Jacqueline Bisset

(Winifred Jacqueline Fraser Bisset)

Jacqueline Bisset
Jacqueline Bisset
  • Born: September 13, 1944
  • Nationality: English
  • Profession: Actress

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Winifred Jacqueline Fraser Bisset is an English actress. She began her film career in 1965, first coming to prominence in 1968 with roles in The Detective, Bullitt, and The Sweet Ride, for which she received a most promising newcomer Golden Globe nomination. In the 1970s, she starred in Airport (1970), Day for Night (1973) which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, Murder on the Orient Express (1974), The Deep (1977), and Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? (1978), which earned her a Golden Globe nomination as Best Actress in a Comedy.

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A Latin teacher told me I might make a good actress, and that stuck in my memory. I did some modeling, and Polanski gave me that small part. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
A lot of actors work too much. There comes a point where it's hard to mask your basic personality. It's a bit like a relationship. If you're always there, they can't desire you. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
A mode of conduct, a standard of courage, discipline, fortitude and integrity can do a great deal to make a woman beautiful.
At first I was always cast as the girlfriend. It was a long time before I got to play characters who were people. Time
At the time, 1980, people regarded actresses involved with production with a certain amount of fear, resentment and anger. Time
Being around people with whom you feel a connection, on many levels, not just a professional one, is very relaxing. Your ears are more open to someone who is not a cantankerous bastard.
Character contributes to beauty. It fortifies a woman as her youth fades. A mode of conduct, a standard of courage, discipline, fortitude, and integrity can do a great deal to make a woman beautiful.
I always had cats and animals, so children were never really in my thoughts.
I am a great lover of art, in many forms: paintings, objets, textiles. I don't have the talent for painting, but I have a very good sense of colour, a love of visual beauty. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I can't believe I've been doing it so long. In the last three or four years, I've slowed down. I'm doing only the roles I really want to do.
I could never have conceived that I would ever get to work in a Truffaut film. It was astonishing to me, and still is. I felt like an old pro, but it was still so unexpected. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I don't come in with any preconceived ideas, and although I will have done some preparation, I can go which way the director wants.
I get called Jacqueline Bissette in America. In France, I get called Jackie Bisset. And actually, it is Jacqueline Bisset, which is not that easy to say.
I grew up in a small town about 40 miles outside London, but it was a fairly cosmopolitan household.
I had no aspirations to be part of American cinema... I was really a Europe-based person, and those were the films I was inspired by.
I have always watched the rushes, and have learned more because I have done so, because you can have all manner of ideas in your head, but they have to end up on the screen.
I have an intense obsession with making films. I not only love to make films, I perhaps need to make films. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I have emotional strings that tie me to Europe.
I have never given up on men easily.
I have very intense conversations with friends, people I really interconnect with. We talk about politics, important things. I like to talk about ideas and get people to be specific. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I have watched people who have nothing to do with the film business, but who have become part of the circle for a short period of time. They can be truly devastated when the film wraps and people leave. Time ;Business, Commerce & Finance
I love being in my garden. I don't plant a lot of exotic flora, but I do spend a lot of time outside doing manual labour. Time ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I really feel that the talent I have is acting. Freedom and the possibility of play-that is what I like to have. Freedom & Liberty
I think I am an adult.
I think the grandfather of the set is the director. He needs to have authority, to do what people want. A warm grandfather; he needs to know his job, to be open.
I want to keep my attractiveness as long as I can. It has to do with vitality and energy and interest.
I wanted to go to acting school, and I did a few modeling jobs to pay for acting school. I never aspired to be a model. I met lots of photographers, and I learned a lot about light - as a source of love and illumination, light as a gift of love. On film, that's a massive contribution. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I was never any good in the school theatrical productions. I always got a role like the March Hare.
I was never any good in the school theatrical productions. I always got a role like the March Hare. A Latin teacher told me I might make a good actress, and that stuck in my memory. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
I went to see Oliver Stone's 'Heaven & Earth,' which I thought was a wonderful movie, but I walked out because I was so moved. It was too painful to watch.
I went to the premiere of The Detective with Sinatra, and perhaps people jumped to conclusions. He was very protective towards me and never came on to me sexually.
I work hard, and I tend to play hard. I very seldom rest hard. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I work very hard at relationships. I've done the thing of being home. I worked all day and came home and did all the stuff at home that a woman is supposed to do, the cooking and the entertaining. I'm a perfectionist, and, besides, I loved all those things. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I'd like to get my public image nearer to my reality. People have a lot of misconceptions.
I'd like to work more, but I don't just want to do kind of generic characters. I want to do interesting characters, and I'd like to be cast against type. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Ideally, couples need three lives; one for him, one for her, and one for them together.
I'm a perfectionist. I need to be needed. I need to do things for a man. But I don't need to do them as much, these days.
I'm a very nurturing kind of person and a sort of a homemaker. I'm just interested in things remaining fresh.
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. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I'm quite happy being myself. I'm a big fan of Jessica Lange and Jeanne Moreau, but I don't want to be anyone else.
I've always loved men.
I've done five films directed by women. I did like it. They had qualities, particularly in the romantic tenderness of scenes. I felt sometimes they were a little bit soft, but maybe they were clever to get the guys working the way they wanted them to. Women ;Romantic
I've probably understood men too well. I realise they are predatory by nature, and I have a certain acceptance of the male animal. Nature
Marriage has just never interested me. Families, Children & Parenting
My view is quite simple. When your dog pees on the carpet, you do not give away your dog. You say, This dog is special. I have to teach him not to pee on the carpet. I feel exactly the same way about men. They need to be taught things.
Not everyone likes watching rushes, but it makes me work harder, and I don't feel I am watching myself, but watching the progression of the character. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Of course, you see your body changing as you age, but it's more important to live than be too preoccupied with that sort of thing. I think ultimately what people care about in other people is the energy, the spirit.
People make sequels a lot in Hollywood, and sometimes it feels like there's never an original thought.
Some people have said that I haven't got the parts I should've got because of the way I look.
Sometimes you like the personal adventure implicit in the making of a film, and sometimes you like your part in a film, and sometimes you like the final result.
The thing about anything in life is you have to get ready for it. Study, learn. Life
There is an eternal humanity that crosses through all people, and it's more interesting often when it's about struggle - not people with champagne glasses.
There's something about being with a group of people who become like family that must be needed in society. Society ;Families, Children & Parenting
This film business, perhaps more so in America than in Europe, has always been about young sexuality. It's not true of theatre, but in America, film audiences are young. It's not an intellectual cinema in America. Business, Commerce & Finance
Time seems to stop in certain places. Time
To be used in a part without depth is a frustrating feeling, when you know you have something to give.
We all lose our looks eventually. Better develop your character and interest in life. Life
What I realized on the 'Grasshopper' was that I wasn't sure that I liked being in every shot. It wasn't fun.
When I am working on a movie, all I want to talk about is the movie. All I want to be with are the movie people. It's like a clan. If I'm asked to people's houses for dinner, I hate to go, because they'll talk about other things.
When you share work, and you have the opportunity of seeing people you like doing what they do best, and you also interchange socially with them, it's very addictive. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Working with Candy Bergen was really wonderful.
You can sometimes learn more working with less talented people, because you learn to survive.
You need to become a good listener. As you're working, you hear someone else's lines and how you absorb them becomes your acting.
Your voice is your tool and represents you. It's very important to have a good voice where you can be understood.