Hussey in 2008
17 April 1951
Buenos Aires, Argentina
|Residence||Los Angeles, California|
|Occupation||Actress, voice actress, activist|
|Known for||Juliet, Mary, Mother Teresa|
Dean Paul Martin (1971–1978)|
Akira Fuse (1980–1989)
David Glen Eisley (1991–present)
Alexander Gunther Martin|
Olivia Hussey (born Olivia Osuna; 17 April 1951) is an Argentine 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. 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).
Hussey was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and raised Roman Catholic. 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.
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.
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. 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. 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).
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 and was also in the massively multiplayer online role-playing game Star Wars: The Old Republic as Jedi Master Yuon Par. She also lent her voice to Star Wars: Force Commander in 2000.
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. 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.
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.
|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|
|1972||The Summertime Killer||Tania Scarlotti|
|1974||Black Christmas||Jess Bradford|
|1978||Death on the Nile||Rosalie Otterbourne|
|1979||The Cat and the Canary||Cicily Young|
|The Man with Bogart's Face||Elsa|
|1982||Turkey Shoot||Chris Walters|
|1989||The Jeweller's Shop||Thérèse|
|1990||Undeclared War||Rebecca Eche|
|1993||Quest of the Delta Knights||The Mannerjay|
|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|
|2001||Island Prey||Catherine Gaits|
|2005||Headspace||Dr. Karen Murphy|
|2006||Seven Days of Grace||Jewel|
|I Am Somebody: No Chance in Hell||Mrs. Duncan|
|2015||Social Suicide||Julia's Mother|
|1066||Countess Gytha||(release date 14 October 2015 (UK))|
|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|
|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
- 2001: Nominated, "Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Female Performer in an Animated Television Production" - Batman Beyond
- 1969: Won, "Best Actress" - Romeo and Juliet
- 1969: Won, "Most Promising Female Newcomer" - Romeo and Juliet
- 1970: Nominated, "Female New Face" - Romeo and Juliet
- "The 25 Most Badass Horror Movie Heroines". Complex. Retrieved July 30, 2016.
- 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.
- "Olivia Hussey—Romeo and Juliet Interview—01/10/08". grouchoreviews.com. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
- http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/theatre/4180818/Part-of-me-thinks-I-am-Juliet.html "Olivia Hussey The Telegraph Interview, March 4, 2002."
- Cooper Boyle, Donna-Marie. "An Iconic Screen Presence". thecatholicworldreport.com. Retrieved 15 December 2015.
- Ford, Rebecca (September 29, 2014). "Romeo and Juliet Stars Leonard Whiting, Olivia Hussey Reuniting for 'Social Suicide'". hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved 16 December 2015.
- Factor 5 (3 December 1998). Star Wars: Rogue Squadron. Electronic Arts, LucasArts.
- BioWare (20 December 2011). Star Wars: The Old Republic. Electronic Arts, LucasArts. Scene: closing credits, 11:07 in, English Cast.
- "Star Wars: Force Commander Credits". Lucas Arts. Retrieved 16 December 2015.
- "Dean Martin's Son is dead in Jet". New York Times. March 27, 1987. Retrieved 13 December 2015.
- 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.
- http://www.imahal.com/interviews/hussey_01_01/index.htm "The iMahal Interview Series: Olivia Hussey, January 10, 2001"
- "Olivia Hussey plays Countess Gytha, mother to future King Harold"
- "1066 at IMDB"
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