.
In 1990 Hussey played Norma Bates, the mother of Norman Bates, in Psycho IV: The Beginning, a prequel to Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960). In 2003 she played the lead in a film adaptation of the life of Mother Teresa, for which she was presented with a Character & Morality in Entertainment Award on 12 May 2007 in Hollywood.
Hussey was nominated for "Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Female Performer in an Animated Television Production" at the Annie Awards for her work in Batman Beyond, as Talia. She also voiced the character of Kasan Moor in the PC game, Star Wars: Rogue Squadron. She was also in Star Wars: The Old Republic as Jedi Master Yuon Par.
In 1971, Hussey married actor Dean Paul Martin, son of the singer Dean Martin. They had a son, Alexander Gunther Martin (later an actor), in 1973, before divorcing in 1978. Dean Paul Martin died in 1987 when his National Guard F-4 Phantom jet fighter crashed in California's San Bernardino Mountains during a snowstorm.
In 1980, Hussey married Japanese musician Akira Fuse, consisted of two ceremonies at home in Los Angeles and an Indian wedding in Miami. She had one son, Max (born 1983). Divorced from Fuse in 1989, she remarried, in 1991, to American musician David Glen Eisley, a son of the late actor Anthony Eisley. In October 1993, she gave birth to a daughter, India Eisley, now an actress.
|1965||The Battle of the Villa Fiorita||Donna|
|Cup Fever||Jinny- child|
|1968||Romeo and Juliet||Juliet||Golden Globe Award|
|1969||All the Right Noises||Val|
|1972||The Summertime Killer||Tania Scarlotti|
|1974||Black Christmas||Jessica Bradford|
|1978||Death on the Nile||Rosalie Otterbourne|
|1979||The Cat and the Canary||Cicily Young|
|The Man with Bogart's Face||Elsa|
|1982||Turkey Shoot||Chris Walters|
|1989||The Jeweler's Shop||Thérèse|
|1990||Undeclared War||Rebecca Eche|
|1993||Quest of the Delta Knights||The Mannerjay|
|1995||Ice Cream Man||Nurse Wharton|
|Bad English I: Tales of a Son of a Brit|
|1996||The Dark Mist||Voice of the Ancients||Voice Role|
|1998||The Gardener||Mrs. Carter|
|Shame, Shame, Shame||Therapist|
|2001||Island Prey||Catherine Gaits|
|2005||Headspace||Dr. Karen Murphy|
|2006||Seven Days of Grace||Jewel|
|I Am Somebody: No Chance in Hell||Mrs. Duncan|
|2015||1066||Countess Gytha||(release date 14 October 2015 (UK))|
|1964||Drama 60-67||Mrs. Ken's daughter||Episode: "Studio '64 - The Crunch"|
|1977||Jesus of Nazareth||Mary, the mother of Jesus||NBC Miniseries|
|1978||The Bastard||Alicia||NBC Television film|
|The Pirate||Leila||CBS Television film|
|1979||The Thirteenth Day: The Story of Esther||Esther||ABC Television film|
|1982||Ivanhoe||Rebecca||CBS Television film|
|1984||The Last Days of Pompeii||Ione||ABC Miniseries|
|1985||The Corsican Brothers||Annamarie de Guidice||CBS Television film|
|Murder, She Wrote||Kitty Trumbull||Episode: Sing a Song of Murder|
|1990||Psycho IV: The Beginning||Norma Bates||Showtime Television film|
|It||Audra Phillips Denbrough||ABC Television film|
|1994||Lonesome Dove: The Series||Olivia Jessup||Episodes: "Where the Heart Is"
"Law and Order"
|1996||Dead Man's Island||Rosie, the housemaid||Television film|
|1997||Boy Meets World||Aunt Prudence Curtis||Episode:" A Long Walk To Pittsburgh (Part 2)"|
|1998||Pinky and the Brain||Queen||Voice Role
Episode: "The Megalomaniacal Adventures of Brainie the Poo"
Episode: "Melancholy Brain"
|1999||Superman: The Animated Series||Talia||Voice Role
Episode: "The Demon Reborn"
|2000||Batman Beyond||Talia||Voice Role
Episode: "Out of the Past"
|2003||Mother Teresa of Calcutta||Mother Teresa||Television film originally produced as Italian television miniseries|
Awards and nominations
- 2001: Nominated, "Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Female Performer in an Animated Television Production" - Batman Beyond
- 1969: Won, "Best Actress" - Romeo and Juliet
- 1969: Won, "Most Promising Female Newcomer" - Romeo and Juliet
- 1970: Nominated, "Female New Face" - Romeo and Juliet
- "Olivia Hussey realises her dream to play Mother Teresa"
- BioWare (2011-12-20). Star Wars: The Old Republic. Electronic Arts, LucasArts. Scene: closing credits, 11:07 in, English Cast.
- "Forever Juliet - For Olivia Hussey, Life After Romeo and Juliet Brought Sweetness and Sorrow". People. 16 March 1992. Retrieved 31 July 2012.
- "Olivia Hussey plays Countess Gytha, mother to future King Harold"
- "1066 at IMDB"
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