Rita Tushingham


Actor
Rita Tushingham

About

Birth Place
Liverpool, England, GB
Born
March 14, 1942

Biography

Unorthodox, waif-like lead of the 1960s who burst into the public eye with a starring role in Tony Richardson's "A Taste of Honey" (1961). After numerous first-rate outings in the 1960s, during which she was typecast as the female equivalent of the British "angry young man," Tushingham's career faltered in the bleak 70s and she made several mediocre Italian films. She has resurfaced in t...

Family & Companions

Terence Bicknell
Husband
Divorced.
Ousama Rawi
Husband
Director.

Notes

She received the Variety Club of Great Britain Most Promising Newcomer Award for "A Taste of Honey" (1961)

She also received the British Film and Television Society Award as Most Promising Newcomer for "A Taste of Honey" (1961)

Biography

Unorthodox, waif-like lead of the 1960s who burst into the public eye with a starring role in Tony Richardson's "A Taste of Honey" (1961). After numerous first-rate outings in the 1960s, during which she was typecast as the female equivalent of the British "angry young man," Tushingham's career faltered in the bleak 70s and she made several mediocre Italian films. She has resurfaced in the 1980s, starring in the 1986 thriller, "A Judgement in Stone" (directed by her second husband, Ousama Rawi) and "Resurrected" (1989).

Life Events

1961

London stage debut, "The Changeling"

1961

Film debut, "A Taste of Honey"

1977

TV movie debut, "Green Eyes"

Photo Collections

A Taste of Honey - Movie Posters
A Taste of Honey - Movie Posters

Videos

Movie Clip

Girl With Green Eyes (1964) - I Love The City Following credits, lively opening from director Desmond Davis, Rita Tushingham as Kate describing her life in Dublin, and introducing roommate Baba (Lynn Redgrave), in Girl With Green Eyes, 1964, from the novel and screenplay by Edna O'Brien.
Girl With Green Eyes (1964) - Bacon And Cabbage Smitten Irish country girl Kate (Rita Tushingham) contrives to meet handsome writer Gaillard (Peter Finch) at a Dublin tea room without her roommate, in Girl With Green Eyes, 1964, directed by Desmond Davis from Edna O'Brien's novel and screenplay.
Bed Sitting Room, The (1969) - I Don't Want A Bathroom! In the underground, Father (Arthur Lowe) finds 17-months pregnant Penelope (Rita Tushingham) with Alan (Richard Warwick), then Nurse (Marty Feldman) examines Lord Fortnum (Ralph Richardson), in Richard Lester's post-nuclear-war comedy The Bed Sitting Room, 1969.
Taste Of Honey, A (1962) - Perhaps The Self-Same Song Teacher (Eunice Black) reading Keats' Ode To A Nightingale, then attacking pupil Jo (Rita Tushingham), who escapes and meets again sailor Jimmy (Paul Danquah), along the Manchester ship canal, in Tony Richardson's A Taste Of Honey, 1962.
Taste Of Honey, A (1962) - Another Flit Joining the opening sequence, mom Helen (Dora Bryan) and young Jo (Rita Tushingham), scarpering from their flat in Salford, outside Manchester, from Tony Richardson's A Taste Of Honey, 1962.
Girl With Green Eyes (1964) - No Bumps At All Pal Bertie (Pat Laffan) catches Kate (Rita Tushingham) and Baba (Lynn Redgrave) in Dublin traffic, offering them a ride as he delivers a dog to newly almost-single Gaillard (Peter Finch, his first scene), in director Desmond Davis' Girl With Green Eyes, 1964.
Doctor Zhivago (1965) - When Your Mother Lost You Director David Lean's remarkable transition, from the opening in contemporary Russia, the meeting of Alec Guinness (as General Zhivago) and Rita Tushingham ("The Girl") to the dramatic funeral of her father's mother, in Doctor Zhivago, 1965.
Taste Of Honey, A (1962) - What Sort Of Shoes? Abandoned by her hapless mother, Jo (Rita Tushingham) in her first day working at a shoe shop, meets Geoffrey (Murray Melvin), in Tony Richardson's A Taste Of Honey, 1962.

Trailer

Family

John Tushingham
Father
Pharmacist.
Enid Tushingham
Mother

Companions

Terence Bicknell
Husband
Divorced.
Ousama Rawi
Husband
Director.

Bibliography

Notes

She received the Variety Club of Great Britain Most Promising Newcomer Award for "A Taste of Honey" (1961)

She also received the British Film and Television Society Award as Most Promising Newcomer for "A Taste of Honey" (1961)

Tushingham was named BBC-TV Personality of the Year (1988)