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Who is Olivia Osuna?

Who is Olivia Osuna? The Acting world knows her has Olivia Hussey is an actress best known for her role as Juliet in Franco Zeffirelli's 1968 film version of Romeo and Juliet.

She was born April 17, 1951 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the daughter of Joy Alma Hussey, an English legal secretary, and Andreas Osuna (aka Isvaldo Ribo), an Argentine opera and tango singer[1][2] who divorced when she was two. Brought up as a Catholic,[3] when she was seven years old, Hussey and her younger brother went with their mother to live in London, England, where she attended the Italia Conti Academy drama school for five years.

Assuming her mother's maiden name as her stage name, Hussey appeared on the London stage as Jenny in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie opposite Vanessa Redgrave. It was during the run of this play that Italian film director Franco Zeffirelli first spotted her. Chosen out of 500 actresses, she appeared in her first starring (and star making) role, as Juliet in Zeffirelli's 1968 film version of Romeo and Juliet opposite Leonard Whiting's Romeo. In 1969, she won a David di Donatello award for Best Actress. Hussey did a brief nude scene in the film, notable for the fact that she was only fifteen years of age when filming occurred. Hussey was, in fact, unable to attend the premiere of the film as she was deemed too young to watch it due to censorship laws at that time.

Hussey has appeared in over 40 films. Notable roles include Jessica Bradford in the 1974 Canadian horror movie Black Christmas, Mary, the mother of Jesus in the 1977 Zeffirelli TV production of Jesus of Nazareth, and as Rosalie Otterbourne in Death on the Nile (1978) with Peter Ustinov. One of her other memorable performances was as "Rebecca of York" in the 1982 TV remake of Ivanhoe. 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 May 12, 2007 in Hollywood.

Hussey is known for her natural beauty, reportedly wearing little or no makeup in her roles. And also known for her beautiful long black hair.

Hussey has also been lauded by many for her unique voice. Her current husband suggested she try out for voice work in animation. She has a handful of notable credits and was nominated for "Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Female Performer in an Animated Television Production" at the Annie Awards for her work in Batman Beyond. She has also lent her voice to video games such as

Hussey was married first to actor Dean Paul Martin (son of the famous Rat Pack singer/actor, Dean Martin) in 1971 (he reportedly fell in love with her after seeing Romeo and Juliet, and sought her out). They had a son, Alexander Dean Martin (later an actor), in 1973, before divorcing in 1978. Dean Paul Martin met an untimely death 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 on the ill-fated flight.

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 who plays a series regular on the ABC Family teen drama The Secret Life of the American Teenager.

She has suffered from agoraphobia, which she decided to treat with meditation rather than medication.[4] She has also suffered from anorexia.[5]


Year Film Role Other notes
1965 The Battle of the Villa Fiorita Donna
Cup Fever Jinny- child
1968 Romeo and Juliet Juliet Capulet
1969 All the Right Noises Val
1971 H-Bomb
1972 Summertime Killer Tania Scarlotti
1973 Lost Horizon Maria
1974 Black Christmas Jessica Bradford
1978 Death on the Nile Rosalie Otterbourne
1979 The Cat and the Canary Cicily Young
1980 Virus Marit
The Man with Bogart's Face Elsa
1982 Turkey Shoot Chris Walters
1987 Distortions Amy Marks
1989 The Jeweler's Shop Thérèse
1990 Undeclared War Rebecca Eche
1993 Save Me Gail
1995 Ice Cream Man Nurse Wharton
Bad English I: Tales of a Son of a Brit

1996 The Dark Mist Voice of the Ancients Voice Role
1998 The Gardener Mrs. Carter
Shame, Shame, Shame Therapist
2000 Bloody Proof Laura
2001 Island Prey Catherine Gaits
2005 Headspace Dr. Karen Murphy
2006 Seven Days of Grace Jewel
2007 Tortilla Heaven Petra
2008 Chinaman's Chance Mrs. Duncan
Three Priests Rachel
Year Title Role Notes
1964 Drama 60-67 Mrs. Ken's daughter Episode: Studio '64 - The Crunch
1977 Jesus of Nazareth Mary, the mother of Jesus NBC Miniseries
1978 The Bastard Alicia NBC TV-Movie
The Pirate Leila CBS TV-Movie
1979 The Thirteenth Day: The Story of Esther Esther ABC TV-Movie
1982 Ivanhoe Rebecca CBS TV-Movie
1984 The Last Days of Pompeii Ione ABC Miniseries
1985 The Corsican Brothers Annamarie de Guidice CBS TV-Movie
Murder, She Wrote Kitty Trumbull Episode: Sing a Song of Murder
1990 Psycho IV: The Beginning Norma Bates NBC TV-Movie
It Audra Phillips Denbrough ABC TV-Movie
1994 Lonesome Dove: The Series Olivia Jessup Episode: Where the Heart Is
Episode: Law and Order
Episode: Firebrand
1996 Dead Man's Island Rosie, the housemaid TV-Movie
1997 Boy Meets World Aunt Prudence Curtis Episode: A Long Walk To Pittsburgh (Part 2)
1998 Pinky and the Brain Queen Voice Role
Episode: The Megalomaniacal Adventures of Brainie the Poo
Episode: Melancholy Brain
1999 Superman: The Animated Series Talia al Ghul Voice Role
Episode: The Demon Reborn
2000 Batman Beyond Talia al Ghul Voice Role
Episode: Out of the Past
2003 Mother Teresa Mother Teresa TV-Movie

Awards and nominations

Annie Awards

  • 2001: Nominated, "Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Female Performer in an Animated Television Production" - Batman Beyond

David di Donatello Awards

  • 1969: Won

Golden Globe Awards

  • 1969: Won, "Most Promising Female Newcomer" - Romeo and Juliet

Laurel Awards

  • 1970: Nominated, "Female New Face" - Romeo and Juliet

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