Born in England circa 1945, actress Charlotte Rampling is the daughter of a British colonel who went on to become a NATO commander and relatively successful painter. After attending the Jeanne d’Arc Académie pour Jeunes Filles in Versailles and the prestigious St. Hilda’s school in Bushley, England, Rampling worked as a model before making her film debut as a water skier in The Knack…and How to Get It (1965), director Richard Lester’s acclaimed sex comedy. Her breakout role, however, wouldn’t come until a year later, when she performed opposite Lynn Redgrave as the bitchy but beautiful roommate of the title character in Georgy Girl (1966). Georgy Girl set the standard for Rampling’s further work, which, while not always popular with mainstream audiences, could never be conceived of as mundane. Quite the contrary, in fact — from her role as a hitchhiker in Vanishing Point (1971) to her portrayal of Ann Boleyn in Henry VIII and His Six Wives (1972… read more
For me she is one of the very great European actresses. There are only a few of that craft for whom I go to the cinema for a 'blind date'. I never saw a film in which she worked that wasn't really interesting. She is always very worthwhile to watch in any role she chooses.