May. 11th, 1952
Milford on Sea, Hampshire, England, UK
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Frances Louise Fisher (born May 11, 1952) is an English-born American actress.
Born in Milford on Sea, Hampshire, England, the daughter of American parents Olga Rosine (née Moen), a housewife, and William Irving "Bill" Fisher, Sr, an oil refinery construction superintendent. Before she reached the age of fifteen, she had moved nine times and traveled because of her father's job, going to places like Italy, Turkey, England, Colombia, France, Canada, and Brazil. When she was 15, her mother died and she took on the responsibility to help raise her younger brother. She ultimately completed her high school at Lutcherstark High School in Orange, Texas, where she had performed in theatre productions, and later she worked as a secretary.
Deciding to follow her interest in theatre, she moved to New York, where she subsequently enjoyed a 14-year stage career in regional and off-Broadway productions. During which, she became involved with the Actors Studio, where she studied with Lee Strasberg. Fisher moved as a young woman to Abingdon, Virginia, where she began her acting career at the Barter Theatre, a year-round repertory theatre.
During the next 10 years, she concentrated on theatre in New York and in regional theatres all over the East Coast. She has also returned to theatre; she appeared in Arthur Miller's last play, Finishing the Picture, produced at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, and in a 2006 production of The Cherry Orchard at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.
Fisher gained recognition playing Detective Deborah Saxon on the ABC daytime soap opera The Edge of Night from 1976 to 1981. She later joined the cast of CBS's Guiding Light as Suzette Saxon in 1985. After leaving daytime television, Fisher guest starred as a bartender, Savannah, at "The Lobo" in the first season of ABC comedy series Roseanne. She also appeared on Newhart, Matlock, and In the Heat of the Night.
She was originally cast to play Jill Taylor on the ABC sitcom Home Improvement, but was replaced after initial filming of the pilot episode by 'Patricia Richardson' due to a lack of chemistry with 'Tim Allen' as well as with the studio audience who felt Fisher was too serious in the delivery of her lines. In 1991, Fisher was cast as Lucille Ball in the television film Lucy & Desi: Before the Laughter, which aired to strong ratings and good reviews. From 1994 to 1995 she starred in the Fox drama series Strange Luck. In 2000, Fisher portrayed Audrey Hepburn's mother, Ella Hepburn, in the biographical film of the actress. In same year she played the role of Janet Lee Bouvier in Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis.
In 1992, Fisher had her breakout role in Unforgiven, an Academy Award winning film directed by Clint Eastwood, who also starred. In later years she began acting regularly in major and independent films. Her most famous role in film was as the society matron Ruth DeWitt Bukater, the mother of the character played by 'Kate Winslet', in the 1997 blockbuster Titanic. She appeared in True Crime (1999) with Eastwood as D.A.
Fisher had a recurring roles in CBS sitcom Becker as Dr. Elizabeth 'Liz' Carson from 1999 to 2000, and on Fox's Titus as Juanita Titus (2000-2001). In 2002 she starred in the short-lived The WB series Glory Days, and in next yearn in another drama that was cancelled after single season, The Lyon's Den on NBC. In 2005, she appeared on the ER episode "Just As I Am," as Helen Kingsley, the long-lost birth mother of Dr. Kerry Weaver played by Laura Innes, even though Fisher is only five years older. She also starred in a pilot for NBC/USA entitled To Love and Die.
In 2008, she appeared in a recurring role on the Sci-Fi Channel television series Eureka, portraying the character Eva Thorne. Fisher also guest-starred on Grey's Anatomy, The Shield, Two and a Half Men, Private Practice, Sons of Anarchy, Torchwood, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Castle.
In 2014, Fisher starring in the ABC drama series Resurrection about the residents of Arcadia, Missouri, whose lives are upended when their loved ones return from the dead, unaged since their deaths. She played the role of Lucille Langston.
In 1970, when Fisher was 18, she married her high school sweetheart Billy Mack Hamilton. The couple were only married for two years before divorcing.
Fisher was in a relationship with fellow actor 'Clint Eastwood' for six years in the early 1990s. During that time, the couple had a child together, Francesca Eastwood (b. 1993).
- Her goddaughter is 'Jasmine Joshua'.
- Her father worked in oil refinery construction, so she moved regularly. She was born in England and moved about every year until she was in 7th grade, when the family settled in Orange, Texas.
- In 1993, Frances gave birth to her child with 'Clint Eastwood' (qv), a daughter named 'Francesca Fisher-Eastwood' (qv).
- Has blondish-red hair and light blue eyes.
- Is a U.S. citizen.
- Was the original choice for the role of Jill Taylor on _"Home Improvement" (1991)_ (qv) but was replaced at the last minute by 'Patricia Richardson (I)' (qv). A lack of chemistry between 'Tim Allen (I)' (qv) and Fisher was named the reason for the switch.
- Is best friends with 'Sharon Gabet' (qv), who she met while they were both on _"The Edge of Night" (1956)_ (qv).
- In the movie _The Stars Fell on Henrietta (1995)_ (qv) her real-life daughter, 'Francesca Fisher-Eastwood' (qv), played her youngest child.