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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 13 September 1944Weybridge, Surrey, England, UK
Birth NameWinnifred Jacqueline Fraser-Bisset
Height 5' 6½" (1.69 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Jacqueline Bisset has been an international film star since the late 1960s. She received her first roles mainly because of her stunning beauty, but over time she has become a fine actress respected by fans and critics alike. Bisset has worked with directors John Huston, François Truffaut, George Cukor and Roman Polanski. Her co-stars have included Anthony Quinn, Paul Newman, Nick Nolte, Kenneth Branagh and Marcello Mastroianni.

Her somewhat French-sounding name has led many to assume that she is from France, but she was brought up in England and had to study to learn French. Her mother was French and was an attorney before being married. As a child Jacqueline studied ballet. During her teenage years her father left the family when her mother was diagnosed with disseminating sclerosis; Jacqueline worked as a model to support her ailing mother and eventually her parents divorced, an experience she has said she considered character-strengthening. She took an early interest in film, and her modeling career helped pay for acting lessons.

In 1967 Bisset gained her first critical attention in Two for the Road (1967), and in that same year appeared briefly in the popular James Bond spoof Casino Royale (1967), playing Miss Goodthighs. In 1968 her career got a boost when Mia Farrow unexpectedly dropped out of the shooting of The Detective (1968); Farrow's marriage to co-star Frank Sinatra was on the rocks, and her role was eventually given to Bisset, who received special billing in the film's credits. That same year she earned a Golden Globe nomination as Most Promising Newcomer for her role in The Sweet Ride (1968), and gained even more attention playing opposite Steve McQueen in the popular action film Bullitt (1968). In 1970 she co-starred in the disaster film Airport (1970) as a stewardess carrying Dean Martin's love child, and the film was one of the biggest box office hits of the year. Next, she had the starring role in The Grasshopper (1970), and co-starred with Alan Alda in the critically acclaimed but commercially unsuccessful horror film The Mephisto Waltz (1971). In 1973 she became recognized in Europe as a serious actress when she played the lead in Truffaut's Day for Night (1973). However, it would be several years before her talents would be taken seriously in the US.

Jacqueline's stunning looks and figure made quite a splash in The Deep (1977). Her underwater swimming scenes in that movie inspired the worldwide wet T-shirt craze, and Newsweek magazine declared her "the most beautiful film actress of all time". The film's producer, Peter Guber, said "That T-shirt made me a rich man." However, she hated the wet T-shirt scenes because she felt exploited. At the time of filming she was not told that the filmmakers would shoot the scenes in such a provocative way, and she felt tricked. She followed it up with more high-profile roles in The Greek Tycoon (1978), a thinly disguised fictionalization of the marriage of Jacqueline Kennedy and Aristotle Onassis, and Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? (1978), a performance that earned her a Golden Globe nomination as Best Actress in a Comedy.

In the early 1980s, Bisset starred in the box office disasters When Time Ran Out... (1980) and Inchon (1981), but her well-received turn opposite Candice Bergen in Rich and Famous (1981) in between those two films gained her recognition as a serious actress from American audiences. She rebounded neatly with Class (1983), playing Rob Lowe's attractive mother who has an affair with her son's prep school roommate, and as Albert Finney's wife in Under the Volcano (1984), which earned her another Golden Globe nomination. She also earned praise for her work in the cable adaptation of Anna Karenina (1985) with Christopher Reeve, and in the miniseries Napoleon and Josephine: A Love Story (1987) with Armand Assante. In 1989 she co-starred in the racy comedy Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills (1989) and the controversial erotic thriller Wild Orchid (1989), both of which failed at the box office and were condemned by critics, but her output remained consistent with television projects and independent features.

In 1996, she was nominated for a César Award, the French equivalent of the Oscar, for her role in La Cérémonie (1995). She was then seen in the 16th-century period drama Dangerous Beauty (1998) as a retired Venetian courtesan, and the Biblical epics Jesus (1999) and In the Beginning (2000), playing the Virgin Mary and Sarah, wife of Abraham, respectively. Other notable performances included the miniseries Joan of Arc (1999) alongside Leelee Sobieski, for which she earned an Emmy nomination, and The Sleepy Time Gal (2001), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival but unfortunately was not picked up for theatrical distribution. In 2005, Jacqueline was back on the big screen playing Keira Knightley's mother in the action biopic Domino (2005) for Tony Scott, and in 2006 she had a meaty recurring role in the fourth season of the FX series Nip/Tuck (2003) as the ruthless extortionist "James." More recently she appeared in BBC's program Dancing on the Edge (2013), for which she finally won her first Golden Globe Award, and in the movies Welcome to New York (2014) with Gérard Depardieu and Miss You Already (2015) with Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette.

Bisset has never married, but has been involved in long-term romantic relationships with Canadian actor Michael Sarrazin, Moroccan entrepreneur Victor Drai, Russian ballet dancer Alexander Godunov, French actor Vincent Perez and Turkish martial arts instructor Emin Boztepe. She continues to make numerous films, and frequently participates in film festivals and award ceremonies around the world.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Roger Burns <rogerburns@att.net>

Trade Mark (4)

Natural brunette hair
Sparkling green eyes
Voluptuous figure
Deep sultry voice

Trivia (19)

Her first job was a waitress in a Chinese restaurant.
Favorite films: Brief Encounter (1945), Splendor in the Grass (1961).
Favorite actresses: Jeanne Moreau, Jessica Lange
Considers her most fulfilling role to be Julie in François Truffaut's French comedy-drama film Day for Night (1973).
Her favorite scene: fighting with Anthony Quinn in The Greek Tycoon (1978).
Dated French actor, Vincent Perez.
Godmother of actress Angelina Jolie.
Member of the jury at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2001.
No relation to Josie Bissett.
Said her last name is pronounced "Bissit" and rhymes with "Kiss it".
Lived with Michael Sarrazin (1967-1974).
Lived with Victor Drai (1975-1980).
Lived with Alexander Godunov (1981-1988).
Lived with Emin Boztepe (1994-2005).
When she accepted her Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role on the British television series Dancing on the Edge (2013) in 2014, she reminded the audience that it had been 45 years since she had first been honored by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
Considered for the role of Elizabeth McGraw in 9½ Weeks (1986) that was played by Kim Basinger.
Was friends with Marcheline Bertrand and Sharon Tate.
Drives a 1970 Cadillac Eldorado convertible.

Personal Quotes (26)

Character contributes to beauty. It fortifies a woman as her youth fades.
I'm fascinated by a man with a twinkle in his eye.
[1980] I'm either offered window-dressing parts in large movies or little art films no one ever sees. People think the movies I end up doing are my real choices. I do the best things I'm offered.
After filming The Deep (1977), all they talked about was my boobs for the next four years. God, if I was going to do a picture like that, I'd have done it a lot sexier. That looked like two fried eggs on a platter.
The picture is called Class (1983) but the ad campaign is anything but. They've put my head onto another body and given me enormous bosoms. All the guys are going to be disappointed.
[on her childhood home] Not one newspaper that came into the house ever left it. There were masses of books everywhere and furniture enough for three homes. My brother and I were extremely upset by it - and have now turned into clean freaks.
I grew up in a small town, so it was thrilling to come to London in the 1960s. Everyone was experimenting and having fun. We would go to Soho and meet all those incredible image changers: Roman Polanski, David Bailey, The Beatles, Ursula Andress and Terence Stamp, who is still a close friend.
I look at photos of myself and think, "God, if I had realized I was so cute, I would have been naughtier!". But you could put any woman in a wet T-shirt and men would lust after her.
I have never had any cosmetic surgery. I've never worried about age. I don't think all the nips and tucks look good. If these women who've had work done looked sideways in the mirror, they would see that they get a stiff curtain across their face. I think they do it because they are terrified of not being loved and of other people's opinions. Things on my body are not up as much as they used to be, and that's a bore. So I just smile more, which helps. I am becoming a fuller person as I get older.
[on boyfriend Emin Boztepe] Our age gap is not a big issue. It just depends on what you have in common and, although Emin is much younger, he's a very mature man. There are things that are different about someone who is not of the same generation as you: they don't know everything you know; they look at things differently, but things can work out just fine.
[on Steve McQueen] It was exciting working with him. But he was a hip American and I was very English. His phrases would drive me nuts. I didn't know what a dude was or a soul chick. I did find him attractive, but a little bit scary. He'd get on his bike and take off like a wild alley cat; that was his escape from fame.
[on Nick Nolte] Nick is a very sexy man. He is not very aware of that himself, though, he doesn't act "sexy" -- he's just Nick. That is an extremely intriguing kind of sexy.
[on Albert Finney] Albert is a little bombastic, but he has a twinkle in the eye. He treats me like an ex-wife.
I have an intense obsession with making films. I not only love to make films, I perhaps need to make films.
I love being in my garden. I don't plant a lot of exotic flora, but I do spend a lot of time outside doing manual labor.
I'd like to get my public image nearer to my reality. People have a lot of misconceptions.
My view is quite simple. When your dog pees on the carpet, you do not give away your dog. You say, This dog is special. I have to teach him not to pee on the carpet. I feel exactly the same way about men. They need to be taught things.
Ideally, couples need three lives; one for him, one for her, and one for them together.
Marriage has just never interested me.
The thing about anything in life is you have to get ready for it. Study, learn.
To be used in a part without depth is a frustrating feeling, when you know you have something to give.
When I am working on a movie, all I want to talk about is the movie. All I want to be with are the movie people. It's like a clan. If I'm asked to people's houses for dinner, I hate to go, because they'll talk about other things.
You could have a fantasy, but it's got to be based on something you are able to do. I think a lot of people's unhappiness comes with their lack of reality.
[on goddaughter Angelina Jolie, 2015] Unfortunately, I haven't really developed a close relationship with Angelina. I see her rarely. [...] So many people are pulling her time. I'm a little bit shy, actually, to be truthful, and I don't want to be someone who tries to take advantage of her.
[2008] I think it's actually mind-blowing, what's going on, just generally, but I think the world's gone nuts. I'm not very proud of the way things are. I don't feel very proud of America, the way things are, just the complete lack of discipline. I think it makes America look really cheap, the mixture of all these young women just showing everything and behaving like wild things. I mean, we're all wild when we're young, you know, but there's some degree, it's just a matter of degree. I just feel like all these kids just have no parents, is what it feels like, there's no one looking after them, and I think that's really, really said, that no one is willing to be disciplinary for young people so they have something to emulate, you know, I really feel horrified by it. I feel really sorry for these girls, too, and I wonder if they have anybody they can trust, to talk to and put an arm around them, you know, someone genuine who is not self-interested. I presume it will pass, this time, because if it goes on...it's hard to imagine. Society goes through times when things are out of control, more than less. I mean, the '60s were pretty wild, but there was a sweetness to it. And this, now, feels kind of decadent to me, not in a good way. And with all the world politics, it just seems to me, I know I sound judgmental, but I suppose I am judgmental about it, really. If people don't behave, things kind of snowball on each other, and you just take in a larger thing, or across the world there's a lot of countries looking at America who have lost respect, so I just think that's really sad, cause it's a great country, this country.
If you keep your dignity deep within yourself and you know why you did something -- anything -- then you'll carry your dignity with you. If You sell yourself for the wrong reasons with the attitude, "Oh, I'll go through with this, take the money and run," it will catch up with you. Ultimately, there will be a shallowness and a taking from life rather than giving.

Salary (3)

The Deep (1977) $200,000
Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? (1978) $500,000
Inchon (1981) $1,650,000

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