A slender, petite (5'2"), lissome player, more recently in character roles, who has appeared in international films, Olivia Hussey is still perhaps best remembered as one of the rare Juliets to play t...
British child star Mark Lester is to be the subject of a new documentary, in which he'll discuss his long friendship with Michael Jackson. The Oliver! star, who worked with the likes of Oliver Reed, Charlton Heston, Kirk Douglas, Ernest Borgnine, Rex Harrison, David Hemmings and Raquel Welch, will tackle a string of tabloid stories in the film, which will be directed by Robin Jacob.
The actor will also go into detail about his 2013 claims he could be the father of Jackson's kids after donating sperm to the King of Pop in the mid-1990s.
Jacob, who is also behind the camera for Lester's comeback movie, 1066, tells WENN, "It will cover his life from his first acting roles and the various stars he has worked with to his friendship with Michael Jackson and beyond."
In 1066, the former child star's first film since 1977, Lester will play King Harold II opposite Katia Winter, Olivia Hussey and John Altman.
The stars of filmmaker Franco Zeffirelli's 1968 Shakespeare film classic Romeo & Juliet are reuniting to play the tragic heroine's parents in a modern take on the romantic tragedy. Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey haven't acted together since they played the star-crossed lovers, and now they're reteaming to play Lord and Lady Capulet in Bruce Webb's new film Social Suicide.
The film will be all the more special for Hussey as her actress daughter, India Eisley, will portray Julia, the latest incarnation of Juliet.
Production on the new film began in London on Tuesday (23Sep14), according to The Hollywood Reporter.
What do Eddie Murphy, Bette Midler, Paul Newman, and Angie Dickinson have in common? No, they all haven't been at the same party at Brett Ratner's house. They are all winners of a Golden Globe. No, Murphy didn't get one for Pluto Nash he got one in 1982 as the New Star of the Year. The what now?
The Hollywood Foreign Press Agency started giving out the Most Promising Newcomer award in 1948, four years after their inception, to the person they thought was going to be hottest new thing to take Hollywood. The first winners were Richard Widmark and Lois Maxwell, people your grandparents might not even remember. From 1954 to 1965 the award was given out to three to four men and women who the European journalists thought were going to take the world by storm. In 1966 the award switched again and went to an actor and actress for a specific movie and, possibly because so many newcomers didn't show any promise, was renamed. The first winners were Robert Redford for Inside Daisy Clover (I'm sure he was!) and Elizabeth Hartman for A Patch of Blue.
Those first winners highlight exactly the problem with this specific category: more often than not the winners wound up being duds. Sure Robert Redford is one of the biggest stars in the world but Elizabeth Hartman? Let's look at 1969 Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey were given a pair of trophies for their portrayal of Romeo & Juliet. Whiting retired from films by the mid-'70s and Hussey went on to star in some crappy horror films and then become a crazy agorophobic who had a hard time leaving the house. These are your New Stars of the Year, ladies in gentleman.
By 1983 the Globes were sick of giving this award to turkeys and gave out the final salutes in the category to Ben Kinglsey and Sandahl Bergman. All in all, the awards have a pretty lousy track record. Of the 59 actors and 58 actresses given the honor, I count only 17 actors (Richard Burton, Anthony Perkins, Paul Newman, James Garner, George Hamilton, Warren Beatty, Terence Stamp, Peter O'Tool, Omar Sharif, Albert Finney, Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight, James Earl Jones, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eddie Murphy, and Ben Kingsley) and 14 actresses (Shirley MacLaine, Natalie Wood, Jayne Mansfield, Sandra Dee, Angie Dickinson, Jane Fonda, Ann-Margret, Patty Duke, Mia Farrow, Tatum O'Neal, Jessica Walter, Diana Ross, Jessica Lange, and Bette Midler) who achieved any sort of lasting modicum of celebrity (gauged by, well, whether or not I know who the heck they are). That's a 28% and 24% success rate predicting the promisenessness of newcomers. You have better odds playing Scratch-a-Millions from your local lottery system.
I reached out to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for a comment on why the category was struck from the record and if they ever hope to bring it back. They didn't return my request for comment. They're probably still embarrassed about just how lousy their crystal ball is.
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The Argentina-born star, who shot to fame after playing Juliet in Franco Zeffirelli’s 1968 classic Romeo & Juliet, has been brought out of semi-retirement to play Countess Gytha in the star-studded period war film.
Announcing the casting news on Monday (21May12), 1066 director Robin Jacob tells WENN, "We are extremely happy to announce the attachment of Ms Olivia Hussey to the 1066 Project. Countess Gytha was the wife of Earl Godwin, the powerful leader of the Godwin dynasty and mother to future King Harold ll; she was an immensely strong woman who had some incredible life experiences that shaped her character.
"I believe that Olivia will bring Gytha to life, she is a tremendously versatile actress with the depth and substance that is essential to the role."
The film, an "historically accurate portrayal of almost half a century of intrigue, the people, politics and power struggles that lead to the great battle at Hastings on October 14th 1066 between King Harold II and William Duke of Normandy", also features British stars Susan George, Lewis Collins, John Altman and Matt Fiddes, who was formerly Michael Jackson's bodyguard.
Cast opposite Vanessa Redgrave for a two-year West London run in "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie"
Made musical debut in the American production "Lost Horizon"
Had title role in "The Thirteenth Day: The Story of Esther" (ABC)
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Episodic TV debut, "Sing a Song of Murder", a guest spot on CBS' "Murder, She Wrote"
Played a therapist in the direct-to-cable film "Shame, Shame, Shame" (The Movie Channel)
After parents' divorce, moved to London with mother and brother
Played Mrs. Bates in "Psycho IV: The Beginning" (Showtime)
Approved by the Vatican to appear in "The Jeweller's Shop/La Boutique de l'orfevre", adapted from the play penned by Karol Wojtyla--a.k.a. Pope John Paul II
Acted in the little-seen "Save Me"
Launched to international stardom as Juliet in Franco Zeffirelli's "Romeo and Juliet"
Enrolled in drama school at age nine
Cast as Mother Theresa in the biopic "Theresa" (lensed 2002); had received the nun's blessing to play her as well as the blessing of Pope John Paul II
TV miniseries debut, played the Virgin Mary in Zeffirelli's "Jesus of Nazareth" (NBC)
Appeared in the CBS movie "Dead Man's Island"
Feature debut in the UK/US co-production, "The Battle of the Villa Fiorita"
Portrayed the exotic Rebecca in "Ivanhoe" (CBS)
Appeared in the Japanese feature, "Virus/Fukkatsu no hi"
A slender, petite (5'2"), lissome player, more recently in character roles, who has appeared in international films, Olivia Hussey is still perhaps best remembered as one of the rare Juliets to play the role while actually a teenager in Franco Zeffirelli's "Romeo and Juliet" (1968). The Buenos Aires-born, London-raised actress subsequently appeared on a regular if not prolific basis in a wide variety of international productions, ranging from enjoyable all-star affairs in which she was outshone by more flamboyant performers ("Death on the Nile" 1978; "The Cat and the Canary" 1979) to major flops ("Lost Horizon" 1973) to a number of fairly obscure credits of at best modest merit ("Distortions" 1987; the direct-to-video erotic thriller "Save Me" 1994). Hussey has also appeared, demure and attractive, on TV with some regularity in guest spots, TV-movies and miniseries; reunited with Zeffirelli, for instance, she brought the appropriate gentility to the role of the Virgin Mary in the miniseries "Jesus of Nazareth" (1977).
Separated when he was charged with felony possession of firearms
born on February 12, 1973; father, Dean Paul Martin
divorced from Hussey's mother in 1953; had virtually no relationship with his children; Hussey later reconciled with him, although they met only once face to face since she moved to England as a child
Italia Conti School
On her less than stellar career after such a promising start, Olivia Hussey told The Daily Telegraph (March 4, 2002): "You have to understand that I grew up with the whole world watching. One moment, I was just a girl acting in a movie, and then I was internationally famous, touring the world and getting mobbed, giving endless interviews. By the time all the publicity work was done, I was exhausted. I couldn't wait to get out of the spotlight.
"So I went home and hibernated for more than a year. I was a recluse. I didn't go anywhere. I didn't do much of anything but sit at home."
"I was so impressed by the Martins. They had stacks of photos showing all their good times with friends, and you would look at the pictures and suddenly notice that Marilyn Monroe or some other incredible star was standing in the background. When we went to Las Vegas and saw my father-in-law perform, I couldn't believe that I was part of this new circle that seemed bigger than life. Everyone loved Dean Martin, and he seemed to be having such a wonderful time." --Hussey on her first marriage to Dean Paul Martin, quoted in The Daily Telegraph, March 4, 2002.