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It's easy to see why Zeffirelli would think his Juliet could also play Mary.
But it took the veteran Hollywood director William Riead to see Teresa in Olivia, and to hire special-effects wizard Kevin Haney to do the elaborate make-up.
Hussey starred in what was considered the most successful adaptation of a Shakespearean work at its time in the 1968 film, which won Academy Awards for best cinematography and best costume design, and was also nominated for best director and best picture.
The film was popular with a younger audience, due in part to the young age of the actors at the time (Hussey was 15, and Whiting was 17), and the two actors were considered to be the next rising stars in film.
Her figure is still girlishly slender, her hair long and thick, her face unlined.
The only things that surprise me are her height - she is just five foot two, but has always seemed taller in films - and her slight Spanish accent.
I used to say that my own father was dead, because he might as well have been.
He was in Argentina and didn't play a part in my life.
He was Dean Paul Martin, the son of the famous crooner.Though other actresses have spoken the lines with greater skill, it is the young Hussey who can make a modern lad believe that Juliet was worth dying for.But her adolescent admirers may be dismayed to learn that the screen goddess of 1968 is now 50 and a mother of three.Zeffirelli saw the play, asked Olivia to be his Juliet and made her a star almost overnight."It all happened so fast, I never had the chance to adapt to the fame.
Moreover, in her next film - which begins production this year in Calcutta - she plays the decidedly unglamorous "Saint of the Gutters", Mother Teresa.