Marisa Berenson

Actor, Model
The tall, attractive, glamorous Berenson sometimes seemed to be more famous for her status as an international figure of beauty and a member of the jet set than for her screen appearances. Yet she was a serious actress ... Read more »
Born: 02/14/1947 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (42)

Het Verdriet Van Belgie 2014 (Movie)

Madame Laura (Actor)

Opium 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

Gigola 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

I Am Love 2010 (Movie)

Allegra Recchi (Actor)

Cinéman 2009 (Movie)

Lady Lindon (Actor)

24 Bars 2007 (Movie)

Self-Obsessed Mother (Actor)

Color Me Kubrick 2007 (Movie)

Alix Rich (Actor)

People 2004 (Movie)

(Actor)

Lisa 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

Lonesome 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

Women 1999 (Movie)

Chloe (Actor)

Andy Warhol: The E! True Hollywood Story 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Tonka 1997 (Movie)

Mme Pflaum (Actor)

Le Grand Blanc de Lambarene 1994 (Movie)

Helene Schweitzer (Actor)

Murder, She Wrote 1991 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Actor

Notorious 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Il Giardino dei Ciliegi 1991 (Movie)

Charlotte (Actor)

Splendid Stones 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Perfume of the Cyclone 1990 (Movie)

Francoise (Actor)

White Hunter, Black Heart 1990 (Movie)

Kay Gibson (Actor)

Flagrant Desir 1986 (Movie)

Jeanne Barnac (Actor)

Monte Napoleone 1986 (Movie)

Fabrizio's Mother (Actor)

Sins 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Night of 100 Stars II 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

L' Arbalete 1983 (Movie)

(Actor)

La Tete dans le Sac 1983 (Movie)

Vera (Actor)

The Secret Diary of Sigmund Freud 1983 (Movie)

Emma Herrmann (Actor)

S.O.B. 1981 (Movie)

Mavis (Actor)

Killer Fish 1978 (Movie)

Ann (Actor)

Casanova & Co. 1976 (Movie)

Calipha of Shiraz (Actor)

Barry Lyndon 1975 (Movie)

Lady Lyndon (Actor)

Cabaret 1972 (Movie)

Natalia Landauer (Actor)

Death in Venice 1971 (Movie)

Frau Von Aschenbach (Actor)

Hemingway (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood Detective (TV Show)

Actor

Playing For Time (TV Show)

Actor

Sins (TV Show)

Actor

The Photographer (TV Show)

Actor

Tourist (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

The tall, attractive, glamorous Berenson sometimes seemed to be more famous for her status as an international figure of beauty and a member of the jet set than for her screen appearances. Yet she was a serious actress who was often consigned to decorative parts in American productions while international films gave her better opportunities.

There was always society column interest in Berenson and her sister, Berry, as they were the granddaughters of designer Elsa Schiaparelli, and the grand-nieces of art historian Bernard Berenson (some sources insist they are merely cousins). Berenson's face often graced the pages of VOGUE and in one memorable fashion spread she recreated the famous Josephine Baker jungle woman photo, wearing little more than a belt made of hanging bananas. A shy woman despite her pedigree, Berenson was first seen on film as the woman lost by Dirk Bogarde in "Death in Venice" (1970). She gained recognition in portraying Natalie Landauer, the Jewish department store heiress who comes to Liza Minnelli first for English lessons, then sexual advice, in Bob Fosse's "Cabaret" (1972). In 1975, she was Ryan O'Neal's wife in Stanley Kubrick's visually-stunning "Barry Lyndon" (1975), but subsequent roles in English-language films tapered off and Berenson was more often seen in newspapers and magazines with her friend Diane von Furstenberg, and with Andy Warhol, as well as the Studio 54 and Regine's set. Her marriage to Jimmy Randall was covered extensively by Rona Barrett as well as by Warhol.

Yet, Berenson wanted to act. She appeared on stage in Williamstown and Los Angeles in Philip Barry's "Holiday" in 1980, playing a slightly spoiled heiress. Berenson often turned to TV in the USA for the chance to work more frequently. She was one of the Polish members of the Auschwitz band in "Playing for Time" (CBS, 1980). Berenson appeared in an episode of "Who's the Boss?" (ABC), as an executive who romances Tony. She even appeared in an "ABC Afterschool Special".

By the 90s, Berenson was based in Paris and, with demise of the social whirl of which she had been identified in America, her name was less frequently in the columns. Oddly, or perhaps, ironically, this seemed to give her career a boost. She was cast by Clint Eastwood in "White Hunter, Black Heart" (1990) in a role vaguely based on Katharine Hepburn, played a key role in the Arts & Entertainment six-part 1991 series, "The Hollywood Detective" and was the villainous Katarina in the 1992 Lifetime remake of "Notorious". Berenson also began acting in French and even Dutch films; in 1995 she was Mrs. Schweitzer in "Le Grand blanc de Lambarene", a French biopic about Albert Schweitzer, the French-Alsatian physician who devoted his life to working in the Gabon hinterlands. Two years later, she had a cameo as a wealthy woman who offers a ride to "Tonka", an Indian refuge in France, and played a Sapphic hairdresser in "Elles/Women".

Relationships

Berry Berenson

Sister
born c. 1948 married to Anthony Perkins from 1973 until his death in September 1992 killed when terrorists hijacked the plane on which she was a passenger and crashed it into NYC's World Trade Center on September 11, 2001

Bernard Berenson

Great-Uncle

Richard Golub

Husband
divorced

James Randall

Husband
divorced

Starlite Randall

Daughter
born in November 1977

Elsa Schiaparelli

Grandmother

Milestones

2007

Co-starred in "Colour Me Kubrick," the true story of a man who posed as director Stanley Kubrick

2001

Acted in the Broadway revival of "Design for Living"

1997

Co-starred in "Elles/Women" (released in USA in 1999)

1995

Played Mrs. Albert Schweitzer in "Le Grand blanc de Lambarene"

1991

Co-starred in "Hollywood Detective" series (A&E)

1986

TV miniseries debut, "Sins"

1980

TV acting debut, "Tourist"

1980

Made L.A. stage debut in "Holiday" at the Ahmanson Theater

1972

Co-starred as Jewish heiress in "Cabaret"

1970

Film debut in "Death in Venice"

Moved to Paris after the dissolution of her second marriage in the 1980s

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