A truly international film star, JACQUELINE BISSET has undertaken a diverse range of dramatic and comedic challenges in the more than 50 films in which she has appeared, winning raves from critics and fans alike. She moves easily from theatrical to television films, here in the United States as well as in Europe, where she is equally at home performing in both English and French language projects.
Her latest project with director John Irvin, entitled The Physical Education of Girls, is based on the book Mine Ha- Ha, Or Physical Education of Young Girls, by German author Frank Wedekind in which she plays a strict headmistress at an unusual and mysterious girls' school.
Her most recent film projects have been with interesting young directors, in provocative and demanding roles, including Sleepy Time Gal, which premiered at Sundance, going on to the Edinburgh Film Festival, the Berlin Film Festival and festivals in New York and Chicago, to great acclaim. Written and directed by Christopher Munch, Bisset's role is a tour de force as a woman facing a serious illness crisis while trying to settle some unfinished relationships in her life. She also starred in Fascination on location in Puerto Rico for writer/director Klaus Menze, portraying a woman suspected of her husband's murder when she quickly remarries after his death, as well as Later Days for writer/director A.J. Cox (Sweet Home Alabama).
Other film projects have included Britanic, for the producers of Gods & Monsters, and New Year's Day, with Michael Kitchen and Jean Marie Baptiste, for the producers of Secrets and Lies, which premiered at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival. She also made a departure from her usual dramatic roles to do the French film, Les Gens S'il Qui Aiment, a frothy comedy romp. This film, which translates to People who Like Each Other, premiered at the Chicago Film Festival, and had a special screening at the Palm Springs Film Festival.
Bisset also starred in Warner Bros' Dangerous Beauty (released overseas as A Destiny of Her Own). Set in 1560's Venice, she portrayed a woman who teaches her daughter to be a successful courtesan, other than being a wife, nun or scullery maid. Bisset co-starred with Catherine McCormack and Rufus Sewell.
Bisset previously starred in Claude Charbrol's La Cermonie, named best foreign film by the Los Angeles Critics Association. In this psychological drama, Bisset's character, the wife in an affluent French suburban family, hires a housekeeper with terrifying results. Other projects have included Don't Talk to Strangers with Teresa Russell, for CBS, as well as starring in two original films for Showtime. Bisset is one of the few stars whose production schedule is as international as her publicity. She frequently mixes French or Italian productions with her major Hollywood projects. Bisset has worked with such international stars as Phillipe Noiret, Jean Paul Belmondo and J├╝rgen Prochnow, as well as American and English leading men, including Paul Newman, Mickey Rourke, Nick Nolte, Albert Finney, Anthony Andrews, Paul Scofield and Martin Sheen. The result has been classic box office and critical success.
Bisset's film productions often take her to far off locales. The Italian production, Rossini, Rossini was filmed in Italy; she paired with Rourke for Wild Orchid in Brazil; Les Marmottes, L'Amoureuse and The Maid (opposite Martin Sheen) took her to France; Scenes From a Class Struggle in Beverly Hills was shot in the title city; Greek Tycoon and High Season had her filming in the Greek Isles, and Hoffman's Hunger was shot in Holland, Morocco and Czechoslovakia.
Bisset is best known for her powerful dramatic performances in Under the Volcano, Anna Karenina, Forbidden, and opposite George C. Scott in the powerful ABC drama, Choices. John Huston's adaptation of the modern classic Malcom Lowry novel
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