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Jacqueline Bisset

Bisset in September 2007
Born Winifred Jacqueline Fraser Bisset
(1944-09-13) 13 September 1944 (age 72)
Weybridge, Surrey, England, UK
Occupation Actress
Years active 1965–present
Partner(s) Michael Sarrazin (1967–1974)
Victor Drai (1975–1980)
Alexander Godunov (1981–1988)
Vincent Perez (1988–1991)
Emin Boztepe (1994–2005)

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.
Jacqueline Bisset
Your voice is your tool and represents you. It's very important to have a good voice where you can be understood.
Jacqueline Bisset
We all lose our looks eventually. Better develop your character and interest in life.
Jacqueline Bisset
At first I was always cast as the girlfriend. It was a long time before I got to play characters who were people.
Jacqueline Bisset
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.
Jacqueline Bisset
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.
Jacqueline Bisset
I've always loved men.
I want to keep my attractiveness as long as I can. It has to do with vitality and energy and interest.
Jacqueline Bisset
To be used in a part without depth is a frustrating feeling, when you know you have something to give.
Jacqueline Bisset
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.
Jacqueline Bisset
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.
Jacqueline Bisset
I work hard, and I tend to play hard. I very seldom rest hard.
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.
Jacqueline Bisset
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.
Jacqueline Bisset
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.
Jacqueline Bisset
I really feel that the talent I have is acting. Freedom and the possibility of play-that is what I like to have.
Jacqueline Bisset
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.
Jacqueline Bisset
I think I am an adult.
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.
Jacqueline Bisset
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.
Jacqueline Bisset
I'm a very nurturing kind of person and a sort of a homemaker. I'm just interested in things remaining fresh.
Jacqueline Bisset
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.
Jacqueline Bisset
I have an intense obsession with making films. I not only love to make films, I perhaps need to make films.
Jacqueline Bisset
I grew up in a small town about 40 miles outside London, but it was a fairly cosmopolitan household.
Jacqueline Bisset
I have emotional strings that tie me to Europe.
There's something about being with a group of people who become like family that must be needed in society.
Jacqueline Bisset
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.
Jacqueline Bisset
Time seems to stop in certain places.
Marriage has just never interested me.
I was never any good in the school theatrical productions. I always got a role like the March Hare.
Jacqueline Bisset
Working with Candy Bergen was really wonderful.
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.
Jacqueline Bisset
You can sometimes learn more working with less talented people, because you learn to survive.
Jacqueline Bisset
I've probably understood men too well. I realise they are predatory by nature, and I have a certain acceptance of the male animal.
Jacqueline Bisset
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.
Jacqueline Bisset
The thing about anything in life is you have to get ready for it. Study, learn.
Jacqueline Bisset
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.
Jacqueline Bisset
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.
Jacqueline Bisset
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.
Jacqueline Bisset
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.
Jacqueline Bisset
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.
Jacqueline Bisset
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.
Jacqueline Bisset
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.
Jacqueline Bisset
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.
Jacqueline Bisset
Some people have said that I haven't got the parts I should've got because of the way I look.
Jacqueline Bisset
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.
Jacqueline Bisset
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.
Jacqueline Bisset
I'd like to get my public image nearer to my reality. People have a lot of misconceptions.
Jacqueline Bisset
Ideally, couples need three lives; one for him, one for her, and one for them together.
Jacqueline Bisset
What I realized on the 'Grasshopper' was that I wasn't sure that I liked being in every shot. It wasn't fun.
Jacqueline Bisset
Ideally, couples need three lives; one for him, one for her, and one for them together.
Jacqueline Bisset
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.
Jacqueline Bisset
A mode of conduct, a standard of courage, discipline, fortitude and integrity can do a great deal to make a woman beautiful.
Jacqueline Bisset
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.
Jacqueline Bisset
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.
Jacqueline Bisset
At the time, 1980, people regarded actresses involved with production with a certain amount of fear, resentment and anger.
Jacqueline Bisset
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.
Jacqueline Bisset
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.
Jacqueline Bisset
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.
Jacqueline Bisset
I always had cats and animals, so children were never really in my thoughts.
Jacqueline Bisset
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.
Jacqueline Bisset
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.
Jacqueline Bisset
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.
Jacqueline Bisset
I have never given up on men easily.
People make sequels a lot in Hollywood, and sometimes it feels like there's never an original thought.
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