Olivia Hussey

Olivia Hussey

Hussey in 2008
Born Olivia Osuna
(1951-04-17) 17 April 1951
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Residence Los Angeles, California
Occupation Actress, voice actress, activist
Years active 1965–present
Known for Juliet, Mary, Mother Teresa
Spouse(s) Dean Paul Martin (19711978)
Akira Fuse (19801989)
David Glen Eisley (1991present)
Children Alexander Gunther Martin
Max Fuse
India Eisley
Website oliviahussey.com

Olivia Hussey (born Olivia Osuna; 17 April 1951) is an Argentine [1] actress who became famous for her role as Juliet in Franco Zeffirelli's 1968 film version of Romeo and Juliet, winning a Golden Globe and also the David di Donatello Award for best actress. She is also well known for her role as Jess Bradford in Black Christmas.[2] She has starred in films such as Jesus of Nazareth (1977), Death on the Nile (1978), Virus (1980), Turkey Shoot (1982), and Psycho IV: The Beginning (1990).

Early life

Hussey was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and raised Roman Catholic.[3] When she was seven years old, Hussey and her younger brother went with their English mother to live in London, where she attended the Italia Conti Academy drama school for five years.[4]


Assuming her mother's maiden name as her stage name, Hussey appeared on the London stage as Jenny in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, opposite Vanessa Redgrave. It was during the run of this play that Italian film director Franco Zeffirelli first spotted her because of her beauty and theatrical skill. Chosen out of 500 actresses, she appeared in her first starring role, as Juliet in Zeffirelli's 1968 film version of Romeo and Juliet, opposite Leonard Whiting's Romeo. In 1969 she won a special David di Donatello Award and the Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year - Actress.

Hussey has appeared in more than forty films and has performed in a wide variety of roles. She played the leading role of Jess Bradford in the Canadian horror film, Black Christmas (1974), which became influential as a forerunner of the slasher film genre of horror films. She played Mary, the mother of Jesus, in the 1977 television production of Jesus of Nazareth (her second work for director Zeffirelli). In 1978 she played Rosalie Otterbourne in Death on the Nile with Peter Ustinov.

She also starred as Marit in the Japanese film Virus, and played Rebecca of York in the 1982 remake of Ivanhoe.

In 1987 Hussey appeared in a clip for the Michael Jackson video Liberian Girl, among others, which also included Steven Spielberg, John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Whoopi Goldberg, Lou Ferrigno, and Billy Dee Williams.

In 1990 Hussey played Norma Bates, the mother of Norman Bates, in Psycho IV: The Beginning, a prequel to Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960). In 2003 she played the lead in a film adaptation of the life of Mother Teresa, for which she was presented with a Character & Morality in Entertainment Award on May 12, 2007 in Hollywood.[5] She stated in an interview that it had been her dream and wish to portray the role of Mother Teresa of Calcutta since she finished her role as the Virgin Mary in Jesus of Nazareth.[6] In 2015 Hussey and Leonard Whiting reunited as on-screen partners in the film Social Suicide (2015), the only film that they both appeared in since Romeo and Juliet (1968).[7]

Voice work

Hussey was nominated for "Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Female Performer in an Animated Television Production" at the Annie Awards for her work in Batman Beyond, as Talia. She voiced the character of Kasan Moor in the PC/Nintendo64 game, Star Wars: Rogue Squadron[8] and was also in the massively multiplayer online role-playing game Star Wars: The Old Republic as Jedi Master Yuon Par.[9] She also lent her voice to Star Wars: Force Commander in 2000.[10]

Personal life

In 1971 Hussey married actor Dean Paul Martin, son of the singer Dean Martin. They had a son, Alexander Gunther Martin (later an actor), in 1973, before divorcing in 1978.[11] Dean Paul Martin died in 1987 when his National Guard F-4 Phantom jet fighter crashed in California's San Bernardino Mountains during a snowstorm.[12]

In 1980 Hussey married Japanese musician Akira Fuse in two ceremonies, one at home in Los Angeles and a second, an Indian wedding, in Miami. She gave birth to her son Max in 1983. She divorced Fuse in 1989.

In 1991 Hussey married American rock musician David Glen Eisley, a son of the late actor Anthony Eisley. In October 1993 she gave birth to her daughter, India Eisley. India, also an actress, played her first major role in the American teen drama The Secret Life of the American Teenager in 2008.

Hussey is an animal rights activist.[13]



Year Film Role Notes
1965 The Battle of the Villa Fiorita Donna
Cup Fever Jinny- child
1968 Romeo and Juliet Juliet Golden Globe Award, David di Donatello, Laurel Award
1971 All the Right Noises Val
1971 H-Bomb Erica
1972 The Summertime Killer Tania Scarlotti
1973 Lost Horizon Maria
1974 Black Christmas Jess Bradford
1978 Death on the Nile Rosalie Otterbourne
1979 The Cat and the Canary Cicily Young
1980 Virus Marit
The Man with Bogart's Face Elsa
1982 Turkey Shoot Chris Walters
1987 Distortions Amy Marks
1989 The Jeweller's Shop Thérèse
1990 Undeclared War Rebecca Eche
1993 Quest of the Delta Knights The Mannerjay
1994 Save Me Gail
1995 Ice Cream Man Nurse Wharton
Bad English I: Tales of a Son of a Brit
1996 The Dark Mist Voice of the Ancients (Voice)
1998 The Gardener Mrs. Carter
Shame, Shame, Shame Therapist
2000 Bloody Proof Laura
2001 Island Prey Catherine Gaits
2005 Headspace Dr. Karen Murphy
2006 Seven Days of Grace Jewel
2007 Tortilla Heaven Petra
2008 Three Priests Rachel
I Am Somebody: No Chance in Hell Mrs. Duncan
2015 Social Suicide Julia's Mother
1066[14] Countess Gytha (release date 14 October 2015 (UK))[15]


Year Title Role Notes
1964 Drama 60-67 Mrs. Ken's daughter Episode: "Studio '64 - The Crunch"
1977 Jesus of Nazareth Mary, the mother of Jesus NBC Miniseries
1978 The Bastard Alicia NBC Television film
The Pirate Leila CBS Television film
1979 The Thirteenth Day: The Story of Esther Esther ABC Television film
1982 Ivanhoe Rebecca CBS Television film
1984 The Last Days of Pompeii Ione ABC Miniseries
1985 The Corsican Brothers Annamarie de Guidice CBS Television film
Murder, She Wrote Kitty Trumbull "Sing a Song of Murder"
1990 Psycho IV: The Beginning Norma Bates Showtime Television film
It Audra Phillips Denbrough ABC Television film
1994 Lonesome Dove: The Series Olivia Jessup Episodes: "Where the Heart Is"
"Law and Order"
1996 Dead Man's Island Rosie, the housemaid Television film
1997 Boy Meets World Aunt Prudence Curtis " A Long Walk To Pittsburgh (Part 2)"
1998 Pinky and the Brain Queen (Voice) "The Megalomaniacal Adventures of Brainie the Poo", "Melancholy Brain"
1999 Superman: The Animated Series Talia (Voice) "The Demon Reborn"
2000 Batman Beyond Talia (Voice) "Out of the Past"
2003 Mother Teresa of Calcutta Mother Teresa Television film originally produced as Italian television miniseries

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
1998 Star Wars: Rogue Squadron Kasan Moor
2000 Star Wars: Force Commander AT-AA Driver, Abridon Refugee 2
2011 Star Wars: The Old Republic Jedi Master Yuon Par

Awards and nominations

Annie Awards

David di Donatello Awards

Golden Globe Awards

Laurel Awards


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  2. "The 25 Most Badass Horror Movie Heroines". Complex. Retrieved July 30, 2016.
  3. Mario, Conte. "God & I: Olivia Hussey". www.saintanthonyofpadua.net. Messenger of Saint Anthony. Archived from the original on December 22, 2015. Retrieved 13 December 2015.
  4. "Olivia Hussey—Romeo and Juliet Interview—01/10/08". grouchoreviews.com. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  5. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/theatre/4180818/Part-of-me-thinks-I-am-Juliet.html "Olivia Hussey The Telegraph Interview, March 4, 2002."
  6. Cooper Boyle, Donna-Marie. "An Iconic Screen Presence". thecatholicworldreport.com. Retrieved 15 December 2015.
  7. Ford, Rebecca (September 29, 2014). "Romeo and Juliet Stars Leonard Whiting, Olivia Hussey Reuniting for 'Social Suicide'". hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved 16 December 2015.
  8. Factor 5 (3 December 1998). Star Wars: Rogue Squadron. Electronic Arts, LucasArts.
  9. BioWare (20 December 2011). Star Wars: The Old Republic. Electronic Arts, LucasArts. Scene: closing credits, 11:07 in, English Cast.
  10. "Star Wars: Force Commander Credits". Lucas Arts. Retrieved 16 December 2015.
  11. "Dean Martin's Son is dead in Jet". New York Times. March 27, 1987. Retrieved 13 December 2015.
  12. Arias, Ron (April 13, 1987). "Actor, Athlete and Dashing Pilot, Dean Paul Martin Dies When His Jet Crashes on a Mountainside". people.com. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  13. http://www.imahal.com/interviews/hussey_01_01/index.htm "The iMahal Interview Series: Olivia Hussey, January 10, 2001"
  14. "Olivia Hussey plays Countess Gytha, mother to future King Harold"
  15. "1066 at IMDB"
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