Sophie Marceau

Sophie Marceau

Her role in 'La Boum' (1980)


French beautiful actress Sophie Marceau gained worldwide fame through her part
of Princess Isabelle in the historical movie Braveheart (1995) and later as
Elektra King in a James Bond movie, The World Is Not Enough (1999, earned a
Blockbuster Entertainment nomination). In her native land, she had already
become a cinematic sensation after winning a César Award for her role of 15-year
old Vic Beretton in La Boum 2 (1982). She is also a two-time winner of the
Cabourg Romantic Film Festival Award, thanks to her roles in Chouans (1988,
played Céline) and La Fidelite (2000, as Clélia). Marceau again proved her
reputation as a talented actress with a successful stage debut in “Eurydice”
(1991, took home a Moliere Award) and the superb directing attempt in Parlez-moi
d’amour (2002, netted a Montréal World Film Festival Award). In appreciation of
her dedication to acting, Marceau was handed the 2000 Golden Camera Award for
International Film in Germany.

Aside from her solid acting career, in 1996, the actress became the model for
the ads of Guerlain’s perfume, Champs-Elysées. Four years later, she wrote the
semi-autobiographical novel “Telling Lies.” As a caring woman, Marceau works for
animal welfare and speaks out against blood-shedding animal sports. She is also
a patron of “Arc-en-Ciel” (Rainbow), an organization who helps ailing children
realize their last dreams, as well as an Ambassador of Charm for France in East

Romantically, Marceau has had two companions in her lifetime. From 1985 to 2001,
she was linked to Andrzej Zulawski, with whom she shares a son. She then formed
a relationship and has a daughter with Jim Lemley, whom she first met during


Childhood and Family:

The second child of Benoit Maupu (truck driver) and Simone Maupu, Sophie Danièle
Sylvie Maupu (later famous as Sophie Marceau) was born on November 17, 1966, in
Paris. Her family and friends sometime call her “Flatfoosie.”

A student of Ecole Florent in Paris, Sophie grew up in the Paris suburb of
Gentilly, far away from the glare of show business. However, by coincidence she
entered the realm of cinematic industry when she was 14. Later, for professional
reasons, she changed her last name to “Marceau” (after a Parisian street “avenue

5’ 6” Sophie is the mother of two. On July 24, 1995, she gave birth to son
Vincent Zulawski, from her relationship with Polish director Andrzej Zulawski
(born on November 22, 1940). She also has a daughter named Juliette (born on
June 13, 2002), whose father is Anna Karenina (1997) producer Jim Lemley.



14-year old Sophie Marceau entered the movie business when a friend told her
that director Claude Pinoteau was searching for new actors for his movie.
Joining the audition, Marceau won the starring turn as Vic Beretton, a 13-year
old girl facing her first love experience, in the teen romantic comedy La Boum
(1980). The film was a success and brought forth the sequel La Boum 2 (1982).
Amazingly, Marceau’s portrayal of the now-15-year-old Vic Beretton in the sequel
soon won a César (French Oscar) for Most Promising Young Actress.

In the spirit to be independent, the teen actress borrowed a million francs to
buy back her contract with Gaumont Studio. She then teamed up with Andrzej
Zulawski, starring as a bank robber’s girlfriend, in L’Amour braque (1985),
which was inspired by Vyodor Dostoyevsky’s novel “The Idiot.” Marceau then took
on the female lead of Lola Kolber, who faced a marriage crisis, in Descente aux
Enfers (1986, based on David Goodis’ novel).

Marceau confirmed her acting talent with the role of Céline in the adventure
movie Chouans (1988), in which she took home a Cabourg Romantic Film Festival
for Best Actress. She next rejoined Zulawski in Mes nuits sont plus belles que
vos jours (1989, starred as Blanche) before trying the comedy genre in Pacific
Palisades (1990, played Bernadette).

To explore her skills even deeper, Marceau turned to the stage and made a
rewarding debut in the Georges Wilson-directed “Eurydice” (1991), where her
beautiful first performance garnered a Moliere for Most Promising Newcomer. The
stage achievement was ensued with her gratifying screen work as Laura in the
drama Pour Sacha (1991) and the titular role in the romantic comedy Fanfan

The next year, after playing Eloïse d’Artagnan in the little-seen movie La Fille
de d’Artagnan (1994), Marceau went to Theatre des Arts Hebertot, where she
starred as Eliza Dolittle in the stage production of “Pygmalion” (1994).
Meanwhile, the year 1995 became a significant year for the actress when she made
her directing and screenwriting debut in the short biopic L’Aube à l’envers, as
well as had the role of Princess Isabelle in Mel Gibson’s historical war drama
Braveheart. Following her titular character in Anna Karenina (1997), Marceau
received a Blockbuster Entertainment nomination for her supporting part of
Elektra King, an imperiled tycoon’s daughter, in the 19th James Bond feature,
The World Is Not Enough (1999).

The recipient of the 2000 Golden Camera for International Film (German award),
the French sweetheart received a second Cabourg Romantic Film Festival for Best
Actress thanks to her leading turn as the intrigued wife Clélia in La Fidelite
(2000). She did not fair as well in the movies Belphégor - Le fantôme du Louvre
(2001) and Alex & Emma (2003).

As a director and screenwriter, she achieved rave reviews due to her work in the
drama Parlez-moi d’amour (2002, starring Judith Godreche and Jacques Dutronc)
and was soon handed a Montréal World Film Festival for Best Director. In 2004,
she appeared in front of the camera as nurse Nelly, who witnessed her husband’s
last four days before death, in À ce soir. She also accepted the leading role of
Chiara in the thriller Anthony Zimmer (2005), which was directed and written by
Jérôme Salle.


Montréal World Film Festival: Best Director, Parlez-moi d’amour/Speak To
Me Of Love, 2002
Cabourg Romantic Film Festival: Best Actress, La Fidelite/Fidelity, 2000
Golden Camera (Germany): Film – International, 2000
Moliere: Most Promising Newcomer, “Euridyce,” 1991
Cabourg Romantic Film Festival: Best Actress, Chouans!, 1988
César: Most Promising Young Actress, La Boum 2, 1983
I find the subject of childhood fascinating. I explored this subject in Speak to me of love and I am curious about portraying the often painful transition into the adult world.More Sophie Marceau quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
When you direct your first film, you always start by telling stories that you are familiar with.More Sophie Marceau quotes [10/09/2006 12:10:00]
To be honest I don't really know because I really didn't care when I was writing about mixing up reality with what was not reality.More Sophie Marceau quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I felt sometimes too responsible as an actor because people promote violence or weird things that I don't want to be part of.More Sophie Marceau quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Sometimes you choose the wrong actor, he could be the best actor ever, but he's not cast in the right part then it doesn't work.More Sophie Marceau quotes [10/09/2006 12:10:00]

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