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Sophie MarceauBorn: 17th November 1966, Paris.
Filmography: La boum 80. La boum II 82. Joyeuses Pâques 84. Fort Saganne 84. Police 85. L'amour braque 85. Descente aux enfers 86. Mes nuits sont plus belles que vos jours 88. L'étudiante 88. Chouans! 88. Pacific Palisades 90. Pour Sacha 91. La note bleue 91. Fanfan & Alexandre 93. La fille de d'Artagnan (D'Artagnan's Daughter) 94. Braveheart 95. L'aube à l'envers 95 [director]. Par delà les nuages (Beyond the Clouds) 95. Anna Karenina [in production]. Marquise [in production].
She has since become one of the most popular and respected actresses in
her own country - though she has only recently started appearing in international productions. Her rôle
in "Braveheart" was her first English-speaking part. Asked why
he chose Sophie for the character of Princess Isabelle, Mel Gibson replied:
"Well, she's beautiful, she's French and she's a good actress. The
character needed to be at least two of those things."
In addition to her work for animal welfare, Sophie is a patron of Arc-en-Ciel ("Rainbow"), an organisation which helps sick children realise their dreams.
She lives in Paris with her partner Andrzej Zulawski, a Polish director who is 24 years her senior. They had their first child, Vincent, on 24th July 1995.
She has been chosen as the new face of Guerlain, for their perfume Champs-Elysées. The commercials, which show Sophie running along the Champs-Elysées at five in the morning, were directed in Paris by Peter Lindbergh. A large version of one of the print ads, and Sophie's voiceover for the TV commercial, are included on this page.
Her first book, a semi-autobiographical novel titled "Menteuse" ("Liar") was published in May.
Earlier this year, she filmed an adaption of "Anna Karenina" (produced by Mel Gibson), set in St Petersbourg. Her son Vincent accompanied her to Russia for the filming. Anna Karenina is her first "classical" part: "I don't think I could have played this rôle at 23 or 25. At 40 it would be too late. It would be magnificently tragic, but it would smell musty." The photo in the picture section shows Sophie posing in St Petersbourg.
Sophie's last film, Michelangelo Antonioni's "Par delà les nuages" co-starring John Malkovich (left), has made motion picture history in Japan. For the first time, the Japanese Administration Commission of the Motion Picture Code of Ethics has allowed scenes depicting pubic hair to be shown in Japanese cinemas.
Sophie presented the Best Film award to "La haine" at the 1996 Césars in March. This is the short speech she gave before announcing the winner.
Translation: "Good evening. Well, the last person left to reward tonight is the film. Because, after all, we're all here tonight because we love making movies, and because we think it's useful to make films just as it's useful to say to someone, as long as they live, 'I love you'. Voilà!"
Stroking a horse (94)||
Anna Karenina (96)||
William Klein: main photo ("feathers" version), sophie04.jpg.
Frederique Veysset: sophie07.jpg.
Peter Lindbergh / M. Derouault: Champs-Elysées pictures.
R. Tanguy: Cannes photo.
Luc Roux: Marquise photo.
All scans, audio and video capture by Poppy for Belles de Jour.
Quotations and news items from Premiere, Studio, Elle, Sight and Sound, Animal Nature and Paris Match.
Filmography compiled with acknowledgments to The Internet Movie Database.
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