Tushingham, Rita 1940(?)–

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Tushingham, Rita 1940(?)–


Born March 14, 1940 (one source cites 1942), in Liverpool, England; daughter of John (a pharmacist) and Enid Ellen (maiden name, Lott) Tushingham; married Terence William Bicknell, 1962 (divorced); married Ouasama Rawi (a cinematographer; divorced, 1996); children: (first) Dodonna, Aisha (a post-production coordinator). Education: Trained for the stage at the Liverpool Playhouse. Avocational Interests: Cooking.


Agent—International Artistes, 4th Floor, Holborn Hall, 193-197 High Holborn, London WC1 7BD United Kingdom.


Actress. Berlin International Film Festival, member of jury, 1972, 1990.

Awards, Honors:

Variety Club of Great Britain Award, most promising newcomer, 1961, Film Award, most promising newcomer, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and Best Actress Award, Cannes Film Festival, both 1962, and New York Film Critics Award, best actress, 1963, all for A Taste of Honey; Golden Globe Award, most promising female newcomer, 1963; Variety Club of Great Britain Award, best actress, 1964; Silver Goddess Award, best foreign actress, Mexico Film Festival, 1965; Film Award nomination, best British actress, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, 1965, Variety Club of Great Britain Award, best actress, both for Girl with Green Eyes; Film Award nomination, best British actress, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, Golden Globe nomination, best motion picture actress in a musical or comedy, 1966, Mexican Film Festival Award, best actress, all for The Knack; Czechoslovak Film Critics Award, best actress, 1966; Variety Club of Great Britain Award, BBC-TV Personality of the Year, 1988.


Film Appearances:

Jo, A Taste of Honey, Continental Distributing, 1961.

Catherine Donovan, A Place to Go, British Lion, 1963.

Dot, The Leather Boys, Allied Artists, 1963.

Kate Brady, Girl with Green Eyes, Lopert, 1964.

The girl, Dr. Zhivago, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1965.

Nancy Jones, The Knackand How to Get It (also known as The Knack), Lopert, 1965.

(Uncredited) Herself, Moscow in Madrid, 1965.

Eve, The Trap (also known as L'Aventure sauvage and The Mad Trapper), Continental Distributing, 1966.

Brenda, Smashing Time, Paramount, 1967.

Bridget Rafferty, Diamonds for Breakfast, Paramount, 1968.

Penelope, The Bed Sitting Room, United Artists, 1969.

Jenny, The Guru, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1969.

Brenda Thompson, Straight on 'till Morning (also known as Dressed for Death, The Victim, and Til Dawn Do Us Part), International Co-Productions, 1972.

The Case of Laura C., 1972.

Where Do You Go From Here?, 1973.

Carol, Fischia il sesso (also known as Instant Coffee and Loose in New York), 1974.

Janice, The Human Factor (also known as Il Guistiziere), Bryanston, 1975.

Lea, Rachel's Man (also known as Ish Rachel), Hemdale Releasing, 1975.

Ragazzo di borgata (also known as Slum Boy), RPA International, 1976.

Rita, Slaughterday (also known as Situation and Luger calibro 9: massacro per una rapina), 1977.

Vera, Pane, burro e marmellata (also known as Bread, Butter, and Jam) 1977.

Maria, Gran bollito (also known as Black Journal and La Signora degli orrori), 1977.

Martha Gude, Mysteries (also known as Evil Mysteries), Cine-Vog, 1978.

Situation (also known as Deadline), 1981.

Kate, Spaghetti House, Titanus/SACIS/Axon Video, 1982.

Jean Stoller, Flying (also known as Dream to Believe and Teenage Dream), Golden Communications, 1986.

Eunice Parchman, A Judgment in Stone (also known as The Housekeeper), Norstar, 1986.

The Legendary Life of Ernest Hemingway (also known as Hemingway, festa e morte), 1988.

Mrs. Deakin, Resurrected (also known as Resurrection), Hobo Film Enterprises, 1989.

Rita, Hard Days, Hard Nights, 1990.

Alice Fletcher, Sunday Pursuit (also known as Perseguicao de Domingo), 1990.

Lou, Papierowe malzenstwo (also known as Paper Marriage), 1992.

Dora Tas, A Csalas gyonyore (also known as Rapture of Deceit), 1992.

Myrna, Ewangelia wedlug Harry'ego (also known as Desert Lunch and The Gospel According to Harry), 1993.

Aunt Lily, An Awfully Big Adventure, 1995.

Harry's mother, The Boy From Mercury, Blue Dolphin, 1996.

Mum, Under the Skin, Arrow Entertainment, 1997.

Mags Luxford, Swing, Swing Venture, 1999.

Margaret Nixon, Out of Depth, 1999.

Aunt Carrie, Being Julia (also known as Csodalatos), Sony Pictures Classics, 2004.

Headmistress-trainer, Loneliness and the Modern Pentathlon (short), 2005.

Molly, Puffball, Wild Bunch, 2007.

There for Me, 2007.

Also appeared in The Incredible Mrs. Chadwick; Lady Killers; Seeing Red.

Television Appearances; Series:

Leonora, No Strings, BBC, 1974.

Celia Higgins, Bread, BBC, 1988-89.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Mrs. Prysselius, Pippi Longstocking, ABC, 1985.

Mrs. Twentyman, Bekenntnisse des Hochstaplers Felix Krull (also known as Felix Krull), 1992.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Margaret Sheen, Green Eyes, ABC, 1977.

Dieter Guett—ein Journalist (also known as Guett. Ein Journalist), 1991.

Hamburger Gift, 1992.

Bette, Naechte mit Joan (also known as Spending Nights with Joan), 1998.

Marilyn Massey, The Stretford Wives, 2002.

Miss Elizabeth Percehouse, Marple: The Sittaford Mystery, ITV and PBS, 2006.

Millie, Angel Cake, BBC, 2006.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Dante and Beatrice in Liverpool, 1989.

Celia Fishwick, Life Beyond the Box: Margo, BBC, 2003.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Joy South, "The Man Who Fell Apart," The Human Jungle, 1964.

Grace, "Little Red Riding Hood," Armchair Theatre, ABC [United Kingdom] and Thames, 1973.

Charlotte Bryant, "Don't Let Them Kill Me on Wednesday," Lady Killers (also known as Ladykillers), Granada, 1980.

Dr. Jessica Edwards, "Seeing R.E.D.," Seeing Things, CBC, 1984.

Celia Higgins, Bread, BBC, 1986.

Contributor, "Northern Lights," Hollywood, U.K., BBC, 1993.

Contributor, "Making It in London," Hollywood, U.K., BBC, 1993.

Herself, Open House (also known as Open House with Gloria Hunniford), Channel 5, 2001.

Margaret Mellors, "Shadow Play," Helen West, Carlton, 2002.

Elise Allen, New Tricks, BBC, 2005.

The Paul O'Grady Show (also known as The New Paul O'Grady Show), ITV, 2005.

Richard & Judy, Channel 4, 2006.

Stage Appearances:

(London debut) Madwoman, The Changeling, Royal Court Theatre, 1961.

Waitress, The Kitchen, Royal Court Theatre, 1961.

Hermia, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Royal Court Theatre, 1962.

Maria, Twelfth Night, Royal Court Theatre, 1962.

Nancy, The Knack, Royal Court Theatre, 1962.

Daisy Wink, The Give-away, Garrick Theatre, London, 1969.

Lorna, Lorna and Ted, Greenwich Theatre, London, 1970.

Bernadette Soubirous, Mistress of Novices, Piccadilly Theatre, London, 1973.