English actress Olivia Hussey was the darling of late 1960s/early 1970s frock flicks. After her star-making turn in Romeo and Juliet, the dark-haired, Madonna-faced actress went on to key roles in Death on the Nile and the TV miniseries The Last Days of Pompeii … and then things sort of flickered out. According to a 2018 interview in Variety, it seems to have been just dumb luck. But she has kept working (her last production was in 2015), and she’s very active on social media.
So, let’s appreciate this frock flick as an ingenue and a mature actress!
Romeo and Juliet (1968)
Still a classic, and for a good reason! 15/16-year-old Hussey plays a beautiful, age-appropriate Juliet in the adaptation that actually did historical accuracy (and great filmmaking) right.
Jesus of Nazareth (1977)
A TV miniseries — directed by Franco Zeffirelli, director of Romeo and Juliet — about the birth/life/death/afterlife of Jesus. Hussey plays Mary, Jesus’s mother.
Death on the Nile (1978)
This big-budget Agatha Christie adaptation (of a Hercule Poirot mystery) includes Hussey as Rosalie, protective daughter of a dramatic romance novelist.
The Bastard (The Kent Family Chronicles, 1978)
Is this where things went awry? In the 18th century, a literal bastard (i.e., illegitimate son) goes from France to England to America in search of his fortune. Hussey plays Alicia, one of the love interests.
The Thirteenth Day: The Story of Esther (1979)
Hussey plays the title character in this TV adaptation of the Biblical story of Esther, the Jewish wife of a Persian king.
Edited to add:
I CAN’T BELIEVE I FORGOT THIS!!!!
The Last Days of Pompeii (1984)
A major TV miniseries about, you guessed it, Pompeii before the eruption. Hussey plays Ione, “a soon-to-be priestess of Isis; sister of Antonius, and love interest to Glaucus.” We’ve gotta review this sometime, just for the laughs!
The Corsican Brothers (1985)
A TV adaptation of the Alexandre Dumas novel, which is about twin brothers from Corsica (shocking, I know) who follow different paths. Both are in love with the same woman, played by Hussey. You know I’m tempted to track this one down for Snark Week!
The Jeweller’s Shop (1988)
A jeweler sells rings to two different couples, and various truths about love and marriage are revealed. I THINK this is period? mid-20th century? But I’m not positive. Hussey plays “Thérèse.”
Quest of the Delta Knights (1993)
I have heard Sarah mention this film so many times as what I think may be the ultimate cheese, but I admit, I don’t really know anything about it! But when I saw it on Hussey’s filmography, I knew I had to include it. Ah, I just saw it was featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000, which tells us something. Oh! And it was filmed at our renaissance faire (Black Point), in northern California, which sadly no longer exists but was The Best! Ok, now I gotta watch this.
Per Wikipedia, “The plot revolves around a young boy named Travis who learns from his master that he is the key to saving the world from an evil plot. He joins the secret organization of the Delta Knights and embarks on a quest to attempt to recover the lost treasures inside the fabled Lost Storehouse of Archimedes.” Hussey plays “The Mannerjay.”
Lonesome Dove: The Series (1994)
A TV series continuation of the ultra-popular 1980s Western miniseries. Hussey is in three episodes as “Olivia Jessup,” and I’m guessing she’s some kind of saloon girl/gambler?
Mother Teresa (2003)
As, you guessed it, Mother Teresa in what was originally an Italian TV miniseries that was then released as a feature film.
Chinaman’s Chance: America’s Other Slaves (2008)
What I think must be a low-budget film set in the 1870s, about discrimination against Chinese Americans. Hussey plays “Mrs. Duncan.”
What’s your favorite Olivia Hussey frock flick role?