8.41. Anna Karina
Anna Karina (born Hanne Karin Blarke Bayer on 22 September 1940) is a Danish film actress, director, and screenwriter. Karina is known as a muse of the French director, Jean-Luc Godard, one of pioneers of French New Wave. Her notable collaborations with Godard include The Little Soldier (1960), A Woman Is a Woman (1961) and Vivre sa vie (1962). With A Woman Is a Woman, Karina won the Best Actress award at the Berlin Film Festival.
7.22. Anna Mouglalis
Anna Mouglalis (born April 26, 1978 in Nantes, Loire-Atlantique), is a French actress of Greek (her father) and French (her mother) descent.
In 1997, she had begun an acting career in La Nuit du Titanic, played in Paris. In the same year she was chosen by Francis Girod for the film Terminal. In 2000 she co-starred with Isabelle Huppert in Claude Chabrol's Merci pour le chocolat. After appearing in Novo (2002) by Jean Pierre Limosin, she was called up by Roberto Andò for the thriller Sotto falso nome. In 2003, she played in La Maladie de la mort which previewed at the Venice Film Festival, a film in black and white by first-time director Asa Mader. In this very same year, she also co-starred at a Greek film, called "Real Life "("Alithini Zoi"), directed by Panos Koutras. In 2005 she took part in two Italian movies: Romanzo criminale, directed by Michele Placido, and Mare buio, where she featured alongside Luigi Lo Cascio. And she made a huge public and critical triumph with her co-star Lorànt Deutsch completely embodying the characters of the existentialists Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre to the point that some critics said that they thought something mystical was happening before their eyes, in a TV movie called Les Amants du Flore showing their romance and the birth of their careers directed by Ilan Duran Cohen.
Along with her career as an actress, Mouglalis then began a successful modelling career. In 2002 she was chosen by Karl Lagerfeld for the advertisement campaign for the Amateur Allure de Chanel perfume and she is now one of his "muses" still promoting Chanel bags, fine jewelleries and watches today.
6.83. Anne Wiazemsky
Princess Anne Wiazemsky (born 14 May 1947 in Berlin, West Germany) is a French actress, of the Russian Rurikid family of Princes Vyazemsky-Counts Levashov. Through her mother, she is the grand daughter of François Mauriac. She appeared in Robert Bresson's Au hasard Balthazar (1966) and in Godard's films La Chinoise (1967) and Week End (1967). She was married to Jean-Luc Godard between 1967 and 1979; they divorced.
Wiazemsky is also an author. She has written several novels: Canines (1993), Une Poignée de Gens, Aux Quatre Coins du Monde and Hymnes à l’Amour (1996). The 2003 film All the Fine Promises, directed by Jean-Paul Civeyrac and starring Valérie Crunchant and Bulle Ogier, is based on Hymnes à l'Amour. Her 2007 novel, Jeune Fille, is based on her experience starring in Au hazard Balthazar at the age of 18.
7.54. Annie Girardot
Annie Girardot (born 25 October 1931 in Paris) is a French actress. She began performing in 1954, making her film debut in Treize à table.
She won the Prix Suzanne Bianchetti in 1956, and in 1977 won the César Award for Best Actress portraying the title character in Docteur Françoise Gailland. In 2002, she was awarded the César Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Piano Teacher. She collaborated with director Michael Haneke again, in the 2005 film Caché.
Another of her famous roles is Nadia the prostitute in Luchino Visconti's epic Rocco e i suoi fratelli (1960). Nadia's beauty drives a wedge between Rocco and his brother Simone (Renato Salvatori), who eventually rapes her. In contrast to their violent on-camera relationship, Girardot and Salvatori married in 1962. They had a daughter, Giulia, and later separated but never divorced.
7.25. Anouk Aimée
Anouk Aimée (born 27 April 1932) is a French film actress. Aimée has appeared in 70 films since 1947.
Aimée was born Françoise Sorya Dreyfus in Paris, France, the daughter of actors Geneviève Sorya (born Durand) and Henri Murray (born Dreyfus).
Aimée began her film career in 1947 at age 14. In 1958 she portrayed the tragic artist Jeanne Hébuterne in the film Les Amants de Montparnasse. She later appeared in La dolce vita, 8½ and Jacques Demy's Lola. She won the 1967 Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the film that brought her international fame, A Man and a Woman. In 1980, she received the Award for Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival for her performance in Marco Bellocchio's Salto nel vuoto (Leap Into The Void), as won Michel Piccoli (her partner in the movie) the Best Actor Prize.
Her second husband (1951-54) was the film director Nikos Papatakis, with whom she has a daughter Manuela born in 1952. From 1970 to 1978, she was married to the British actor Albert Finney.
7.86. Audrey Tautou
Audrey Justine Tautou (born 9 August either in 1978) is a French film actress, known to worldwide audiences for playing the title character in the award-winning 2001 film Amélie, Sophie Neveu in the 2006 thriller The Da Vinci Code, and more recently Irène in Priceless (2006). She won the César Award for Most Promising Actress in Venus Beauty Institute (1999).
7.57. Béatrice Dalle
Béatrice Dalle (born December 19, 1964) is a French actress.
Béatrice Dalle was born in Brest, Finistère, France, as Béatrice Cabarrou. In 1985 she married the painter Jean-François Dalle but they divorced in 1988.
She was working as a model when she met filmmaker Jean-Jacques Beineix. Beineix cast her in the lead role in the 1986 film 37°2 le matin (later released in the United Kingdom and United States under the title Betty Blue). She went on to appear in a series of major roles in French films, including the 1989 film Chimère, which was entered into the 1989 Cannes Film Festival.
6.58. Bernadette Lafont
Bernadette Lafont (born October 25, 1938) is a French actress and the mother of Pauline Lafont (1963-1988).
Bernadette Lafont won the César Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for L'Effrontée (1985). For her long service to the French motion picture industry, in 2003 she was given an Honorary César Award.
She started very young in the movie industry and became part of the "Nouvelle Vague" in the 60's from her films with François Truffaut and Claude Chabrol.
7.89. Brigitte Bardot
Brigitte Anne-Marie Bardot (born 28 September 1934) is an animal rights activist and a former French actress, fashion model and singer.
In her early life Bardot was an aspiring ballet dancer. She started her acting career in 1952 and after appearing in 16 films became world-famous due to her role in the controversial film And God Created Woman. During her career in show business Bardot starred in 48 films, performed in numerous musical shows, and recorded 80 songs. After her retirement from the entertainment industry in 1973, Bardot established herself as an animal rights activist. During the 1990s she became outspoken in her criticism of immigration, race-mixing, some aspects of homosexuality and Islam in France, and has been convicted five times for "inciting racial hatred".
7.210. Carole Bouquet
Carole Bouquet (born 18 August 1957) is a French actress and fashion model, who has appeared in more than 40 films since 1977. Bouquet was born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France.
She is best known internationally for her role as Bond girl Melina Havelock in the 1981 movie For Your Eyes Only, but she also acted in a number of mainstream European films throughout the 1980s and continues to do so in France.
She is also recognized for her work in Luis Buñuel's surrealist classic That Obscure Object of Desire (1977), and in the internationally successful film Too Beautiful For You (1989), in which she won the César Award for Best Actress. Also she received a César Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in Rive droite, rive gauche (1984)
Bouquet was a model for Chanel in the 1990s. She is the widow of producer Jean-Pierre Rassam with whom she had a son, Dimitri Rassam. From 1997 to 2005, she dated actor Gérard Depardieu, with whom she had worked several times. Bouquet was engaged to him from 2003 to 2005.
8.111. Catherine Deneuve
Catherine Deneuve(born 22 October 1943) is a French actress. She gained recognition for her portrayal of beautiful ice maidens for various directors, including Luis Buñuel and Roman Polanski. Deneuve won two César Awards for her performances in Le Dernier Métro (1980) and Indochine (1992). She has also received BAFTA and Academy Award nominations for Best Actress. In 2008, she appeared in her 100th film, Un conte de Noël.
5.712. Cécile Cassel
7.513. Cécile De France
Cécile de France (born July 17, 1975) is a Belgian actress. After achieving success in French cinema hits such as L'Art (délicat) de la séduction (2001) and Irène (2002), she gained international attention for her lead role in the horror thriller Haute Tension (2003). In 2004 she appeared in the major Hollywood production Around the World in 80 Days, alongside Jackie Chan. De France won two César Awards for her performances in L'Auberge espagnole (2002) and Les Poupées russes (2005).
7.714. Chantal Goya
Chantal Goya (born Chantal Deguerre on June 10, 1942 in Saigon), is a French singer and actress.
Chantal Goya started her career as a yé-yé girl, singing a catchy mid-'60s hybrid of girl-group pop and French chanson. She also enjoyed a career as a French New Wave actress; she had a starring role as Madeleine in the 1966 Jean-Luc Godard film Masculin, féminin and in Jean-Daniel Pollet's L'amour c'est gai, l'amour c'est triste (Love is joy, love is sad).
Since 1975, she became mostly known as a singer for children. Together with her husband, songwriter and composer Jean-Jacques Debout, and with a talented team of designers and costume people, she does shows for and with children. The main themes are dreams and traveling. Her usual character is Marie-Rose, a mix between a maid and an older sister (reminiscent of Julie Andrews in both The Sound of Music and Mary Poppins).
7.515. Charlotte Gainsbourg
Charlotte Gainsbourg (born 21 July 1971 as Charlotte Lucy Gainsburg) is a French actress and singer-songwriter.
With over 30 films to her name including My Wife is an Actress and The Science of Sleep, Charlotte Gainsbourg has become one of the contemporary faces of French cinema. Now, after years away, she returns to music, recording her first solo album since she was 13 years old. That first album was Charlotte Forver, a collection of songs written by her legendary father, Serge Gainsbourg. Her new album is 5:55, a collaboration with an equally legendary line-up of Air (who wrote the music), Jarvis Cocker and The Divine Comedy's Neil Hannon, (who, with Charlotte, wrote the lyrics), and producer Nigel Godrich (Radiohead, Beck, Travis, Paul McCartney). The resulting album is all you could hope for with such a team: lush music, intimate and thought-provoking lyrics, and disarming beauty created by Charlotte's distinct, whisper of a voice.
7.516. Charlotte Rampling
5.817. Chiara Mastroianni
Chiara-Charlotte Mastroianni (born 28 May 1972) is an Italian-French actress.
Mastroianni was born in Paris, the daughter of Catherine Deneuve and Marcello Mastroianni. Her elder half-brother is Christian Vadim; her elder half-sister is Barbara Mastroianni.
She had relationships with the actors Benicio del Toro and Andrea Di Stefano. The father of Mastroianni's son Milo (born 31 December 1996) is sculptor Pierre Torreton.
7.218. Claude Jade
7.719. Claudine Auger
Claudine Auger was born as Claudine Oger (pronounced "Oh-Zhay," the same pronunciation as Auger) on 26 April 1942 in Paris, France. Her most famous role was as Bond girl Dominique "Domino" Derval in the James Bond film Thunderball (1965). She earned the title of Miss France Monde and was also the first runner-up in the 1958 Miss World contest. She attended St. Joan of Arc College and later Paris Drama Conservatory, where she performed dramatic roles. She made her film debut when she was still at school. Jean Cocteau cast her in an uncredited role as a tall ballerina in The Testament of Orpheus (1960). When she was 18, she married the 41-year-old writer-director Pierre Gaspard-Huit, and he cast her in several films: The Iron Mask (1962); The Vengence of Kali (1963), etc. When she was vacationing in Nassau, writer-producer Kevin McClory who was also vacationing there, saw her and recommended that she audition for his film Thunderball (1965). The role of Domino was originally to be an Italian woman: Dominetta Petacchi. Auger impressed the producers so much that they re-wrote the part to that of a French woman to better suit Auger. Although, she took lessons to perfect her English, her voice was eventually dubbed by Nikki van der Zyl in this movie. Auger would claim that she related to her character Domino, as she and Domino were involved with older men. The most immediate by-product of Claudine's stardom was a semi-nude Playboy spread and a guest shot on an American TV special starring Danny Thomas and Bob Hope.
7.320. Clémence Poésy
Clémence Poésy (born Clémence Guichard on 30 November 1982) is a French actress and model. After starting on the stage as a child, Poésy had dramatic education, and is active on both film and television since 1999, including some English-language productions. Outside of her home country, she is perhaps best known for playing Fleur Delacour in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) and Chloë in In Bruges (2008).
7.521. Clotilde Hesme
Clotilde Hesme ( born 30 July 1979 in Troyes, Aube) is a French actress. She is the sister of Annelise Hesme, and Élodie Hesme. who are also actresses.
After studying at the Conservatoire National Supérieur d'Art Dramatique (CNSAD), she appeared in plays and was noticed by Jérôme Bonnel who cast her in his film Le Chignon d'Olga in 2002. In 2005 she appeared in Philippe Garrel's Regular Lovers. She was nominated for the 2008 César Award for Most Promising Actress for her appearance in Christoph Honoré's Love Songs and nominated for a Molière Award the same year for her performance in Marivaux's La Seconde Surprise de l'amour.
7.322. Danielle Darrieux
7.823. Delphine Seyrig
8.624. Édith Piaf
Édith Piaf, born Édith Giovanna Gassion (19 December 1915 - 10 October 1963), was a French singer and cultural icon who "is almost universally regarded as France's greatest popular singer." Her singing reflected her life, with her specialty being ballads. Among her songs are "La vie en rose" (1946), "Hymne à l'amour" (1949), "Milord" (1959), "Non, je ne regrette rien" (1960), "l'Accordéoniste" (1941), "Padam...Padam", and "La Foule".
5.425. Elisabeth Depardieu
Élisabeth Depardieu (born 5 August 1941 in Paris), born Élisabeth Dominique Lucie Guignot, is a French actress. She married Gérard Depardieu on 19 February 1971. They had two children together, Guillaume Depardieu and Julie Depardieu. In 1986 the Depardieu's appeared together as husband and wife in the film Jean de Florette. In 1996 she divorced her husband.
7.526. Élodie Bouchez
Élodie Bouchez-Bangalter (born 5 April 1973 in Montreuil-sous-Bois, Seine-Saint-Denis, Île-de-France) is a César Award winning French actress. Today she currently resides in Beverly Hills, California with her husband Thomas Bangalter. She's most known for her roles as Renée Rienne on the fifth and final season of the television show Alias and as Maïté Alvarez in the movie Wild Reeds.
7.227. Emma de Caunes
Emma de Caunes (born 9 September 1976) is a French film actress.
De Caunes was born in Paris, the daughter of actor/director Antoine de Caunes and directorgraphic designer Gaëlle Royer. She was married to singer Sinclair (real name Mathieu Blanc-Francard) who fathered her daughter Nina (born in Paris, October 2002).
De Caunes's career began at the age of ten courtesy of a role granted by Michèle Reiser, her godmother. She obtained her Baccalaureate in film in 1995.
De Caunes appeared in various advertisements before landing her first major film role in Sylvie Verheyde's Un Frère. After her performance in the 1997 film, de Caunes won Most Promising Actress at the 1998 César awards and Best Actress at the 1997 Paris Film Festival, and was nominated for Best Actress in the Acteurs à l'Écran awards. She won the 2002 Prix Romy Schneider, an award given annually to a promising young actress.
7.328. Emmanuelle Béart
Emmanuelle Béart (born 14 August 1965) is a French film actress.
Béart was born Emmanuelle Béhart-Hasson in St. Tropez, on the French Riviera, the daughter of Geneviève Galéa, a former model, and Guy Béart, a singer and poet. Beart's mother is of Greek, Maltese, and Croatian descent, and her father is from a Jewish family - of Spanish, Swiss, and Russian ancestry.
After a ten-year relationship with Daniel Auteuil (her co-star in Manon des Sources, A Heart in Winter and A French Woman), they divorced and she later re-married.
In addition to her screen work, Béart is also known for her social activism. She is an ambassador for UNICEF, and has made news for her opposition to France's anti-immigration legislation. In 1996, she made headlines when, defending the rights of the "sans-papiers" (illegal immigrants), she was removed after her group’s occupation of a Paris church.
Béart obtained an acting role in the 1976 film Tomorrow's Children. In her teens she appeared in bit parts in television then went to Montreal, Canada to work as a nanny before returning to France the following year to attend drama school in Paris. A short time later she was cast in her first adult role in a film, and in 1986 she achieved fame with her role opposite Yves Montand, in the film Manon des Sources. For her performance, she won the 1987 César Award for "Best Supporting Actress". She also won a "Best Actress" award at the Moscow International Film Festival for her starring role in the 1995 film, A French Woman.
In addition to her award for Best Supporting Actress, she has also been nominated for 6 César Award for Best Actress.
6.929. Emmanuelle Devos
7.130. Emmanuelle Seigner
Emmanuelle Seigner (born 22 June 1966) is a French actress, former fashion model, and singer, best known as the wife of Academy Award winning director Roman Polanski, and for her roles in The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007), and Frantic (1988). She has been nominated two César Awards for Best Supporting Actress in Place Vendôme (1998) and La Vie En Rose (2007).
7.931. Eva Green
Eva Gaëlle Green (born 5 July 1980) is a French actress, raised in Paris and living partly in London. She has been noted by Vogue for her "killer looks, intelligence and modesty", and described by The Independent as "gothic, quirky, and sexy".
The daughter of actress Marlène Jobert, Green performed in theatre before making her film debut in The Dreamers (2003), which generated controversy over her numerous nude scenes. She achieved greater fame for her parts in Kingdom of Heaven (2005), and in the 2006 James Bond film Casino Royale, for which she won a BAFTA. She has also modeled for numerous brands.
7.232. Fanny Ardant
7.333. France Gall
7.334. Françoise Dorléac
Françoise Dorléac (21 March 1942 – 26 June 1967) was a French actress.
Born in Paris, she was the daughter of screen actor Maurice Dorléac and Renée Deneuve, and the elder sister of Catherine Deneuve. The two sisters starred together in the 1967 musical, Les Demoiselles de Rochefort.
Her films include Philippe de Broca's movie L'homme de Rio, François Truffaut's La peau douce and Roman Polański's Cul-de-Sac.
8.135. Françoise Hardy
Françoise Madeleine Hardy (born 17 January 1944 in Paris) is a French singer, actress and astrologer. Hardy is an iconic figure in fashion, music and style.
She grew up in the 9th arrondissement of Paris, the daughter of an unmarried mother. She received a guitar on her sixteenth birthday as a reward for passing her baccalaureat. After a year at the Sorbonne she answered a newspaper advertisement looking for young singers. Hardy signed her first contract with the record label Vogue in November 1961. In April 1962, shortly after finishing school, her first record "Oh Oh Chéri" appeared, written by Johnny Hallyday's writing duo. Her own flip side of the record, "Tous les garçons et les filles" became a success, riding the wave of Yé-yé music in France, with two million sales. She first appeared on television in 1962 during an interlude in a programme reporting the results of a presidential referendum.
Hardy sings in French, English, Italian, Spanish, and German. In 1963 she came fifth for Monaco in the Eurovision Song Contest with "L'amour s'en va". In 1963, she was awarded the Grand Prix Du Disque of the Charles Cros Academy.
In 1981, she married her long-time companion Jacques Dutronc, with whom she had had a son, Thomas Dutronc, in 1973. In 1994, she collaborated with the British pop group Blur for their "La Comedie" version of "To The End". In May 2000, she made a comeback with the album Clair Obscur. Her son played guitar and her husband sang the duet "Puisque Vous Partez En Voyage." Iggy Pop and Étienne Daho also took part. She has also recorded a duet with Perry Blake who wrote two songs for her award winning Tant de belles choses album. Hardy lives near Paris and Dutronc lives in Monticello, Corsica, although they remain a couple.
5.536. Françoise Lebrun
Françoise Lebrun is a French actress. She has appeared in many movies, and is especially known for her role as Veronika in The Mother and the Whore (1973, directed by Jean Eustache). She also worked for, amongst others, Paul Vecchiali, Marguerite Duras and Lucas Belvaux, and is the subject of the documentary Françoise Lebrun, les voies singulières (2008). In a Variety review of the 2004 Vecchiali film A Vot' Bon Coeur, Lisa Nesselson called her "a supreme master of the sustained monologue."
6.637. Hélène de Fougerolles
Hélène Christine Rigoine de Fougerolles (born February 25, 1973) is a French actress. She is the daughter of Alain Rigoine de Fougerolles and Anne Saumay de Laval. Initially planning to become a beautician, she began to study acting at age 15. She later attended acting classes in Paris and briefly at the Actors Studio in New York City.
de Fougerolles was married to Éric Hubert. They have a daughter Shana born in 2003.
7.738. Irène Jacob
Irène Marie Jacob (born 15 July 1966) is a French-born Swiss actress considered one of the preeminent French actresses of her generation. Jacob gained international recognition and acclaim through her work with Polish film director Krzysztof Kieslowski, who cast her in the lead role of The Double Life of Véronique and Three Colors: Red. She came to represent an image of European sophistication, through her "classic beauty and thoughtful, almost melancholic style of acting."
7.739. Isabelle Adjani
Isabelle Yasmine Adjani (born 27 June 1955) is a French film actress and singer. Adjani has appeared in 30 films since 1970. She won four César Awards in Possession (1981), One Deadly Summer (1983), Camille Claudel (1988), and Queen Margot (1994). Also she received two Academy Award nominations for Best Actress. She performs in French, English, and German.
7.240. Isabelle Carré
Isabelle Carré (born 28 May 1971 in Paris) is a French actress, who has appeared in almost 40 films between 1989 and 2009. She won a César Award for Best Actress in Se souvenir des belles choses (2001). Also she has been nominated further six times in Beau fixe (1992), Le Hussard sur le toit (1995), La Femme défendue (1997), Les Sentiments (2003), Entre ses mains (2005) and Anna M. (2007).
Since 26 August 2006, she is married to film producer Bruno Pésery, with whom she had a son, Antoine, born on 11 October 2008. Her brother, Benoît Carré, is a member of Lilicub band.
7.741. Isabelle Huppert
8.142. Jeanne Moreau
Jeanne Moreau (born 23 January 1928) is a French actress, screenwriter and director.
Moreau made her theatrical debut in 1947, and established herself as one of the leading actresses of the Comédie-Française. She began playing small roles in films in 1951 and over the following decade achieved success as the star of several popular films, including Elevator to the Gallows (1958), directed by Louis Malle. Jules et Jim (1962), directed by François Truffaut, was her most successful international film. Most prolific during the 1960s, Moreau continues to appear in films to the present day.
Acclaimed throughout her career, Moreau is the recipient of a César Award for Best Actress, a BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actress and a Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Award for individual performances, and several lifetime awards.
6.943. Joana Preiss
Graceful model-turned-actress Joana Preiss was born in Marseille, but she spent the majority of her youth in Paris. After studying classical music at the Sorbonne, Preiss entered into the world of acting, only to be courted by the fashion industry after a chance meeting with Karl Lagerfeld at a Chanel show. At the time, Preiss was 29 and thought herself too old to become a model, yet despite her age Lagerfeld eventually coaxed her in front of the camera for a photo shoot with Linda Evangelista. Subsequent roles in such films as Clean, My Mother, and Pia Marais's award-winning directorial debut, The Unpolished, served well to expose the rising starlet to an international audience, and in 2006 the unconventional beauty could be seen in director Olivier Assayas's segment of the anthology film Paris, Je T'Aime.
7.544. Julie Delpy
6.345. Julie Dreyfus
Julie Dreyfus (born January 24, 1966) is a French actress.
Dreyfus, who speaks fluent Japanese, French, and English, is well known in Japan, where she made her TV debut on a French-language lesson program on NHK's educational channel in the late 1980s, and has appeared on the TV show Ryōri no Tetsujin (Iron Chef) as a guest and judge. She is best known to Western audiences for the role of Sofie Fatale in the film Kill Bill and has been associated with Quentin Tarantino, who is a good friend.
7.646. Juliette Binoche
Juliette Binoche (born 9 March 1964) is a French film actress, who has appeared in more than 40 films since 1983. While starting on the stage during her teens, Binoche had a dramatic education. After achieving success early in her film career, she gained international acclaim for her portrayal in The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988), and won the César Award for Best Actress in Three Colors: Blue (1993), also received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in The English Patient (1996). Her other notable films include Chocolat (2000), Caché (2005), and The Flight of the Red Balloon (2007).
6.847. Karin Viard
Karin Viard, born January 24 1966, is a multi-award-winning French actress. She made her film debut in Tatie Danielle in 1990. Since then she has appeared in such films as Delicatessen, L'Emploi du temps (Time Out), Adultère, mode d'emploi and La parenthèse enchantée.
She was a member of the 2003 Cannes Film Festival jury.
7.648. Laetitia Casta
Laetitia Marie Laure Casta (born May 11, 1978 in Pont-Audemer, Haute-Normandie) is a French model and actress.
Casta's mother, Line Blin, is from Normandy. Her father, Dominique Casta, is from Corsica. She has an older brother, Jean-Baptiste, and a younger sister, Marie-Ange. She spent her childhood in Normandy and Noisy-le-Grand (93 - France). On October 19, 2001, she gave birth to her daughter Sahteene. The father is her former boyfriend Stéphane Sednaoui. Casta is engaged to Italian actor Stefano Accorsi. They have one son together, Orlando, born on September 21, 2006. Laetitia gave birth to her second child with Stefano Accorsi daughter Athena on August 29, 2009.
Casta's career reportedly began when she was discovered by a photographer during a family holiday in her father's native Corsica, at age 15.
Casta was the official face of L'Oréal, Dior, and Chanel. She was featured in Guess? Jeans, Tommy Hilfiger, Miu Miu and XOXO ad campaigns. Casta has appeared on over 100 magazine covers including Victoria's Secret catalogs, ELLE magazine, and Vogue magazine. She also appeared in three consecutive Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues, Rolling Stone, and a Pirelli Calendar. She is now the face of Ralph Lauren's newest fragrance, Notorious.
She once had a close professional relationship with designer Yves St. Laurent, whose outfits she would regularly wear at public appearances.
Casta has made forays into Francophone film and television productions, including Astérix et Obélix contre César (known as Astérix and Obélix vs. César in English language versions), a live-action film of the Astérix world in which she plays a potential love interest for Obélix, portrayed by Gérard Depardieu. More recently, Casta appeared in Les Âmes Fortes, a dramatic film directed by Raùl Ruiz.
Casta was also prominently featured in the music video for the Chris Isaak song "Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing" in 1999. Through most of the video, Casta was seen in a motel room and sexy lingerie while being watched by Isaak in the next room. There were two versions of the video. VH1 aired the censored version before 9 p.m. and the uncensored version was aired after the 9 p.m. watershed. This video was ranked #28 on VH1's 50 Sexiest Video Moments. The video was regarded as too steamy by the network. She is also the subject of a song written by popular alternative rock band, Brand New, in their song "Magazines".
6.849. Laura Smet
Laura Smet (born on November 15, 1983) is a French actress. She was born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, daughter of the rock musician Johnny Hallyday and the actress Nathalie Baye. In 1986 Jean-Jacques Goldman wrote the song 'Laura' which Johnny Hallyday recorded. The daughter of such famous parents, she has said that she was unhappy at school, that she changed schools numerous times growing up, and that she was sometimes picked on - for example for the fact that at a time when rap music was the fashion, her father was an old-fashioned rock'n'roller. She wanted initially to be a theatrical agent like her godfather, Dominique Besnehard. In 1999 she left school and followed theatre classes with Raymond Acquaviva. In 2002 she began her acting career when Xavier Giannoli, on the recommendation of Olivier Assayas, cast her in the role of Charlotte , a young cancer patient in ' Les Corps Impatients,' and for which she received a nomination for the César Award for Most Promising Actress. In 2003 she starred in Claude Chabrol's film adaptation of the Ruth Rendell novel The Bridesmaid, (La Demoiselle d'Honneur).
In 2004, Smet won the Prix Romy Schneider. Romy Schneider is an actress she greatly admires. In 2006 she played in 'Le Passager de l'été', a film written and directed by Florence Moncorgi-Gabin, the daughter of Jean Gabin. In 2007 she played Caroline in L'Heure zéro Pascal Thomas's film adaptation of an Agatha Christie novel.
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