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Sophie Marceau


Birth name:

Sophie Danièle Sylvie Maupu






Paris, France



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The World Is Not Enough


5' 8" (1.73 m)


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Sophie Marceau - Biography


Sophie Marceau, born 17 November 1966, is a French actress, who has appeared in 35 films. During her teens, Marceau achieved popularity by her debut films La Boum (1980) and La Boum 2 (1982), for which she received a César Award for Most Promising Actress. In addition to her French language films, she has worked in international films such as Braveheart (1995) and as a Bond Girl in The World Is Not Enough (1999).

Marceau 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.

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 not only in France, where 4.5 million tickets were sold, but several other European countries and Japan.
In 1981, Marceau made her singing debut with French singer François Valéry on "Dream in Blue," written by Delanoë.

In 1982, 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 film La Boum 2 in 1982, Marceau focused on more dramatic roles, including Fort Saganne (co-starring Gérard Depardieu and Catherine Deneuve) and Joyeuse Pâques (Happy Easter) in 1984, L'Amour Braque and Police in 1985, and Descente aux Enfers (Descent Into Hell) in 1986. In 1988, 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, 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, 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.
Marceau began making less-dramatic films, such as the comedy Fanfan in 1993 and La Fille de D'Artagnan in 1994 — both popular in Europe and abroad. That year, she returned to the theatre as Eliza Dolittle in Pygmalion.

Marceau achieved international recognition in 1995 as Princess Isabelle in Mel Gibson's Braveheart. That year, she was part of an ensemble of international actors in the French film directed by Michelangelo Antonioni and Wim Wenders, Beyond the Clouds.
In 1997, 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). She became a villainess Bond girl by playing Elektra King in The World Is Not Enough (1999).
Marceau teamed up again with her then-boyfriend Andrzej Zulawski to film La Fidélité in 2000.

In 1995, Marceau wrote a semi-autobiographical novel, Menteuse (engl. translation Telling Lies published in 2001), 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, 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 effort at directing (she made the nine-minute short film L'Aube à l'envers in 1995, which also starred Godrèche).

Marceau had a 17 year relationship with director Andrzej Żuławski, who is 26 years her senior. Their son Vincent was born in June 1995. In 2001, 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. Since 2007 she has been dating actor Christopher Lambert.


Sophie Marceau - Personal Quotes


"Acting is wonderful therapy for people. Instead of suffering for yourself, someone will do it for you."

"I need the seasons to live to the rythm of rain and sun. In town, It's like you can hardly make the difference between night an day. "

"I hate those kisses, you know, American kisses, with the tongues out. They're disgusting. I can't look, it's like porno!"

"What is he, 13 or 11? Perhaps I could play his nanny." Upon hearing Leonardo DiCaprio is a big fan.

"It's so attractive, too attractive. Your writing becomes more real than your reality. Acting is contained - you act for three months, then leave it - but writing is the act of creation. Writing is dangerous." After writing her semi- autobiographical novel Telling Lies, published in 2001.


Sophie Marceau - Filmography


L'âge de raison (2010) .... Margaret
L'homme de chevet (2009) .... Muriel
... aka Cartagena (USA)
Ne te retourne pas (2009) .... Jeanne
... aka Don't Look Back (International: English title)
De l'autre côté du lit (2008) .... Ariane Marciac
... aka Changing Sides (Europe: English title: festival title)
LOL (Laughing Out Loud) ® (2008) .... Anne
Les femmes de l'ombre (2008) .... Louise Desfontaines
... aka Female Agents (International: English title)
La disparue de Deauville (2007) .... Victoria/Lucie
... aka Trivial (International: English title)
Anthony Zimmer (2005) .... Chiara
À ce soir (2004) .... Nelly
... aka Nelly (International: English title)
Les clefs de bagnole (2003) .... La clapman
... aka The Car Keys (International: English title)
Je reste! (2003) .... Marie-Dominique Delpire
... aka 3 Is a Crowd (Australia)
... aka I'm Staying! (International: English title)
Alex & Emma (2003) .... Polina Delacroix
Belphégor - Le fantôme du Louvre (2001) .... Lisa/Belphégor
... aka Belphecor: Curse of the Mummy (Philippines: English title)
... aka Belphegor, Phantom of the Louvre (Europe: English title)
La fidélité (2000) .... Clélia
... aka Fidelity (UK)
The World Is Not Enough (1999) .... Elektra King
... aka T.W.I.N.E. (UK: promotional abbreviation)
... aka Twine (International: English title: promotional abbreviation)
A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999) .... Hippolyta
... aka Sogno di una notte di mezza estate (Italy)
... aka William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream (USA: complete title)
Lost & Found (1999/I) .... Lila Dubois
Firelight (1997) .... Elisabeth Laurier
Marquise (1997) .... Marquise
Anna Karenina (1997) .... Anna Karenina
Al di là delle nuvole (1995) .... The Girl
... aka Al di là delle nuvole (Italy)
... aka Beyond the Clouds (USA)
... aka Jenseits der Wolken (Germany)
... aka Par-delà les nuages (France)
Braveheart (1995) .... Princess Isabelle
La fille de d'Artagnan (1994) .... Eloïse d'Artagnan
... aka D'Artagnan's Daughter
... aka Revenge of the Musketeers (USA: video title)
... aka The Daughter of D'Artagnan
Fanfan (1993) .... Fanfan
... aka Fanfan & Alexandre
La note bleue (1991) .... Solange Sand
... aka Blue Note (Germany: TV title)
Pour Sacha (1991) .... Laura
... aka For Sasha (USA)
Pacific Palisades (1990) .... Bernardette
Mes nuits sont plus belles que vos jours (1989) .... Blanche
... aka My Nights Are More Beautiful Than Your Days
L'étudiante (1988) .... Valentine Ezquerra
Chouans! (1988) .... Céline
Descente aux enfers (1986) .... Lola Kolber
... aka Descent Into Hell
Police (1985) .... Noria
L'amour braque (1985) .... Mary
Joyeuses Pâques (1984) .... Julie
Fort Saganne (1984) .... Madeleine of Saint-Ilette
La boum 2 (1982) .... Vic Beretton
... aka Ready for Love II (Philippines: English title)
La boum (1980) .... Vic Beretton
... aka Ready for Love (Philippines: English title)
... aka The Party (USA)


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