Jacqueline Bisset Biography

Birthday: 1944-09-13
Place of Birth: Weybridge, Surrey
Height: 5' 6½" (1.69 m)
Wiki Biography: Jacqueline Bisset has been a renowned international film star since the late 1960s. She was first noted as a stunning on-screen beauty, but over time has become known as a fine actress respected by fans and critics alike. 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; her father was a doctor. 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. Jacqueline was first seen as an extra in The Knack... and How to Get It (1965), and made her "official" cinema debut in Roman Polanski's Cul-de-sac (1966). In 1967, following a small role in Stanley Donen's Two for the Road (1967) and an appearance as Miss Goodthighs in the popular James Bond spoof Casino Royale (1967), she had her first leading role in the otherwise unmemorable The Cape Town Affair (1967). Her career got a boost in 1968 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 the role was given to Bisset. That same year, she received a Golden Globe nomination for The Sweet Ride (1968), and played Steve McQueen's girlfriend in the police drama Bullitt (1968), which was a box office smash. Following a critically acclaimed performance in The Grasshopper (1969), Jacqueline was featured in the ensemble cast of the popular disaster film Airport (1970), where she played a pregnant stewardess carrying Dean Martin's love child. In the early-to-mid 1970s, she starred in such films as The Mephisto Waltz (1971), The Thief Who Came to Dinner (1973), and The Spiral Staircase (1975), which were good but rather low-key. She also participated in a few European productions, most notably François Truffaut's Day for Night (1973). In 1977, Jacqueline received a large amount of renewed attention for her appearance in The Deep (1977), with her underwater swimming scenes inspiring the wet T-shirt craze. The following year, she got a second Golden Globe nomination for the comedy Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? (1978), then acted with Anthony Quinn in The Greek Tycoon (1978). In 1981 she co-produced and starred in George Cukor's last film, Rich and Famous (1981), which was a flop. On the other hand, she scored a minor hit with the comedy Class (1983), playing Rob Lowe's sexy mother who seduces her son's best friend. Jacqueline received a third Golden Globe nomination for her role as Albert Finney's wife in John Huston's Under the Volcano (1984), but her career cooled down shortly thereafter. Making the transition from leading lady to character actress, she took roles in numerous made-for-TV and independent films during the 1990s and 2000s. She was nominated for a César award, the French equivalent of the Oscar, as best supporting actress for La Cérémonie (1995), and received an Emmy nomination for her role in the miniseries Joan of Arc (1999) (TV). She was also very good in the Biblical epics Jesus (1999) (TV) and In the Beginning (2000) (TV), playing Mary of Nazareth and Sarah, wife of Abraham, respectively. On the big screen, she played Keira Knightley's mother in Tony Scott's action film Domino (2005). In 2006 Jacqueline had a juicy recurring role as a ruthless extortionist on "Nip/Tuck" (2003) during its fourth season. More recently, she gave a delightful performance in the uplifting TV movie An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving (2008) (TV). Jacqueline has never married, but has been involved in several long-term romantic relationships. She continues to work consistently and frequently participates in film festivals and award ceremonies around the world.

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Carolina Moon 2007 Mystery
Swing Christine / Mrs. DeLuca 2011
Dancing On The Edge Lady Cremone 2013 Drama
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Joan of Arc Isabelle D'Arc 1948
Cul-de-Sac 1966 Comedy, Drama, Thriller
Two for the Road Jackie 1967 Drama, Comedy, Romance
Bullitt Cathy 1968 Action, Crime, Drama
Airport Gwen Meighen 1970 Drama, Thriller
The Mephisto Waltz 1971 Horror
The Thief Who Came to Dinner 1973 Comedy, Romance
Le Magnifique 1973 Action, Comedy, Fantasy
St. Ives 1976 Action, Crime, Drama
The Greek Tycoon 1978 Drama
Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? 1978 Comedy, Mystery, Crime
When Time Ran Out 1980 Action, Adventure, Drama
Rich and Famous 1981
Inchon Barbara Hallsworth 1982 Drama, History
Class 1983 0, 0
Under the Volcano Yvonne Firmin 1984 Drama
Forbidden Nina von Halder 1984 Drama, Romance
High Season Katherine Shaw 1988 Comedy, Romance
La maison de jade Jane Lambert 1988 Drama, Romance
Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills 1989
Rossini! Rossini! Isabella Colbran 1991 Biography, Drama, Music
Est & Ouest: Les paradis perdus Herself 1993
Les marmottes Frédérique 1993 Comedy, Drama, Romance
La cérémonie Catherine Lelievre 1996 Crime, Drama, Thriller
Dangerous Beauty Paola Franco 1998
Britannic 2000 0
Let the Devil Wear Black 2000 Crime, Thriller, Drama
Les gens qui s'aiment Angie 2000 Comedy, Drama
The Sleepy Time Gal Frances 2001 Drama
New Year's Day Geraldine 2001 Drama
Swing Christine / Mrs. DeLuca 2003 Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Fascination Maureen Doherty 2004 Biography
Domino Sophie Wynn 2005 Action, Biography, Crime
The Fine Art of Love: Mine Ha-Ha 2005 Drama, Mystery
Save the Last Dance 2 2006
Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession 2007 Documentary, History
The Class Ellen 2008
Death in Love 2008 0, Biography
Two Jacks Diana - 2010 2012 Comedy, Drama
Welcome to New York Anne Sinclair 2014 Drama
Jesús Mary 2016 0
The Last Film Festival Movie Star 2016
Murder on the Orient Express Countess Andrenyi 2017 0