Olivia Hussey

photo Olivia Hussey
Name: Olivia Hussey ( Olivia Hussey )
Born: April 17, 1951
Age: 72 years old
Height: 5 Feet 3 Inches
Occupation: actress
Tags: actress, movie
Relationship Status: married
More info: show
    3.8/5 (4 votes)

    Olivia Hussey: biography

    Olivia Hussey is the British actress known for her role of Juliet; she won the Golden Globe for it.

    The would-be actress was born on April 17, 1951, in Buenos Aires. The girl’s father was a virtuoso tango dancer and performed at opera theaters. Hussey does not talk much about that period; after the parents divorced, she moved with her mother and brother to London.

    Young Olivia Hussey
    Young Olivia Hussey

    Four-year-old Oliva had a fixed idea: she wanted to perform on the stage and appear in movies. The family did not have any money to make this dream come true: the single mother could not allow it; she had to earn for her two kids’ and her own living. The seven-year-old girl went to auditions and told the movie school director she would pay for her studies: the “great actress” just needed a chance.

    Truth comes out of the mouths of babes and sucklings. Olivia began to work part-time as a model for magazines, and first episodic roles followed. She earned enough for education and even contributed to the family budget.


    The actress’s official debut took place in the movie Drama 60–67 about soccer. Olivia needed to portray a passionate soccer fan and did her job brilliantly. Soon, the artist was invited to the theater; Vanessa Redgrave was her colleague. However, Hussey had to leave the theater: she was developing her cinematographic career.

    Olivia Hussey in Romeo and Juliet
    Olivia Hussey in Romeo and Juliet

    At that period, Olivia was offered to audition for Franco Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet. By that moment, the actress had just turned 15, which made her a perfect candidate for Juliet. She surpassed 800 opponents; the majority of them were blonde and blue-eyed. Still, the girl from Argentina got what she wanted and personified the character of the great story. Leonard Whiting played Romeo.

    As soon as the movie was premiered, Olivia Hussey turned into a star; today, many people admire her acting in this project.

    Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey in Romeo and Juliet
    Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey in Romeo and Juliet

    The artists regularly appeared on magazine covers, and crowds of fans followed them in their tours. Olivia and Leonard kept giving numerous interviews and had to miss their lunch sometimes. This role brought the actress the first significant prize: The Golden Globe.

    Fame turned out to be challenging for Olivia. As the promotion tour ended, she took a break and declined all the offers. Later, Hussey admitted it was a mistake that hurt her further career.

    Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey
    Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey

    The artist’s filmography is not extended; it consists of rises and falls. At some point, the woman had personal problems and divorced; financial troubles followed. Once again, Zeffirelli was the one who influenced her life; he was looking for a young woman to play Mary in his new project, Jesus of Nazareth.

    Olivia’s cherished dream was to play Mother Teresa. It took her 25 years to make it come true: when Hussey was in her fifties, she received the offer to play this character.

    Olivia Hussy as Mother Teresa
    Olivia Hussy as Mother Teresa

    Every morning, Olivia had the complex makeup that made her look 30 years older. The filming was exhausting, but she felt enthusiastic and inspired.

    Today, the actress rarely appears on the screen; as she says, it is pretty difficult for an aged artist to receive a role.

    Personal life

    The British actress fell in love with the director Franco Zeffirelli; she saw him as a move genius that had never existed before. The dreams collapsed the reality: Franco turned out to be gay. At the same period, the screen Romeo, Leonard Whiting, tried to grab Olivia’s attention, but his chances were extremely low.

    Olivia Hussey and her first husband, Dean Paul Martin
    Olivia Hussey and her first husband, Dean Paul Martin

    After Romeo and Juliet, the young woman lived in her mother’s house like a hermit. Several months later, the world learned that she married the American musician Dean Paul Martin. The son Alexander was born in this union; he followed in his mother’s footsteps and chose acting as a career.

    In 1978, the woman divorced. She had ignored her movie career for a long time but had to come back to it after the break-up.

    Olivia Hussey and her second husband
    Olivia Hussey and her second husband

    The new romance with the Japanese singer, Akira Fuse, happened soon; the couple married in 1980. They had a son Maximillian together. The life between the two countries did not go well; the lovers decided to stop and split up.

    Olivia Hussey and her third husband, David Glen Eisley
    Olivia Hussey and her third husband, David Glen Eisley

    The actress kept looking for her personal happiness. Finally, in 1989, she met the American rock musician and actor David Glen Eisley, who had liked Olivia’s Juliet for a long time. They married in 1991.

    Olivia Hussey with her daughter, India
    Olivia Hussey with her daughter, India

    Three years later, the girl India Joy was born. David left his career and focused on his wife’s projects as a manager; the lovers did not have to separate for long.

    Today, Olivia and David live in a large house in Los Angeles and breed pigs; they also have a cat and several dogs.

    Present days

    Olivia leads a healthy lifestyle and does not consume alcohol; she often meditates to relax. The woman has official Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts.

    Olivia Hussey in 2017
    Olivia Hussey in 2017

    The actress’s most recent movie dates back to 2015, but rumors have it she is going to appear in new projects soon.

    Olivia Hussey’s net worth is $8 million in 2019.


    • 1968 – Romeo and Juliet
    • 1973 – Lost Horizon
    • 1978 – Death on the Nile
    • 1980 – The Man with Bogart's Face
    • 1982 – Ivanhoe
    • 1987 – Distortions
    • 1990 – It
    • 1995 – Ice Cream Man
    • 1998 – The Gardener
    • 2003 – Mother Teresa of Calcutta
    • 2005 – Headspace
    • 2008 – Three Priests
    • 2015 – Social Suicide

    Other Celebrities