Who is Jacqueline Bisset?

Jacqueline is a Primetime Emmy Award-nominated actress, perhaps best known to the world as Cathy in the film “Bullitt” (1968) and as Yvonne Firmin in the film “Under the Volcano” (1984), among many other roles that she’s had in her career.

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Jacqueline Bisset Wiki: Age, Childhood, and Education

Winifred Jacqueline Fraser Bisset was born on on 13 September 1944 in Weybridge, Surrey, England. She’s the daughter of a general practitioner, George Maxwell Fraser Bisset, and his wife, Arlette Alexander, a lawyer who later chose to become a stay-at-home mum, and raise her children. Jacqueline has an older brother Max, who became a business consultant.

Of French, English and Scottish ancestry, Jacqueline grew up in Tilehurst, Berkshire, in a 17th-century country cottage. While growing up, she was taught French by her mother, and went to Lycée Français de Londres in London.

She took an interest in performing arts as a child, but instead of acting, she chose ballet; to pay for these lessons, Jacqueline also launched a modeling career.

Career Beginnings

Jacqueline started her acting career in the mid- ‘60s. She was an extra in the BAFTA-nominated comedy film “The Knack… and How to Get It”, starring Ray Brooks, Rita Tushingham and Michael Crawford, and the following year appeared in Roman Polanski’s BAFTA-nominated comedy thriller-drama film “Cul-de-Sac”, which starred Donald Pleasence, Francoise Dorleac and Lionel Stander, about two wounded gangsters who seek refuge in the secluded castle of a feeble man and his wife.

In 1967, she had a minor role in the James Bond-spoof film, “Casino Royale”, with David Niven, Peter Sellers and Ursula Andress as the main stars, and in the same year, she was Jackie in the Academy Award-nominated romantic comedy-drama movie “Two for the Road”, which starred Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney.

In 1968, Jacqueline had several successful roles, which include thed co-starring role in the Academy Award-winning Peter Yates’s action crime-thriller film “Bullitt”, starring Steve McQueen, about a San Francisco cop who is determined to find the underworld kingpin who murdered the witness in his protection. Moreover, she starred in the film “The Sweet Ride”, which earned her a first Golden Globe Award nomination in the category for Most Promising Newcomer – Female.

Before the decade ended, Jacqueline starred in the comedy-drama film “The First Time”, co-starring Wes Stern and Rickey Kelman, about three teens eager to lose their virginity.

Rise to Prominence

With the ‘60s behind and a few notable appearances made, Jacqueline continued successfully into the ‘70s. She had the supporting role in the Oscar-winning action thriller-drama film “Airport”, starring Burt Lancaster, Dean Martin and George Kennedy, about a bomber on a plane trapped in a snowed-in airport.

She then starred in the romantic drama film “The Grasshopper”, while in 1972, she was Rose Bean in the Academy Award-nominated romantic comedy film “The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean”, with Paul Newman and Ava Gardner in the lead roles.

Two years later, she portrayed Countess Andrenyi in the Oscar-winning mystery crime-drama film “Murder on the Orient Express”, based on Agatha Christie’s novel, with Albert Finney as Hercule Poirot.

In 1975, she starred in Maximilian Schell’s award-winning mystery crime-drama film “End of the Game”, while in 1977, Jacqueline had the lead role in Peter Yates’ adventure thriller-mystery film “The Deep”, which follows two amateur treasure hunter divers who stumble upon local criminals who smuggle a secret cargo of a World War II shipwreck. The film is based on Peter Benchley’s novel, and became an instant hit, earning an Oscar nomination.

She had several other notable appearances in films before the end of the ‘70s, including the lead role in the comedy crime-mystery film “Who is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe”, co-starring George Segal and Robert Morley, based on the novel by Nan and Ivan Lyons. This earned her a second Golden Globe Award nomination in the category for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical.

She began the ‘80s with lead roles in two box office bombs, “When Time Ran Out…” and “Inchon”, but recovered with the lead role in the Oscar-nominated drama “Under the Volcano” (1984), alongside Albert Finney and Anthony Andrews, based on the novel by Malcolm Lowry, Jacqueline earningd her third Golden Globe Award nomination, this time in the category for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture.

In 1985 she starred in the title role of Anna Karenina in the television drama, based on the novel by Lev Tolstoy, while she ended the ‘80s with the lead role of a female lawyer who meets a self-made millionaire in Rio de Janeiro, in the romantic drama film “Wild Orchid”, co-starring Mickey Rourke.

The ‘90s

Jacqueline started the new decade with the female lead in the biopic about famed Italian composer Gioacchino Rossini, entitled “Rossini! Rossini!”, directed by Mario Monicelli and starring Philippe Noiret.

In 1995, she was Catherine Lelievre in Claude Chabrol’s award-winning thriller-crime drama film “La Ceremonie”, based on the novel by Ruth Rendell, and the following year she starred in the television drama movie “September”. She finished the ‘90s with the part of Isabelle d’Arc in the historical adventure drama biopic TV mini-series “Joan of Arc” (1999), starring Leelee Sobieski, for which Jacqueline received another Golden Globe Award nomination, this time in the category for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries, or Motion Picture Made for Television, as well as a Primetime Emmy Award nomination in the category for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Mini-series or a Movie.

The 2000s

After the late success she enjoyed in the ‘90s, Jacqueline rode on the popularity wave into the new millennium. One of her first roles in the 2000s was the part of Geraldine in the award-winning drama film “New Year’s Day”, while in 2003, she portrayed Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis in the biopic on John F. Kennedy Jr., entitled “America’s Prince: The John F. Kennedy Jr. Story”, based on the bestselling book by Christopher Andersen “The Day John Died”.

After a few slow years, in 2008, she emerged as the star of the romantic war-drama film “Death in Love”, which tells the story of a relationship between a concentration camp inmate and a Nazi doctor, written and directed by Boaz Yakin, co-starring Josh Lucas and Lukas Haas.

The same year, Jacqueline starred as Isabella in the drama movie “An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving”, the role she reprised in the sequel “An Old Fashioned Christmas” in 2010.

First Golden Globe Award

With the start of the 2010s, she slowed down with on-screen appearances, and had only a few roles by 2015. One of these scarce appearances was the role of Lady Cremone in the TV mini-series “Dancing on the Edge”, for which she won the Golden Globe Award in the category for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television.

However, the second part of the decade was a completely different story – she was Christine Dupre in the historical romantic-drama film “Backstabbing for Beginners” (2018), directed by Per Fly, and the same year she also starred in the comedy-drama film “Head Full of Honey”, alongside Nick Nolte and Emily Mortimer.

Two years later, Jacqueline starred in the horror film “The Lodger” with Alice Isaaz and Francois-Dominique Blin, and in recent years, J starred in the mystery film “Blood Brothers: Civil War”, written and directed by Jay Craven, about two brothers who fight for a mysterious inheritance and a mysterious girl.

In 2022 she starred as Rose in the drama film “Loren & Rose”, written and directed by Russell Brown and co-starring Kelly Blatz and Paul Sand.

Jacqueline is now working on several projects, including the drama film “Shelter Me”, in which she will star alongside Nick Nolte and Oliver Masucci. The film follows an A.I. research scientist who develops a remote monitoring system to help people during the Covid-19 – it’s currently in pre-production, without a premiere date set.

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Net Worth

According to sources, Jacqueline Bisset’s net worth is estimated at $20 million, as of early 2023.

Personal Life, Dating, Married, Single, Husband, Children

Jacqueline has never been married, and doesn’t have children. In an interview when she was 32 years old, she stated that she doesn’t believe that she could have children and be a successful actress.

Although she never married, she was in several high-profile relationships. From 1967 until 1973, she dated Canadian film and television actor Michael Sarrazin.

From 1974 to 1980, she was in a relationship with Moroccan real estate magnate Victor Drai, after which she started dating Russian dancer Alexander Godunov, a relationship that lasted from 1981 until 1988.

After breaking up with Godunov, she was in a relationship with Swiss actor Vincent Perez from 1988 until 1992.

Her latest partner was a Turkish martial arts instructor, Emin Boztepe. The two dated from 1994 until 2005 and then again from 2007 to 2008. As of 2023, she appears to be unattached.

Appearance and Body Measurements

Jacqueline Bisset has green eyes and brown hair. She stands at a height of 5ft 6ins (1.68m), weighs approximately 145lbs (65kgs), with vital statistics are 35-25-35, and bra size 34C.

Hobbies, Interests, and Trivia

Jacqueline spends the majority of her free time outdoors doing manual labor.

She is fluent in French and Italian.

Her mother was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when Jacqueline was in her teen years, and she had to take care of her in the years to come, until her death in 1999.

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