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Sophie Marceau

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Famous For:
Braveheart, Firelight, and The World is Not Enough
Networth:
$50 Million
Currently Known For:
Actress, Director, and Screenwriter
Famous Years:
1990s
Birthdate:
November 17, 1966
Sophie Marceau


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  famous for:
Braveheart, Firelight, and The World is Not Enough

  networth:
$50 Million

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“You can perform all kinds of characters, but you cannot change what people feel for you.” Sophie Marceau is a talented actress, director, screenwriter, and author who first rose to fame in her teens in French films like La Boum (1980) and La Boum 2 (1982). Earning a César Award for Most Promising Actress for her work, she was a well-known name on the silver screen throughout Europe as she added in credits in L’Etudiante (1988), Pacific Palisades (1990), Fanfan (1993), and Revenge of the Musketeers (1994). Then, by the mid-1990s, she made her way to Hollywood when she joined Mel Gibson in Braveheart (1995). Since then, she appeared in Firelight (1997) and The World is Not Enough (1999) with her latest credit coming in the 2015 film Jailbirds.

1960s to Stardom

Sophie Marceau was born on November 17, 1966, in Paris, France as the second child of a shop assistant and a truck driver. Her parents divorced in 1975, leaving the youngster to live with her mother. When Marceau was 14 years old, she was with her mother when she answered an ad to a modeling agency looking for teen models. Although Marceau had photos taken at the agency, she didn’t think much would come of it and forgot all about the opportunity. Fortunately, Marceau’s beauty wasn’t as easily forgotten as the agency sent her headshots over to a casting director for La Boum (1980). The director knew Marceau was perfect for the project and cast Marceau in the role of Vic Beretton.

La Boum was a massive hit in France and across Europe, which meant Marceau skyrocketed to stardom. She made her singing debut in 1981 with French singer Francois Valery on Dream in Blue and turned down the chance to star in Beau-pere. Although the film could’ve made her an even bigger star, Marceau never regretted her decision and, instead, reprised her role in the 1982 sequel La Boum 2. She turned her attention to more dramatic roles in Fort Saganne (1984), L’amour Braque (1985), Police (1985), and Descente aux enfers (1986). She starred in L’Etudiante in 1988 and was named Best Romantic Actress at the International Festival of Romanic Movies for her performance in Chouans.

Marceau enjoyed similar success throughout the 1990s with credits in My Nights Are More Beautiful Than Your Days (1989), Pacific Palisades (1990), Fanfan (1993), and Revenge of the Musketeers (1994). She also turned her attention to the theater and earned a Moliere Award for Best Female Newcomer for her performance in Eurydice (1991). Then, in 1995, she gained international fame when she was cast as Princess Isabelle opposite Mel Gibson in Braveheart (1995). Two years later, she starred in Firelight, Marquise, and Anna Karenina before hinting that she was ready to retire from acting altogether. “I’ve done a lot, you know, I like my job, but today to be famous is a lot of pressure, a lot of manipulation, a lot of blah, blah, blah,” she said. “And, of course… no, there are a lot of things, but I will be very selective. Very selective.”

Later Projects and Life Today

Although Marceau never officially retired, she kept her promise to be more selective with her projects. She played Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1999) and Bond girl Elektra King in The World Is Not Enough (1999). She played a talented photographer in Fidelity (2000) and has since appeared in a handful of French films including Nelly (2004), Anthony Zimmer (2005), Trivial (2007), Female Agents (2008), Changing Sides (2008), Don’t Look Back (2009), With Love… from the Age of Reason (2010), Happiness Never Comes Alone (2012), and Stop Me (2013). Her most recent films are Quantum Love (2014), The Missionaries (2014), and Jailbirds (2015).

Marceau stepped behind the camera in 2002 to direct Parlez-moi d’amour, a film that was largely autobiographical and inspired by her love life. “I didn’t want to do an autobiographical film just because I thought people would relate to it,” she said. “But the story seduced me because it was about people. I was inspired by things that happened to me personally, but I changed things too. My second film, La Disparue de Deauville, is also very personal. It’s about an actress, about split personalities, manipulation, and several other themes present in my own life. It seems quite realistic, but it is not entirely non-fiction.”

Over the last few years, the 52-year-old Marceau hasn’t worked on the silver screen as much as she did in years past. She shifted gears in 2015 to serve as a jury for the main competition section of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, an honor she didn’t take lightly. “I view films as a member of the audience, really,” she said. “I like watching a film for the director, the poster, the actors, and I like being surprised, decoding things with the eye of a professional. In France, there is a very sophisticated public who goes to see so many different films and genres…”

Sitting on the jury for the Cannes Film Festival in 2015 also gave Marceau a chance to look back on her career and her varied roles. “I find it difficult to analyze myself, to watch myself in films,” she said. “When I’m on location, sometimes things go really well, and other times I get the impression that I’m making progress, but each time, what is important for me are the director’s listening skills. Whether shooting lasts three, five, or sixteen weeks, each film represents a part of my life that I try and cherish as much as I can. I defend all my films with the same strength. Some characters I like more than others because they’re taken from wonderful books like Anna Karenina or Fidelity, which is a bit like the positive side to Anna Karenina. Some of my roles have had an impact on me…”

Outside of her work in film, the 52-year-old Marceau is a fairly private person with her only tie to America now being her daughter, Juliette, whom she had with producer Jim Lemley during their six-year relationship from 2001 to 2007. The relationship followed her romance with director Andrzej Zulawski from 1985 to 2001. She dated Christopher Lambert from 2007 to 2014 but has kept her love life quiet ever since their breakup. “The people I live with say that I am too independent,” she says of her love life. “I don’t glue myself to lovers.” Nor did she glue herself to the glitz and glamour of stardom.

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