Charlotte RAMPLING

Charlotte RAMPLING

Her role as Meredith in 'Georgy Girl' (1966)

Background:

“I generally don't make films to entertain people. I choose the parts that
challenge me to break through my own barriers. A need to devour, punish,
humiliate, or surrender seems to be a primal part of human nature, and it’s
certainly a big part of sex. To discover what normal means, you have to surf a
tide of weirdness.” Charlotte Rampling

A British-born actress who was famous as much for her readiness to appear nude
as for her acting abilities, Charlotte Rampling first came to the attention of
public as Lynn Redgrave’s bitchy but gorgeous roommate, Meredith, in Georgy Girl
(1966). The gray-green-eyed performer gained additional recognition for playing
roles in such films as Woody Allen’s Stardust Memories (1980), Sidney Lumet’s
The Verdict (1982), was the French crime/thriller He Died with His Eyes Open
(1985, received a César nomination), Mascara (1987, won an International Fantasy
Film Award) and the acclaimed The Wings of the Dove (1997).

More recently, Rampling re-reached her celebrity status with her bravura acting
in François Ozon films Under the Sand (2000), earning a César and European nods
for her portrayal of a phenomenally hysterical widow, and Swimming Pool (2003),
picking up a European Film Award for playing the world-weary English mystery
novelist. Her more recent and forthcoming credits include I’ll Sleep When I’m
Dead (2003), Immortal (2004), Lemming (2005), Désaccord parfait (2006), François
Ozon’s The Real Life of Angel Deverell (2006) and Caótica Ana (2007).

Off camera, the former model was named one of Empire magazine’s1”00 Sexiest
Stars in film history” in 1995 and one of People Magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful
People” in 2001. She has been awarded an O.B.E (Officer of the order of the
British Empire) by the queen. The member of jury at the 1976 Cannes Film
Festival was invited to join AMPAS in 2005 and became a head of jury at the
Berlin International Film Festival in 2006. On a more personal note, Rampling
was married to the actor Bryan Southcombe from 1972 to 1976 and the composer
Jean-Michel Jarre from 1978 until 1996. She is the mother of two sons, the
successful TV director Barnaby Southcombe and the magician David Jarre. Her love
life has also been linked to business consultant Jean-Noel Tassez.


The Rampling Sisters

Childhood and Family:

In Sturmer, England, Charlotte Rampling was born on February 5, 1945. Her father
is Godfrey Lionel Rampling, a British colonel and former Olympic athlete who
went on to become a NATO commander and quite successful painter, and her mother
is Anne Isabelle Rampling. As a young girl, Charlotte had a traveling life,
living throughout the UK, in France and Gibraltar, and was educated at the
prestigious St. Hilda’s school in Bushey, England and the Jeanne d’Arc Académie
pour Jeunes Filles in Versailles, France. Her family finally settled in England
in 1958. Later, Charlotte went to Madrid to study Spanish at the University of
Madrid, but drooped out to join a Spanish traveling cabaret troupe. Formerly,
Charlotte and her older sister Sarah, billed as The Rampling Sisters, performed
musical act until her father banned them from continuing.

In 1972, Charlotte was married to actor Bryan Southcombe, but they divorced in
1976. The two have a son named Barnaby Southcombe, who is now a successful TV
director. She married her second husband, French composer Jean-Michel Jarre, in
1978, and has a son named David Jarre (magician). The bond broke up in 1996 when
Charlotte discovered through tabloid newspaper stories about her husband’s
affairs with other women.


Under the Sand

Career:

Originally wanting to become a singer, Charlotte Rampling, who performed with
her sister as a duo in cabarets as teenagers, went to tour with a Spanish troupe
after departing university in 1963. Returning to England, she briefly took a job
at an advertising agency and then pursued a brief career as a model. Her acting
career took place in 1965 when she landed an uncredited part as water skier in
the Richard Lester-helmed acclaimed sex comedy The Knack... and How to Get It.


After a costarring role opposite Anton Rodgers in Rotten to the Core (1965),
Rampling received her first notice as the supporting role of Meredith in Georgy
Girl (1966), a comedy/drama directed by Silvio Narizzano. Following her
performance as the bitchy, but attractive roommate of the title character
(played by Lynn Redgrave), Rampling’s career started to take off.

But tragedies struck on her life. Rampling’s sister died and her mother suffered
from stroke. This led her to take a year off from acting. After traveling the
world and living in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran, Rampling spent time in a
Buddhist and decided to concentrate on TV. By the late 1960s, Rampling had
returned to cinematic industry. She portrayed damned liberal Elisabeth Thallman
in Luchino Visconti’s The Damned (1969), was cast as a dazzling Ann Boleyn in
Henry VIII and His Six Wives (1972) and appeared as a psychopath in the
horror/thriller Asylum (1972). She also teamed up with Sean Connery in John
Boorman’s sci-fi adventure Zardoz (1974), and was at her sultry best in director
Liliana Cavani’s controversial The Night Porter (1974). The latter saw Rampling
star as a concentration camp survivor who recreates a sadomasochistic affair
with an ex-Nazi guard (Dirk Bogarde). Rampling proved effective with the femme
fatale role opposite Robert Mitchum in Farewell, My Lovely (1975) and made her
TV movie debut in Sherlock Holmes in New York, the next year.

Returning to filmmaking after her last performance in 1977’s Orca, Rampling
found herself acting with Woody Allen in his comedy/drama Stardust Memories
(1980), giving a touching performance as one of the women in the life of a movie
director, and then played the cunning Laura in Sidney Lumet’s courtroom drama
The Verdict (1982), along side Paul Newman. She spent much of the mid-1980s
filming in Europe. One of her most remarkable work during that period was the
French crime thriller On Ne Meurt Que Deux Fois/ He Died with His Eyes Open
(1985). Finely playing the baffling mistress of a murder victim, Rampling earned
a César nomination for Best Actress in 1986. After costarring with Mickey Rourke,
Robert De Niro and Lisa Bonet in director Alan parker’s Angel Heart (1987), the
actress continued to build her international reputation by taking home an
International Fantasy Film for Best Actress in the thriller Mascara (1987),
starring as Gaby Hart. She stood out as a Thatcherite politician named Clara
Paige in the British drama Paris By Night (1988) for director David Hare.

During the ‘90s, Rampling made a name for herself as a capable supporting
player. Except for the starring role of a bitchy psychotherapist in British
TV-movie Murder in Mind (1994), she was noted for her roles as the mistress to
both a father and his son in the miniseries “Radetzky March” (1994), a merciless
lawyer in the HBO film Invasion of Privacy (1996), and most remarkable as the
affluent and scheming aunt of Helena Bonham Carter in the multi-award-winning
The Wings of the Dove (1997), a performance that helped Rampling propel her name
back into the A-list.

The beautiful performer further proved that she was back on the saddle again
with three high-profile roles in 2000. She twice was cast as actor Stellan
Skarsgard’s alienated spouse in Signs and Wonders and Aberdeen. Her best role,
however, arrived when director François Ozon had her star as a woman in denial
over the obvious death of her husband in Under the Sand. The role brought
Rampling a César and European nominations for Best Actress. In the following
year, the actress was well-received once again by mainstream Hollywood after a
turn opposite Brad Pitt and Robert Redford in the espionage thriller Spy Game.


Rampling’s career renaissance reached its zenith in 2003, when she rejoined Ozon
for the drama film Swimming Pool. Impressively starring as a jaded British
mystery novelist whose getaway to her publisher/former lover’s home in the South
of France is searched by the surprising arrival of his wild child daughter (Ludivine
Sagnier), she won a European Film for Best Actress, as well as received a
Chlotrudis and César nominations. The same year, she also had a successful turn
as the ex-girlfriend of Clive Owen in Mike Hodges’ I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead
(2003).

After her victory in Swimming Pool, Rampling continued to play supporting roles
in The Statement (2003), Immortal (2004, earned a European Audience nod), and in
drama/thriller Lemming (2005), she was handed a César for Best Supporting
Actress. Recently, the actress supported Sharon Stone in the sequel Basic
Instinct 2 (2006) for director Michael Caton-Jones. She will also be seen in the
supporting roles in the forthcoming films Désaccord parfait (2006) starring Jean
Rochefort, François Ozon’s The Real Life of Angel Deverell (2006) with Sam
Neill, as well as the Spanish production Caótica Ana (2007).

Awards:

European Film: Best Actress, Swimming Pool, 2003
London Critics Circle Film: Dilys Powell, 2002
Cinemanila International Film Festival: Special Recognition for her
career achievement, 2001
Honorary Cesar: 2001
International Fantasy Film: Best Actress, Mascara, 1988
Joseph Plateau: Best Belgian Actress, 1987
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