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Sophie Marceau is a French actress. She has worked in international films such as Braveheart and The World is Not Enough.
Sophie Marceau was born Sophie Danièle Sylvie Maupu on November 17, 1966 in Paris, France, the second child of Benoît and Simone Maupu. Her father, Benoît, a veteran of the Algerian War, worked as a truck driver, painter, and bartender; her mother, Simone, was a demonstrator in department stores. Her brother Sylvain is three years older.
Marceau started her career at age 14 when Claude Pinoteau cast her in the starring role of the teenager movie La Boum (1980).
The hardworking family lived a humble working class life that left Marceau with generally fond memories of childhood. During the week, she was busy helping out at the restaurant, where she enjoyed the noise and hectic environment. She spent weekends with her family in La Cabane, a small house in Vert-le-Petit in the Essonne. While her parents were busy serving customers, Marceau quickly developed her adventurous and independent spirit, keeping up with her brother Sylvain and her cousin Jacques. When she was eleven years old, she got in trouble stealing records from a supermarket — something that infuriated her parents. Another time, after being scolded by her father, she hid all the giblets in the restaurant.
Marceau also had a shy and reserved side to her, particularly around adults. She used to hide beneath her bed whenever her parents' friends came by to visit. Alone, in the darkness of her room, she would dream of one day becoming a truckdriver like her father. When she was nine years old, her parents were divorced. Marceau enjoyed her time in school, but not her studies. A bit of a prankster, she did not enjoy studying very much, although she did like reading Molière, who made her laugh.
Marceau loved animals and collected stray cats and forsaken animals with her older brother. She had a dog she named Scotch, and also adopted a German shepherd at the SPCA. She had a cat she called Bidule, who refused to move with the family when they left Gentilly.
When Marceau was twelve years old, she experienced her first kiss under a tent. By then, she was already impatient about her life in Gentilly. She longed to be free, to live in a large stone house in Normandie, France with her friends. Most of all, she wanted to escape the boredom of adolescence.
In February 1980, while searching unsuccessfully for a job over the school holidays, Marceau and her mother came across a model agency advertisement looking for teenagers. Marceau had photos taken at the agency, but she did not think anything would come of it. At the same time, Françoise Menidrey, the casting director for Claude Pinoteau's upcoming film La Boum, sent out a call to modeling agencies looking for a new teenager for his film. A month after her photo session, Marceau was invited to audition for the role. She showed up with her father, nervous and very simply dressed. She was just one of over a thousand young girls waiting for their chance. Unlike many of the others, however, her acting was simple and natural with no forced seduction.
Marceau was called back to read for director Claude Pinoteau, who was immediately won over by her "surprising simplicity" and knew he'd found his new leading actress. Filming began on July 17 and finished just in time for her school's fall term. After viewing the rushes, Alain Poiré, the director of the Gaumont Film Company, signed Marceau to a long-term contract. Before the film opened, Marceau changed her name following her agency's advice. Given a list of street names, she chose "Marceau" to retain her initials.
Audiences responded favorably to La Boum and its old-fashioned sensibilities, becoming a big hit not only in France, where 4.5 million tickets were sold, but also in Italy, Japan, and around the world. The fourteen year old actress responded to the instant fame — posing for magazine covers, giving interviews, and doing commercials for the soap Lux Beauté, which made her a big star in Japan.
In 1981, Marceau made her singing debut with French singer François Valéry on the record "Dream in Blue," written by Delanoë. In 1985, she recorded her first and only album Certitude, which contained nine songs writed by Étienne Roda-Gil and composer Franck Langolff.
Early film career
In 1982, at the age of 16, Marceau bought back her contract with the film studio Gaumont for one million French francs. She borrowed most of the money, but she felt it was worth it to gain back her independence. She was still only 16 years old, but things were happening fast. In 1983, Marceau received the César Award (France's equivalent of an Oscar) for Most Promising Actress.
After starring in the sequel film La Boum 2 in 1982, Marceau broke away from the teenage film genre and focused on more dramatic roles, including Fort Saganne (co-starring Gérard Depardieu and Catherine Deneuve) and Joyeuse Pâques (Happy Easter) in 1984, L'Amour Braque and Police in 1985, and Descente aux Enfers (Descent Into Hell) in 1986. In 1988, she starred in L'Etudiante (The Student) and Chouans!. That year, Marceau was named Best Romantic Actress at the International Festival of Romantic Movies for her role in Chouans.
In 1989, she starred in Mes nuits sont plus belles que vos jours (My Nights are more Beautiful than your Days), which was directed by her long-time boyfriend Andrzej Zulawski. In 1990, she starred in Pacific Palisades and La Note Bleue, her third film directed by her companion. In 1991, she ventured into the theater with her role in Eurydice, which earned her a Marceau a Moliere Award for Most Promising Newcomer.
Following her introduction to theatre acting, Marceau began making lighter, less-dramatic films, such as the comedy Fanfan in 1993 and La Fille de D'Artagnan in 1994 — both films very popular in Europe and abroad. That same year, she returned to the theatre as Eliza Dolittle in Pygmalion.
In 1995, Marceau achieved international recognition for her role of Princess Isabelle in Mel Gibson's historical epic Braveheart. That same year, she was part of an ensemble cast of international actors that appeared in the French film directed by Michelangelo Antonioni and Wim Wenders, Beyond the Clouds.
In 1997, Marceau continued her international string of successful films with William Nicholson's Firelight, filmed in England, Véra Belmont's Marquise, filmed in France, and Bernard Rose's Anna Karenina.
In 1999, Marceau made two films that defined her as an international star. For A Midsummer Night's Dream, she played the role of Hippolyta among a star-filled cast of international actors. That same year, she entered the elite realm of Hollywood Bond girls by playing the role of Elektra King in the James Bond film The World Is Not Enough.
In 2000, Marceau teamed up once again with her then-boyfriend Andrzej Zulawski to film La Fidélité.
Author and director
In 2001, Marceau wrote a semi-autobiographical novel, Telling Lies, in which the narrator is a beautiful actress who is confident in her beauty and talent and yet deeply insecure. The unnamed narrator takes the reader into a world of memories, fantasies, and impressions, but never revealing herself completely. The reader is left to wonder whether they are reading an autobiographical or a creative attempt at arriving at some greater truth. Marceau describes what the narrator is going through in wonderfully obscure and resonant language:
It's the day of separation, and from that second she realises she has gone, like an everyday lifetime with memories coming back. Because she's in the middle of something new that hasn't been yet, and something done already. How time can be elastic; how it can betray you, be capricious and play with you.
Through beautifully crafted prose, Marceau produced a highly compelling exploration of female identity.
In 2002, Marceau made her directorial debut in the feature film Speak to Me of Love for which she was named Best Director at the Montreal World Film Festival. The film starred Judith Godrèche. It was only her second effort at directing (she made the nine-minute short film L'Aube à l'envers in 1995, which also starred Godrèche). Entering an award ceremony last year, the shoulder strap on Marceau's dress fell off, exposing to countless cameras what was still considered "the perfect bosom".
Marceau married the producer Andrzej ?u?awski, who is 26 years her senior. Their son Vincent was born in June 1995. In 2001, Marceau separated from Zulawski and became involved with producer Jim Lemley and later gave birth to her second child, Juliette, born in London in 2002. In 2007, various French newspapers and magazines reported that Marceau is dating Christopher Lambert with whom she acts in La Disparue de Deauville.