Charlotte Rampling Biography

Charlotte Rampling is an English actor, model, and singer. Check out this biography to know more about her childhood, family, personal life, achievements etc.

Quick Facts

Birthday: February 5, 1946

Famous: Aquarius Women

Age: 74 Years, 74 Year Old Females

Sun Sign: Aquarius

Also Known As: Tessa Charlotte Rampling

Born in: Sturmer

Famous as: Actress

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Spouse/Ex-: Bryan Southcombe (m. 1972–1976), Jean-Michel Jarre (m. 1978–1998)

father: Godfrey Rampling (1909–2009)

mother: Isabel Anne (1918–2001)

siblings: Sarah

City: Essex, England

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Charlotte Rampling is an English actor, model, and singer, best known for her performances in European art films. Born in England and raised in several countries across Europe, she was heavily influenced by her mother, a famous painter in the 1950s and the 1960s. Charlotte started her career in the early 1960s when she appeared as a model in a ‘Cadbury’ advertisement. She received her very first acting offer when she was discovered by a casting agent while walking down a street in London. After playing small uncredited roles in films, she finally appeared in a starring role in the film ‘Georgy Girl.’ In the 1960s, her career blossomed with films such as ‘The Long Duel’ and ‘Sardinia Kidnapped.’ She ventured into French cinema with ‘Sequestra di Persona.’ She also starred in several Italian and American art films. She also played controversial roles during her career and turned herself into one of the most iconic female stars of the 1960s and the 1970s. She slowed down around the 1980s and appeared in selected films only. Some of her recent films are ‘Melancholia’ and ‘Assassin’s Creed.’

Childhood & Early Life
  • In 1965, Richard Lester’s film ‘The Knack ...and How to Get It’ became her unofficial foray into films. She played an uncredited role of a water skier in the film. Despite the miniscule length of her role, she did not go unnoticed and was immediately offered a much better role in the 1966 film ‘Georgy Girl,’ which became a major hit. Charlotte played the second lead in the film and earned the attention of several filmmakers.
  • In 1967, she starred in the first leading role of her career, with the film ‘The Long Duel.’ The film, set in the British-occupied India of the 1920s, featured her as the love interest of actor Yul Brynner. In 1968, she forayed into Italian films with superstar Franco Nero in ‘Sardinia Kidnapped.’ With such major roles, Charlotte had marked a grand arrival in the European movie arena
  • In 1967, she turned to TV and appeared in a single-episode role in ‘The Avengers,’ which featured her as a gunfighter named ‘Hana Wilde.’ In 1969, she co-starred with Sam Waterston in the romantic drama ‘Three.’ She then bagged a role opposite Robert Blake in the film ‘Corky.’
  • She received great critical response for her role in the Italian–German film ‘The Damned.’ She played a young Jewish woman sent to a Nazi concentration camp. Although the film was received well by the critics and the general public, it ran into several controversies. However, Charlotte gained immense respect among filmmakers, and several offers rained down on her.
  • In 1971, she was dragged into controversy when she appeared naked in the film ‘Vanishing Point.’ The controversial scene was later removed from the American theatrical print. However, Charlotte received praises for being a gutsy actor.
  • In 1972, she portrayed the historical character of ‘Anne Boleyn’ in the British period epic ‘Henry VIII and his Six Wives.’ The big-budget film was a major box-office and critical success. These successes made Charlotte one of the most sought-after female actors of her time. However, she claimed in a few interviews that she was unhappy. She also made people aware of the fact that most people in the European film industry were drug addicts.
  • In the 1970s, Charlotte played adult roles and forayed into erotic cinema for a while. In 1974, she played a leading role in the Italian psychological erotic film ‘The Night Porter.’ She was pulled into controversy when she appeared naked for an issue of the men’s magazine ‘Playboy’ that year. *The same year, she appeared opposite Sean Connery in the science-fiction film ‘Zardoz.’ Known for her fearlessness while giving interviews, Charlotte stirred a mild controversy when she claimed that Sean Connery was a flirt and that he tried to seduce every young and pretty woman he came across.
  • Through the mid-1970s, she appeared films such as ‘Foxtrot’ and ‘Orca.’ She became a household name in the US when she appeared in the 1975 film ‘Farewell, My Lovely,’ a film which was based on the famous Raymond Chandler novel of the same name.
  • In 1980, acclaimed director Woody Allen grew fond of her and offered her the main lead in his romantic drama ‘Stardust Memories.’ The film’s success paved her way to stardom.
  • In 1982, she gave another critically acclaimed performance in the film ‘The Verdict.’ The film was directed by legendary director Sidney Lumet and starred Paul Newman. It turned out to be one of the most successful films of Charlotte’s career and was nominated for five ‘Academy Awards.’
  • In 1984, she starred in the successful French film ‘Long Live Life,’ and in 1986, she appeared in the film ‘Max, Mon Amour.’ In the latter, she played a woman in love with a chimpanzee. It is now known as a cult French film.
  • In the next few years, she starred in films such as ‘Great Expectations’ and ‘The Cherry Orchard.’ She eventually slowed down on the number of films she did and focused on the quality. In the 2000s, she appeared in films such as ‘Spy Game,’ ‘Under the Sand,’ ‘Lemming,’ and ‘Basic Instinct 2.’
  • Some of her recent films are ‘Assassin’s Creed,’ ‘Melancholia,’ and ‘The Eye of the Storm.’ She has also appeared in the series ‘Dexter,’ playing a key role.
Personal Life
  • Charlotte Rampling married New Zealand actor Bryan Southcombe in 1972. Soon, they had a son, Barnaby. The couple divorced in 1976. Charlotte later married French music composer Jean-Michel Jarre and gave birth to another son, David.
  • Her second marriage lasted 23 years. The marriage was dissolved when she came to know about her husband’s multiple affairs. In 1998, she got engaged to a French journalist and businessman named Jean-Noël Tassez. The couple lived together until his death in 2015.
  • Charlotte has suffered from depression several times in her life. Depression runs in her family, and it also caused the death of her sister, Sarah.

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