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Also Known As: Died:
Born: March 17, 1954 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: actor, model

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A beautiful leading lady of British and American film and TV, Lesley-Anne Down began her career as a model at age 10. She was named the "Prettiest Teenager in England" and began acting about six years later and has gone on to perform in numerous popular entertainments. On TV, Down first became known to US audiences as Georgina Worsley on "Upstairs, Downstairs" (aired on PBS' "Masterpiece Theater"). She portrayed the British stripper in "Peek-a-Boo: The One and Only Phyllis Dixey" (1979) and played Esmerelda in the 1982 CBS TV remake of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame." She also took the Ingrid Bergman role in the small screen remake of "Indiscreet" (CBS, 1988) before spending a year (1989-90) on the CBS primetime soap "Dallas" as Stephanie Rogers, a scheming public relations consultant who helped Cliff Barnes (Ken Kercheval) become National Energy Czar.

A beautiful leading lady of British and American film and TV, Lesley-Anne Down began her career as a model at age 10. She was named the "Prettiest Teenager in England" and began acting about six years later and has gone on to perform in numerous popular entertainments. On TV, Down first became known to US audiences as Georgina Worsley on "Upstairs, Downstairs" (aired on PBS' "Masterpiece Theater"). She portrayed the British stripper in "Peek-a-Boo: The One and Only Phyllis Dixey" (1979) and played Esmerelda in the 1982 CBS TV remake of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame." She also took the Ingrid Bergman role in the small screen remake of "Indiscreet" (CBS, 1988) before spending a year (1989-90) on the CBS primetime soap "Dallas" as Stephanie Rogers, a scheming public relations consultant who helped Cliff Barnes (Ken Kercheval) become National Energy Czar.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Rosewood Lane (2012)
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 Mary Higgins Clark's You Belong to Me (2002) Susan Chandler
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 13th Child - Legend of the Jersey Devil, Volume 1 (2002) District Attorney Murphy
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 Perfect Wife, The (2001) Helen Coburn
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 Meet Wally Sparks (1997) (Cameo Appearance)
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 Secret Agent Club (1996) Eve
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 Family of Cops (1995) Anna Novacek
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Milestones close milestones

1964:
Began career as a professional model at age 10
1969:
Made screen debut in "The Smashing Bird I Used to Know:
1970:
As model, named "The Prettiest Teenager in England" (date approximate)
1974:
Appeared as Lady Georgina Worsley on "Upstairs, Downstairs" (PBS)
1977:
Had featured role in film musical "A Little Night Music"
1979:
Cast as Harrison Ford's love interest in "Hanover Street"
1985:
Starred as Madeline Fabray in "North and South" miniseries; reprised role in 1986 sequel
1989:
Appeared as regular on "Dallas" for one season
1996:
Played opposite Hulk Hogan in "The Secret Agent Club"
1997:
Cast in a prominent role in the NBC daytime drama "Sunset Beach"
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Notes

"My life has been so fast. So fabulous. So intense." --Lesley-Anne Down quoted in The Daily Telegraph, July 17, 2000.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Bruce Robinson. Screenwriter, director. Romantically involved for ten years beginning when Down was 15; Down claims that "we were like brother and sister . . . there was nothing else going on.".
husband:
Henri Gabriel. Assistant cameraperson. Born c. 1958 in Argentina; met during filming of "Sphinx"; married in 1980; when Down found out she was pregnant, she had an abortion; divorced.
husband:
William Friedkin. Director. Married in 1982; divorced in 1985; waged bitter custody battle for son Josh/Jack.

Family close complete family listing

father:
James Down. Caretaker.
mother:
Isobel Down. Amateur singer.
step-daughter:
Season FauntLeRoy.
step-daughter:
Julianna FauntLeRoy.
son:
Jack Friedkin. Born c. 1983; object of a bitter custody battle on divorce of his parents.
son:
George Edward FauntLeRoy. Born on March 11, 1998.
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