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Olivia Hussey (born 17 April 1951) is a British actress best known for her role as Juliet in Franco Zeffirelli`s 1968 film version of Romeo and Juliet. She was born Olivia Osuna in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the daughter of Joy Alma Hussey, an English legal secretary, and Andrï¿½s Osuna (aka Osvaldo Ribï¿½), an Argentine tango singer who divorced when she was two. She was brought up as a 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.
Hussey has appeared in over 41 films. Roles include Jessica Bradford in the 1974 Canadian horror movie Black Christmas, Mary, the mother of Jesus in the 1977 TV production of Jesus of Nazareth (her second work for director Zeffirelli), and as Rosalie Otterbourne in Death on the Nile (1978) with Peter Ustinov. She also 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, 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.
Hussey was married first to actor Dean Paul Martin in 1971. They had a son, Alexander Dean Martin (later an actor), 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. Fourteen-year-old Alexander had watched his father take off. In 1980 Hussey married Japanese musician Akira Fuse, and had one son, Max (born 1983). 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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Olivia Hussey, born Olivia Osuna (17 April 1951), is an Argentine born English actress who became famous for her role as Juliet in Franco Zeffirelli's Academy Award-winning 1968 film version of Romeo and Juliet, winning a Golden Globe and also the David di Donatello Award 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 (1974), Death on the Nile (1978), Virus (1980) and Turkey Shoot (1982).
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