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Olivia Hussey (1951)

Olivia Osuna

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Olivia Hussey is an Argentinian actress who became famous for her role as Juliet in Franco Zeffirelli's Academy Award-winning 1968 film version of Romeo and Juliet. For this role she won the Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year - Actress as well as the David di Donatello for best actress. She is also well-known for her role as Mary, the mother of Jesus in the 1977 TV production of Jesus of Nazareth. She has starred in films such as Black Christmas , Death on the Nile , and Virus .

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 early life
Hussey was born Olivia Osuna in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the daughter of Joy Alma (née Hussey), a British legal secretary, and Andrés Osuna (aka Osvaldo Ribó), an Argentine tango singer who divorced when Olivia was two. She was brought up Catholic, and when she was seven years old, Hussey and her younger brother went with their mother to live in London where she attended the Italia Conti Academy drama school for five years. Her largest fear, according to an interview in 1969, was appearing topless in Romeo and Juliet .

 career
Assuming her mother's maiden name as her stage name, Hussey appeared on the London stage as Jenny in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie opposite Vanessa Redgrave. It was during the run of this play that Italian film director Franco Zeffirelli first spotted her because of her beauty and theatrical skill. Chosen out of 500 actresses, she appeared in her first starring role, as Juliet in Zeffirelli's 1968 film version of Romeo and Juliet opposite Leonard Whiting's Romeo. In 1969, she won the David di Donatello award for Best Actress and the Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year - Actress.

Hussey has appeared in over 42 films. She played the leading role of Jessica Bradford in the 1974 Canadian horror film Black Christmas. The film became very influential as a forerunner of the Slasher film genre of horror films. She played Mary, the mother of Jesus in the 1977 TV production of Jesus of Nazareth . In 1978 she played Rosalie Otterbourne in Death on the Nile with Peter Ustinov.

She also starred as "Marit" in the Japanese film Virus, and played "Rebecca of York" in the 1982 TV remake of Ivanhoe.

In 1990, Hussey played Norma Bates, the mother of Norman Bates in Psycho IV: The Beginning, a TV prequel to Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. In 2003, Hussey played the lead in a film adaptation on the life of Mother Teresa, for which she was presented with a CAMIE award (for Character & Morality in Entertainment) on 12 May 2007 in Hollywood.

 Voice work
She was nominated for "Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Female Performer in an Animated Television Production" at the Annie Awards for her work in Batman Beyond as Talia Al Guhl. She also voiced the character Kasan Moor in the PC game Star Wars: Rogue Squadron.

 personal life
Hussey was married first to actor Dean Paul Martin in 1971. They had a son, Alexander Dean Martin , in 1973, before divorcing in 1978. Dean Paul Martin died in 1987 when his National Guard F-4 Phantom fighter jet crashed in California's San Bernardino Mountains during a snowstorm.

In 1980, Hussey married Japanese musician Akira Fuse, and had one son, Max . Divorced from Fuse in 1989, she married American musician David Glen Eisley in 1991. In October 1993, she gave birth to a daughter, India Eisley, now an actress.

She has suffered from agoraphobia.

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