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After high school, Brown worked for an insurance agency, but acting beckoned.He apprenticed with London and Australian companies, appeared in numerous films, and won international attention as the rakehell soldier in 1980’s Breaker Morant.But, ever diplomatic, he adds, “She has extremely high standards for herself, so there were times when I could tell she was not happy.” Of their chemistry, he says, “I loved her.” So did co-star Bryan Brown, 35, the craggy-featured Australian actor (Breaker Morant, A Town Like Alice) who plays Ward’s wayward husband. Bryan and Rachel were strangers until they met on the set. “I think they wanted to be left to themselves.” However, when the company trekked to Hawaii’s Kauai, which doubles for Australia’s Queensland, Brown and Ward went public, often strolling on location hand in hand. As the eldest daughter of aristocrat Peter Alistair Ward, 57, and niece of the Earl of Dudley, Rachel was raised with a younger sister and brother in comfort at Cornwell Manor, her father’s 1,800-acre estate.In writer Mc Cullough’s love triangle, Brown loses Ward to Chamberlain. In fact, the couple will wed April 16 in a small English church (60 guests) near the Oxfordshire estate where Ward was raised. The behind-the-scenes romance had on-camera repercussions. With only four previous acting credits (including Sharky’s Machine and Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid), Rachel was apprehensive about her work. But at an early age, she rejected the decorum expected of society’s child.“I was in a funny place,” he admits of some scenes, “where I really didn’t want to be with people.” In a fit of frustration over his acting one day, Chamberlain smacked a camera seat and broke his hand.“The complexity of the situation made this performance more difficult than Shōgun,” he says. As on Drogheda, the Australian sheep station that is The Thorn Birds’ setting, personal feuds flared.
In the late ’70s she left England for a successful career stateside appearing in major ads for Revlon and Fabergé.
But according to Richard Chamberlain, making love to Rachel Ward in the climactic sequence of The Thorn Birds was no easy task.
“There’s a microphone hidden in the armpit and another in the sheets,” he says. Your arm is giving out because you’ve been sitting above her for three hours on the same elbow, and you’re trying not to smear her lipstick or make slurpy sounds while you’re kissing.” insists Chamberlain, 48 this month, “Love scenes are difficult.” As Father Ralph de Bricassart, the hero of ABC’s 10-hour, four-part, million version of novelist Colleen Mc Cullough’s 1977 mega-seller, Chamberlain faced problems from the start.
For years Chamberlain has planned a TV movie based on his mentor’s book, Joy’s Way: A Map for the Transformational Journey.
Richard contends that six years of training with Joy has changed his outlook.