Jacqueline Bissett – MovieActors.com
Bissett in THE DEEP.
About Jacqueline Bissett (1944 – )
Jacqueline Bissett's birth name is Winnifred Jacqueline Fraser-Bissett; born on September 13, 1944 in Weybridge, Surrey, England. Her mother, Arlette Alexander, was an attorney before being married, and came from both English and French heritage. Her father, Dr. Max Fraser Bisset Sr., was a native-born Scot. Jacqueline has an older brother, Max Jr. who is a car dealer.
Jacqueline began her journey into the arts by studying ballet. As a teenager, Jacqueline took an early interest in film, and began a modeling career to help pay for acting lessons, and support her ailing mother, slowly dying of sclerosis. Her father couldn't handle the mother's illness and left the family. Jacqueline considered this whole experience as being character-building.
Jacqueline's first film roles were given to her because of her stunning beauty. As the years went by, she developed as an actress, and got roles on her ability as well as her good looks.
In 1967, Bissett gained her first critical notice for her role as the other woman, in TWO FOR THE ROAD.
The year 1968 was a big year for Jacqueline's career. When Mia Farrow dropped out of the film, THE DETECTIVE, Jacqueline got even more notice and a boost to her career when she was hired to take Mia's role. The filmmakers gave her special billing in the rolling credits at the end of the film.
Also in 1968, she co-starred with Steve McQueen in the action classic, BULLITT. Jacqueline also co-starred with Michael Sarrazin and Anthony Francisosa in the popular hit, THE SWEET RIDE.
However, it was during the 1970s' that her career skyrocketed in Europe, especially after her performance in François Truffaut's 1973 film, DAY FOR NIGHT. Jacqueline considers this role as actress Julie Baker as her most satisfying role.
In the 1974 murder mystery classic, MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS, based on an Agatha Christi's story, Jacqueline experiences her first ensemble cast performance, portraying Countess Andrenyi. She performed alongside such honored thespians as Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Martin Balsam, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Anthony Perkins, Vanessa Redgrave, Richar Widmaker, and Michael York.
In 1977, Jacqueline's physique turned a lot of male heads in admiration when she was filmed swimming in a wet t-shirt in the 1977 adventure film, THE DEEP. Newsweek Magazine declared Jacqueline Bissett "the most beautiful film actress of all time."
Jacqueline has other ideas on what makes a woman beautiful. "A mode of conduct, a standard of courage, discipline, fortitude and integrity can do a great deal to make a woman beautiful."
While her scenes inspired the rowdy wet t-shirt craze that made some people a lot of money, Jacqueline felt exploited. "She was not told that the filmmakers would shoot the scenes in such a provocative way, and she felt tricked."
Jacqueline commented about all the attention that she received, saying in an interview, "All they talked about was my boobs for the next four years. God, if I was going to do a picture like that, I'd have done it a lot sexier. That looked like two fried eggs on a platter.
Predictably, this led to the kind of roles that were offered to her. Discounting all the offers Jacqueline didn't accept as the sexy babe, Jacqueline explains what it was like for her career for three to four years. In 1980, Jacqueline shared in an interview, "I'm either offered window-dressing parts in large movies or little art films no one ever sees. People think the movies I end up doing are my real choices. I do the best things I'm offered.
The roles offered her did improve. Bissett received Golden Globe nominations for her roles in WHO IS KILLING THE GREAT CHEFS OF EUROPE?; (1978-done before THE DEEP), UNDER THE VOLCANO; (1984), JOAN OF ARC;(2000), and won a Best Supporting Actress Golden Globe in 2014, for her performance in 2013 British mini-series, DANCING ON THE EDGE.
In 1996, Jacqueline Bissett was nominated for a Cesar award, the French equivalent of the Oscar, for her role in CEREMONIE, LA; (1995).
"The thing about anything in life is you have to get ready for it. Study, learn."
Jacqueline Bissett's notable movie credits include...
MISS YOU ALREADY (2015)
PETER AND JOHN (2015)
WELCOME TO NEW YORK (2014)
TWO JACKS (2012)
DEATH IN LOVE (2008)
SAVE THE LAST DANCE 2 (2006)
THE FINE ART OF LOVE: MINE HA-HA (2005)
LATTER DAYS (2003)
THE MAID (1991)
WILD ORCHID (1990)
THE DEEP (1977)
MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS (1974)
DAY FOR NIGHT (1973)
Jacqueline Bissett with Steve in BULLITT.