Olivia Hussey

Birth Name: 
Olivia Osuna
Best Known For: 

Her role as Juliet in the 1968 film version of "Romeo and Juliet"

Short bio: 

Olivia Hussey was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 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. Hussey appeared on the London stage as Jenny in "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie", opposite Vanessa Redgrave. This is where Italian film director Franco Zeffirelli first spotted her. He later said he was blown away by her beauty and theatrical skill. Chosen out of 500 actresses, she appeared in her first starring role, at 15-years-old as Juliet in Zeffirelli's 1968 film version of "Romeo and Juliet." In 1969, she won the Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year - Actress. Since then Hussey has appeared in over 40 films, the latest, a 2003 TV production where she played the lead in a film adaptation on the life of Mother Teresa.


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