Charlotte Rampling is one of the best-respected British actresses of her generation, but while she’s had a long and successful career in Europe, she’s never broken through to genuine stardom in the United States. One could chalk this up to bad luck and poor casting in her American projects -- beyond 1982’s The Verdict
, she’s had few major box-office successes stateside, and whoever suggested she should take a major role in the 1977 disaster Orca
should have been fired -- but it probably has more to do with Rampling’s willingness to take on edgy, challenging roles in projects that aren’t likely to go over big at the multiplex. American actresses are supp...