Mathilda May

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Mathilda May
Mathilda May Cannes 2010.jpg
BornKarima Mathilda Haïm
(1965-02-08) 8 February 1965 (age 49)
Paris, France
Years active1984–present
Spouse(s)Paul Powell (1991–1993)
Gérard Darmon (1994–1999)
Philippe Kelly (2000–2006)
 
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Mathilda May
Mathilda May Cannes 2010.jpg
BornKarima Mathilda Haïm
(1965-02-08) 8 February 1965 (age 49)
Paris, France
Years active1984–present
Spouse(s)Paul Powell (1991–1993)
Gérard Darmon (1994–1999)
Philippe Kelly (2000–2006)

Mathilda May (born Karima Mathilda Haïm; 8 February 1965) is a French film actress.

Early life[edit]

May was born in Paris. Her father is playwright Victor Haïm, who is descended from Jewish settlers in Greece and Turkey. Her mother is the Swedish ballet teacher and choreographer Margareta Hanson.[1] At age 16 May won the "Premier Prix du Conservatoire de Danse de Paris" (First Prize of the Paris Dance Conservatory).

Career[edit]

May's film work is primarily in French and made for the European market; she was the recipient of the Prix Romy Schneider in 1989. Non-French films she has appeared in include Lifeforce, Naked Tango (1991), Becoming Colette (1991) and The Tit and the Moon (1994). In the USA she is best known for her role as an alien "vampire" in the 1985 science fiction horror film Lifeforce, directed by Tobe Hooper, in which she is naked for most of her performance. She also appeared in the 1996 space adventure game Privateer 2: The Darkening. She played Isabella in The Jackal, a 1997 action film.

Personal life[edit]

May has been married three times: Her first husband was Paul Powell and her second husband was Gérard Darmon, with whom she has two children, daughter Sarah (born August 17, 1994) and son Jules (born March 4, 1997).

Selected filmography[edit]

YearTitleRoleDirector
1984Nemo (A.K.A 'Dream 1')AliceArnaud Sélignac
1985LifeforceSpace GirlTobe Hooper
1987The Cry of the OwlJulietteClaude Chabrol
1991Isabelle EberhardtIsabelle / MahmoudIan Pringle
Naked TangoAlba/StéphanieLeonard Schrader
Scream of StoneKatharinaWerner Herzog
1994Grosse Fatigueas herselfMichel Blanc
The Tit and the MoonEstrellitaBigas Luna
1996Celluloidecameo appearanceCarlo Lizzani
1997The JackalIsabella ZanconiaMichael Caton-Jones
2007A Girl Cut in TwoCapucine JametClaude Chabrol
2012The PlayersArianeJean Dujardin and Gilles Lellouche

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Further reading[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mathilda May, VSD.fr

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