Sophie Marceau – French actress and singer
Sophie Marceau is a French actress, film director and singer.
Sophie Daniele Sylvie Marceau was born on November 17, 1966 in Paris, France. Her father worked as a driver, and her mother was a saleswoman.
In February 1980, Sophie joined one of the modeling agencies. Casting director of the film Boum Françoise Menidre asked modeling agencies to recommend a teenager for the role in the comedy. So Sophie got her first role. The film was a huge success and two years later its sequel La Boum 2 was released. For her role Sophie received Cesar award in the category Best Newcomer and the most promising actress.
At the age of 16, she already played with Gerard Depardieu and Catherine Deneuve in the film Fort Sagan. Depardieu was her partner once again in the film Police, directed by Maurice Pialat.
In 1982 Marceau signed a contract with Gaumont, a major film company in France. Soon Sophie dissolved the contract and had to pay a million French francs. Andrzej Zulawski helped her and they left for Poland.
In 1984, Marceau starred in Crazy Love, her first work with Zulawski. This was followed by My Nights Are More Beautiful Than Your Days and The Blue Note. Since then she became one of the most popular and respected actresses in the country, though she was not yet a star of world cinema.
Sophie’s first English-speaking role as Princess Isabella was in Mel Gibson’s Braveheart.
In 1985, Sophie recorded her first (and last) full album Certitude.
The film Chouans! brought her fame as the most romantic actress of the year.
On the theatrical stage, Sophie made her debut in 1991 in Eurydice by J. Anouilh. For this work she received Moliere. Two years later, she returned to the theater and played in Pygmalion.
In spring 1995, Marceau acted as director of her first short film Dawn from the inside-out which was shown in Cannes. The next directorial work was the feature film Speak to Me of Love. The film brought Marceau Cannes Best Director Award at the Montreal Film Festival. Then she was a director of the thriller Lost in Deauville. Thanks to this film she met Christopher Lambert who played the lead role. The working relationship developed into a love story that lasted for more than 7 years.
In 1995, she starred in Antonioni’s film Beyond the Clouds with John Malkovich. In 1997, Sophie played the role of Anna Karenina in the film Anna Karenina. She also played in the nineteenth James Bond film (The World Is Not Enough).
She has become one of the most popular actresses not only in France but also in Korea, Germany, Russia, thanks to films that won one of the first places in the rankings (Student, Fanfan).
In 1996, Marceau was the face of Guerlain cosmetic company. She is also the face of Chaumet jewelry house.
In 2015, Sophie participated in the Cannes Film Festival as a jury member of the main competition.
Today Marceau plays in the theater, paints portraits of her favorite writers, including Tolstoy and Kafka.
In 1982, the actress began an affair with the Polish film director Andrzej Zulawski, who is 26 years older than Sophie. On July 24, 1995 their son Vincent was born.
Later, Sophie broke up with Zulawski because of the American producer Jim Lemley, whom she met on the set of the film Anna Karenina. On June 13, 2002, Sophie gave birth to their daughter Juliette.
In 2012 Marceau married Christopher Lambert. On July 11, 2014 the couple announced their separation.
A year later, Sophie Marceau started a relationship with a Parisian chef Cyril Lignac who is 11 years younger than her.