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Born in Milford On-Sea, England, Frances Fisher’s itinerant childhood in Columbia, Canada, France, Brazil, Turkey, Italy and in various locations around the U.S. undoubtedly provided fodder for her thespian career. After graduating from high school in Orange, Texas, Frances cut her teeth acting on Tennessee Williams and Robert Bolt in Orange Community Theater. She also apprenticed at the Barter Theatre in Virginia before moving to New York City where her career quickly blossomed. Ms. Fisher has starred in over 30 theatrical productions including Fool For Love, Desire Under the Elms, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Orpheus Descending, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Three More Sleepless Nights. Her latest theatre was at The Taper in The Cherry Orchard and a two-hander opposite Paul Ben Victor in Sexy Laundry. Fisher's latest staged reading was the 9/11/11 reading of My Child - Mothers of War. She is currently co-producing with Zane Buzby, a fundraiser/reading entitled In Their Own Words, a selected reading of letters written by 1,500 Holocaust survivors in their 80's and 90's struggling to stay alive in Eastern Europe. How you can help: www.survivormitzvah.org Ms. Fisher's diverse film career boasts roles in Tough Guys Don’t Dance, Can She Bake A Cherry Pie?, Babyfever, Patty Hearst, Female Perversions, Oscar winning Unforgiven, True Crime, The Big Tease, The Rising Place, Blue Car, Mrs. Harris, Sand & Fog, Laws of Attraction, The Kingdom, In The Valley Of Elah, Jolene, The Perfect Game and Golf in the Kingdom. The versatile actress is perhaps best known for her memorable performance as Kate Winslet’s mother in Titanic, which garnered her a Screen Actors Guild nomination as part of Best Ensemble Cast, while the film went on to receive 11 Academy Awards. In addition to her thriving theater and movie career, Fisher has had many notable television roles such as Lucille Ball in Lucy & Desi: Before the Laughter, Audrey Hepburn's mother in The Audrey Hepburn Story, and Janet Bouvier in Jackie O: A Life Story, and recurring roles on Becker, Lyons Den, Titus, The Shield, Eureka and Torchwood. Other most recent guest spots include The Mentalist, ER, 2.5 Men, Sons of Anarchy, Private Practice, and CSI. Ms. Fisher was seen in the #1 Box office hit, The Roommate, playing Leighton Meester's mother, and she played Ryan Philippe's mother in the critically acclaimed Lakeshore feature Lincoln Lawyer, opposite Matthew McConaughey. Now you will see her play Alessandro Nivola's mother in David Rosenthal's Janie Jones, with Abigail Breslin. Currently, Ms. Fisher stars in SEDONA, the Motion Picture, with Beth Grant, in competition at the Hollywood Film Festival 2011. Her upcoming films include Any Day Now, The Silent Thief, Franny, Blind Pass, The "M" Word (her 4th film with Henry Jaglom), and Bad Hurt, starring opposite Bryan Cranston.