Geneviève Bujold

Geneviève Bujold

Infobox actor
name = Géneviève Bujold

birthdate = birth date and age|1942|7|1
location = flagicon|CAN Montreal, Quebec, Canada
spouse = Paul Almond (1967-1973)
academyawards = Nominated: Best Actress
1969 "Anne of the Thousand Days"
goldenglobeawards = Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama
1970 "Anne of the Thousand Days"

Geneviève Bujold (born July 1, 1942 in Montreal, Quebec) is an Oscar-nominated Canadian actress.

Early life

Related to 19th century Quebec strongman/weightlifter Louis Cyr, Bujold was raised by strict Roman Catholic French-Canadian parents who sent her to a convent school for her full 12 years of education. She disliked the school and its strict discipline, and eventually left it to pursue an acting career.

Dramatically trained at Montreal's Conservatory of Dramatic Art, she got her big break while on tour with a theatrical company in Paris, when French director Alain Resnais selected her for a role opposite Yves Montand in "La Guerre est finie" (1966). This led to her staying in France for a time where she made more films with noted French directors such as Louis Malle.

She has declined appointment of the Order of Canada, the highest honour to anyone in Canada, on the basis of being a public and vocal supporter of the Quebec sovereignty movement, a movement her supporters have called her biggest mistake.


Bujold appeared in a variety of film roles for Canadian and U.S. television earning a 1967 Emmy Award nomination for her performance as Joan of Arc in an NBC "Hallmark Hall of Fame" presentation. That year, she married Canadian film director Paul Almond, who directed her in "Isabel" (1968), and "Act of the Heart" (1970), opposite Donald Sutherland. They had a son, Matthew, in 1968 and were divorced in 1972. Also in 1968, she won the Prix Suzanne Bianchetti as the most promising young actress in French film.

In 1969, she starred opposite Richard Burton in the film "Anne of the Thousand Days". For her performance, she won the as well as a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress.

Bujold was touted to become a star, but her temper led to run-ins with her employer Universal Studios and she walked away from her contract, resulting in a lawsuit (which was settled when she agreed to appear in the 1974 disaster film "Earthquake"). In the ensuing years she appeared in films such as "The Trojan Women" (1971, opposite Katharine Hepburn and Vanessa Redgrave), "Kamouraska" (1973), Brian De Palma's "Obsession" (1976), "Alex and the Gypsy" (1976, opposite Jack Lemmon), the medical thriller "Coma" (1978, opposite Michael Douglas), "Choose Me" (1984, directed by Alan Rudolph) and "Tightrope" (1984, starring Clint Eastwood). She won the Best Actress in a Leading Role Genie Award for "Murder by Decree" (1979).

In 1994, she signed on to play the lead character, Captain Nicole Janeway, in the American television series "". However she dropped out after filming just a few scenes of the series' first episode. She cited a number of reasons, including a TV series work schedule being too demanding, differences with the producers on how to play the character and even claiming she was offended that producers wanted her to "pad" her uniform to give Janeway a more attractive figure for the Star Trek's predominantly male fan base. Kate Mulgrew replaced her and the character's name was changed to Kathryn Janeway.

Bujold — who spent several years away from her acting career after giving birth to a second son, Emmanuel, in 1980 (she re-emerged in the 1984 Alan Rudolph film "Choose Me") — continues to work in film, primarily with independent production companies.



* "Les Belles histoires des Pays-d'en-Haut" (1956)
* "Ti-Jean caribou" (1963)
* "Mistress of Paradise" (1981)
* "Red Earth, White Earth" (1989)
* "Les Noces de papier" (1989)


* "Amanita Pestilens" (1963)
* "La fleur de l'âge, ou Les adolescentes" (1964)
* "La terre à boire" (1964)
* "La fin des étés" (1964)
* "Geneviève" (1965)
* "La Guerre est finie" (1966)
* "Le roi de cœur" (1966)
* "Entre la mer et l'eau douce" (1967)
* "The Thief of Paris" (1967) "(Le voleur)"
* "Isabel" (1968)
* "Anne of the Thousand Days" (1969)
* "Act of the Heart" (1970)
* "The Trojan Women" (1971)
* "Journey" (1972)
* "Kamouraska" (1973)
* "Antigone" (1974)
* "Earthquake" (1974)
* "L'Incorrigible" (1975)
* "Swashbuckler" (1976)
* "Obsession" (1976)
* "Alex & the Gypsy" (1976)
* "Un autre homme, une autre chance" (1977)
* "Coma" (1978)
* "Murder by Decree" (1979)
* "The Last Flight of Noah's Ark" (1980)
* "Final Assignment" (1980)
* "Monsignor" (1982)
* "Tightrope" (1984)
* "Choose Me" (1984)
* "Trouble in Mind" (1985)
* "The Moderns" (1988)
* "Dead Ringers" (1988)
* "False Identity" (1990)
* "Rue du Bac" (1991)
* "The Dance Goes On" (1992)
* "Oh, What a Night" (1992)
* "An Ambush of Ghosts" (1993)
* "Mon amie Max" (1994)
* "The Adventures of Pinocchio" (1996)
* "Dead Innocent" (1996)
* "The House of Yes" (1997)
* "Last Night" (1998)
* "Eye of the Beholder" (1999)
* "Alex in Wonder" (2001)
* "Jericho Mansions" (2003)
* "Finding Home" (2003)
* "" (2007)

External links


* A fan site on Genevieve Bujold.

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