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Bisset in September 2007
|Born||Winifred Jacqueline Fraser Bisset|
13 September 1944
Weybridge, Surrey, England, UK
Bisset in September 2007
|Born||Winifred Jacqueline Fraser Bisset|
13 September 1944
Weybridge, Surrey, England, UK
Jacqueline Bisset (born 13 September 1944) is an English actress.
Bisset was born Winifred Jacqueline Fraser Bisset in Weybridge, Surrey, England, the daughter of Arlette Alexander, a lawyer turned housewife of French and English descent, and Max Fraser Bisset, a Scottish general practitioner. She was brought up in Reading, Berkshire, where she lived in the suburb of Tilehurst. 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. In the following years while Bisset was working as an actress in Hollywood, she made frequent trips back home in order to care for her mother, which she says got in the way of her personal relationships.
Bisset made her screen debut as an extra in The Knack ...and How to Get It (1965). Her first speaking role was in the 1966 film Cul-de-sac, starring Donald Pleasence and directed by Roman Polanski. In 1967, Bisset had small roles as Audrey Hepburn's friend in Two for the Road and as Miss Goodthighs in the James Bond satire Casino Royale. That same year, she was cast in her first lead role in The Cape Town Affair (1967) opposite James Brolin.
In 1968, Bisset gained mainstream recognition when she replaced Mia Farrow for the role of Norma MacIver in The Detective; Farrow's marriage to co-star Frank Sinatra had just ended, and the role was given to Bisset. That same year, she received her first Golden Globe nomination as New Star of the Year for her role in The Sweet Ride opposite Michael Sarrazin, and played Steve McQueen's girlfriend in the police drama Bullitt, which was among the top five highest-grossing films of the year.
Bisset continued to work prolifically, averaging two films a year over the next decade. In 1969, she played her first "older woman" (at 25) in the sex comedy The First Time. She was one of the many stars in the blockbuster disaster film Airport (1970), in which she played a pregnant flight attendant 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, and St. Ives (1976) with Charles Bronson.
In addition to her many American films, Bisset also appeared in several French and Italian productions. She earned respect from European critics for her performance in François Truffaut's Day for Night (1973), starred in Le Magnifique (1973) with Jean-Paul Belmondo and The Sunday Woman (1975) with Marcello Mastroianni.
Bisset's most famous role was in The Deep (1977), which reunited her with Bullitt director Peter Yates. A scene of her swimming underwater wearing only a thin, white T-shirt and bikini bottom helped make the film a box office success, leading the producer Peter Guber to say, "That T-shirt made me a rich man". About that time, a small Dutch-produced film Bisset had made six years earlier was re-released in the United States under the title Secrets. That film featured the only extensive nude scenes of Bisset's career, and the producers cashed in on her fame.
In 1978, Bisset starred opposite Anthony Quinn in The Greek Tycoon, and received a second Golden Globe nomination as Best Actress in a Comedy for Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe?. In 1980, she co-starred with Paul Newman in the Irwin Allen disaster film When Time Ran Out. In 1981, she co-produced and starred in George Cukor's final film, Rich and Famous. In 1983, she played Rob Lowe's attractive mother who seduces her son's best friend (Andrew McCarthy) in the film Class. Bisset received a fourth Golden Globe nomination as Best Supporting Actress in 1984 for John Huston's Under the Volcano , which reunited her with Albert Finney, having worked with him previously in Two for the Road and Murder on the Orient Express.
Since the mid-1980s, Bisset has appeared primarily in made-for-television and independent films. In 1996, she was nominated for a César Award for her role in the French film La Cérémonie. In 1998, she appeared in Dangerous Beauty as the mother of Catherine McCormack's character. Bisset received Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominations for her part in the 1999 miniseries Joan of Arc. Other notable productions include the Biblical epics Jesus (1999) and In the Beginning (2000). In 2001, she starred in The Sleepy Time Gal, which received strong reviews but was not given a theatrical release. One of her later television films, in 2003, was America's Prince: The John F. Kennedy Jr. Story, in which she portrayed Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis. In 2005, she had a small role in the Domino Harvey biographical film Domino with Keira Knightley.
In 2006, Bisset had a recurring role on the TV series Nip/Tuck as the ruthless extortionist James. In 2008, she received critical acclaim for her performances in the Hallmark television film An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving, and the Holocaust drama Death in Love. Bisset's most recent feature film is The Last Film Festival; the film was shot in 2008, but it's release has been delayed due to the untimely death of her co-star, Dennis Hopper, who had not completed filming all of his scenes.
Bisset has never married, though she has had several lengthy romances. These include a relationship with the Canadian actor Michael Sarrazin that lasted over 10 years, as well as relationships with the Moroccan film producer Victor Drai, the Russian dancer/actor Alexander Godunov, and the Turkish 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 also dated the French actor Vincent Perez, who was 20 years her junior. Author Marc Eliot wrote that Bisset had an affair with the actor Steve McQueen, which she has not publicly discussed, though she said in a 2007 interview "[He] was sort of manic and yet very hard to know. We didn't get close."
Bisset has said that she never desired to have children, explaining "The feeling I wanted in life was the one I got from my friends."
Bisset and Maximilian Schell are the godparents of actress Angelina Jolie. At the time of Jolie's birth, Bisset was starring with Jolie's father, Jon Voight, in the film End of the Game, which Schell directed.
|1965||The Knack ...and How to Get It||Extra||Uncredited|
|1966||Drop Dead Darling||Dancer||AKA Arrivederci, Baby!|
|1967||Two for the Road||Jackie|
|1967||Casino Royale||Miss Goodthighs|
|1967||The Cape Town Affair||Candy|
|1968||The Detective||Norma Maclver|
|1968||The Sweet Ride||Vickie Cartwright||Nominated—Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actress|
|1969||The First Time||Anna|
|1969||Secret World||Wendy Sinclair||Original title: L'échelle blanche|
|1969||The Grasshopper||Christine Adams||Nominated—Laurel Award for Best Female Dramatic Performance|
|1971||The Mephisto Waltz||Paula Clarkson|
|1971||Believe in Me||Pamela|
|1972||Stand Up and Be Counted||Sheila Hammond|
|1972||The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean||Rose Bean|
|1973||The Thief Who Came to Dinner||Laura|
|1973||Day for Night||Julie||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||The Sunday Woman||Anna Carlo Dosio||Original title: La donna della domenica|
|1976||St. Ives||Janet Whistler|
|1977||The Deep||Gail Berke|
|1978||The 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|
|1991||The Maid||Nicole Chantrelle||TV film|
|1991||Rossini! Rossini!||Isabella Colbran|
|1993||Hoffman's Hunger||Marian Hoffman||TV mini-series, Original title: Hoffman's Honger|
|1993||Corrupt Justice||Holly McPhee||TV film; 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||TV series; 1 episode|
|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||The Sleepy Time Gal||Frances||Nominated—Chlotrudis Award for Best Actress|
|2001||New Years Day||Geraldine|
|2001||Ally McBeal||Frances Shaw||TV series; 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||Swing||Christine / Mrs. DeLuca|
|2003||Law & Order: SVU||Juliet Barclay||TV series; 1 episode|
|2004||The Survivors Club||Carol Rosen||TV film|
|2005||The Fine Art of Love: Mine Ha-Ha'||Headmistress|
|2005||Summer Solstice||Alexia||TV film|
|2006||Save the Last Dance 2||Monique|
|2006||Nip/Tuck||James LeBeau||TV series; 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||An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving||Isabella||Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television|
|2009||The Eastmans||Emma Eastman||Unaired TV pilot|
|2010||The Last Film Festival||Claudia Benvenuti|
|2010||An Old Fashioned Christmas||Isabella||TV film|
|2011||Rizzoli & Isles||Constance Isles, Maura Isles' mother||TV series; 3 episodes|
|2011||Two Jacks||Diana – 20 years later|
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