Sophie Marceau (born Sophie Danièle Sylvie Maupu, 17 November 1966) is a French actress, director, screenwriter, and author. As a teenager, Marceau achieved popularity with her debut films La Boum (1980) and La Boum 2 (1982), receiving a César Award for Most Promising Actress. She became a film star in Europe with a string of successful films, such as L'Étudiante (1988), Fanfan (1993), and Revenge of the Musketeers (1994). Marceau became an international film star with her performances in Braveheart (1995), Firelight (1997), and the 19th James Bond film The World Is Not Enough (1999).
Sophie Maupu, dite Sophie Marceau, est une actrice et réalisatrice française, née le 17 novembre 1966 à Paris.
Elle a été révélée à l'âge de 14 ans par le film La Boum, qui lui a permis de devenir d'emblée une vedette du cinéma français. Avec La Boum 2, elle obtient le César du meilleur espoir féminin.
Sophie Marceau was born 17 November 1966 in Paris, the second child of a shop assistant and a truck driver. Her parents divorced when she was nine years old, but later remarried.
In February 1980, Marceau and her mother came across a model agency looking for teenagers. Marceau had photos taken at the agency, but did not think anything would come of it. At the same time, Françoise Menidrey, the casting director for Claude Pinoteau's La Boum (1980), asked modeling agencies to recommend a new teenager for the project. After viewing the rushes, Alain Poiré, the director of the Gaumont Film Company, signed Marceau to a long-term contract. La Boum was a hit movie, not only in France, where 4,378,500 tickets were sold, but also in several other European countries.
In 1982, at age 16, Marceau bought back her contract with Gaumont for one million French francs. She borrowed most of the money. After starring in the sequel film La Boum 2 (1982), Marceau focused on more dramatic roles, including the historical drama Fort Saganne in 1984 with Gérard Depardieu and Catherine Deneuve, Joyeuses Pâques (Happy Easter) with Jean-Paul Belmondo in 1984.
In 1985, three years after meeting Polish director Andrzej Żuławski, Sophie Marceau became his partner. Their son Vincent was born in July 1995.
In 1988, she starred in L'Étudiante (The Student) and the historical adventure film Chouans!. That year, Marceau was named Best Romantic Actress at the International Festival of Romantic Movies for her role in Chouans!
In 1989, Marceau starred in My Nights Are More Beautiful Than Your Days, which was directed by her boyfriend Andrzej Zulawski, and the next year, she starred in her third film directed by him La note bleue.
In 1991, she ventured into the theater in Eurydice, which earned Marceau the Moliere Award for Best Female Newcomer. Throughout the 1990s, Marceau began making less-dramatic films, such as the comedy Fanfan in 1993 and Revenge of the Musketeers (La fille de d'Artagnan) in 1994—both popular in Europe and abroad. That year, she also returned to the theatre as Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion.
Marceau achieved international recognition in 1995 playing the role of Princess Isabelle in Mel Gibson's Braveheart.
In 1996, Marceau published the semi-autobiographical novel, Menteuse (the English translation, Telling Lies, was published in 2001). Marceau's work was described as "an exploration of female identity".
In 1997, she continued her 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, filmed in Russia.
In 1999, she played the villainess Bond girl Elektra King in The World Is Not Enough. In the film Lost and Found of the same year, Sophie Marceau showed her skill of musician as a classically trained cellist.
In 2000, Marceau teamed up again with her boyfriend Andrzej Zulawski to film Fidelity, playing the role of a talented photographer who takes a job at a scandal-mongering tabloid and becomes romantically involved with an eccentric children's book publisher.
In 2001, Marceau separated from Żuławski and began a six-year relationship with American producer Jim Lemley. They have a daughter, Juliette (born June 2002 in London).
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. She made a nine-minute short film L'aube à l'envers in 1995, her first directorial effort.
In 2007, she directed Trivial, her second feature film and fell in love with her co-star of the film actor Christopher Lambert. She separated from Jim Lemley, and became Christopher Lambert's partner.
For the next decade, Marceau has continued to appear in a wide variety of roles, mainly in French films, such as Nelly (À ce soir) in 2004, Anthony Zimmer in 2005, Female Agents in 2008, and LOL (Laughing Out Loud).
In 2009, she teamed up with Monica Bellucci in Don't Look Back about the mysterious connection between two women who have never met. Although the director's purpose was to put the two biggest sex symbols together, the film did not create the expected response from the audiences. It was a commercial failure.
On 11 July 2014, Sophie Marceau and Christopher Lambert announced their separation.
In 2016, Marceau started another relationship with the chef and restaurant owner Cyril Lignac, which lasted for about 10 months.
Sophie Maupu passe sa petite enfance à Chelles dans une maison avec ses parents, son frère et son cousin, puis déménage dans un appartement au 162, rue Gabriel-Péri à Gentilly. Son père, Benoît, est chauffeur routier et sa mère, Simone, travaille dans un grand magasin parisien, puis dans une brasserie. Son frère Sylvain, de trois ans son aîné, est très proche d'elle.
Ses parents divorcent lorsqu'elle est âgée de 9 ans, mais ils se remarient ultérieurement.
Elle fait des études secondaires, notamment au lycée Élisa-Lemonnier dans le 12e arrondissement de Paris.
Pour gagner un peu d'argent, Sophie Maupu s'inscrit dans une agence de publicité pour enfants et adolescents où elle est repérée. Après une audition passée par hasard, elle obtient en 1980, à l'âge de 13 ans, le premier rôle du film culte de Claude Pinoteau, La Boum, qui semble traverser les frontières et les générations. Le personnage de Vic, adolescente romantique et rebelle, lui apporte une célébrité immédiate.
Pendant le tournage de La Boum, Claude Pinoteau lui suggère de prendre un pseudonyme et lui propose de choisir dans une liste de noms d'avenues de Paris. Son choix se porte sur Marceau afin de conserver l'initiale de son nom de famille.
Elle reprendra d'ailleurs le même rôle dans le second volet de la série, La Boum 2, en 1982, qui lui vaudra le César du meilleur espoir féminin en 1983.
À l'âge de 16 ans, elle rachète son contrat d'exclusivité à Gaumont pour un million de francs de l'époque qu'elle emprunte. Elle est désormais libre de choisir ses films.
Lors du Festival de Cannes 1981, âgée de 15 ans, Sophie Marceau fait la connaissance du Andrzej Żuławski, à l'hôtel Majestic Barrière. Trois ans plus tard, En 1984, elle est choisie par lui pour tenir le rôle de Mary dans le film L'Amour braque y elle commence sa liaison avec le réalisateur, de vingt-six ans son aîné. Ils ont un fils : Vincent, né le 24 juillet 1995.
Le rôle de Mary tranche complètement avec ses premiers films et casse son image. Cette collaboration lui permet de faire quelques incursions remarquées dans le cinéma d'auteur.
Claude Pinoteau lui offrira en 1988 le rôle de Valentine dans L'Étudiante, comédie romantique qui obtiendra elle aussi un franc succès.
Durant les années 1990, Sophie Marceau parvient à percer à Hollywood, grâce à des rôles remarqués, tout en s'imposant comme tête d'affiche de grosses productions françaises, souvent en costumes.
En 1993, elle tient le rôle-titre de la romance Fanfan, d'Alexandre Jardin, face à Vincent Perez. Puis en 1994, elle joue dans le film de cape et d'épées La Fille de d'Artagnan, de Bertrand Tavernier.
En 1995, elle impressionne dans le blockbuster américain Braveheart, de Mel Gibson, où elle prête ses traits à Isabelle de France. Sa performance lui ouvre en grand les portes de Hollywood et marque le début d'une carrière internationale.
En 1997, elle reste en robe d'époque pour Anna Karenine, de Bernard Rose, puis le biopic français Marquise, de Véra Belmont. Elle renie cependant le film à sa sortie.
Avec sa forte personnalité, son franc-parler choque, en particulier lorsqu'elle critique le cinéma français. Sa réputation d'avoir un caractère « difficile » lui vaut d'être délaissée par les producteurs français, même si elle est décrétée par plusieurs sondages « actrice préférée des Français ».
En 1999, elle fait l'unanimité en James Bond girl dans Le monde ne suffit pas de Michael Apted, où elle incarne la méchante principale du film, Elektra King.
Alors qu'elle tourne Le monde ne suffit pas, elle a une liaison avec le producteur Jim Lemley. Elle l'avait croisé sur le tournage d’Anna Karenine à la fin de l’année 1996. De cette relation naît une fille, prénommée Juliette, le 13 juin 2002.
En 2000, elle joue dans le drame intimiste La Fidélité, d'Andrzej Żuławski. Ils séparerent en 2001.
Son dernier gros film français, le thriller fantastique Belphégor, le fantôme du Louvre, de Jean-Paul Salomé, reçoit cependant un accueil tiède en 2001. La décennie suivante va ainsi être marquée par un retour vers un cinéma plus intimiste.
En 2002, Sophie Marceau passe à la réalisation avec le drame Parlez-moi d'amour, fiction largement autobiographique auréolée du prix de la mise en scène du Festival de Montréal.
En 2007, elle dévoile sa seconde réalisation, le polar La Disparue de Deauville, où elle tient un double rôle, et a pour partenaire Christophe Lambert. Après le « coup de foudre » de l'actrice pour lui, Sophie Marceau et Jim Lemley se séparent en 2007.
Christopher Lambert devenu son compagnon à la ville, elle le retrouve pour le drame L'Homme de chevet, sorti en 2009.
Mais cette année-là, elle renoue avec le succès populaire en incarnant Anne, quadragénaire mère d'une ado rebelle de 16 ans, dans la comédie dramatique LOL, gros succès de l'année avec 3,6 millions d'entrées en France.
La même année, la réalisatrice Marina de Van la fait tourner avec Monica Bellucci dans son film Ne te retourne pas, dans le but de « ... réaliser... le portrait croisé de deux sex-symbols ». Le film est présenté au Festival de Cannes 2009, mais c'est un échec commercial.
Sophie Marceau et Christophe Lambert annoncent leur séparation le 11 juillet 2014.
De janvier à novembre 2016, elle a été la compagne du cuisinier Cyril Lignac.
En 2017, elle commence en Chine le tournage de son quatrième long-métrage comme réalisatrice, la comédie Mme Mills, une voisine si parfaite. Elle en partage aussi l'affiche avec Pierre Richard.
Sophie Marceau est la marraine de l'association Arc-En-Ciel, dont la vocation est de réaliser les rêves d'enfants atteints de maladies graves. Elle s'occupe également de la protection des animaux.
Born in Athens, of Cretan origin, Sophia Kokosalaki studied Greek and English literature at the University of Athens, before moving to London, where she graduated from the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.
Kokosalaki started her eponymous label in London in 1999. She received an Elle designer award and the Art Foundation award for fashion in 2002 and a new generation designer award in 2004, and had regular editorial from Vogue, Harper's Bazaar and W magazines.
In 2004, she was commissioned to design outfits for the opening and closing ceremonies at the 2004 Summer Olympic Games, which were staged in her home town of Athens. Over six thousand people were dressed by Kokosalaki for the opening ceremony, most notably the singer Björk who performed "Oceania" in an enormous ocean-inspired dress composed of many pleats and folds.
Briefly, between 2006 and 2007, Kokosalaki was the first creative director of the relaunched Madeleine Vionnet fashion house. Although Kokosalaki cites Madeleine Vionnet as one of her favourite historical couturiers, and her work was well-received, she was ultimately disappointed by the experience, and left after two collections to focus on her own label.
Her style often featured classic Grecian draping combined with hand-crafted elements. While Kokosalaki was particularly known for draped, softly flowing dresses, her designs could also be architectural and heavily textured, and she worked in leather and tougher fabrics as well.
Kokosalaki, who was married, with one daughter, died on 13 October 2019 after a brief illness with cancer.
Suzy Parker (born Cecilia Ann Renee Parker; October 28, 1932 – May 3, 2003) was an American model and actress active from 1947 into the early 1960s. Her modeling career reached its zenith during the 1950s, when she appeared on the covers of dozens of magazines and in advertisements and movie and television roles.
She appeared in several Revlon advertisements as well as in advertisements for many other cosmetic companies, including Solo Products, the largest hair care product company in the country at the time. (Models did not have "exclusive" cosmetic company contracts until Lauren Hutton and Karen Graham in the early 1970s).
In 1956, at the height of her modelling career, she became the first model to earn $100,000 per year ($940,000 today). A song that The Beatles wrote for her, though not released on record, appeared in their 1970 documentary film Let It Be, which won the Academy Award for Best Original Score.
Suzy Parker was born Cecilia Ann Renee Parker in Long Island City, New York, to George and Elizabeth Parker, who married in 1916. She had three older sisters: Dorian, Florian, and Georgiabell.
Her mother Elizabeth believed she was undergoing menopause, but then discovered she was several months pregnant with her youngest child, Cecilia. Her father George disliked the name Cecilia and called her Susie, a name which Parker would retain throughout her life. A French Vogue photographer later changed the spelling to "Suzy".
In 1947, when Suzy Parker was 15, her sister Dorian Leigh, already one of the top models at the time, introduced her to modelling agency Eileen Ford.
Dorian Leigh started her modelling career only a few years ago and very quickly became one of the top models in the world, arguably the "world's first supermodel" along with Lisa Fonssagrives.
Dorian also built her own modelling agency but decided to close it after marriage in 1947.
Dorian telephoned Ford Modeling Agency and told Eileen and Jerry Ford that she would sign on with them if they also took her younger sister, sight unseen. Eager to represent Dorian, they agreed. Expecting to meet a similarly petite, extremely thin, flawless, pale-faced, electric blue-eyed, raven-haired younger version of Dorian, they were shocked to meet Suzy for the first time. A 15 year old girl with a height of 5'10", big-boned, and had carrot red hair, pale-green eyes, and freckles.
Suzy Parker's photo appeared in Life magazine shortly after. That same year, she had one of her first magazine advertisements for DeRosa Jewelry. Although she still lived with her parents in Florida, she stayed in New York City with Dorian when she had modeling assignments there. Dorian introduced Parker to her fashion-photographer friends, Irving Penn, Horst P. Horst, John Rawlings, and a young Richard Avedon. Parker later became Avedon's muse, she said years later that "The only joy I ever got out of modeling was working with Dick Avedon."
In 1950, Suzy Parker and her high-school sweetheart, Ronald Staton (some sources cite Charles), drove to Georgia to secretly marry. She wore a bikini with a raincoat on top for the ceremony.
They moved to Pennsylvania and rented a house near where her sister Dorian was living with her husband and children. While Ronald was attending the University of Pennsylvania as a freshman, Parker was busy modeling in the United States, and more and more, Europe.
On one of her work trips to France, Parker met journalist Pierre de la Salle at a Jacques Fath party outside of Paris. She returned to the United States and asked Ronald for a divorce, who would only agree if Parker gave him a large monetary settlement, paid for plastic surgery on his nose and paid for his acting lessons. She agreed, and their divorce was finalized in Mexico in 1953. Ronald was killed years later in an automobile accident.
Suzy Parker was the first model to earn $200 per hour and $100,000 per year. Vogue declared her one of the faces of the confident, post-war American woman. By 1955, she owed income taxes on her modeling income from previous years, amounting to more than $60,000 in back taxes and rapidly accumulating penalties, an enormous amount at the time. Jerry Ford paid her tax bill and found her assignments.
She worked non-stop for Revlon, Hertz, Westinghouse, Max Factor, Bliss, DuPont, Simplicity, Smirnoff, and Ronson shavers, to name a few. She also was on the covers of about 70 magazines around the world, including Vogue, Elle, Life, Look, Redbook, Paris Match and McCall's. After being introduced to, and taught photography by, war photographer Robert Capa, Parker was briefly listed as a member of Magnum Photos.
Parker and Pierre continued to date for years despite Pierre's numerous infidelities. She also was paying for his high cost-of-living expenses. They married about 1957 or 1958, but the couple kept it a secret.
Suzy Parker’s most important connection to Europe and France, however, is not her French husband, but Coco Chanel, who became a close confidante, giving Parker advice on men and money as well as creating numerous Chanel outfits for her. Suzy Parker also became the so-called signature face of the Coco Chanel brand.
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In 1958, Parker was a passenger in a car her father was driving when they were hit by an oncoming train. Her father died of his injuries at the hospital. Parker was hospitalized, with broken bones and embedded glass (with her face untouched), under the name Mrs. Pierre de la Salle. The press jumped on this, but Pierre continued to deny that they were married.
After recovering from her injuries, Parker became pregnant and Pierre de la Salle left her and the baby. She said, "He didn't want to be a father. I already hired a nanny... he was gone, history."
She gave birth to their daughter Georgia Belle Florian Coco Chanel de la Salle in December 1959, whose godmother was close friend Coco Chanel. Parker named her daughter after her older sisters Georgiabell and Florian and purposely left Dorian Leigh's name off, as Parker was fed up with Leigh's promiscuous lifestyle and her not taking care of her children.
A top model already more famous than her sister Dorian Leigh, Suzy Parker also became a film actress.
Her first film role was in Kiss Them for Me (1957), playing the main interest of Cary Grant's character. Soon after she accepted a cameo role in Funny Face (1957), on screen for two minutes in a musical number described as "Pink Number".
In 1960, while filming A Circle of Deception (1960), she met actor Bradford Dillman at the set. She was still married to Pierre de la Salle but no longer living with him. Dillman was ending his first marriage and dating Juliette Gréco at the time. Parker obtained a divorce and married Bradford in 1963 on board a boat at sea. She changed her name to Suzy Parker Dillman following the marriage.
In 1964, Suzy Parker suffered another car accident while nervously rehearsing for her famous appearance in the tv show The Twilight Zone.
After that, she mostly retired from modeling and took care of her three children with Dillman: daughter Dinah and sons Charlie and Christopher, as well as two step children: Jeffrey and Pamela, Dillman's children from his first marriage
The family lived in Bel Air, Los Angeles, until her daughter Dinah was bitten by a rattlesnake in the yard and almost died. They then moved to Montecito in the Santa Barbara area, where Suzy remained until her death in 2003.
Parker enjoyed being a stay-at-home mother and she was an excellent cook. Her sister Dorian Leigh also loved cooking and became a Cordon Bleu-level chef after retiring modelling.
Suzy Parker long suffered from allergies, and in the 1990s, developed ulcers. During surgery for an ulcer, her vital signs disappeared on the operating table, but she was resuscitated. She never fully recovered and developed more ulcers and diabetes. She had multiple hip surgeries, and then her kidneys began to fail. She spent the last five years of her life in and out of the hospital.
Parker decided to end dialysis treatments. She returned home and died at age 70 surrounded by family at her orchard in Montecito, California on May 3, 2003. Her husband Bradford Dillman died in 2018 at age 87.