jane lapotaire biog.




British Actress
(b. 1944)




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Date of Birth
26 December 1944, Ipswich, Suffolk, England, UK


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    Jane Lapotaire is one of those actresses you probaly know by sight but can't put a name to. Not surprising really as she has concentrated mainly on stage roles with what seems like occasional TV and film roles (I say 'occasional' as she has appeared in around 60 roles since 1968).

    Though not what you might term conventionally beautiful she has a hauntingly high-strung quality that makes her memorable Consequently, she seems to have corned the roles of highly-strung females.

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    Jane Lapotaire was born and raised in Ipswich. She trained for the stage at the prestigious Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, joining the company in 1965. After two seasons, she moved to the newly-formed National Theatre where she distinguished herself in secondary roles.


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    Lapotaire then moved into the leading lady league as one of the co-founders of the Young Vic Theatre, playing Katherine in The Taming of the Shrew and Jocasta in Oedipus (both 1970-71).

    After a decade spent playing leads in many of Shakespeare's comedies, she landed the breakthrough role of Edith Piaf in Pam Gems' acclaimed Piaf. Fully capturing the petite chanteuse, she earned numerous accolades and traveled to the USA to recreate the role on Broadway in 1981. Since her acclaimed turn, she has continued to create finely etched characters in plays as varied as Shadowlands (1989-90), Ghosts (1993) and Henry VIII (1998).

    Filmwise, after a bit role in the biopic Isadora (1968), Lapotaire made an impression as the doomed French maid in the thriller Crescendo (1969). She again played a servant, this time the handmaiden Charmian to Hildegard Neffs Queen of the Nile in Charlton Heston's film adaptation of Antony and Cleopatra (1971). Among her other occasional forays into film are the title role in the 1977 TV biopic Marie Curie, the alcoholic wife of a wealthy man in Eureka (1983), a troubled Mary Tudor in Lady Jane (1986) and the Russian-born wife of the artist in Surviving Picasso (1996).

    In 2000 while working in France, she suffered a cerebral haemorrhage. She wrore about her recovery in Time Out of Mind.


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    Has one son from her marriage to the film director Roland Joffé (married 1971; divorced 1980)

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    Son: Rowan Joffe, born in 1972

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    Won Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for Piaf (1981)

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    Has apperared in the British TV dramas, The Inspector Lynley Mysteries and Midsomer Murders

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