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Born: May 11, 1952 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Milford-on-Sea, England, GB Profession: actor, nanny

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The sympathetic, red-haired, porcelain-skinned Fisher has portrayed strong women on film and TV since the early 1980s. Born in England and raised there as well as in Italy, Turkey and Texas, she got her start on the ABC soap opera "The Edge of Night," appearing as the wealthy Deborah Saxon from 1976 to 1981. Fisher followed with a brief turn playing a record executive on "The Guiding Light" (CBS, 1985). During that time, she was studying at the Actors Studio and appeared in several theatrical productions, most notably Sam Shepard's Off-Broadway success "Fool for Love" (1984). Fisher made her screen debut with Henry Jaglom's "Can She Bake a Cherry Pie?" (1983), and went on to appear in mostly supporting roles like a former porno star in Norman Mailer's "Tough Guys Don't Dance" (1987) and one of the kidnappers in Paul Schrader's critically-acclaimed "Patty Hearst" (1988). She was cast as the TV icon Lucille Ball in the ill-advised small screen biopic "Lucy & Desi: Before the Laughter" (1991). Clint Eastwood tapped her for a small role in "Pink Cadillac" (1989) and the pair began a six-year offscreen relationship that yielded a daughter. Eastwood also gave Fisher her breakout role as the prostitute...

The sympathetic, red-haired, porcelain-skinned Fisher has portrayed strong women on film and TV since the early 1980s. Born in England and raised there as well as in Italy, Turkey and Texas, she got her start on the ABC soap opera "The Edge of Night," appearing as the wealthy Deborah Saxon from 1976 to 1981. Fisher followed with a brief turn playing a record executive on "The Guiding Light" (CBS, 1985). During that time, she was studying at the Actors Studio and appeared in several theatrical productions, most notably Sam Shepard's Off-Broadway success "Fool for Love" (1984).

Fisher made her screen debut with Henry Jaglom's "Can She Bake a Cherry Pie?" (1983), and went on to appear in mostly supporting roles like a former porno star in Norman Mailer's "Tough Guys Don't Dance" (1987) and one of the kidnappers in Paul Schrader's critically-acclaimed "Patty Hearst" (1988). She was cast as the TV icon Lucille Ball in the ill-advised small screen biopic "Lucy & Desi: Before the Laughter" (1991). Clint Eastwood tapped her for a small role in "Pink Cadillac" (1989) and the pair began a six-year offscreen relationship that yielded a daughter. Eastwood also gave Fisher her breakout role as the prostitute Strawberry Alice in his Oscar-winning Western "Unforgiven" (1992). She went on to reteam with Jaglom for "Babyfever" (1994) and played a poverty-stricken farm wife in the underrated "The Stars Fell on Henrietta" (1995). In 1997, James Cameron cast Fisher as the prim society-conscious mother of Kate Winslet in the Oscar-winning blockbuster "Titanic" (1997), and despite their split she remained friendly enough with Eastwood to appear as a D.A. in his 1999 film "True Crime."

Fisher embarked on a productive career as an in-demand character actress, appearing in major films such as Steven Soderberg's acclaimed "Traffic" (1999), indie darlings such as the Scots hairstylist indie "The Big Tease" (1999) and conventional action fare like the stolen car-themed "Gone in Sixty Seconds" (2000). She also forayed into television, appearing as Dr. Elizabeth 'Liz' Carson on the 1999-2000 season of the CBS sit-com "Becker" and playing a pair of mothers of celebrity icons: Ella Hepburn in the telepic "The Audrey Hepburn Story" (2000) and Janet Lee Bouvier Auchincloss in the miniseries "Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis" (2000). The actress took center stage in another TV movie, "Passion and Prejudice" (2001), playing prim and proper New England college professor who hires handsome young prison inmate to tend her yard through a prison work furlough program, then becomes obsessed with destroying his life when he ends their love affair upon being released from prison.

After a regular role on Kevin Williamson's short-lived WB drama "Glory Days" (2002) and a stint on the quickly cancelled NBC legal drama "The Lyon's Den" (2003), Fisher again began making potent appearances on the big screen. She had a brief but brilliant turn in "Blue Car" (2003) as the wife of a high school teacher (David Straithairn) who immediately reads the hidden signals when the young student (Agnes Bruckner) he's mentoring--and trying to seduce--shows up during a family trip to the beach. The actress was also effective as a no-nonsense attorney who tries to champion Jennifer Connelly in her legal battle to reclaim her illegally auctioned home in the haunting "House of Sand and Fog" (2003).

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CAST: (feature film)

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 You're Not You (2014)
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 M Word, The (2014)
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 Host, The (2013)
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 Red Wing (2013)
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 Plush (2013)
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 Makeover, The (2013)
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 Any Day Now (2012)
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Traveled with family around the world because of father's job
1964:
Family settled in Orange, TX (date approximate)
1972:
After divorce, moved to NYC to study acting
1976:
Made TV debut on "The Edge of Night" (ABC)
1983:
Made film acting debut in "Can She Bake a Cherry Pie?" directed by Henry Jaglom
1984:
Co-starred in off-Broadway production of Sam Shepard's "Fool For Love"
1985:
Landed regular role of record executive Suzette Saxton on CBS soap "Guiding Light"
1988:
Moved to Los Angeles
1991:
Cast as Lucille Ball in CBS movie "Lucy & Desi: Before the Laughter"
1992:
Breakthrough screen role, Strawberry Alice in Clint Eastwood's "Unforgiven"
1994:
Reteamed with Henry Jaglom for "Babyfever"
1995:
Appeared regularly on Fox series "Strange Luck" as waitress Angie
1997:
Played Kate Winslet's starchy mother in James Cameron's Oscar-winning blockbuster "Titanic"
1999:
Reteamed with Eastwood for "True Crime"
2002:
Acted in Sundance festival-screened feature "Blue Car"
2002:
Cast as the lead character's mother on midseason replacement series "Glory Days" (The WB)
2003:
Featured in the "House of Sand and Fog" with Ben Kingsley and Jennifer Connelly
2004:
Appeared in "Laws of Attraction" with Pierce Brosnan and Julianne Moore
2005:
Cast in the last play written by Arthur Miller "Finishing the Picture" at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, IL
2006:
Appeared in the play "The Cherry Orchard" at Los Angeles' Mark Taper Forum
2007:
Co-starred in Paul Haggis' "In the Valley of Elah"
2007:
Cast in "The Kingdom," directed by Peter Berg, and starring Jamie Foxx and Jennifer Garner
2008:
Acted in ensemble indie drama "Jolene"
2008:
Played the narrator and suffragist in "A Single Woman"
2010:
Guest starred on "Two and a Half Men" (CBS), "Private Practice" (ABC), and "Sons of Anarchy" (FX)
2011:
Cast in drama-thriller "The Roommate," starring Leighton Meester and Minka Kelly
2011:
Acted opposite Abigail Breslin in "Janie Jones"
2011:
Played supporting role in "The Lincoln Lawyer," starring Matthew McConaughey
2013:
Cast opposite Saoirse Ronan in sci-fi romance "The Host," adapted from novel by Stephenie Meyer
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Education

Lutcherstark High School: Orange , Texas -
Actors Studio: New York , New York -

Notes

Fisher and her daughter were briefly trapped by fire in the second story of their Vancouver, British Columbia home on Christmas Day, 2001. The pair managed to climb out of a window onto the roof of an adjacent home from which they jumped to safety. Fisher suffered burns to her hands while her daughter underwent treatment for smoke inhalation.

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husband:
Billy Mack Hamilton. High school sweetheart; married in 1970; divorced in 1972.
companion:
Clint Eastwood. Actor, director, producer. Born on May 31, 1930; together from 1989-94.

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father:
Bill Fisher. Construction supervisor. Oversaw building of oil refineries in Brazil, Turkey, Iowa and France.
mother:
Olga Fisher. Died of heart failure in 1967.
brother:
William Fisher. Activist. Raised by Fisher after their mother died; spokesperson for the Internet movement "Censure Bill [Clinton] and Move On".
daughter:
Francesca Ruth Fisher Eastwood. Born on August 7, 1993; father, Clint Eastwood.
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