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Lesley-Anne Down (born 17 March 1954) is an English actress, former model, and singer.
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Active - 1969 - 2012 | Born - Mar 17, 1954 in London, England, UK | Genres - Drama, Comedy, Crime
Biography by Hal Erickson
British actress Lesley-Ann Down became a celebrity at a very young age, thanks to her winning several teen beauty contests. In films since the age of 15, Down achieved international prominence for her recurring appearances as Lady Georgina on the British TV serial Upstairs, Downstairs, which ran from 1976 through 1977. At that same time, she became an alluring movie sex symbol by virtue of her co-starring turn in The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976).Down's television work has been most rewarding, including a starring role as bewitching Southern belle Madeline Main in the 1985 miniseries North and South and its 1986 sequel. As colorful a personality off-camera as on, Down has been linked romantically with several high-profile males, and was briefly and tempestuously wed to director William Friedkin.
Lesley-Anne Down (born March 17th, 1954) is an English actress who is best known for her roles as Georgina Worsley in the ITV drama series Upstairs, Downstairs, Olivia Blake in the NBC soap opera Sunset Beach and Madeline Fabray LaMotte Main in North and South. Since March 2003 she has portrayed Jacqueline Payne Marone in the CBS soap opera The Bold and The Beautiful.
Down was born in the Wandsworth area in London, England. She began acting and modeling, in her teenage years had won several beauty pageants. She was voted Britain`s most beautiful teenager at the age of fifteen.
After ending a ten-year relationship with actor-writer Bruce Robinson, she married Enrique Gabriel in 1980, but ended their marriage after a year and a half. Down`s second marriage was to film director William Friedkin from 1982 to 1985 with whom she shares one son, Jack (b. 1982). She met her third husband, cinematographer Don E. Fauntleroy, during filming of the television miniseries North and South in 1985. They began an adulterous relationship which ended Down`s marriage Friedkin and Fauntleroy`s marriage to Susan Ducat. The resulting legal proceedings interrupted the careers of both Down and Fauntleroy for two years while legal custody proceedings ultimately cost Down and Friedkin US$ 1 million apiece. Down and Fauntleroy have a son, George Edward (b. 1998).
Date of Birth 17 March 1954, Wandsworth, London, England, UK
Birth Name Leslie Anne Down
Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)
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Lesley-Anne Down was born on March 17, 1954 and raised in London, England. With the help of her father, she began modeling at age 10, acting in commercials, and winning several beauty contests. By the time she was 15, Down had completed four films and was voted "Britain's Most Beautiful Teenager". Lesley-Anne first gained international popularity as Georgina Worsley in the British series Upstairs, Downstairs (1971), which became a hit on PBS in the United States. She has starred in films, including The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976), A Little Night Music (1977), The Betsy (1978), The Great Train Robbery (1979), Hanover Street (1979), Rough Cut (1980) and Sphinx (1981). She starred in the television movies The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1982), Arch of Triumph (1984), Indiscreet (1988), and in the miniseries The Last Days of Pompeii (1984) and North and South (1985).
Lesley-Anne appeared for six episodes as Stephanie Rogers in the prime-time television series Dallas (1978), on the CBS Network. Her previous daytime experience included roles as Olivia Richards in Sunset Beach (1997) and Lady Sheraton in Days of Our Lives (1965). She also made guest appearances on the television series The Nanny (1993) and Diagnosis Murder (1993). On stage, she has appeared in "Hamlet" and a musical version of "Great Expectations". As for her career, Lesley-Anne has earned Golden Globe Award nominations, German Bravo Awards, the British Best Actress Award, the Rose D'or Best Soap Opera Actress Award and the covers of numerous publications throughout the world, including Life Magazine. She was awarded the 2006 TV Soap Golden Boomerang Award for the most Popular Supporting Female for her role as Jackie Marone Knight on The Bold and the Beautiful (1987).
Lesley-Anne Down met her husband, cinematographer Don E. FauntLeRoy, while filming North and South (1985). They live in Malibu, California with their son, George-Edward FauntLeRoy. She also has a son, Jackson Friedkin, from her earlier marriage to director William Friedkin and two stepchildren, Season FauntLeRoy and Juliana FauntLeRoy, from Don's previous marriage. When she's not on the set, Down prefers to spend her free time with her children and animals. She has an extensive collection of Victorian children's books, which she has collected since age 15.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: A. Nonymous
Don E. FauntLeRoy (27 September 1986 - present) (1 child)
William Friedkin (1982 - 1985) (divorced) (1 child)
Enrique Gabriel (2 March 1980 - 1981) (divorced)
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Natural brunette hair
Sparkling blue eyes
Deep sultry voice
Voted "Most Beautiful Teenager" in Britain in 1970.
Began modeling at 10 years old. Left school when she was 12 years old.
She lived with Bruce Robinson for ten years after meeting him at age 15. She came to America at age 17.
She is the mother of two sons - George-Edward, (born 1998) from her marriage to Don E. FauntLeRoy, and Jackson Friedkin, (born 1982) from her marriage to William Friedkin.
When she was filming Days of Our Lives (1965), her father was due to leave to go back to England but suddenly had an angiogram, pains in his chest, resulting in a quadruple bypass operation.
Family: Mother Isabella (from Scotland, UK) who passed away in 2000, father Percy James (from UK). Sister Angela Julie Ward.
She met future husband Don E. FauntLeRoy when she was filming the miniseries North and South (1985).
She and first husband Enrique Gabriel met on the set of Sphinx (1981) and were married only a few days later. Their marriage was a short one and ended in an annulment. Lesley-Anne recalls her marriage as an "exciting ride". Not long after her annulment, she met director William Friedkin, whom she later married.
Originally, Maud Adams was to star in The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976) but after she had been filming for two days the role was recast for some reason and Lesley-Anne Down got the part instead.
She spent her early childhood formative years in the Putney area of London, England and spent time with her uncle Michael, a major in the British army.
After she made her name in Upstairs, Downstairs (1971), nude photos taken by Kirk Douglas's son Peter Douglas, appeared in British mens' magazine Mayfair. She later went to court to have the originals returned to her.
Currently lives in Malibu, California with her husband, Don E. FauntLeRoy.
Stepmother of Season FauntLeRoy and Juliana FauntLeRoy.
Aunt of Oliver Guy Spencer Ward.
For her role as Stephanie Rogers in Dallas (1978), she was paid $250,000 for what amounted to just seven days' work over the course of ten weeks.
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[on why she chose to appear in Dallas (1978)] Because they paid me a quarter of a million dollars for seven days' work over ten weeks. What do you think I am, darling? Stupid?!
Dallas (1978) $250,000
Sphinx (1981) $400,000
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Married||Lesley-Anne Down and Don E. FauntLeRoy have been married since 27th Sep 1986.|||
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