Tuesday May 16, 2017

Charlotte Rampling's memoir reflects on painful death of sister

Charlotte Rampling has been nominated for an Oscar for her performance in 45 Years. The film is based on a short story by David Constantine.

Charlotte Rampling has been nominated for an Oscar for her performance in 45 Years. The film is based on a short story by David Constantine. (Andy Kropa/Invision/Associated Press)

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Actress Charlotte Rampling is in her sixth decade onscreen, but she chose to focus on a dark family secret for her memoir Who I Am: the suicide of her sister in 1967.

Rampling is known for many screen roles, spanning 1966's Georgy Girl to her latest film, The Sense of an Ending, which opened recently. Just last year, Rampling was nominated for a best actress Oscar for her role in 45 Years.

However, her memoir Who I Am does not focus on her long and varied cinematic career. Instead, it focuses on the effects of her family on her life, particularly the 1967 death of her sister Sarah and the secrets surrounding the event.

— Produced by Chris Trowbridge