Jacqueline Bisset has been a renowned international film star since the late 1960s. She was first noted as a stunning on-screen beauty, but over time has become known as a true actress. Bisset has worked with directors John Huston, François Truffaut, George Cukor and Roman Polanksi. Her co-stars have included Anthony Quinn, Linda Hamilton, Paul Newman, Leelee Sobieski, Armand Assante, Candice Bergen,
Many people assume that Bisset is from France, but she was brought up in England and had to study to learn French. Her mother is French and was an attorney before being married. As a child Jacqueline studied ballet. In her teenage years she took care of her ailing mother who was diagnosed with disseminating sclerosis, and worked to support her when her parents divorced. She has said that she considers this to have been a character-strengthening experience. She took an early interest in film, and began a modeling career to help pay for acting lessons.
In 1967 Bisset gained her first critical attention in Two for the Road, and in that same year she also appeared in the popular James Bond spoof Casino Royale, portraying Miss Goodthighs. In 1968 her career got a boost when Mia Farrrow unexpectedly dropped out of the shooting of The Detective when Farrow's marriage to co-star Frank Sinatra was on the rocks -- her role was then given to Bisset, who received special billing in the film's credits. In the following year she played opposite Steve McQueen in the popular action film Bullitt.
In 1973 Bisset became recognized as a serious actress in Europe when she played a lead character in Truffaut's "Day for Night" ( Nuit américaine, La (1973) ). However it would be several years before her talents would be taken seriously in the USA.
Jacqueline's stunning good looks made quite a big splash in Deep, The (1977). Her underwater swimming scenes in that movie inspired the worldwide wet T-shirt craze, and Newsweek magazine declared her "the most beautiful film actress of all time".
Many Americans began to recognize Bisset as a serious actress in her performance in Rich and Famous (1981). She received Golden Globe nominations for her roles in Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? (1978) and Under the Volcano (1984). In 1996 she was nominated for a César award, the French equivalent of the Oscar, for her role in Cérémonie, La (1995).
Bisset has never married, but has been involved in several long-term romantic relationships. She continues to make numerous films, and frequently participates in film festivals and award ceremonies around the world.
Jacqueline's friend and former business agent Guy McElwaine has commented: "Only when she either retires or gets those parts that Katie Hepburn played when she was Jackie's age, that we'll recognize how really gifted she is and what an important part of the last 25 years she's been."