Good Weekend · Quizzes · Weather For thousands of adoring fans, Olivia Hussey will always be a year-old beauty good-looking young men - including her co-star in Romeo and Juliet, Leonard Whiting, Swept off her feet, she followed him to Los Angeles, where they married on her 20th birthday. 'Romeo & Juliet' at Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting on Viewers' . and briefly dated Terry Melcher, who had previously lived the house. Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey in director Franco Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet The marriage of Prince Arthur, elder brother to Henry VIII.
Instead, her big films have been few and far between, and have included such forgettable pictures as Death on the Nile, a remake of Lost Horizon and, more recently, an appearance as Norman Bates' mother in Psycho IV. Has this ex-Juliet been star-crossed in real life? One moment, I was just a girl acting in a movie, and then I was internationally famous, touring the world and getting mobbed. By the time all the publicity work was done, I was exhausted. I couldn't wait to get out of the spotlight.
In her youth, she was a bit of a wild child with a weakness for good-looking young men - including her co-star in Romeo and Juliet, Leonard Whiting, with whom she had a passionate fling - and a desperate desire for paternal guidance. I used to say that my own father was dead, because he might as well have been. He was in Argentina and didn't play a part in my life. He and my mother divorced when I was only two.
Her mother - whose maiden name was Hussey - worked as a secretary in a law office, and Olivia dreamt of becoming an actress. Zeffirelli saw the play, asked Olivia to be his Juliet and made her a star almost overnight.
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He was Dean Paul Martin, the son of the famous crooner. Swept off her feet, she followed him to Los Angeles, where they married on her 20th birthday. Two years later, she gave birth to a son, Alex - now 29 and an actor - and life seemed good.
The golden couple and their son lived like Hollywood royalty. But the fairytale ended abruptly when Martin was arrested for indulging his passion for exotic weapons, such as a few high-calibre machine guns - and he was convicted of a federal felony.
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The punishment was light - probation and a small fine - but the arrest was enough to convince Olivia that it was time to leave. I hadn't been working and all of sudden I needed to make money to support my child. I had trouble coping. Her efforts to put her film career back on track resulted in a few successes - most notably Jesus of Nazareth - but many disappointments. And she had great difficulty accepting that her romance with Martin had failed.06 Dec16- Olivia Hussey & Leonard Whiting Q&A(1 of 2)
I hated to see us part. But, of course, that didn't happen. InMartin was killed when the military jet he was flying crashed into a mountain. After she left Martin, her inability to find another part as good as that of Juliet was not helped by continued complications in her love life. That union - which was strained by the couple's need to divide their time between Japan and America - lasted nine years and produced another son, Max, who is 19 and a student.
Why has it not taken place? We madly liked one another, or, at least I was madly in love with her. But our paths in life have not coincided, unfortunately. No one understands it, but it was the truth.
I liked her very much. They had a son, Alex, in then divorced in Leonard married fashion model Cathee Dahmen. They had a daughter, Sarah, and divorced in After their divorce in she married musician David Glen Eisley, and in they had a daughter, India. Then in he married his agent, Lynn Presser.
Olivia and Leonard keep in touch, and her oldest son stayed with Leonard on a trip to London in In they collaborated at the Hollywood Collectors and Celebrities Show. Olivia recalled her role as Juliet for the Paramount Pressbook of I went to visit his Ashram in India after our initial meeting and discovered I had a deep affinity for the country of India as well as its people and customs.
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I felt very at home. My soul felt at complete peace. Recently she completed a longtime dream of portraying Mother Teresa of Calcutta in a biographical film, which was shot in Sri Lanka and Italy. The photo left is from a interview in Tokyo when the film was released there.
While it seems that Olivia may have found a source of contentedness in her meditation, which she has continued since being "zapped" by Muktananda inand in her children, I have the feeling that contentment has eluded Leonard.
In the interview cited above, he also said: I think we need more light, like Romeo and Juliet.