Lesley-Anne Down
British actress
Lesley-Anne Down
Lesley-Anne Down is a British film and television actress, former model and singer. Down achieved fame as Georgina Worsley in the ITV drama series Upstairs, Downstairs (1973–75). She received further recognition for her performances in the films The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976), A Little Night Music (1977), The First Great Train Robbery (1979), Hanover Street (1979), Sphinx (1981) and Nomads (1986).
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'Downton brought it all back to me' Lesley-Anne Down on how playing Lady Georgina in Upstairs Downstairs made her the toast of Hollywood
Daily Mail (UK) - over 4 years
Long before Downton Abbey’s Lady Mary Crawley, she was the original imperious rose – the captivating beauty Lady Georgina Worsley whose flawless complexion lit up the drawing rooms of Edwardian Britain in the original Upstairs Downstairs, 40 years ago.
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Oscar winner and Spider-Man actor Cliff Robertson dies at 88 - Examiner.com
Google News - over 5 years
... since the 18th century, said to inhabit the Pine Barrens of southern New Jersey. The film also starred Lesley-Anne Down and The Blue Lagoon star, Christopher Atkins. As of press time, there was no information regarding the funeral or planned memorials
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Rosewood Lane Sets LA Premiere - ShockTillYouDrop.com
Google News - over 5 years
Upon her return to the old neighborhood, Sonny discovers her neighbors are terrified of the local paperboy. Ray Wise, Lin Shaye, Ashton Moio, Lesley-Anne Down, Rance Howard and Lauren Velez round out the cast. This is the latest film from Victor Salva,
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"Exorzist"-Regisseur William Friedkin wird 76 - relevant
Google News - over 5 years
Nach gescheiterten Eheversuchen mit TV-Star Lesley-Anne Down und Moderatorin Kelly Lange ist Friedkin seit 20 Jahren mit Sherry Lansing, mächtige Ex-Chefin des Hollywoodstudios Paramount, verheiratet
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'Series 4: 40th Anniversary Collection' DVDs: Official Details, Packaging - TVShowsOnDVD.com
Google News - over 5 years
... and Lesley-Anne Down (North and South). Acorn Media continues their run of season set releases with Upstairs, Downstairs - Series 4: 40th Anniversary Collection on DVD this August 23rd. The 4-disc collection comes with 13 episodes (approx
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Jennifer Grey reacts to 'Dirty Dancing' remake - msnbc.com
Google News - over 5 years
(Everett Collection) Share Back to slideshow navigation Swayze starred opposite Lesley-Anne Down in the 1985 TV miniseries "North and South." The series told the story of two friends, one from the north and one from the south, who struggled to stay
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Fort Pierce Library announces August movies - TCPalm
Google News - over 5 years
19 - "Rough Cut" (1980) featuring Burt Reynolds, Lesley-Anne Down and David Niven. A romantic comedy with action and suspense. Two sophisticated jewel thieves join forces to steal $30 million in uncut jewels. Running time: 112 minutes; rated PG. • Aug
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What's On Today
NYTimes - about 7 years
8 P.M. (Fox Business Network) STOSSELJohn Stossel, above, formerly of ABC's ''20/20,'' makes the move to cable with a weekly news program focusing on issues like global warming, health care, civil liberties, Social Security and free trade. A rotating panel of experts will weigh in, and so will the studio audience. Mr. Stossel will also make
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THIS LAND; In the Wilds of New Jersey, a Legend Inspires a Hunt
NYTimes - over 8 years
Late summer is not optimum devil-hunting time. For one thing, the creature tends to reveal itself more often in winter, when the somewhat suffocating Pine Barrens of South Jersey carry an extra sense of dread. For another, the ticks are murder this time of year. A few dedicated hunters gather instead at JD's Pub, in a strip mall near the epicenter
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The Devil You Think You Know
NYTimes - over 14 years
REPORTS of a creature with horns, hooves, the head of a horse, bat wings and a tail have circulated through New Jersey for more than 200 years. Now the state's legendary demon will make its big-screen debut on Oct. 25 in ''13th Child: Legend of the Jersey Devil Volume 1.'' Most of the film, made by Painted Zebra Productions, was shot at Wharton
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Quasimodo: Grotesque but Embraceable
NYTimes - almost 20 years
SOME films cry out to be remade. Others send off warning signals that say, Don't mess up a good thing. ''The Hunchback of Notre Dame'' manages to be both kinds at once, a classic that directors and actors cannot stop revisiting. Victor Hugo's 1831 novel has been irresistible to directors and actors alike almost since the invention of the cinema a
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Establishing a Soap Is No Day at the Beach
NYTimes - about 20 years
WHEN a fresh-faced Kansas City girl ditches her husband-to-be in favor of a mysterious Southern California man she met on the Internet, she finds herself in a picturesque coastal town touched by romance, murder, misunderstandings and nefarious schemes in equal measure. Welcome to Sunset Beach, Miss K.C. Now, get busy. After a formidable publicity
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Looking for Someone On a Crowded Shore
NYTimes - about 20 years
Like some poor wretch in a Rodney Dangerfield nightmare, the fabulously wealthy producer Aaron Spelling can often be heard complaining that he gets no respect. That is, of course, not quite true. Some of his television series (''Family,'' ''Hart to Hart'') and movies (''Mr. Mom,'' ''Soapdish'') have modestly charmed both reviewers and audiences.
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TVWeekend; Of a Black's Struggle at West Point in the 1880's
NYTimes - almost 23 years
In 1880, a West Point Cadet, Johnson C. Whittaker, was brutally attacked by three masked men in his dormitory room and left on the floor, bleeding profusely while tied to his bed. Whittaker, a 21-year-old black man, accused three of his more racist fellow students. West Point adminstrators chose to believe their explanation that Whittaker had
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Review/Film; It's Not Just The Killing, It's the How
NYTimes - about 23 years
Among the devices used to maim, torture and kill in "Death Wish V: The Face of Death" are an industrial sewing machine, a steam press, an acidic chemical bath and a shrink-wrap machine that trusses up a victim who is then suspended on a hook like an item of laundry. These tools of the trade are in a clothing factory that is the setting for the
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CHRONICLE
NYTimes - over 25 years
The film producer SHERRY LANSING ("Fatal Attraction," "The Accused") and the director WILLIAM FRIEDKIN ("The French Connection," "The Exorcist") said Tuesday that they were married in a private ceremony on Barbados on Saturday. Ms. Lansing, the first woman to head a major studio, became president of 20th Century Fox in 1980; now she has her own
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Male Strippers in 'Ladykillers' on ABC
NYTimes - over 28 years
LEAD: In recent weeks, television viewers have had Geraldo Rivera grappling histrionically with Satan and young bigots, only to wind up with a broken nose covered in blood and his face on the cover of a national news magazine. Then there was ''Favorite Son,'' using kinky sex and profound political cynicism to chalk up the highest ratings so far
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Lesley-Anne Down
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2015
    Age 60
    In 2015, Down discussed her experiences of sexual harassment in the 1970s by an unnamed legendary Hollywood actor and also by producer Sam Spiegel, saying that she "never really enjoyed" her acting career: "Partly that was because of all the lecherous men, studio executives, producers and directors.
    More Details Hide Details There was so much running away and hiding under tables. Anyway, I started when I was ten and I’ve been doing it for 50 years."
  • FIFTIES
  • 2011
    Age 56
    In 2011, Down appeared in Victor Salva's thriller film Rosewood Lane with Rose McGowan, Ray Wise, and Lauren Vélez.
    More Details Hide Details She later starred alongside Kirsten Vangsness in the comedy film Kill Me, Deadly, and played mother of leads in Dark House, I Am Watching You and Justice.
  • FORTIES
  • 2003
    Age 48
    In 2003, Down was cast in another soap as Jackie Marone on CBS's The Bold and the Beautiful.
    More Details Hide Details In January 2012, Down confirmed that she would be departing the program. Down also appeared in the films The King's Guard with Eric Roberts and Ron Perlman, The Meeksville Ghost, 13th Child, Today You Die, and Seven Days of Grace, on which she also was a writer.
  • 1996
    Age 41
    In 1996 Aaron Spelling cast her as Olivia Blake on the NBC soap opera Sunset Beach.
    More Details Hide Details The series aired from January 1997 to December 1999. After the soap was cancelled, Down starred in Lifetime movies The Perfect Wife, and You Belong to Me.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1994
    Age 39
    She starred in the 1994 film Death Wish V: The Face of Death, opposite Charles Bronson, and later appeared with him in the 1995 TV movie Family of Cops.
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  • 1990
    Age 35
    In 1990, Down was cast as series regular for a limited run in the CBS primetime soap opera Dallas as Stephanie Rogers.
    More Details Hide Details She earned a quarter of a million dollars' salary for a 10-week shoot. In the 1990s, Down starred in several small feature and television films, and played guest roles on television series such as The Nanny and Diagnosis: Murder.
  • 1986
    Age 31
    For her role as Madeline Fabray LaMotte in North and South, she was nominated for Golden Globe Award in 1986.
    More Details Hide Details She later starred in North and South, Book II (1986), and Heaven & Hell: North & South, Book III (1994). She turned down the roles in Fatal Attraction (later played by Anne Archer) and on The Thorn Birds.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1984
    Age 29
    She starred in the ABC miniseries The Last Days of Pompeii in 1984, and in North and South in 1985.
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  • 1982
    Age 27
    Down's second marriage was to film director William Friedkin from 1982 to 1985, with whom she had one son, Jack (born 1982).
    More Details Hide Details She met her third husband, cinematographer Don E. Fauntleroy, during filming of the television miniseries North and South in 1985. They began a relationship, which ended Down's marriage to Friedkin and Fauntleroy's marriage to Susan Ducat. The resulting legal and custody proceedings interrupted the careers of both Down and Fauntleroy for two years and ultimately cost Down and Friedkin each. Down and Fauntleroy have a son, George-Edward (b. 1998). Down has spoken on several occasions about dealing with sexual predators in the film industry. In 2002, she spoke of finding fame in the late 1960s: "The casting couch was in full swing, people expected it... My teen-age years were pretty intense, a lot of pressure and a lot of horrible old men out there". In a 1977 interview, she had also said: "I was promised lots of lovely big film parts by American producers if I went to bed with them. Believe me, the casting couch is no myth".
    She played the role of Esméralda in a British-American TV movie The Hunchback of Notre Dame in 1982 opposite Anthony Hopkins, and starred in Murder Is Easy (1982), Indiscreet (1988), and Ladykillers (1988).
    More Details Hide Details In 1985, she starred in Arch of Triumph with Anthony Hopkins and Donald Pleasence.
  • 1980
    Age 25
    After ending a ten-year relationship with actor-writer Bruce Robinson, Down married Enrique Gabriel in 1980, but ended their marriage after a year and a half.
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  • 1978
    Age 23
    Down has played number of leading roles in made for television movies and miniseries. She starred in 1978 British drama The One and Only Phyllis Dixey as Phyllis Dixey.
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  • 1976
    Age 21
    She starred in the 1976 movie The Pink Panther Strikes Again, and later was cast opposite Elizabeth Taylor on the film adaptation of A Little Night Music.
    More Details Hide Details Down worked as leading lady in film, and starred opposite Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Sean Connery, Anthony Hopkins and Donald Sutherland in various films. Her major roles was in The Betsy (1978), The First Great Train Robbery (1979), Hanover Street (1979), Rough Cut (1980), and her box-office bomb Sphinx (1981). Down has appeared on stage in Hamlet and a musical version of Great Expectations.
  • 1975
    Age 20
    This role was her career breakthrough, and after the show ended in 1975 she moved to Hollywood and began her film career.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1973
    Age 18
    In 1973, Down was cast as Georgina Worsley, Marchioness of Stockbridge, on the Emmy Award-winning British drama series, Upstairs, Downstairs.
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  • 1969
    Age 14
    She made her feature film debut in a supporting role of British drama The Smashing Bird I Used to Know in 1969.
    More Details Hide Details She later had roles in several other British films, like All the Right Noises, Assault, and Countess Dracula, and well guest starred in television series Six Dates with Barker, Out of the Unknown, and Public Eye.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1954
    Born
    Down was born on 17 March 1954 and raised in Wandsworth, South West London, England.
    More Details Hide Details She began acting and modelling, and in her teenage years had won several beauty pageants. She was voted Britain's most beautiful teenager at the age of fifteen.
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