Geneviève Bujold (French pronunciation: [ʒən.vjɛːv by.ʒo]; born July 1, 1942) is a Canadian actress. She is best known for her portrayal of Anne Boleyn in the film Anne of the Thousand Days (1969), for which she won a Golden Globe Award and received an Academy Award nomination. Subsequent film credits include The Trojan Women (1971), Earthquake (1974), Obsession (1976), Coma (1978), Murder by Decree (1979), Tightrope (1984), Dead Ringers (1988), The House of Yes (1997), and Still Mine (2012).
Geneviève Bujold in Anne of the Thousand Days
(m. 1967; div. 1973)
|Partner(s)||Dennis Hastings (1977–present)|
Life and career
She entered the Montreal Conservatory of Dramatic Art, where she was trained in the classics of French theatre.
Two months before she was to graduate she made her stage debut as Rosine in Le Barbier de Séville in 1961 with Theatre de Gesu. She quit the school and was rarely out of work, being in demand for radio, stage, TV and film.
Bujold made her TV debut with Le square (1963), a 60-minute TV film based on a play by Maguerite Duras co-starring Georges Groulx.
She was in episodes of Jeudi-théâtre ("Atout... Meurtre") and Les belles histoires des pays d'en haut ("La terre de Bidou") and guest starred on Ti-Jean caribou.
Her Canadian feature film debut was in Amanita Pestilens (1963). She was then in an international co production La fleur de l'âge, ou Les adolescentes (1964) and had a lead role in La terre à boire (1964), the first Quebec feature to be privately financed.
In 1965, she toured Russia and France with the company of the Théâtre du Rideau Vert. While in Paris, Bujold was in a play A House... and a Day when she was seen by renowned French director Alain Resnais. He selected her for a role in his film The War Is Over, opposite Yves Montand and Ingrid Thulin.
She returned home briefly to appear in "Romeo and Jeannette" by Jean Anouilh alongside Michael Sarrazin, for a Canadian TV show Festival. Also for that show she did productions of The Murderer and A Doll's House.
She stayed in France to make two more films: Philippe de Broca's King of Hearts (1966), with Alan Bates, and Louis Malle's The Thief of Paris (1967), with Jean-Paul Belmondo. Bujold won the Prix Suzanne as the Discovery of the Year and Elle magazine called her The Girl of the Day. Despite having established herself in France, however, she returned to Canada.
Return to Canada
Upon her return to Canada, Bujold married film director Paul Almond in 1967. He directed her in "The Puppet Caravan" for Festival in 1967.
She appeared in Michel Brault's film Between Salt and Sweet Water (1967), then went to New York to play the title role in a production of Saint Joan (1967) for Hallmark Hall of Fame on American TV. Although she said she preferred film most and television least out of all the mediums, she received great acclaim for this including an Emmy nomination.
In Canada she starred in Isabel (1968), written and directed by Almond. It was one of the first Canadian films to be picked up for distribution by a major Hollywood studio.
Anne of the Thousand Days and International Stardom
International recognition came in 1969, when she starred as Anne Boleyn in Charles Jarrott's film Anne of the Thousand Days, with Richard Burton. Producer Hal B. Wallis cast her after seeing her in Isabel.
For her performance, she received the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama, and received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress. It was released by Universal who signed her to a three-picture contract.
Back in Canada, she did a second feature with her husband, The Act of the Heart (1970), co starring Donald Sutherland, which earned her a Best Actress at the Canadian Film Awards. She wrote and starred in a short film, Marie-Christine (1970), directed by Claude Jutra.
Wallis and Universal wanted Bujold to star in Mary, Queen of Scots (1971) but she refused so they sued her for $450,000.
Instead she played the role of Cassandra, a Greek prophet, in Michael Cacoyannis's film version of The Trojan Women (1971), opposite Katharine Hepburn, Vanessa Redgrave, and Irene Papas. It was shot in Spain.
The lawsuit with Universal was settled and she agreed to sign a new three-picture film contract starting with Earthquake (1974), with Charlton Heston. By now her marriage ended and she was keen to leave Montreal so she relocated to Los Angeles.
Bujold returned to Canada to play a key role in the Sherlock Holmes film Murder by Decree (1979), which won her a Best Supporting Actress Award at the Canadian Film Awards.
She then made the Walt Disney fantasy The Last Flight of Noah's Ark (1980), with Elliott Gould and Charles Jarrott, director of Anne of the Thousand Days. She was directed by Almond once more in the Canadian Final Assignment (1980).
After a long absence from Quebec, she returned to appear in two more films by Michel Brault: The Paper Wedding (1989), and My Friend Max (1994). In between she went to France to make Rue du Bac (1991), and did another film with Almond, The Dance Goes On (1991), the latter featuring their son, Matthew (born in 1968). She had support roles in Oh, What a Night (1993), and An Ambush of Ghosts (1993).
In 1994, Bujold was chosen to play Captain Nicole Janeway (subsequently renamed Kathryn Janeway), lead character in the ensemble cast of the American television series Star Trek: Voyager. However, she left the project after just two days of filming, with producers of the show citing the "demanding" work schedule as the reason. Kate Mulgrew was subsequently cast in the role.
She had support roles in The Adventures of Pinocchio (1995), The House of Yes (1997), Last Night (1998), You Can Thank Me Later (1998), Eye of the Beholder (1999), The Bookfair Murders (2000), Children of My Heart (2001) and Alex in Wonder (2001)
She was top billed in Dead Innocent (1997) and was in a short Matisse & Picasso: A Gentle Rivalry (2001).
She was back in Quebec to star in Chaos and Desire (2002), directed by Manon Briand. That year she said "I like doing studio films, independent films. I want to step up to the plate and do it. The role doesn't have to be long, but it has to be essential to the film. And it's got to be truthful to me. I defend my characters. They're like my babies."
In 2012, she received praise for her portrayal of a woman battling dementia in the acclaimed romantic drama Still Mine. Stephen Holden of The New York Times commented: "Ms. Bujold imbues Irene with a starchy tenacity and a sharp sense of humor", while The Washington Post called her performance "superb" and "remarkably detailed".
Her later films include Chorus (2015).
|1967||Prix Suzanne Bianchetti||Most Promising Young Actress||The Thief of Paris||Won|
|1968||Emmy Awards||Outstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Drama||Saint Joan||Nominated|
|1968||Canadian Film Awards||Best Actress||Isabel||Won|
|1969||Academy Awards||Best Actress||Anne of the Thousand Days||Nominated|
|1970||Golden Globe Awards||Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama||Anne of the Thousand Days||Won|
|1970||Canadian Film Awards||Best Actress||The Act of the Heart||Won|
|1973||Canadian Film Awards||Best Actress||Kamouraska||Won|
|1980||Genie Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Murder by Decree||Won|
|1981||Genie Awards||Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role||Final Assignment||Nominated|
|1988||Los Angeles Film Critics Association||Best Supporting Actress||Dead Ringers & The Moderns||Won|
|1988||Prix Gémeaux||Best Actress||L'Emprise||Nominated|
|1989||Genie Awards||Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role||Dead Ringers||Nominated|
|1990||Prix Gémeaux||Best Actress||The Paper Wedding||Won|
|1994||Genie Awards||Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role||My Friend Max||Nominated|
|1998||Genie Awards||Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role||Last Night||Nominated|
|2010||Canadian Comedy Awards||Best Performance by a Female - Film||The Trotsky||Nominated|
|2013||Canadian Screen Awards||Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role||Still Mine||Nominated|
|2018||Governor General's Performing Arts Awards||Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award (Film)||Won|
|1963||Amanita Pestilens||Sophie Martin|
|1964||La fleur de l'âge, ou Les audolescentes||Genevieve|
|1964||La terre à boire||Barbara|
|1964||La fin des étés||Unknown||Short film|
|1966||The War Is Over||Nadine Sallanches|
|1966||King of Hearts||Coquelicot|
|1967||The Thief of Paris||Charlotte|
|1967||Between Salt and Sweet Water||Geneviève|
|1969||Anne of the Thousand Days||Anne Boleyn|
|1970||The Act of the Heart||Martha Hayes|
|1971||The Trojan Women||Cassandra|
|1976||Obsession||Elizabeth Courtland / Sandra Portinari|
|1976||Alex & the Gypsy||Maritza|
|1977||Another Man, Another Chance||Jeanne Leroy née Perriere|
|1978||Coma||Dr. Susan Wheeler|
|1979||Murder by Decree||Annie Crook|
|1980||The Last Flight of Noah's Ark||Bernadette Lafleur|
|1980||Final Assignment||Nicole Thomson|
|1985||Trouble in Mind||Wanda|
|1988||The Moderns||Libby Valentin|
|1988||Dead Ringers||Claire Niveau|
|1990||False Identity||Rachel Roux|
|1991||Rue du Bac||Marie Aubriac|
|1992||The Dance Goes On||Rick's Mother|
|1992||Oh, What a Night||Eva|
|1993||An Ambush of Ghosts||Irene Betts|
|1994||My Friend Max||Marie-Alexandrine Brabant|
|1996||The Adventures of Pinocchio||Leona|
|1997||The House of Yes||Mrs. Pascal|
|1997||Dead Innocent||Suzanne St. Laurent|
|1998||Last Night||Mrs. Carlton|
|1998||You Can Thank Me Later||Joelle|
|1999||Eye of the Beholder||Dr. Jeanne Brault|
|2001||Alex in Wonder||Natalie|
|2002||Chaos and Desire||Colette Lasalle|
|2003||Jericho Mansions||Lily Melnick|
|2004||Downtown: A Street Tale||Aimee Levesque|
|2005||By the Pricking of My Thumbs||Rose Evangelista|
|2006||Deliver Me (Délivrez-moi)||Irène|
|2009||The Trotsky||Denise Archambault|
|2011||For the Love of God (Pour l'amour de Dieu)||Soeur Cécile (72 years)|
|2012||Still Mine||Irene Morrison|
|2013||The Legend of Sarila||Saya (English version, voice)|
|2013||Northern Borders||Abiah Kittredge|
|2018||Two Girls||In post-production|
|1963||Ti-Jean caribou||Unknown||TV series|
|1963||Les Belles Histoires des pays d'en haut||Julie Fourchu (2 episodes)||TV series|
|1965||Festival||Various characters (3 episodes)||TV series|
|1967||Hallmark Hall of Fame||Joan of Arc (adaptation of the play Saint Joan)||TV series|
|1974||Great Performances||Antigone (adaptation of the play Antigone)||TV series|
|1976||Hallmark Hall of Fame||Cleopatra (adaptation of the play Caesar and Cleopatra)||TV series|
|1981||Mistress of Paradise||Elizabeth Beaufort||TV movie|
|1989||Red Earth, White Earth||Madeline||TV movie|
|1990||The Paper Wedding||Claire Rocheleau||TV movie|
|2000||The Bookfair Murders||Margaret Dourie Cantor||TV movie|
|2000||Children of My Heart||Gabrielle Roy||TV movie|
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