Charlotte Rampling


Actor

About

Birth Place
Sturmer, England, GB
Born
February 05, 1946

Biography

An alluring presence in features and on television since the 1960s, actress Charlotte Rampling defined sexual freedom and fearlessness over the ensuing decades in such films as "Georgy Girl" (1966), "The Damned" (1969), "Vanishing Point" (1971) and "The Night Porter" (1974). Though her immediate appeal was her physicality, Rampling became a cinematic icon in the 1970s, thanks to a screen...

Family & Companions

Brian Southcombe
Husband
Press agent. Born in New Zealand; Rampling caused a stir in the 1960s when she shared an apartment with Southcombe and his roommate British model Randall Lawrence in what the press termed "a menage-a-trois"; when Rampling became pregnant, she and Southcombe were married in February 1972; divorced c. 1976.
Jean-Michel Jarre
Husband
Composer. Son of composer Maurice Jarre; met at the 1976 Cannes Film Festival; married in 1977; separated in 1997 when he moved in with Odile Froment.
Jean-Noel Tassez
Companion
Businessman. French; born c. 1955.

Notes

Rampling was diagnosed as anorexic and in 1991 was treated for depression.

She was made an Officer in the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in December 2000 for her services to acting and British-French cultural relations.

Biography

An alluring presence in features and on television since the 1960s, actress Charlotte Rampling defined sexual freedom and fearlessness over the ensuing decades in such films as "Georgy Girl" (1966), "The Damned" (1969), "Vanishing Point" (1971) and "The Night Porter" (1974). Though her immediate appeal was her physicality, Rampling became a cinematic icon in the 1970s, thanks to a screen presence that was at the same time confident, passionate and reserved. After star turns in "The Verdict" (1982) and "Angel Heart" (1987), her star waned in the late 1980s due to personal turmoil, though she rebounded in the late 1990s as Aunt Maude in "Wings of a Dove" (1997). Rampling went on to impress audiences with performances as Miss Havisham in "Great Expectations" (BBC, 1999), as well as critical darlings "Under the Sand" (2000) and "Swimming Pool" (2003). As she entered her sixties, Rampling's career was in full bloom, with steely supporting turns in "The Duchess" (2008) and "Never Let Me Go" (2010). The definition of class for many a moviegoer the world over, Rampling's formidable body of work made her one of the most respected actresses on two continents.

She was born Tessa Charlotte Rampling on Feb. 5, 1946 in the village of Sturmer, in Essex county, England. Her father was Godfrey Rampling, a Royal Army officer and three-time gold medalist in the 400 meter and 4x400 meter relays in the 1932 and 1936 Summer Olympics, while her mother, Anne Isabelle Gurten, was a painter from France. Her childhood was spent in transit, moving throughout the U.K., France and Gibraltar with her father's reassignments. She was educated in part at the Jeanne d'Arc Academie Pour Jeunes Filles in Versailles, which she later described as a lonely experience due to the language barrier. Happiness was found in a cabaret act she enjoyed with her older sister, Sarah, who died by her own hand in Argentina in 1967 after the premature birth of her daughter. She briefly studied Spanish at a college in Madrid before dropping out in 1963 to travel with a cabaret troupe. Upon her return to England in 1964, she modeled to support herself while learning the craft of acting at the Royal Court Stage School. At 17, she made her television debut in a commercial for Cadbury's chocolates; her feature debut came with a bit role of a water skier in Richard Lester's 1965 film "The Knack. And How to Get It." More supporting roles preceded her breakthrough in "Georgy Girl" (1966) as Lynn Redgrave's glamorous yet shallow flatmate, who gives up her baby to pursue a hedonistic life. The character's combination of icy beauty, open sexuality, and disregard for responsibility - which the press dubbed "The Look," per a comment from her frequent co-star, Dirk Bogarde - would serve as a template for many of her future performances.

Rampling's smoldering intensity was best served in roles that required her to plumb the depths of the human experience. In Luchino Visconti's "The Damned" (1969), she was the wife of a German company's vice president, who paid for his opposition to the Nazi regime by being sent to the Dachau concentration camp with her children. Her Anne Boleyn in "The Six Wives of Henry VIII" (1972) also trod a delicate line between seductiveness and sadness as she attempted to bend the will of Henry (Keith Michell) to hers before meeting her fabled end. Her most famous role during this period was in "The Night Porter" (1974), Liliana Cavani's controversial film about a Holocaust survivor (Rampling) who became immersed in a sado-masochistic relationship with an SS officer (Bogarde) while interned at a camp, only to resume their tortured couplings years after the war. The film was condemned and celebrated with equal fervor during its release, but all parties agreed that Rampling's performance, which featured her in feverish scenes of morbid fetishism, was the film's highlight. The picture did much to cement Rampling as the thinking man's sex symbol, as did a 1973 layout for Playboy shot by Helmut Newton and a widespread rumor that she lived in a ménage-a-trois with her then-husband, publicist Bryan Southcombe, and male model Randall Laurence.

"Night Porter" would prove a difficult film to surpass for any actress, but Rampling wisely sidestepped the problem by focusing on films that satisfied her as an actress, rather than those that simply generated more publicity. She criss-crossed the Atlantic on numerous occasions, playing an alluring femme fatale who ensnared Robert Mitchum's world-weary Philip Marlowe in "Farewell, My Lovely" (1975), then made her American TV debut as Irene Adler, the ideal woman for Sherlock Holmes (Roger Moore) in the 1976 TV movie "Sherlock Holmes in New York" (NBC). Little needed to be said about films like "Orca" (1977), which pitted Rampling against a killer whale, but these were largely forgotten in the wake of pictures like "Stardust Memories" (1980), writer-director Woody Allen's bittersweet tribute to his cinematic idols, Federico Fellini and Ingmar Bergman, with Rampling cast as a psychologically troubled former lover of Allen's whose memory of her he simply cannot shake. Rampling also shone in a pivotal role in Sidney Lumet's "The Verdict" (1982) as lawyer Paul Newman's lover, whom defense attorney James Mason hired to keep track of him.

In the latter half of the decade and for much of the 1990s, Rampling stepped away from Hollywood product, preferring to - or, perhaps, finding more opportunities in - international films with a decided arthouse bent, including collaborations with Claude Lelouch with "Viva le vie" (1984) and Nagisha Oshima, who cast Rampling as a diplomat's wife who left her husband for a chimpanzee in "Max mon Amour" (1986). In 1985, she was nominated for a French Cesar as the mistress of a murder victim who seduced inspector Michel Serrault in Jacques Deray's "On ne meurt que 2 fois." There were also supporting turns in American features, most notably as a victim of a grisly murder in Alan Parker's "Angel Heart' (1987) and the moribund remake of "D.O.A." (1988).

During this period, Rampling also suffered from depression, which led to a nervous breakdown in the early 1990s. Therapy helped her emerge from this dark period and, quite possibly, made it possible to deal with the very public fallout from tabloid reports that revealed numerous infidelities committed by her second husband, composer Jean Michel Jarre. The dissolution of their marriage came about in 1997, the same year the Oscar-nominated "The Wings of the Dove" (1997) was released; her most widely-seen film in years, she was cast as Helena Bonham Carter's cautious aunt who was determined her young charge would not follow in the footsteps of her disgraced mother. The worldwide success of "Dove" launched a revival of interest in Rampling, who soon resumed a steady and impressive schedule of quality projects. She was a ravishingly ruined Miss Havisham in the BBC's 1999 adaptation of "Great Expectations," then joined Alan Bates and Gerard Butler in Michael Cacoyannis' 1999 film version of Chekhov's "The Cherry Orchard."

Her most substantive work during this period, however, came in partnership with French director Francois Ozon. Their first collaboration, 2000's "Under the Sun," gave her talent a magnificent showcase as a woman crippled by grief and doubt over her husband's mysterious disappearance. Critics raved over the complexity of her performance, which explored unsettling depths of denial in its attempt to make sense of the tragedy, and for her work, Rampling received her second Cesar nomination. Her sophomore project with Ozon, 2003's "Swimming Pool," was a deeply personal project for the actress, as it allowed her to finally come to terms with her sister's suicide. Rampling and her father had kept the truth about Sarah's death from her mother for decades, until her own death in 2001; in the aftermath, Rampling began to develop a better understanding of her sister's life and actions, and used her as motivation for her performance in "Swimming Pool." She even used her sister's name for her character, a mystery author plagued by writer's block whose retreat to a country house in France is interrupted by a seemingly unhinged young woman (Ludivine Sagnier) who claimed Sarah was her mother. Another critical success, the film brought Rampling a third Cesar and a European Film Award for Best Actress.

As Rampling reached her sixth decade, her career showed no signs of slowing down. A fourth Cesar nod came in 2005 with "Lemming," a psychological thriller with Rampling as the neurotic dinner guest whose arrival signaled an explosion of ill feelings and violence. More prominent turns followed, including that of Keira Knightley's chilly royal mother in "The Duchess" (2008), a self-loathing woman who endured a one-night stand with paroled child molester Ciaran Hinds in Todd Solondz's "Life During Wartime" (2009), and an instructor at a mysterious boarding school in Mark Romanek's well-received "Never Let Me Go" (2010). Rampling also made news during this period for launching a lawsuit in 2009 to prevent the publication of a biography, penned by a close friend, that detailed her emotional travails in the wake of her sister's suicide and the infidelities inflicted upon her by Jarre.

Meanwhile, Rampling starred "Rio Sex Comedy" (2010) opposite Bill Pullman and Fisher Stevens, and joined an ensemble cast for the biblically-themed drama "The Mill and the Cross" (2011). After playing the mother of Kristen Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg in Lars von Trier's "Melancholia" (2011), she narrated the animated box office hit, "Cars 2" (2011), before earning critical kudos as the dying matriarch of a family struggling to maintain control over the affairs of those around her in "The Eye of the Storm" (2011), co-starring Geoffrey Rush and Judy Davis. From there, Rampling was the superior of a Secret Service agent (Sean Bean) determined to stop a suicide bombing in the taut British thriller "Cleanskin" (2012). She went on to earn critical praise and A SAG award nod for her turn as a mother whose daughter investigates her past as a World War II spy in the made-for-cable movie "Restless" (Sundance Channel, 2012), which was adapted from William Boyd's award-winning novel.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Blessed Virgin (2019)
The Little Stranger (2018)
Red Sparrow (2018)
Valley of the Gods (2017)
The Sense of an Ending (2017)
The Sea (2017)
Assassin's Creed (2016)
Waiting for the Miracle to Come (2015)
45 Years (2015)
The Forbidden Room (2015)
I, Anna (2013)
StreetDance 3D (2013)
Jeune & Jolie (2013)
Night Train to Lisbon (2013)
Cleanskin (2012)
The Legend of Kaspar Hauser (2012)
The Mill and the Cross (2011)
Melancholia (2011)
Charlotte Rampling: The Look (2011)
Herself
Angel Makers (2010)
Rio Sex Comedy (2010)
Never Let Me Go (2010)
La Femme invisible (2009)
All About Actresses (2009)
Quelque chose a te dire (2009)
Boogie Woogie (2009)
Life During Wartime (2009)
The Duchess (2008)
Deception (2008)
Peter Beard: Scrapbooks From Africa & Beyond (2007)
Narrator
Chaotic Ana (2007)
Angel (2007)
Desaccord Parfait (2007)
Lemming (2005)
The Keys to the House (2004)
Nicole
Le Chiavi Di Casa (2004)
Immortal Ad Vitam (2004)
The Statement (2003)
I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (2003)
Searching for Debra Winger (2003)
Herself
The Fourth Angel (2003)
Swimming Pool (2003)
Sarah Morton
Clouds (2001)
Narrator (English Language Version)
Under the Sand (2001)
Marie Drillon
Spy Game (2001)
Anne Cathcart
Hammers Over the Anvil (2000)
Grace Mcalister
Signs & Wonders (2000)
Marjorie Fenton
Aberdeen (2000)
Helen
Tribute To Alfred Lepetit (1999)
The Cherry Orchard (1999)
The Wings of the Dove (1997)
Invasion of Privacy (1997)
Asphalt Tango (1996)
Time Is Money (1994)
Rebus (1989)
Helmut Newton: Frames From the Edge (1989)
Herself
Mascara (1989)
Gaby Hart
D.O.A. (1988)
Paris By Night (1988)
Clara Paige
Angel Heart (1987)
Max mon amour (1986)
On Ne Meurt Que 2 Fois (1985)
Barbara Spark
Tristesse et Beaute (1985)
Lea Ueno
Viva la Vie! (1984)
The Verdict (1982)
Stardust Memories (1980)
Un Taxi mauve (1977)
Sharon
Orca (1976)
Sherlock Holmes in New York (1976)
Irene Adler
Foxtrot (1976)
Farewell, My Lovely (1975)
Zardoz (1974)
Consuella
La Chair de l'orchidee (1974)
Caravan To Vaccares (1974)
Yuppi Du (1974)
Silvia
The Night Porter (1974)
Lucia
Giordano Bruno (1973)
Henry VIII and His Six Wives (1973)
Corky (1972)
Peggy Jo [Curtiss]
Asylum (1972)
The Ski Bum (1971)
Samantha [Takashita]
'Tis Pity She's A Whore (1971)
Annabella
How To Make It (1969)
Ruth Carlyle
The Damned (1969)
Elisabeth Thallman
The Long Duel (1967)
Jane Stafford
Georgy Girl (1966)
Meredith
Rotten to the Core (1965)
Sara
The Knack ... and how to get it (1965)

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Charlotte Rampling: The Look (2011)
Other
Searching for Debra Winger (2003)
Other
Helmut Newton: Frames From the Edge (1989)
Other

Cast (Special)

My Uncle Silas (2001)
Lady Sylvia
Great Expectations (1999)

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Imperium (2003)

Life Events

1963

Studied Spanish in Madrid, but dropped out and joined a traveling cabaret troupe

1964

Returned to England and began modeling

1965

Made TV acting debut in "The Strangers"

1965

Landed feature acting debut as the Water Skier in "The Knack...and How to Get It"

1966

Cast in first supporting role, playing Meredith in the film "Georgy Girl"

1967

After her sister's death, took a year off from acting and traveled the world

1969

Had co-starring role in Luchino Visconti's "The Damned"

1972

Played Anne Boleyn in "Henry VIII and His Six Wives"

1973

Posed for <i>Playboy</i>; photos taken by Helmut Newton

1974

Delivered perhaps her most indelible performance in Liliana Cavani's "The Night Porter"

1975

Played a femme fatale opposite Robert Mitchum in "Farewell, My Lovely"

1976

Received first TV acting credit, "Sherlock Holmes in New York"

1980

Appeared in Woody Allen's comedy "Stardust Memories"

1982

Had pivotal role opposite Paul Newman in Sidney Lumet's "The Verdict"

1986

Suffered a nervous breakdown

1988

Starred in David Hare's "Paris By Night"

1991

Underwent treatment for depression

1994

Played a psychotherapist in the British TV-movie "Murder in Mind"

1996

Made rare American TV appearance in the HBO movie "Invasion of Privacy"

1997

Played Helena Bonham Carter's aunt in "The Wings of the Dove"

1999

Had featured role as Miss Haversham in BBC adaptation of "Great Expectations"

2000

Cast as Lyubov in Michael Cacoyannis' adaptation of "The Cherry Orchard"

2000

Co-starred as Stellan Skarsgård's estranged wife in "Signs and Wonders"

2001

Had cameo role in Tony Scott's "Spy Game"

2001

Once again played Skarsgård's estranged wife in "Aberdeen"

2001

Played a woman in denial over the apparent death of her husband in Francois Ozon's "Under the Sand"

2003

Co-starred in François Ozon's critically-acclaimed feature "Swimming Pool"

2004

Cast as Clive Owen's former love in "I'll Sleep When I'm Dead"

2005

Acted in Laurent Cantet's "Heading South," about female sexual tourism

2008

Cast as a Neolite Priestess in Mathieu Kassovitz's "Babylon A.D."

2008

Appeared opposite Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes in the period drama "The Duchess"

2008

Featured in the thriller "Deception," co-starring Ewan McGregor and Hugh Jackman

2010

Once again acted opposite Knightley in the drama "Never Let Me Go," based on the novel by Kazuo Ishiguro

2011

Cast in Lars Von Trier's apocalyptic drama "Melancholia"

2011

Was the subject of the Angelina Maccarone documentary, "The Look"

2012

Co-starred in BBC adaptation of William Boyd's novel "Restless"

2012

Starred in the thriller "I, Anna"

2012

Starred in "Night Train to Lisbon" with Jeremy Irons

2013

Took on the recurring role of Dr. Evelyn Vogel on the series "Dexter"

2015

Joined the cast of the series "Broadchurch"

Photo Collections

Corky - Scene Stills
Here are a few stills from MGM's Corky (1972), starring Robert Blake.

Videos

Movie Clip

Farewell, My Lovely (1975) - To Hell With Polite Drinking More than 40-minutes into the picture, shooting at the since-burned Max Busch house in Pasadena, Robert Mitchum narrates as Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe, on a case that is, for now, unrelated to the initial investigation, introducing second-billed Charlotte Rampling as Mrs. Grayle, and the now-revered writer Jim Thompson in his only movie role as her power-broker husband, in Farewell, My Lovely, 1975.
Farewell, My Lovely (1975) - Buy Yourself A New Suit Summoned to a plush 1941 L-A nightclub, Robert Mitchum as P-I Philip Marlowe, older than ever imagined by Raymond Chandler, consults with his neither client nor love-interest Mrs. Grayle (Charlotte Rampling) about her ancient husband (legendary writer Jim Thompson) and fixer Laird Burnette (Anthony Zerbe), later directly in Farewell, My Lovely, 1975.
Farewell, My Lovely (1975) - Open, Tired And Growing Old Striking an odd balance here, Robert Mitchum, who could have played Philip Marlowe in the 1940’s, instead plays him in 1975, though much older than Raymond Chandler ever wrote him, in a period story set in 1941, through David Zelag Goodman’s adaptation and Dick Richards’ direction, opening Farewell, My Lovely, John Ireland and Harry Dean Stanton his cop buddies.
Farewell, My Lovely (1975) - Ten Dollars For Elephants On a routine case collecting a straying teen (Noelle North, Lola Mason and Wally Berns her parents) in 1941 L-A, Robert Mitchum as private eye Philip Marlowe narrates and cracks wise, introducing ex-boxer Jack O’Halloran as Moose Malloy, Dick Richards directing from David Zelag Goodman’s adaptation of Raymond Chandler’s novel, in Farewell, My Lovely, 1975.
Night Porter, The (1974) - Open, Vienna Evocative but geographically incoherent, Dirk Bogarde (title character) traverses Vienna, taking in Maria-Theresien-Platz, Hofberg Palace and Josefsplatz before arriving at the fictional Hotel Zur Oper, opening director Liliana Cavani’s provocative English-language, Anglo-Italian financed international hit The Night Porter, 1974.
Night Porter, The (1974) - My Keys, Please Not much background about Max (Dirk Bogarde, title character), at the desk of a Vienna hotel in 1957, has been revealed, but he sure takes notice when Charlotte Rampling appears, the refined spouse of a visiting American conductor, and director and co-writer Liliana Cavani uses her first flashback, early in The Night Porter, 1974.
Night Porter, The (1974) - The Magic Flute Now shooting at the Volksoper opera house in Vienna, during a performance of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” staged by the husband of Nazi concentration camp survivor Lucia (Charlotte Rampling), further flashbacks from director Liliana Cavani reveal more of her past with the title character, Dirk Bogarde, also in the audience, in The Night Porter, 1974.
Georgy Girl (1966) - Praying Mantis? Frumpy Georgy (Lynn Redgrave) begins in a reverie which ends in the apartment with roommate Meredith (Charlotte Rampling) and leads to a social disappointment in Georgy Girl, 1966.
Georgy Girl (1966) - The Solemn And Binding Character At the insistence of Jos (Alan Bates), Londoner Meredith (Charlotte Rampling) has agreed they might as well get married now that she’s pregnant for the third time, joined by Lynn Redgrave (title character), returning to their Maida Vale, Westminster apartment, in Georgy Girl,1966.
Verdict, The (1982) - You Got Lucky Newly inspired to take his medical malpractice case to trial, alcoholic lawyer Frank (Paul Newman) dismisses Mickey (Jack Warden), who gave him the case so he could win an easy settlement, then pursues Laura (Charlotte Rampling), whom he met earlier in his favorite bar, in Sidney Lumet’s The Verdict, 1982.
The Knack... And How To Get It - It's Not Like That Director Richard Lester with a characteristically quirky opening, Michael Crawford as teacher Colin, Ray Brooks his womanizing tenant Tolen, whose recurring group of girls is said to include Charlotte Rampling and Jacqueline Bisset, from The Knack... And How To Get It, 1965.

Trailer

Family

Godfrey Lionel Rampling
Father
Army officer. Colonel in the British army; won an Olympic gold medal in 1936 (for the relay); also represented Britain at the 1932 Olympics.
Anne Isabelle Rampling
Mother
Painter. Suffered a near fatal stroke in 1967 on the same day that her oldest daughter died.
Sarah Rampling
Sister
Died of a cerebral hemorrhage in 1967 while giving birth.
Barnaby Southcombe
Son
Born in September 1972.
David Jarre
Son
Born in 1977.
Emilie Jarre
Step-Daughter
Born c. 1975.

Companions

Brian Southcombe
Husband
Press agent. Born in New Zealand; Rampling caused a stir in the 1960s when she shared an apartment with Southcombe and his roommate British model Randall Lawrence in what the press termed "a menage-a-trois"; when Rampling became pregnant, she and Southcombe were married in February 1972; divorced c. 1976.
Jean-Michel Jarre
Husband
Composer. Son of composer Maurice Jarre; met at the 1976 Cannes Film Festival; married in 1977; separated in 1997 when he moved in with Odile Froment.
Jean-Noel Tassez
Companion
Businessman. French; born c. 1955.

Bibliography

Notes

Rampling was diagnosed as anorexic and in 1991 was treated for depression.

She was made an Officer in the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in December 2000 for her services to acting and British-French cultural relations.

"I think I looked for tortured subjects to correspond with how I was really feeling. It's interesting, isn't it? I know I have a comedy gift. John Cleese and Woody Allen have both told me that, but instead I play all these tragic ladies." --Charlotte Rampling in The Observer, September 25, 1994.

"My dark side belongs to my work, and luckily I am able to have sufficient material to play around with." --Charlotte Rampling quoted in Vanity Fair, April 1988.

"I'm fatalistic about my career. That's how I can live out her [in France] and not be the center of things. I believe the projects that eventually work out were meant to be." --Rampling to Women's Wear Daily, March 9, 1988.