SOPHIE MARCEAU (French pronunciation: ; born SOPHIE DANIèLE
SYLVIE MAUPU; 17 November 1966) is a French actress, director,
screenwriter, and author. As a teenager, Marceau achieved popularity
with her debut films
La Boum (1980) and
La Boum 2 (1982), receiving a
César Award for Most Promising Actress . She became a film star in
Europe with a string of successful films, including L\'Étudiante
(1988), Pacific Palisades (1990),
Fanfan (1993), and Revenge of the
Musketeers (1994). Marceau became an international film star with her
Firelight (1997), and the 19th
James Bond film
The World Is Not Enough
* 1 Early life * 2 Film career * 3 Author and director * 4 Personal life * 5 Honours and awards
* 6 Filmography
* 6.1 Actress * 6.2 Writer and director
* 7 References * 8 Further reading * 9 External links
Marceau was born 17 November 1966 in Paris, the second child of Simone (née Morisset), a shop assistant (d. 2016 ), and Benoît Maupu, a truck driver. Her parents divorced when she was nine years old.
In February 1980, Marceau and her mother came across a model agency looking for teenagers. Marceau had photos taken at the agency, 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), asked modeling agencies to recommend a new teenager for the project. After viewing the rushes, Alain Poiré, the director of the Gaumont Film Company , signed Marceau to a long-term contract. La Boum was a hit movie, not only in France, where 4,378,500 tickets were sold, but also in several other European countries. In 1981, Marceau made her singing debut with French singer François Valéry on record "Dream in Blue", written by Pierre Delanoë.
In 1982, at age 15, Marceau bought back her contract with Gaumont for
French francs . She borrowed most of the money. After
starring in the sequel film
La Boum 2 (1982), Marceau focused on more
dramatic roles, including the historical drama
Fort Saganne in 1984
In 1989, Marceau starred in My Nights Are More Beautiful Than Your Days , which was directed by her long-time boyfriend Andrzej Zulawski . In 1990, she starred in Pacific Palisades and La note bleue, her third film directed by her companion. In 1991, she ventured into the theater in Eurydice , which earned Marceau the Moliere Award for Best Female Newcomer. Throughout the 1990s, Marceau began making less-dramatic films, such as the comedy Fanfan in 1993 and Revenge of the Musketeers (La fille de d'Artagnan) in 1994—both popular in Europe and abroad. That year, she returned to the theatre as Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion.
Marceau achieved international recognition in 1995 playing the role
of Princess Isabelle in
In recent years, Marceau has continued to appear in a wide variety of roles, mainly in French films, playing a widowed nurse in Nelly (À ce soir) in 2004, an undercover police agent in Anthony Zimmer in 2005, and the troubled daughter of a murdered film star in Trivial in 2007. In 2008, Marceau played a member of the French Resistance movement in Female Agents , and a struggling single mother in LOL (Laughing Out Loud) . In 2009, she teamed up with Monica Bellucci in Don\'t Look Back about the mysterious connection between two women who have never met. In 2010, Marceau played a successful business executive forced to confront her unhappy childhood in With Love... from the Age of Reason (L'âge de raison).
In 2012, Marceau played a 40-something career woman who falls in love with a young jazz musician in Happiness Never Comes Alone . In 2013, she appeared in Arrêtez-moi (Arrest Me) as a woman who shows up at a police station and confesses to the murder of her abusive husband several years earlier.
She was selected to be on the jury for the main competition section of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival .
AUTHOR AND DIRECTOR
In 1995, Marceau wrote a semi-autobiographical novel, Menteuse (the English translation, Telling Lies, was published in 2001). Marceau's work was described as "an exploration of female identity".
In 2002, Marceau made her directorial debut in the feature film Speak to Me of Love , for which she was named Best Director at the Montreal World Film Festival . The film starred Judith Godrèche . It was her second directorial effort, following her nine-minute short film L'aube à l'envers in 1995, which also starred Godrèche. In 2007, she directed Trivial, her second feature film.
Marceau with then partner Christopher Lambert at the premiere of Skyfall, 2012
From 1985 to 2001, Marceau had a relationship with director Andrzej
Żuławski . Their son Vincent was born in July 1995. In 2001,
Marceau separated from Żuławski and began a six-year relationship
Jim Lemley . They have a daughter, Juliette (born June
From 2007 to 2014, she had a relationship with Christopher Lambert , with whom she appeared in the films Trivial and Cartagena . On July 11, 2014 the couple announced their amicable separation.
HONOURS AND AWARDS
César Award for Most Promising Actress for
La Boum 2
* 1988 Cabourg Award for Best Actress for
* 2000 Cabourg Award for Best Actress for La fidélité
YEAR TITLE ROLE NOTES
1980 La Boum Vic Beretton The Party
1982 La Boum 2 Vic Beretton The Party 2
1984 Fort Saganne Madeleine de Saint-Ilette
1984 Joyeuses Pâques Julie Happy Easter
1985 L\'amour braque Mary Mad Love
1985 Police Noria
1986 Descente aux enfers Lola Kolber Descent Into Hell
1988 L\'Étudiante Valentine Ezquerra The Student
1988 Chouans! Céline
1989 My Nights Are More Beautiful Than Your Days Blanche Mes nuits sont plus belles que vos jours
1990 Pacific Palisades Bernadette
1991 Pour Sacha Laura For Sacha
1991 La note bleue Solange Sand The Blue Note
Revenge of the Musketeers
1995 Beyond the Clouds The Girl in Portofino Al di là delle nuvole
1997 Anna Karenina Anna Karenina
1997 Marquise Marquise du Parc
1997 Firelight Élisabeth Laurier
1999 Lost & Found Lila Dubois
1999 A Midsummer Night\'s Dream Hippolyta
2000 Fidelity Clélia La fidélité
2001 Belphegor, Phantom of the Louvre Lisa Belphégor – Le fantôme du Louvre
2003 Alex & Emma Polina Delacroix
2003 Je reste! Marie-Dominique Delpire I'm Staying!
2003 Les clefs de bagnole La clapman The Car Keys
2004 Nelly Nelly À ce soir
2005 Anthony Zimmer Chiara Manzoni
2007 Trivial Lucie / Victoria La disparue de Deauville
2008 Female Agents Louise Desfontaines Les femmes de l'ombre
2008 De l\'autre côté du lit Ariane Marciac Changing Sides
2009 Don\'t Look Back Jeanne #1 Ne te retourne pas
2009 Cartagena Muriel L'homme de chevet
2010 With Love... from the Age of Reason Marguerite alias Margaret Flore L'âge de raison
2012 Happiness Never Comes Alone Charlotte Un bonheur n'arrive jamais seul
2013 Arrêtez-moi La coupable Stop Me
2014 Quantum Love Elsa Une rencontre
* ^ German, Yuri. "Sophie Marceau". The New York Times. Retrieved
10 November 2012.
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