Frances Fisher

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Frances Fisher
Frances Fisher at the 2010 Independent Spirit Awards.jpg
at the Independent Spirit Awards in Los Angeles on March 5, 2010
BornFrances Louise Fisher
(1952-05-11) 11 May 1952 (age 61)
Milford on Sea, England, U.K.
OccupationActress
Years active1976–present
Spouse(s)Billy Mack Hamilton (m. 1970–72)
Partner(s)Clint Eastwood (1990–1995)
ChildrenFrancesca Eastwood
 
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Frances Fisher
Frances Fisher at the 2010 Independent Spirit Awards.jpg
at the Independent Spirit Awards in Los Angeles on March 5, 2010
BornFrances Louise Fisher
(1952-05-11) 11 May 1952 (age 61)
Milford on Sea, England, U.K.
OccupationActress
Years active1976–present
Spouse(s)Billy Mack Hamilton (m. 1970–72)
Partner(s)Clint Eastwood (1990–1995)
ChildrenFrancesca Eastwood

Frances Louise Fisher[1][2] (born 11 May 1952)[3] is an English-born American actress. She is most known for her roles in films such as Pink Cadillac (1989), L.A. Story (1991), Unforgiven (1992), Striptease (1996), Wild America (1997), Titanic (1997), The Audrey Hepburn Story (1999), Gone in 60 Seconds (2000), Laws of Attraction (2004), The Kingdom (2007), In the Valley of Elah (2007), Jolene (2008), The Roommate (2011), The Lincoln Lawyer (2011), and The Host (2013). She has also appeared in television series like The Edge of Night (1976–1981), Strange Luck (1995), Becker (1999), Glory Days (2002), and Eureka (2008).

She is the mother of Francesca Eastwood and former partner of Clint Eastwood.

Early life and education[edit]

Fisher was born in Milford on Sea, Hampshire, England, the daughter of American parents Olga Rosine (née Moen), a housewife, and William Irving "Bill" Fisher, Sr., an oil refinery construction superintendent.[4][1] Before she reached the age of fifteen, she had moved nine times and traveled because of her father's job, going to places like Italy, Turkey, England, Colombia, France, Canada, and Brazil.[3][5][6] When she was 15, her mother died and she took on the responsibility to help raise her younger brother.[5] She ultimately completed her high school at Lutcherstark High School[3] in Orange, Texas, where she had performed in theatre productions, and later she worked as a secretary.

Career[edit]

Fisher at the 2007 Jules Verne Adventure Film Special Awards Presentation

Deciding to follow her interest in theatre, she moved to New York, where she subsequently enjoyed a 14-year stage career in regional and off-Broadway productions. During which, she became involved with the Actors Studio, where she studied with Lee Strasberg.[3]

Fisher moved as a young woman to Abingdon, Virginia, where she began her acting career at the Barter Theatre, a year-round repertory theatre.

Fisher gained recognition playing Detective Deborah Saxon on the soap opera The Edge of Night from 1976 to 1981; she later joined the cast of Guiding Light as Suzette Saxon.

During the next 10 years, she concentrated on theatre in New York and in regional theatres all over the East Coast. In 1991, Fisher was cast as Lucille Ball in the television film Lucy & Desi: Before the Laughter, which aired to strong ratings and good reviews. She has played numerous roles on American television, including parts in the series Strange Luck, Becker, and Titus.

She also played key roles in the recent television drama The Lyon's Den and Glory Days. She was originally cast to play Jill Taylor on the ABC sitcom Home Improvement, but was replaced after initial filming of the pilot episode by Patricia Richardson due to a lack of chemistry with Tim Allen as well as with the studio audience who felt Fisher was too serious in the delivery of her lines. She also had a guest spot on The Young Riders in 1991. Fisher has guest starred as a bartender, Savannah, at "The Lobo" in the first season of Roseanne.

In 1992, she appeared in Unforgiven (1992), an Academy Award winning film directed by Clint Eastwood, who also starred. Her most famous role was in film, as the society matron Ruth DeWitt Bukater, the mother of the character played by Kate Winslet, in the 1997 blockbuster Titanic.

In 1999, Fisher portrayed Audrey Hepburn's mother, Ella Hepburn, in the biographical film of the actress. She had a role in House of Sand and Fog (2003), another Academy Award winner.

She has also returned to theatre; she appeared in Arthur Miller's last play, Finishing the Picture, produced at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, and in a 2006 production of The Cherry Orchard at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.

In 2004, she appeared in Laws of Attraction as Julianne Moore's mother, even though she is only 8 years older. In 2005, she appeared on the ER episode "Just As I Am," as Helen Kingsley, the long-lost birth mother of Dr. Kerry Weaver, played by Laura Innes, even though Fisher is only five years older.

Fisher worked on four films in 2006, including Peter Berg's The Kingdom, and Paul Haggis' In the Valley of Elah. She also acted in a pilot for NBC/USA entitled To Love and Die. In 2008, she appeared in a guest-starring role on the Sci-Fi Channel television series Eureka, portraying the character Eva Thorne. That same year she appeared in the film Jolene with Jessica Chastain as her lesbian lover. In 2011, she appeared in Torchwood: Miracle Day, The Lincoln Lawyer and The Roommate.[7]

She appeared as Maggie Stryder in the 2013 film The Host with Saoirse Ronan and William Hurt. She is set to be in the upcoming films The Potters and You're Not You, both set to release in 2014.

Personal life[edit]

In 1970, when Fisher was 18, she married her highschool sweet heart Billy Mack Hamilton. The couple was only married for 2 years before divorcing.[5]

Fisher was in a relationship with fellow actor Clint Eastwood for 6 years in the early 1990s. During that time, the couple had a child together, Francesca Eastwood (b. 1993).[5][8]

Filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b [1]
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  3. ^ a b c d Flint Marx, Rebecca. "Frances Fisher - Biography - Movies & TV - NY Times". NY Times. Retrieved 21 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "Frances Fisher Film Reference biography". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
  5. ^ a b c d Schenden, Laurie K. (15 September 1995). "How's Life After Clint? Look at Frances Fisher's Schedule". LA Times. Retrieved 21 November 2013. 
  6. ^ museumofthegulfcoast.org Notable People – Frances Fisher
  7. ^ Doctor Who Magazine (435). June 2011. 
  8. ^ DeNinno, Nadine. "Francesca Eastwood, Daughter Of Clint Eastwood And Frances Fisher, Named Miss Golden Globe 2013". IB Times. Retrieved 21 November 2013. 

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