Olivia Hussey

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Olivia Hussey
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Olivia Hussey, 2007
BornOlivia Osuna
(1951-04-17) 17 April 1951 (age 63)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
NationalityArgentinian
OccupationActress
Years active1965–present
Spouse(s)Dean Paul Martin (1971-1978)
Akira Fuse (1980-1989)
David Glen Eisley (1991-present)
ChildrenAlexander Gunther Martin (b. 1973)
Max Fuse (b. 1983)
India Eisley (b. 1993)
ParentsAndrés Osuna (father)
Joy Alma Hussey (mother)
RelativesAndrew Osuna (brother)
 
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Olivia Hussey
Olivia Hussey-D.jpg
Olivia Hussey, 2007
BornOlivia Osuna
(1951-04-17) 17 April 1951 (age 63)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
NationalityArgentinian
OccupationActress
Years active1965–present
Spouse(s)Dean Paul Martin (1971-1978)
Akira Fuse (1980-1989)
David Glen Eisley (1991-present)
ChildrenAlexander Gunther Martin (b. 1973)
Max Fuse (b. 1983)
India Eisley (b. 1993)
ParentsAndrés Osuna (father)
Joy Alma Hussey (mother)
RelativesAndrew Osuna (brother)

Olivia Hussey, born Olivia Osuna (17 April 1951), is an Argentinian actress who became famous for her role as Juliet in Franco Zeffirelli's Academy Award-winning 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).

Early life[edit]

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,[1] who divorced when Olivia was two.

She was brought up as a Catholic,[2] 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.

Career[edit]

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.

She also starred as Marit in the Japanese film Virus, and played Rebecca of York in the 1982 remake of Ivanhoe.

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.

Voice work[edit]

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 Al Ghul. 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.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Hussey with her daughter India (right) and husband David Glen Eisley (left) at Cinema City Film Festival

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 married in 1991 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.

She has suffered from agoraphobia.[4]

Filmography[edit]

Film
YearFilmRoleOther notes
1965The Battle of the Villa FioritaDonna
Cup FeverJinny- child
1968Romeo and JulietJulietGolden Globe Award[5]
1969All the Right NoisesVal
1971H-BombErica
1972The Summertime KillerTania Scarlotti
1972The Summertime Killer (series)Tania Scarlotti
1973Lost HorizonMaria
1974Black ChristmasJessica Bradford
1978Death on the NileRosalie Otterbourne
1979The Cat and the CanaryCicily Young
1980VirusMarit
The Man with Bogart's FaceElsa
1982Turkey ShootChris Walters
1987DistortionsAmy Marks
1989The Jeweler's ShopThérèse
1990Undeclared WarRebecca Eche
ItAudra Phillips Denbrough
1993Quest of the Delta KnightsThe Mannerjay
1994Save MeGail
1995Ice Cream ManNurse Wharton
Bad English I: Tales of a Son of a Brit
1996The Dark MistVoice of the AncientsVoice Role
1998The GardenerMrs. Carter
Shame, Shame, ShameTherapist
2000Bloody ProofLaura
2001Island PreyCatherine Gaits
2005HeadspaceDr. Karen Murphy
2006Seven Days of GraceJewel
2007Tortilla HeavenPetra
2008Three PriestsRachel
I Am Somebody: No Chance in HellMrs. Duncan
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1964Drama 60-67Mrs. Ken's daughterEpisode: Studio '64 - The Crunch
1977Jesus of NazarethMary, the mother of JesusNBC Miniseries
1978The BastardAliciaNBC Television film
The PirateLeilaCBS Television film
1979The Thirteenth Day: The Story of EstherEstherABC Television film
1982IvanhoeRebeccaCBS Television film
1984The Last Days of PompeiiIoneABC Miniseries
1985The Corsican BrothersAnnamarie de GuidiceCBS Television film
Murder, She WroteKitty TrumbullEpisode: Sing a Song of Murder
1990Psycho IV: The BeginningNorma BatesShowtime Television film
ItAudra Phillips DenbroughABC Television film
1994Lonesome Dove: The SeriesOlivia JessupEpisode: Where the Heart Is
Episode: Law and Order
Episode: Firebrand
1996Dead Man's IslandRosie, the housemaidTelevision film
1997Boy Meets WorldAunt Prudence CurtisEpisode: A Long Walk To Pittsburgh (Part 2)
1998Pinky and the BrainQueenVoice Role
Episode: The Megalomaniacal Adventures of Brainie the Poo
Episode: Melancholy Brain
1999Superman: The Animated SeriesTalia al GhulVoice Role
Episode: The Demon Reborn
2000Batman BeyondTalia al GhulVoice Role
Episode: Out of the Past
2003Mother Teresa of CalcuttaMother TeresaTelevision film originally produced as Italian television miniseries

Awards and nominations[edit]

Annie Awards

David di Donatello Awards

Golden Globe Awards

Laurel Awards

References[edit]

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