Sophie Marceau

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Sophie Marceau

Sophie Marceau (2007)
BornSophie Danièle Sylvie Maupu
(1966-11-17) 17 November 1966 (age 45)
Paris, France
OccupationActress, author, director, screenwriter
Years active1980–present
Partner(s)Andrzej Żuławski (1985–2001)
Jim Lemley
Christopher Lambert
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Sophie Marceau

Sophie Marceau (2007)
BornSophie Danièle Sylvie Maupu
(1966-11-17) 17 November 1966 (age 45)
Paris, France
OccupationActress, author, director, screenwriter
Years active1980–present
Partner(s)Andrzej Żuławski (1985–2001)
Jim Lemley
Christopher Lambert

Sophie Marceau (French pronunciation: [sɔfi maʁso]; born 17 November 1966) is a French actress, director, screenwriter, and author. She has appeared in 38 films. 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), and Fanfan (1993). In the 1990s, Marceau became an international film star with her performances in Braveheart (1995), Firelight (1997), and the James Bond thriller The World Is Not Enough (1999).


Early life

Sophie Danièle Sylvie Maupu was born 17 November 1966 in Paris, the second child of Simone (née Morisset), a shop assistant, and Benoît Maupu, a truck driver.[1][2] Her parents divorced when she was nine years old.[3]

Film career

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 4.5 million tickets were sold, but several other European countries and Japan.[citation needed] In 1981, Marceau made her singing debut with French singer François Valéry on record "Dream in Blue", written by Delanoë.[citation needed]

In 1982, at the age of 15, Marceau bought back her contract with Gaumont for one million French francs.[4] She borrowed most of the money. After starring in the sequel film La boum 2 (1982), Marceau focused on more dramatic roles, including Fort Saganne in 1984 with Gérard Depardieu and Catherine Deneuve, Joyeuses 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'étudiante (The Student) and Chouans!. That year, Marceau was named Best Romantic Actress at the International Festival of Romantic Movies for her role in Chouans![5]

In 1989, Marceau 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.[5] Throughout the 1990s, 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.[5]

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 her string of successful films with William Nicholson's Firelight, filmed in England, Véra Belmont's Marquise, filmed in France, and Bernard Rose's Anna Karenina. In 1999, she played Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night's Dream, and became a villainess\main henchwoman Bond girl in her role as Elektra King in The World Is Not Enough. In 2000, Marceau teamed up again with her then-boyfriend Andrzej Zulawski to film La fidélité.[5]

Author and director

In 1995, Marceau wrote a semi-autobiographical novel, Menteuse (engl. translation Telling Lies published in 2001).[6] Marceau's work was described as "an exploration of female identity".[3] Marceau describes what the narrator is going through:

In 2002, Marceau made her directorial debut in the feature film Parlez-moi d'amour , 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).[7]

Personal life

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 Żuławski and became involved with producer Jim Lemley and later gave birth to her second child, Juliette, born in London in 2002.[8] Since 2007, she has been in a relationship with Christopher Lambert, with whom she appeared in La disparue de Deauville.[9]



1980La boumVic BerettonThe Party
1982La boum 2Vic BerettonThe Party 2
1984Fort SaganneMadeleine de Saint-Ilette
1984Joyeuses PâquesJulieHappy Easter
1985L'amour braqueMaryMad Love
1986Descente aux enfersLola KolberDescent Into Hell
1988L'étudianteValentine EzquerraThe Student
1989My Nights Are More Beautiful than your DaysBlancheMes nuits sont plus belles que vos jours
1990Pacific PalisadesBernadette
1991Pour SachaLauraFor Sacha
1991La note bleueSolange SandThe Blue Note
1993FanfanFanfanFanfan & Alexandre
1994Revenge of the MusketeersEloïse d'ArtagnanLa fille de d'Artagnan
D'Artagnan's Daughter
1995BraveheartPrincess Isabelle
1995Beyond the CloudsThe Girl in PortofinoAl di là delle nuvole
1997Anna KareninaAnna Karenina
1997MarquiseMarquise du Parc
1997FirelightÉlisabeth Laurier
1999Lost & FoundLila Dubois
1999A Midsummer Night's DreamHippolyta
1999The World Is Not EnoughElektra King
2000FidelityCléliaLa fidélité
2001Belphegor, Phantom of the LouvreLisaBelphégor – Le fantôme du Louvre
2003Alex & EmmaPolina Delacroix
2003Je reste!Marie-Dominique DelpireI'm Staying!
2003Les clefs de bagnoleLa clapmanThe Car Keys
2004NellyNellyÀ ce soir
2005Anthony ZimmerChiara Manzoni
2007TrivialLucie / VictoriaLa disparue de Deauville
2008Female AgentsLouise DesfontainesLes femmes de l'ombre
2008LOL (Laughing Out Loud)Anne
2008De l'autre côté du litAriane MarciacChanging Sides
2009Don't Look BackJeanne #1Ne te retourne pas
2009L'homme de chevetMurielCartagena
2010With Love... from the Age of ReasonMarguerite alias Margaret FloreL'âge de raison
2012Un bonheur n'arrive jamais seulCharlotteHappiness Never Arrives Alone

Writer and director

1995L'aube à l'envers
2002Speak to Me of LoveParlez-moi d'amour
2007TrivialLa disparue de Deauville

Honors and awards


  1. ^ "Sophie Marceau Biography (1966–)". Retrieved 15 December 2010. 
  2. ^ "Sophie Marceau: Fatal attraction". The Independent. 21 June 2008. 
  3. ^ a b Billen, Andrew. "Lies and loves of ma belle Marceau," Sunday Herald, 10 June 2001.
  4. ^ Janis L. Pallister; Ruth A. Hottell (2005). Francophone women film directors: a guide. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press. p. 262. ISBN 978-0-8386-4046-3. 
  5. ^ a b c d Net Glimpse, Retrieved on 1 December 2007
  6. ^ Marceau, Sophie. Telling Lies. Translated by Adriana Hunter. London: Phoenix, 1996.
  7. ^ L'aube à l'envers at the Internet Movie Database
  8. ^ IMDB "Sophie Marceau Biography". IMDB. Retrieved 31 October 2011. 
  9. ^ Atkinson, Michael. "Exile cinema: filmmakers at work beyond Hollywood" in SUNY Press, 2008, pp. 82-86.
  10. ^ IMDB "Sophie Marceau Awards". IMDB. Retrieved 31 October 2011. 

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