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Frances Fisher
English-born American actress

Frances Fisher

Frances Fisher
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Intro English-born American actress
A.K.A. Frances Louise Fisher
Is Actor Television actor Film actor Stage actor
From United Kingdom United States of America
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender female
Birth 11 May 1952, Milford on Sea, Milford-on-Sea, New Forest District, United Kingdom
Age 71 years
Star sign Taurus
Children: Francesca Eastwood
Height: 1.61925 m
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Frances Louise Fisher (born 11 May 1952) is a British-born American actress.

Fisher began her career in theatre and later starred as detective Deborah 'Red' Saxon in the ABC daytime soap opera The Edge of Night (1976–1981). She has portrayed strong women on film and TV since the early 1980s. In film, she is known for her roles in Unforgiven (1992), Titanic (1997), True Crime (1999), House of Sand and Fog (2003), Laws of Attraction (2004), The Kingdom (2007), In the Valley of Elah (2007), Jolene (2008), The Lincoln Lawyer (2011) and The Host (2013). From 2014 to 2015, Fisher starred in the ABC drama series Resurrection. In 2019, she starred in the Emmy Award–winning HBO television series Watchmen, an adaptation of the graphic novel of the same name.

Early life and education

Fisher was 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. Her father was of Russian-Jewish and Hungarian-Jewish descent, while her mother was of Norwegian ancestry. Before she reached the age of fifteen, she had moved nine times and travelled because of her father's job, going to places including Italy, Turkey, 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 Lutcher Stark High School in Orange, Texas, where she performed in theatre productions, and later worked as a secretary.


Transition to acting

In her early working years, Fisher worked as a secretary at the Firestone Rubber and Latex Company in Orange, Texas. There, she met a retired New York actor (John Holland), who tells her, "Looks like you have talent." Realizing her true calling, Fisher quit her job, left her husband, and moved to Abingdon, Virginia, where she began working at Barter Theatre as an actor's apprentice.

A year later, she relocated to New York City, where she became friends with a seasoned actor who taught her how to crash auditions and also introduced her to agents. She honed her craft doing regional theater work (on and off-Broadway productions) and studied with Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio.


During the next 10 years, she concentrated on theatre in New York City 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.

In 2019, she starred in the Laguna Playhouse production of The Lion in Winter with Gregory Harrison.


In 1976, Fisher landed a regular spot, playing detective Deborah Saxon, on the television soap The Edge of Night, appearing alongside Ann FloodForrest Compton, and Joel Crothers. She was seen in 239 episodes of the series until 1981.

1983 saw her film debut in the role of "Louise" in Henry Jaglom's romance comedy Can She Bake a Cherry Pie? starring Michael Emil and Karen Black.

Fisher at the 2007 Jules Verne Adventure Film Special Awards Presentation

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.

Fisher was originally cast to play Jill Taylor on the ABC sitcom Home Improvement, but was replaced after initial filming because producers felt that her pilot episode performance did not test well with the audience. She was cast in the unaired pilot to the short-lived 1992 ABC summer series Human Target (originally filmed in 1990, her role was recast by the time the series was picked up in October 1991, replaced by actress Signy Coleman).

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 the same year she played the role of Janet Lee Bouvier in Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis.

Fisher had recurring roles in the 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 2003 starred in another drama cancelled after a 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, Cold Case, and Castle.

In 2014, Fisher was 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 2017, she and her daughter Francesca Eastwood both starred in the acclaimed Fargo episode "The Law of Non-Contradiction" as the older and younger versions of the same character.


Fisher made her film debut in Can She Bake a Cherry Pie? (1983) and later appeared in Patty Hearst directed by Paul Schrader. In 1989 she appeared in Pink Cadillac opposite Clint Eastwood, and the pair began a six-year offscreen relationship. The following year she appeared in Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael.

In 1992, Fisher had her break-out 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 at the Independent Spirit Awards in Los Angeles on 5 March 2010

Fisher had a role in House of Sand and Fog (2003), another Academy Award-nominated film. In 2004, she appeared in Laws of Attraction as Julianne Moore's mother, even though she is only 8 years older. Fisher worked on four films in 2006, including Peter Berg's The Kingdom, and Paul Haggis' In the Valley of Elah. The same year, she appeared in the film Jolene with Jessica Chastain as her lover. She served as an official festival judge for the 2011 Noor Iranian Film Festival in Los Angeles. In 2011, she appeared in The Lincoln Lawyer and The Roommate.

Fisher appeared as Maggie Stryder in the 2013 film The Host with Saoirse Ronan and William Hurt. She also appeared in the films The Potters and You're Not You, both released in 2014.

Fisher appeared in the film Woman in Gold (2015), playing the mother of Randol Schoenberg (Ryan Reynolds).

Personal life

In 1970, when Fisher was 18, she married her high school sweetheart Billy Mack Hamilton. They divorced two years later.

Fisher was in a relationship with fellow actor Clint Eastwood in the early to mid 1990s. During that time, the couple had a daughter, Francesca Eastwood (b. 1993).


  • Pink Cadillac (1989)
  • Sudie & Simpson (1990)
  • Unforgiven (1992)
  • Striptease (1996)
  • Wild America (1997)
  • Titanic (1997)
  • True Crime (1999)
  • The Big Tease (1999)
  • Gone in 60 Seconds (2000)
  • House of Sand and Fog (2003)
  • Laws of Attraction (2004)
  • The Kingdom (2007)
  • In the Valley of Elah (2007)
  • Jolene (2008)
  • A Single Woman (2008)
  • The Roommate (2011)
  • The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)
  • Sedona (2011)
  • The Host (2013)
  • Woman in Gold (2015)
  • Love on the Run (2016)
  • Outlaws and Angels (2016)
  • An American Girl Story - Melody 1963: Love Has to Win (2016)
  • Another Kind of Wedding (2017)
  • Run the Race (2019)
  • Watchmen (2019)
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Who is Frances Fisher?
A: Frances Fisher is an English-American actress. She is best known for her role as Ruth DeWitt Bukater in the 1997 film "Titanic".
Q: When was Frances Fisher born?
A: Frances Fisher was born on May 11, 1952.
Q: What are some notable films and TV shows Frances Fisher has appeared in?
A: Some notable films and TV shows Frances Fisher has appeared in include "Unforgiven", "The Lincoln Lawyer", "Resurrection", "Eureka", and "Watchmen".
Q: What is Frances Fisher's nationality?
A: Frances Fisher is of British nationality.
Q: Has Frances Fisher won any awards?
A: No, Frances Fisher has not won any major awards.
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