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Also Known As: Olivia Osuna Died:
Born: April 17, 1951 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Buenos Aires, AR Profession: actor, lyricist

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A slender, petite (5'2"), lissome player, more recently in character roles, who has appeared in international films, Olivia Hussey is still perhaps best remembered as one of the rare Juliets to play the role while actually a teenager in Franco Zeffirelli's "Romeo and Juliet" (1968). The Buenos Aires-born, London-raised actress subsequently appeared on a regular if not prolific basis in a wide variety of international productions, ranging from enjoyable all-star affairs in which she was outshone by more flamboyant performers ("Death on the Nile" 1978; "The Cat and the Canary" 1979) to major flops ("Lost Horizon" 1973) to a number of fairly obscure credits of at best modest merit ("Distortions" 1987; the direct-to-video erotic thriller "Save Me" 1994). Hussey has also appeared, demure and attractive, on TV with some regularity in guest spots, TV-movies and miniseries; reunited with Zeffirelli, for instance, she brought the appropriate gentility to the role of the Virgin Mary in the miniseries "Jesus of Nazareth" (1977).

A slender, petite (5'2"), lissome player, more recently in character roles, who has appeared in international films, Olivia Hussey is still perhaps best remembered as one of the rare Juliets to play the role while actually a teenager in Franco Zeffirelli's "Romeo and Juliet" (1968). The Buenos Aires-born, London-raised actress subsequently appeared on a regular if not prolific basis in a wide variety of international productions, ranging from enjoyable all-star affairs in which she was outshone by more flamboyant performers ("Death on the Nile" 1978; "The Cat and the Canary" 1979) to major flops ("Lost Horizon" 1973) to a number of fairly obscure credits of at best modest merit ("Distortions" 1987; the direct-to-video erotic thriller "Save Me" 1994). Hussey has also appeared, demure and attractive, on TV with some regularity in guest spots, TV-movies and miniseries; reunited with Zeffirelli, for instance, she brought the appropriate gentility to the role of the Virgin Mary in the miniseries "Jesus of Nazareth" (1977).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Three Priests (2008)
2.
 Tortilla Heaven (2007)
3.
 Headspace (2006)
4.
 Gardener, The (1998)
5.
 Lord Protector, The (1996) Voice Of The Ancients
6.
 Dead Man's Island (1996) Rosie
7.
 Ice Cream Man (1995)
9.
 Save Me (1993)
10.
 Undeclared War (Sheng Zhan Feng Yun) (1990) Hannibal'S Girlfriend
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Milestones close milestones

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Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
:
After parents' divorce, moved to London with mother and brother
1960:
Enrolled in drama school at age nine
1965:
Feature debut in the UK/US co-production, "The Battle of the Villa Fiorita"
1965:
Cast opposite Vanessa Redgrave for a two-year West London run in "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie"
1968:
Launched to international stardom as Juliet in Franco Zeffirelli's "Romeo and Juliet"
1973:
Made musical debut in the American production "Lost Horizon"
1977:
TV miniseries debut, played the Virgin Mary in Zeffirelli's "Jesus of Nazareth" (NBC)
1979:
Had title role in "The Thirteenth Day: The Story of Esther" (ABC)
1980:
Appeared in the Japanese feature, "Virus/Fukkatsu no hi"
1982:
Portrayed the exotic Rebecca in "Ivanhoe" (CBS)
1985:
Episodic TV debut, "Sing a Song of Murder", a guest spot on CBS' "Murder, She Wrote"
1988:
Approved by the Vatican to appear in "The Jeweller's Shop/La Boutique de l'orfevre", adapted from the play penned by Karol Wojtyla--a.k.a. Pope John Paul II
1990:
Played Mrs. Bates in "Psycho IV: The Beginning" (Showtime)
1994:
Acted in the little-seen "Save Me"
1996:
Appeared in the CBS movie "Dead Man's Island"
1998:
Had featured role in the movie "The Gardener"
1999:
Played a therapist in the direct-to-cable film "Shame, Shame, Shame" (The Movie Channel)
:
Cast as Mother Theresa in the biopic "Theresa" (lensed 2002); had received the nun's blessing to play her as well as the blessing of Pope John Paul II
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Education

Italia Conti School: -

Notes

On her less than stellar career after such a promising start, Olivia Hussey told The Daily Telegraph (March 4, 2002): "You have to understand that I grew up with the whole world watching. One moment, I was just a girl acting in a movie, and then I was internationally famous, touring the world and getting mobbed, giving endless interviews. By the time all the publicity work was done, I was exhausted. I couldn't wait to get out of the spotlight.

"So I went home and hibernated for more than a year. I was a recluse. I didn't go anywhere. I didn't do much of anything but sit at home."

"I was so impressed by the Martins. They had stacks of photos showing all their good times with friends, and you would look at the pictures and suddenly notice that Marilyn Monroe or some other incredible star was standing in the background. When we went to Las Vegas and saw my father-in-law perform, I couldn't believe that I was part of this new circle that seemed bigger than life. Everyone loved Dean Martin, and he seemed to be having such a wonderful time." --Hussey on her first marriage to Dean Paul Martin, quoted in The Daily Telegraph, March 4, 2002.

Companions close complete companion listing

husband:
Dean Paul Martin. Actor, musician. Married in 1971; separated when he was charged with felony possession of firearms; divorced in 1978; deceased son of Dean Martin.
husband:
Paul Ryan. Songwriter. Married briefly in 1979.
husband:
Akira Fuse. Singer. Japanese pop star; married in 1980; divorced in 1989.
husband:
David Glenn Eisley. Former rock singer. Born c. 1954.
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Family close complete family listing

mother:
Joy Alma Hussey. Secretary. British; divorced from Hussey's father in 1953; died in 1989.
father:
Andreas Osuna. Singer. Divorced from Hussey's mother in 1953; had virtually no relationship with his children; Hussey later reconciled with him, although they met only once face to face since she moved to England as a child.
brother:
Andrew Osuna.
son:
Alexander Martin. Actor. Born on February 12, 1973; father, Dean Paul Martin.
son:
Max Fuse. Born c. 1983; father Akira Fuse.
daughter:
India Joy Eisley. Born October 29, 1993 in Los Angeles.
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