Genevieve Bujold

Genevieve Bujold

Born: July 1, 1942
Age: 76
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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Geneviève Bujold (born July 1, 1942) is a Canadian actress. She is best known for her portrayal of Anne Boleyn in the 1969 film Anne of the Thousand Days, for which she received the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama, and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress. 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).


Life and career

Bujold was born in Montreal, Quebec, the daughter of Laurette (née Cavanagh), a maid, and Joseph Firmin Bujold, a bus driver. She is of French Canadian descent, with distant Irish ancestry. Bujold received a strict convent education before entering the Montreal Conservatory of Dramatic Art, where she was trained in the classics of French theatre. She made her stage debut as Rosine in Le Barbier de Séville in 1962.

In 1965, while on tour with the company of the Théâtre du Rideau Vert in Paris, renowned French director Alain Resnais selected her for a role in his film The War Is Over, opposite Yves Montand. She stayed in France to make two more films: Philippe de Broca's King of Hearts, with Alan Bates (1966), and Louis Malle's The Thief of Paris, with Jean-Paul Belmondo (1967).

Upon her return to Canada, she married film director Paul Almond in 1967. She starred in three of his films: Isabel (1968), The Act of the Heart (1970), and Journey (1972), winning the Canadian Film Award for Best Actress for the first two. The couple divorced in 1973, but worked together again in Final Assignment (1980) and The Dance Goes On (1991), the latter featuring their son, Matthew (born in 1968).

She also appeared in Michel Brault's film Between Salt and Sweet Water (1967), and in Claude Jutra's Kamouraska (1973), based on a novel by Anne Hébert, for which she received her third Canadian Film Award for Best Actress.

Bujold appeared in a variety of roles for Canadian and U.S. television, including two adaptations of the work of playwright George Bernard Shaw: Saint Joan (1967), for which she received an Emmy Award nomination for her portrayal of Joan of Arc, and Caesar and Cleopatra, with Alec Guinness (1976). She also appeared in an adaptation of Jean Anouilh's Antigone for PBS's Great Performances in 1974.

International recognition came in 1969, when she starred as Anne Boleyn in Charles Jarrott's film Anne of the Thousand Days, with Richard Burton. 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. The following year, she played the role of Cassandra, a Greek prophet, in Michael Cacoyannis's film version of The Trojan Women (1970), opposite Katharine Hepburn, Vanessa Redgrave, and Irene Papas.

Wishing to preserve her artistic integrity, Bujold walked away from her contract with Universal Studios in the early 1970s. The resulting lawsuit was settled when she agreed to appear in the 1974 disaster film Earthquake, with Charlton Heston, and the 1976 adventure Swashbuckler, with Robert Shaw. In the ensuing years, she had leading roles in Brian De Palma's acclaimed Hitchcockian thriller, Obsession, with Cliff Robertson (1976); Another Man, Another Chance, with James Caan (1977); box office hit Coma, with Michael Douglas (1978); Walt Disney fantasy The Last Flight of Noah's Ark, with Elliott Gould (1980); Monsignor, with Christopher Reeve (1982); and Tightrope, with Clint Eastwood (1984).

She formed a professional friendship with director Alan Rudolph, and appeared in three of his films: Choose Me (1984), Trouble in Mind (1985), and The Moderns (1988).

Bujold received strong reviews for her portrayal of a drug-dependent movie star in David Cronenberg's psychological horror, Dead Ringers (1988), opposite Jeremy Irons. 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). A few years later, she was back in Quebec to star in Chaos and Desire (2002), directed by Manon Briand.

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.

Bujold continues to work, primarily in independent films. 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".


Year Association Category Work Result
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



Year Title Role Notes
1963 Amanita Pestilens Sophie Martin
1964 Geneviève Geneviève Short film
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
1968 Isabel Isabel
1969 Anne of the Thousand Days Anne Boleyn
1970 Marie-Christine Unknown Short film
1970 The Act of the Heart Martha Hayes
1971 The Trojan Women Cassandra
1972 Journey Saguenay
1973 Kamouraska Élisabeth
1974 Earthquake Denise
1975 L'incorrigible Marie-Charlotte Pontalec
1976 Swashbuckler Jane Barnet
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
1982 Monsignor Carla
1984 Tightrope Beryl Thibodeaux
1984 Choose Me Nancy
1985 Trouble in Mind Wanda
1988 Rough Justice Unknown
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
2003 Finding Home Katie
2004 Downtown: A Street Tale Aimee Levesque
2005 By the Pricking of My Thumbs Rose Evangelista
2006 Disappearances Cordelia
2006 Délivrez-moi Irène
2009 The Trotsky Denise Archambault
2011 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
2015 Chorus Gabrielle
2018 Two Girls In post-production


Year Title Role Notes
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 Saint Joan Saint Joan of Arc TV movie
1974 Great Performances Antigone (1 episode) TV series
1976 Caesar and Cleopatra Cleopatra TV movie
1981 Mistress of Paradise Elizabeth Beaufort TV movie
1988 L'Emprise Unknown 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
2006 Children of My Heart Gabrielle Roy TV movie

[ Source: Wikipedia ]