Sophie Marceau (born 17 Nov. 1966 (47 years ago)) is a French actress, who has appeared in 35 films. During her teens, Marceau achieved popularity by her debut movies La Boum (1980, 33 years ago) and La Boum 2 (1982, 31 years ago), for which she received a César Award for Most Promising Actress. In addition to her French language films, she has worked in international movies such as Braveheart (1995, 18 years ago) and as a Bond Girl in The World Is Not Enough (1999, 14 years ago).
Early lifeMarceau was born Sophie Danièle Sylvie Maupu in Paris, France, the second child of Simone (née Morisset), a shop assistant, and Benoît Maupu, a truck driver. The family lived a working-class existence that left Marceau with generally fond memories of childhood. During the week, she helped at the family restaurant. She spent weekends with her family in La Cabane, a small house in Vert-le-Petit in the department Essonne. Her parents divorced when she was nine.
CareerIn Feb. 1980 (33 years ago), Marceau and her mother came across a model agency looking for teenagers. Marceau had photos taken at The Agency (4 pics) but did not think anything would come of it. At the same time, Françoise Menidrey, the casting director for Claude Pinoteau's La Boum (1980, 33 years ago), asked modeling agencies to recommend a new teenager for the project. After viewing the rushes, Alain Poiré, the director of the Gaumont movie Company, signed Marceau to a long-term contract. La Boum was a hit not only in France, where 4.5 million tickets were sold, but several other European countries and Japan.
In 1981 (32 years ago), Marceau made her singing debut with French singer François Valéry on "Dream in Blue," written by Delanoë.
Early movie careerIn 1982 (31 years ago), at the age of 16, Marceau bought back her contract with Gaumont for one million French francs. She borrowed most of the money. After starring in the sequel movie La Boum 2 in 1982 (31 years ago), Marceau focused on more dramatic roles, including Fort Saganne (co-starring Gérard Depardieu and Catherine Deneuve) and Joyeuse Pâques (Happy Easter) in 1984 (29 years ago), L'Amour Braque and Police in 1985 (28 years ago), and Descente aux Enfers (Descent Into Hell) in 1986 (27 years ago). In 1988 (25 years ago), she starred in L'Etudiante (The Student) and Chouans!. That year, Marceau was named Best Romantic Actress at the International Festival of Romantic Movies for her role in Chouans.
In 1989 (24 years ago), she starred in Mes nuits sont plus belles que vos jours (My Nights are more Beautiful than your Days), which was directed by her long-time boyfriend Andrzej Zulawski. In 1990 (23 years ago), she starred in Pacific Palisades and La Note Bleue, her third movie directed by her companion. In 1991 (22 years ago), she ventured into the theater in Eurydice, which earned Marceau the Moliere Award for Best Female Newcomer.
Marceau began making less-dramatic films, such as the comedy Fanfan in 1993 (20 years ago) and La Fille de D'Artagnan in 1994 (19 years ago) — both popular in Europe and abroad. That year, she returned to the theatre as Eliza Dolittle in Pygmalion.
International successMarceau achieved international recognition in 1995 (18 years ago) as Princess Isabelle in Mel Gibson's Braveheart. That year, she was part of an ensemble of international actors in the French movie directed by Michelangelo Antonioni and Wim Wenders, Beyond the Clouds.
In 1997 (16 years ago), she continued with William Nicholson's Firelight, filmed in England, Véra Belmont's Marquise, filmed in France, and Bernard Rose's Anna Karenina.
She played Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999, 14 years ago). She became a villainess Bond girl by playing Elektra King in The World Is Not Enough (1999, 14 years ago).
Marceau teamed up again with her then-boyfriend Andrzej Zulawski to movie La Fidélité in 2000 (13 years ago).
Author and directorIn 1995 (18 years ago), Marceau wrote a semi-autobiographical novel, Menteuse (engl. translation Telling Lies published in 2001 (12 years ago)), in which the narrator is a beautiful actress who is confident in her beauty and talent and yet insecure. The unnamed narrator takes the reader into a world of memories, fantasies, and impressions, but never reveals herself completely. Marceau's work was described as "an exploration of female identity". Marceau describes what the narrator is going through:
It's the day of separation, and from that second she realises she has gone, like an everyday lifetime with memories coming back. Because she's in the middle of something new that hasn't been yet, and something done already. How time can be elastic; how it can betray you, be capricious and play with you.
In 2002 (11 years ago), Marceau made her directorial debut in the feature movie Speak to Me of Love for which she was named Best Director at the Montreal World movie Festival. The movie starred Judith Godrèche. It was her second effort at directing (she made the nine-minute short movie L'Aube à l'envers in 1995 (18 years ago), which also starred Godrèche). Entering the 2005 (8 years ago) Cannes movie Festival award ceremony, the shoulder strap on Marceau's dress fell off, exposing her bosom.
Personal lifeMarceau had a 17 year relationship with director Andrzej Żuławski, who is 26 years her senior. Their son Vincent was born in Jun. 1995 (18 years ago). In 2001 (12 years ago), Marceau separated from Zulawski and became involved with producer Jim Lemley and later gave birth to her second child, Juliette, born in London in 2002 (11 years ago). She is now dating actor Christopher Lambert.
La Boum (The Party) (1980, 33 years ago) – Victoire Beretton
La Boum 2 (1982, 31 years ago)
Fort Saganne (1984, 29 years ago) – Madeleine de Saint-Ilette
Joyeuses Pâques (Happy Easter) (1984, 29 years ago) – Julie
L'Amour braque (Mad Love) (1985, 28 years ago) – Mary
Police (Police) (1985, 28 years ago) – Norya
Descente aux enfers (Descent Into Hell) (1986, 27 years ago) – Lola Kolber
L'Étudiante (The Student) (1988, 25 years ago) – Valentine Ezquerra
Chouans! (1988, 25 years ago) – Céline
Mes nuits sont plus belles que vos jours (My Nights are more Beautiful than your Days) (1989, 24 years ago) – Blanche
Pacific Palisades (1990, 23 years ago) – Bernadette
Pour Sacha (For Sacha) (1991, 22 years ago) – Laura
La Note bleue (The Blue Note) (1991, 22 years ago) – Solange Sand
Fanfan (Fanfan & Alexandre) (1993, 20 years ago) – Fanfan
La Fille de d'Artagnan (D'Artagnan's Daughter) (1994, 19 years ago) – Eloïse d'Artagnan
Braveheart (1995, 18 years ago) – Princess Isabelle
Beyond the Clouds (Al di là delle nuvole) (1995, 18 years ago)
Anna Karenina (1997, 16 years ago) – Anna Karenina
Marquise (1997, by Véra Belmont) – Marquise du Parc
Firelight (1997, by William Nicholson) – Élisabeth Laurier
Lost & Found (1999, 14 years ago) – Lila Dubois
A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999, 14 years ago) – Hippolyta
The World Is Not Enough (1999, 14 years ago) – Elektra King
La Fidélité (Fidelity) (2000, 13 years ago) – Clélia
Belphégor – Le fantôme du Louvre (Belphegor, Phantom of the Louvre) (2001, 12 years ago) – Lisa
Alex and Emma (2003, 10 years ago) – Polina Delacroix
Je reste! (2003, 10 years ago) – Marie-Dominique Delpire
Les clefs de bagnole (The Car Keys) (2003, 10 years ago)
A ce soir (2004, 9 years ago) – Nelly
Anthony Zimmer (2005, 8 years ago) – Chiara Manzoni
La Disparue de Deauville (2007, 6 years ago) – Lucie/Victoria
Les Femmes de l'Ombre (Female Agents) (2008, 5 years ago)
LOL (Laughing out loud) (2008, 5 years ago)
De l'autre côté du lit (2008, 5 years ago)
Don't Look Back (2009, 4 years ago)
Writer and director
1995 (18 years ago): L'Aube à l'envers (short film)
2002 (11 years ago): Speak to Me of Love
2007 (6 years ago): La Disparue de Deauville
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