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Olivia Hussey

Olivia Hussey is an English Argentine 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 Andres Osuna (aka Osvaldo Ribo), 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.

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.

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Olivia Hussey - People Magazine March 16, 1992

Olivia Hussey - People Magazine March 16, 1992

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