Jacqueline Bisset, Young Beauty Of 'The Deep,' Then And Now

By | March 26, 2019

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A young Jacqueline Bisset in 1969, and with Nick Nolte in 'The Deep' (1977). Source: (Wikimedia Commons; Columbia Pictures/Getty Images)

Jacqueline Bisset commanded attention from her earliest films, including Casino Royale (1967) and Bullitt (1968), but seeing Jacqueline Bisset in The Deep (1977) was a revelation for many male moviegoers. Swimming through the depths in a white t-shirt and bikini bottoms, Bisset went from young and attractive actress to white-hot sex symbol overnight. But for Jacqueline Bisset, it's not just The Deep -- the award-winning actress is also known for Who Is Killing The Great Chefs Of Europe? (1978), Under The Volcano (1984), and Wild Orchid (1989). She's still acting today, having appeared on an episode of the acclaimed Netflix series The Kominsky Method.

Jacqueline Bisset has a timeless beauty and has been acting for more than fifty years. Bisset began acting in the 1960s, and in 1977 was called "the most beautiful actress of all time" by Newsweek magazine. Bisset was born in 1944 in Surrey, England. She started modeling as a child so she could pay for dancing and acting lessons. She started out getting roles as an extra in films. Her first substantial acting gig was as a Bond girl of sorts, in Casino Royale, the 1967 007 send-up (not to be confused with the 2006 official 007 film starring Daniel Craig). She played Miss Goodthighs and the role jump-started her acting career. Bisset has starred with some of the biggest leading men, including Frank Sinatra, Steve McQueen, and Nick Nolte. Though she has fewer roles today, she is still a sought after actress.

The Sixties Were Good To Jacqueline Bisset

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Actress Jacqueline Bisset in 'Cul-De-Sac' (1966) and with Dean Martin in Airport (1970). Source: (IMDB)

Jacqueline Bisset was really a starving artist before she got some of her bigger roles. She began as an extra but got a small part in a 1966 Roman Polanski film Cul-De-Sac. Bisset thought Polanski was brilliant and being in his film made her think, “Golly, this is really interesting. Maybe I could try and be in this business more seriously.” It didn’t take long for her talent and striking beauty to be noticed by filmmakers!