at the 43rd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
14 March 1942|
Garston, Liverpool, Lancashire, England, UK
Rita Tushingham (born 14 March 1942) is an English actress best known for her starring roles in 1960s films including A Taste of Honey, The Leather Boys, The Knack …and How to Get It, Doctor Zhivago, and Smashing Time.
Tushingham was born in Liverpool, Lancashire where her father was a grocer who ran three shops and she grew up in the Hunt's Cross area. She attended the Heatherlea school in Allerton, the La Sagesse convent school in Grassendale (became part of St Julie's Catholic High School) and then studied shorthand and typing at secretarial school. She wanted to be an actress from an early age and trained at the Shelagh Elliott-Clarke school before working backstage as an assistant stage manager at the Liverpool Playhouse.
Her screen debut was in A Taste of Honey (1961). Other performances included Girl with Green Eyes (1963), The Leather Boys (1964),The Knack …and How to Get It (1965), Doctor Zhivago (1965), The Trap (1966), Smashing Time (1967), The Bed Sitting Room (1969), and The 'Human' Factor starring George Kennedy and John Mills (1975). She also co-starred as Margaret Sheen in the TV film Green Eyes (1977), the touching story of a Vietnam veteran who returns to Southeast Asia after the war to find his son.
In the 1960s Tushingham performed several plays for the English Stage Company at the Royal Court Theatre: The Changeling (1961), The Kitchen (1961), A Midsummer Night's Dream (1962), Twelfth Night (production without décor, 1962) and The Knack (1962).
Later roles include the film Being Julia (2004), starring Annette Bening, and on television in "The Sittaford Mystery" (2006), an episode of Marple. She appeared in Season 2 of the BBC 3 zombie drama In The Flesh as Mrs Lamb, broadcast in May 2014.
Clips from her performance in The Leather Boys appeared in the Smiths' music video for the single "Girlfriend in a Coma," in 1987. She is also mentioned in the Franz Ferdinand song "L. Wells", the Cleaners From Venus song "Illya Kuryakin Looked at Me" and the Television Personalities song "Favourite Films". In 1999, she was featured on This Is Your Life.
Tushingham married photographer Terry Bicknell in 1962. They had two daughters, Dodonna and Aisha Bicknell. In 1981, she married Iraqi cinematographer Ousama Rawi, spending eight years in Canada with him. She now divides her time between Germany and London, with her partner since the mid-1990s, writer Hans-Heinrich Ziemann.
In April 2005, at the age of 33, her daughter Aisha Bicknell was diagnosed with breast cancer. Aisha recovered and later gave birth to a son. Tushingham became an activist for breast cancer health and support.
In July 2009, Tushingham received an Honorary Fellowship from Liverpool John Moores University for "outstanding and sustained contributions to the Performing Arts".
|1961||Taste of Honey, AA Taste of Honey||Josephine "Jo"|
|1964||Leather Boys, TheThe Leather Boys||Dot|
|1964||Place to Go, AA Place to Go||Catherine Donovan|
|1964||Girl with Green Eyes||Kate Brady|
|1965||Knack ...and How to Get It, TheThe Knack ...and How to Get It||Nancy Jones|
|1965||Doctor Zhivago||Tanya Komarova / "The Girl"|
|1966||Trap, TheThe Trap||Eve|
|1968||Diamonds for Breakfast||Bridget Rafferty|
|1969||Guru, TheThe Guru||Jenny|
|1969||Bed Sitting Room, TheThe Bed Sitting Room||Penelope|
|1972||Straight on Till Morning||Brenda Thompson|
|1974||Fischia il sesso||Carol Houston|
|1975||"Human" Factor, TheThe "Human" Factor||Janice|
|1977||Pane, burro e marmellata||Vera De Virdis||AKA, Bread, Butter and Marmalade|
|1982||Spaghetti House||Kathy Ceccacci|
|1986||Judgment in Stone, AA Judgment in Stone||Eunice Parchman|
|1989||Legendary Life of Ernest Hemingway, TheThe Legendary Life of Ernest Hemingway||Alice B. Toklas|
|1989||Hard Days, Hard Nights||Rita|
|1990||Sunday Pursuit||Alice Fletcher||Short film|
|1992||A csalás gyönyöre||Dóra - ügyvédnõ|
|1994||Gospel According to Harry||Myrna|
|1995||Awfully Big Adventure, AnAn Awfully Big Adventure||Aunt Lily|
|1996||Boy from Mercury, TheThe Boy from Mercury||May Cronin|
|1997||Under the Skin||Mum|
|2000||Out of Depth||Margaret Nixon|
|2000||Home Ground||Nellie||Short film|
|2004||Being Julia||Aunt Carrie|
|2007||Hideout, TheThe Hideout||Paula Hardyn|
|2008||Telstar: The Joe Meek Story||Essex Medium|
|2008||Sight Test||Rita||Short film|
|2009||Calling, TheThe Calling||Sister Gertrude|
|2013||Wee Man, TheThe Wee Man||Rita Thompson|
|2017||My Name Is Lenny||Filming|
|1964||Human Jungle, TheThe Human Jungle||Joy South||"The Man Who Fell Apart"|
|1973||Armchair Theatre||Grace||"Red Riding Hood"|
|1974||No Strings||Leonora||TV series|
|1977||Green Eyes||Margaret Sheen||TV film|
|1980||Ladykillers||Charlotte Bryant||"Don't Let Them Kill Me on Wednesday"|
|1982||Bekenntnisse des Hochstaplers Felix Krull||Mrs. Twentyman||TV miniseries|
|1984||Seeing Things||Dr. Jessica Edwards||"Seeing R.E.D."|
|1985||ABC Weekend Special||Mrs. Prysselius||"Pippi Longstocking"|
|1988||Bread||Celia Higgins||Recurring role|
|1998||Spending Nights with Joan||Bette Davis||TV film|
|2002||Helen West||Margaret Mellors||"Shadow Play"|
|2002||Stretford Wives, TheThe Stretford Wives||Marilyn Massey||TV film|
|2003||Life Beyond the Box: Margo||Celia Fishwick||TV film|
|2005||New Tricks||Elise||"Creative Problem Solving"|
|2006||Agatha Christie's Marple||Miss Elizabeth Percehouse||"The Sittaford Mystery"|
|2006||Angel Cake||Millie||TV film|
|2014||In the Flesh||Mrs. Lamb||"2.4", "2.5", "2.6"|
|2016||Neil Gaiman's Likely Stories||Effie Corvier||"Feeders and Eaters"|
Awards and honours
- 1966 nominated Best Actress (BAFTA) The Knack .... and How to Get It
- 1966 nominated Best Actress (Golden Globe) The Knack .... and How to Get It
- 1965 nominated Best Actress (BAFTA) Girl With Green Eyes
- 1963 Most promising newcomer (Golden Globe) A Taste of Honey
- 1962 Most promising newcomer (BAFTA) A Taste of Honey
- 1962 Best Actress (Cannes Film Festival) A Taste of Honey
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- "Berlinale 1972: Juries". berlinale.de. Retrieved 15 March 2010.
- "Berlinale: 1990 Juries". berlinale.de. Retrieved 14 March 2011.
- Lambert, Victoria (21 August 2006). "The knack of coping with cancer". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 22 May 2010.
- Cancer Research UK: Celebrities supporting Cancer Research UK
- David Barnett (12 February 2016). "Neil Gaiman's Likely Stories brings tales of 'psychological cannibalism' to TV". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
- The Rita Tushingham Home Page (fansite)
- Rita Tushingham at the Internet Movie Database
- Rita Tushingham at the British Film Institute's Screenonline