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Also Known As: Jackie Bisset, Winnifred Jacqueline Fraser-Bisset Died:
Born: September 13, 1944 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Surrey, England, GB Profession: actor, model

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British actress Jacqueline Bisset rose to fame in the 1970s as the object of desire for numerous top actors in features like "Bullitt" (1968), "Airport" (1970), "The Deep" (1977) and "The Greek Tycoon" (1978). Few of these roles allowed her to express anything more than slow-simmering sexuality, but gradually films like Francois Truffaut's "Day for Night" (1973), George Cukor's "Rich and Famous" (1981) and John Huston's "Under the Volcano" (1983) revealed her talent for intelligent, complex performances. Unlike many actresses as they approached their fourth and fifth decades, Bisset remained active and in demand, playing a wide range of parts from stalwart mothers to seductive socialites. What remained constant throughout her four-decade career was her cool elegance, which preserved her iconic status as one of the screen's great international beauties.

British actress Jacqueline Bisset rose to fame in the 1970s as the object of desire for numerous top actors in features like "Bullitt" (1968), "Airport" (1970), "The Deep" (1977) and "The Greek Tycoon" (1978). Few of these roles allowed her to express anything more than slow-simmering sexuality, but gradually films like Francois Truffaut's "Day for Night" (1973), George Cukor's "Rich and Famous" (1981) and John Huston's "Under the Volcano" (1983) revealed her talent for intelligent, complex performances. Unlike many actresses as they approached their fourth and fifth decades, Bisset remained active and in demand, playing a wide range of parts from stalwart mothers to seductive socialites. What remained constant throughout her four-decade career was her cool elegance, which preserved her iconic status as one of the screen's great international beauties.

Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Peter and John (2015)
2.
3.
 Miss You Already (2014)
4.
 Two Jacks (2013)
6.
 Antonio Vivaldi (2009)
8.
 Death in Love (2008)
9.
 Carolina Moon (2007)
10.
 Steppin' Up (2006)
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Milestones close milestones

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Began working at age 18 as professional model
1965:
First film appearance, "The Knack ... and How to Get It"
1966:
Made acting debut in Roman Polanski's "Cul-de-Sac"
1967:
Cast in the movie "Two for the Road," with Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney
1967:
Appeared in the James Bond satire, "Casino Royale" as Miss Goodthighs
1968:
Made French-language debut in "La promesse"
1968:
Cast in her breakout role as Steve McQueen's girlfriend in the hit film "Bullitt"; directed by Peter Yates
1970:
Joined an ensemble cast for the blockbuster disaster film "Airport"
1972:
Co-starred with Paul Newman and Anthony Perkins in "The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean"
1973:
Appeared opposite Ryan O'Neal in "The Thief Who Came to Dinner"
1973:
Co-starred in the French film "Day for Night"; directed by François Truffaut
1974:
Re-teamed with Perkins for the ensemble mystery "Murder on the Orient Express"
1975:
Cast in the lead role in Luigi Comencini's "La donna della domenica"
1977:
Starred in Peter Yates' "The Deep," with Robert Shaw and Nick Nolte
1978:
Earned her first Golden Globe nomination for the comedy "Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe?"
1981:
Co-starred with Candice Bergen in "Rich and Famous"; also produced
1983:
Played an older woman who has an affair with her son's friend in "Class"
1984:
Received second Golden Globe nomination for her role in "Under the Volcano"
1985:
Made TV-movie debut as "Anna Karenina" (ABC)
1987:
Made TV miniseries debut as Josephine in "Napoleon and Josephine" (ABC)
1989:
Co-starred with Mickey Rourke in the erotic film "Wild Orchid"
1995:
Played a wealthy housewife in the French film "La Cérémonie"
1998:
Played the mother of the Italian courtesan, Veronica Franco (Catherine McCormack) in "Dangerous Beauty"
2000:
Cast as the Virgin Mary in the CBS miniseries "Jesus"
2001:
Earned praise for her performance as a terminally ill woman in "The Sleepy Time Gal"
2001:
Guest-starred on two episodes of FOX's "Ally McBeal"
2003:
Portrayed Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis in "America's Prince: The John F. Kennedy Jr. Story" (TBS)
2005:
Played Sophie Wynn, Domino's mother (played by Keira Knightley), in Tony Scott's "Domino"
2006:
Had a recurring role on FX's "Nip/Tuck" as a former madam
2009:
Played a woman who survives a Nazi concentration camp in "Death in Love"
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Education

Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle: -

Notes

"I get offered quite a lot of things, and I guess I would be very rich, but would I be interested? The best money would be to sign up for five years on a series. That's not my bag. I don't like the idea of being owned by anybody. My life is now between here (Hollywood) and Europe and I'd have to stay in one place more time than I want to." --Jacqueline Bisset in Us, May 14, 1990.

"Marriage is a lovely dream. I don't know if it's a lovely reality. I do believe in sticking in there ... I do think I will one day be married." --Bisset in Us, May 14, 1990.

In 1977, Bisset threatened to sue after unauthorized photographs of her in a wet T-shirt from "The Deep" were published.

On George Cukor, her director on "Rich and Famous," Bisset told Vanity Fair in July 1989: "Sometimes I hated his guts. I just wanted him to go to hell. It was very hard to be treated rudely in public like that. I was still probably wallowing in the seriousness of being young; he was too old to want to be serious. He just wanted to have a laugh. So he'd make these cutting remarks. Whenever we'd fall into a pause, he'd yell, 'Greedy pauses! There's a train coming through!' I had to go through that again with John Huston [on "Under the Volcano"]. The experience with working with those kinds of men was very humbling and not terribly agreeable."

Jacqueline Bisset ... would be a sure-fire winner in the category of scariest first movie experiences. Bisset told Webster Hall curator Baird Jones that in her first big role, in 1967's "Casino Royale," she was supposed to seduce James Bond wearing a nightgown and suggestively cradling a big bottle of bubbly in her arms. But she was shocked when, as a "sick joke," Peter Sellers, as 007, suddenly turned on her and fired a gun directly into her face when she entered the room. Though the gun only had blanks, the stunt left her face coated in burning gunpowder and bleeding from where the shards tore her skin.

"First I thought I had been actually shot and then when I realized it had been a blank, I thought I'd been blinded. My face looked like a shower spout of pinpricks leaking blood," said Bisset. On top of that, the noise scared Bisset so much, she dropped the champagne bottle on her feet. After that, "I was panicked whenever I had a scene with Peter Sellers," said Bisset. "To get shot in your first scene with a big star, that is a nightmare." --From "Page Six", New York Post, April 20, 2001.

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companion:
Michael Sarrazin. Actor. Had long-term relationship.
companion:
Victor Drai. Producer, restaurateur. Had long-term relationship.
companion:
Alexander Godunov. Dancer, actor. Together c. 1982-88; died May 18, 1995 at age 45; death later attributed to acute alcoholism.
companion:
Vincent Perez. Actor. Dated in 1989.
companion:
Emin Boztepe. Martial artist. Turkish; born c. 1963; together since 1994.
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Family close complete family listing

father:
Max Fraser-Bisset. Doctor. Scottish; divorced Bisset's mother in 1968 after 28 years of marraige; died in 1982.
mother:
Arlette Fraser-Bisset. Lawyer. Of French and English descent; escaped Germans in 1940 by cycling from Paris to the coast and boarding a British trooper; diagnosed with multiple sclerosis; husband divorced her in 1968 after 28 years of marriage; divides time between London and her daughter's home in Beverly Hills.
brother:
Max Fraser-Bisset. Business consultant. Lives in Florida.

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