|Jacqueline Bisset Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 6½ in|
|Date of Birth||September 13, 1944|
Jacqueline Bisset is a well distinguished English actress who made her first credited role in Cul-de-sac in 1966. However, her career highlight came in 1968 when she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for her appearance as Vickie Cartwright in The Sweet Ride (1968). Thereafter, she made many other notable appearances in films and TV shows such as that of The Detective (1968), Bullitt (1968), Airport (1970), Day for Night (1973), Murder on the Orient Express (1974), The Deep (1977), Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? (1978), Rich and Famous (1981), Class (1983), Under the Volcano (1984), La Cérémonie (1995), Joan of Arc (1999), and Dancing on the Edge (2013).
Besides that, she is also the proud holder of France’s highest honor, the Légion d’honneur. Her persuasive appearance has also helped her take home a Golden Globe Award for “Best Supporting Actress (Television)” along with many other Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominations. Adding to her notability are the many legendary and celebrated American and English actors she has worked with including Frank Sinatra, David Niven, James Brolin, Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, Rob Lowe, Theo James, and Ben Kingsley.
Winifred Jacqueline Fraser Bisset
Weybridge, Surrey, England, United Kingdom
She divides her time between Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States and Tilehurst, Berkshire, England, United Kingdom.
Jacquline studied at Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle in Greater London. She also attended ballet lessons in the past.
- Father – George Maxwell Fraser Bisset (b. 1911, d. 1982) (General Practitioner)
- Mother – Arlette Alexander (d. 1999) (Former Lawyer)
- Siblings – Max Fraser-Bisset Jr. (Older Brother) (b. 1942) (Retired Business Consultant)
- Others – William Fraser Bisset (Paternal Grandfather), George Bisset (Paternal Great Grandfather), Jessie Collie (Paternal Great Grandmother), John Bisset (Paternal Great Great Grandfather) and Christian (Paternal Great Great Grandmother), Alexander Collie (Paternal Great Great Grandfather), Janet Melven (Paternal Great Great Grandmother), Jessie Smith (Paternal Grandmother), Robert Smith (Paternal Great Grandfather), Jessie Gerrie (Paternal Great Grandmother)
Jacquline is represented by –
- Kimberly Hines of Framework Entertainment
- Agency for the Performing Arts
- Steve Kenis & Co
5 ft 6½ in or 169 cm
65 kg or 143.5 lbs
Boyfriend / Girlfriend / Spouse
Jacqueline Bisset has dated –
- Gigi Rizzi – Italian actor Gigi Rizzi and Jacqueline were rumored to be dating one another. Gigi’s playboy streak roped in many beautiful women during the ’60s and ’70s and one of them was Jacqueline. They were spotted spending time together on numerous accounts.
- Kirk Kerkorian – In the past, businessman Kirk Kerkorian and Jacqueline had a short fling with one another. The went out for a while before going their separate ways. It was reported that Kirk once left Jacqueline at Paris airport as she did not make it on time to board his plane.
- Michael Sarrazin (1967-1974) – Jacqueline met Canadian actor Michael Sarrazin on the set of The Sweet Ride which was released in 1967. They instantly fell head-over-heels for one another and started going out. Despite being together for many years, the couple never thought about marrying. They reappeared in together in 1971 with the film Believe in Me.
- François Truffaut (1972) – French film director François Truffaut sprung into a short relationship with Jacqueline when he met her for the first time in during the shooting of his film La Nuit américaine which was released in 1973.
- Ryan O’Neal (1972) – Former American boxer and martial artist Ryan O’Neal shared a rather short time with one another during the filming of The Thief Who Came to Dinner in 1972. The film was later, released in 1973.
- Jon Peters (1973) – Film producer Jon Peters dated Jacqueline while they were in Paris in 1973. However, things between them ended in a jiffy leaving no reason as to why the couple split so suddenly.
- Victor Drai (1975-1980) – Franco-American businessman Victor Drai and Jacqueline started dating in 1975. They worked as business partners as well while they dated. However, almost 5 years later, they split in 1980.
- Nick Nolte (1977) – She was rumored to be dating actor Nick Nolte in 1977.
- Candice Bergen (1980) – She was reportedly linked to American actress Candice Bergen in 1980. During that time, Candice and Jacqueline worked on Rich and Famous as co-producer. The movie was released in 1981. Despite their potential linkup, there has been no other recorded statements or evidence that suggest that the two were exclusive.
- Sean Ferrer (1980) – She was linked with producer Sean Ferrer in 1980.
- Alexander Godunov (1981-1988) – Jacqueline Bisset and Russian-American ballet dancer and actor Alexander Godunov met another in 1981, while at a party in New York City. 6 months after that, the two started dating one another publicly. Their relationship lasted 7 years before it ended in 1988.
- Vincent Perez (1988-1992) – Swiss actor Vincent Perez started dating Jacqueline when they met one another on the set of La maison de jade in 1988. Vincent was 20 at the time, whereas, Jacqueline was 43. Vincent once told People magazine that despite them having an age gap of 19 years, they “had really beautiful experiences.” However, it all ended in 1992.
- Emin Boztepe (1994-2005) – Turkish martial artist Emin Boztepe and Jacqueline were in an on and off the relationship after 4 years into their relationship. It is said that they even lived with one another for the whole time.
Race / Ethnicity
She has Scottish ancestry on her father’s side and English as well as French ancestry on her mother’s side.
- Beautiful eyes
- High cheekbones
- Thin lips
- Slight wrinkles under her eyes and cheeks due to her age
Jacqueline has appeared in commercials for several brands such as –
- Bristow’s Star hair spray (the 1960s)
- Anew Platinum Moisturizer by Avon (2010)
She also appeared in prints ads for various brands including Palizzio shoes in 1989.
In an interview, with Metro, she once told them, “No, I’m not very religious but I’d say I’m quite spiritual”.
Best Known For
- Being cast as Norma Maclver in The Detective (1968), Cathy in Bullitt (1968), Gwen Meighen in Airport (1970), Julie Baker in Day for Night (1973), various character including Elena Andrenyi / Helena Arden on Murder on the Orient Express (1974), Gail Berke in The Deep (1977), Natasha O’Brien in Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? (1978), Liz Hamilton in Rich and Famous (1981), Ellen Burroughs in Class (1983), Yvonne Firmin in Under the Volcano (1984), Catherine Lelievre in La Cérémonie (1995), Isabelle d’Arc in Joan of Arc (1999), and Lady Lavinia Cremone in Dancing on the Edge (2013)
- Working with various well-known actors like Anthony Quinn, Paul Newman, Nick Nolte, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Kenneth Branagh, Drew Barrymore, Toni Collette, Marcello Mastroianni, and Frank Sinatra
- Being nominated for many Golden Globe Awards and winning one for “Best Supporting Actress” (television) in 2013
- Receiving the prestigious Légion d’honneur in 2010
- Being titled “the most beautiful film actress of all time”
- Being nominated for an Emmy nomination for “Best Supporting Actress” for her appearance as Isabelle d’Arc in the miniseries of Joan of Arc (1999)
- Dating various well-known celebrities such as Vincent Perez, Emin Boztepe, and Victor Drai
Jacqueline made her debut theatrical film appearance as a model in the film The Knack …and How to Get It in 1965. However, her role was not credited.
She made her debut credited theatrical film appearance as an eponymous character in Cul-de-sac in 1966. She worked along with the likes of many actors including Donald Pleasence, Françoise Dorléac, and Lionel Stander.
First TV Show
She made her debut TV show appearance as “Herself” on The Joey Bishop Show in 1968.
In an interview with The Lady, in which she spoke about her diet routine. Jacqueline stated that she ate just about anything and cooked her food in salt, butter, and various types of sauces until the age. Turning 40, she became more health-conscious and started relishing mostly steam-vegetables.
Jacqueline has very delicate skin due to which she does not apply too many cosmetics nor beauty products of just about any kind. She, however, does apply Avon’s Anew Platinum night cream and serum.
She also strongly believes that an outer appearance is not just what justifies a woman’s beauty. It is intelligence and inner passion that drives a woman’s attractiveness.
Jacqueline Bisset Favorite Things
- Film – Brief Encounter (1945), Splendour in the Grass (1961)
- Actress – Jeanne Moreau, Jessica Lange
- Actors – Marlon Brando, Anthony Hopkins, Montgomery Clift
- Acting Scene – Her fight with actor Anthony Quinn in The Greek Tycoon (1978)
Source – IMDb
Jacqueline Bisset Facts
- She was raised on a 17th-century country cottage in Tilehurst, Berkshire a county near Reading.
- Jacqueline’s mother Arlette migrated to London during World War II. She had cycled her way all the way from Paris in a desperate attempt to safeguard herself from German soldiers. While on the run, she got on to a British troop vehicle. She had worked as a lawyer prior to her marriage.
- She was quite young when her parents enrolled her for ballet classes. Nevertheless, as she grew up, Jacqueline started working as a part-time fashion model, in order to pay for her acting lessons.
- In 1968, her father George and mother Arlette legally parted ways. Later, in 1982, George passed away at the age of 71, as a result of a brain tumor and her mother died in 1999.
- She was 15 years old when she began caring for her mother who had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
- The highlight of her career was in the film The Deep in 1977. According to the producer of the film, Peter Guber, it was a scene in which she wore a white t-shirt with nothing underneath it that made the film a huge success. It is also said that she is credited for helping highlight the “wet T-shirt contest.”
- In the past, an American weekly news magazine called Newsweek had given her the title of “the most beautiful film actress of all time.”
- The film Secrets (1971), was the only film in which she did an intimate scene completely n*de.
- Just like every other actor, Jacqueline too had a couple of unsuccessful films such as When Time Ran Out (1980) and Inchon (1980).
- She served as a co-producer for the film Rich and Famous (1981).
- In 2010, she was presented with the prestigious “Légion d’honneur” by former French President Nicolas Sarkozy. He had also cited her as “a movie icon.”
- Jacqueline served as the face of Avon‘s “Anew Platinum” range of products in 2010.
- She awarded with the Stanislavsky Award during the 37th Moscow International Film Festival.
- Jacqueline has never been married in life. Nevertheless, she has had a number of long-term relationships.
- She is American actress Angelina Jolie‘s godmother. It came as a surprise to Jacqueline when actress Marcheline Bertrand had asked her to take on the privilege despite she having met her Bertrand’s husband Jon Voight on the set of Murder on the Bridge (1975) a short while ago.
- Jacqueline can speak in 3 different languages French, English, and Italian.
- Her name is of French origin. However, she had to learn French extensively as she was brought up in England.
- The first-ever job she had taken up was as a waitress for a Chinese restaurant.
- She was one of the jury members for the 2001 Berlin International Film Festival.
- Jacqueline and American actress Josie Bissett share the same last name but have no relation to one another.
- She once stated that her surname “Bisset” rhymed with “Kiss it.”
- In the past, Jacqueline turned down the role of Elizabeth McGraw on 9½ Weeks (1986), as it demanded a large sum of explicit nude scenes. The role was later, taken up by American actress Kim Basinger.
- She is good friends with Linda Yellen, Isabelle Huppert, and Candice Bergen. She had also previously been close to the late Sharon Tate and Marcheline Bertrand.
- Jacqueline has a black convertible 1970 Cadillac Eldorado.
- In 1981, she became one of the actresses to earn a 7-figure amongst other piloting actresses at the time. She was paid an astonishing $1.65 million for her role. Despite that, the film did not succeed and instead turned out to be huge financial disaster. Besides that, a few other recorded earnings were FRF 200,000 which also included a 20% royalty on the output of the film La nuit américaine (1973) and $ 200,000 for her appearance in The Deep (1977).
- Jacqueline is attracted to men with a twinkle in their eyes.
- She is obsessed with acting.
- In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors doing manual labor.
- During the ’80s, Jacqueline was often said to have possessed the looks of Louis XIV of France.
- She has a huge collection of artifacts from her visits to different countries.
- Jacqueline is obsessed with mayonnaise.
- As of 2012, she had only 2 facials in her entire lifetime.
- She once turned down actor Marlon Brando‘s offer to dance with him as she did not want to hurt her date who she had come with to the Crazy Elephant club in Jermyn Street.
- She is not active on social media.
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