Jane March Horwood is an actress and erstwhile model from England. A native of London, March grew up in a middle-class family and had been attracted to the world of glamour since she was a child. When she was 14 years old, she came first in a local “Become a Model” contest and landed a contract with Storm Model Management. After garnering moderate success as a model, March caught the attention of filmmaker Jean-Jacques Annaud and was cast in his 1992 film ‘The Lover’. She turned 18 shortly after the filming began. While the movie was a commercial success, it received mixed reviews from the critics. There was a rumour that March and her co-star Tony Leung Ka-fai participated in real sex scenes rather than simulated ones. This culminated in March being dubbed as the “The sinner from Pinner" by certain sections of the media. In later years, she has appeared in films like ‘Color of Night’, ‘Tarzan and the Lost City’, and ‘Clash of the Titans’.
Jane March had become interested in the world of glamour quite early in her life. She became the winner of a local “Become a Model” contest at the age of 14. The renowned modelling agency, Storm Model Management, subsequently offered her a contract, which she accepted. Some of her early works as a model were as a print model. In March 1990, she was featured on the cover of ‘Just Seventeen’ magazine.
French filmmaker Jean-Jacques Annaud saw March’s photograph on the magazine and decided to cast her in his next project, the French-Chinese film ‘The Lover’. The movie was based on the semi-autobiographical 1984 novel by Marguerite Duras and revolves around the forbidden love story between a teenage French girl (March) and a wealthy Chinese man (Tony Leung Ka-fai) in 1929 French Indochina. Upon its release, the film garnered mixed reviews. Roger Ebert of the ‘Chicago Sun-Times’ wrote that while the film managed to get the physical details of the characters just right, there was a distinct lack of imagination there. However, the film was a box-office success.
According to a rumour that circulated when the film was released, the sex scenes between the lead actors were real and not simulated. March later vehemently denied it and blamed Annaud for not actively doing anything to dispel the “disgusting allegation”. Certain sections of the media began calling her “The sinner from Pinner", after the London suburb where she was raised.
In 1994, she shared screen space with Bruce Willis in the romance thriller ‘Color of Night’. March has stated that while she did not like the script of the film, she could not possibly pass up the chance of doing a Bruce Willis film. In 1998, she worked with Casper Van Dien and Steven Waddington in the action adventure ‘Tarzan and the Lost City’, portraying the female protagonist Jane Porter.
In 2000, she made her small screen debut in the season one episode of ‘Relic Hunter’. That year, she played the role of Lidia in the television movie ‘Dark Prince: The True Story of Dracula’. She portrayed the goddess Hestia in the 2010 supernatural adventure ‘Clash of the Titans’. Her last cinematic role to date was in ‘Film: The Movie’, a comedy-drama directed by Raffaello Degruttola.
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Family & Personal Life
Born on March 20, 1973, in Edgware, London, England, Jane March is one of the two children of Jean and Bernard Horwood. Her father, a secondary school teacher, is of English and Spanish descent while her mother is of Vietnamese and Chinese ancestry. She has an older brother named Jason.
On the set of ‘Color of Night’, March became acquainted with Carmine Zozzora, who was one of the co-producers of the film. They began dating soon after. On June 14, 1993, the couple tied the knot in an 11-minute-long ceremony, with Bruce Willis and Demi Moore serving as the best man and the maid of honour, respectively. March and Zozzora parted ways in 1997 and their divorce was finalised in 2001. March has since reportedly married her ‘Tarzan and the Lost City’ co-star Steven Waddington and has a son with him.
According to an interview she gave to the ‘Evening Standard’ in 2010, she splits her time between London, Paris, and Los Angeles, and has a home in North London. After living predominantly in US for the most part of her professional life, she returned to UK in the mid-2000s. She stated in the same interview that the relocation had been gradual.