French beautiful actress Sophie Marceau gained worldwide fame through her part of Princess Isabelle in the historical movie Braveheart (1995) and later as Elektra King in a James Bond movie, The World Is Not Enough (1999, earned a Blockbuster Entertainment nomination). In her native land, she had already become a cinematic sensation after winning a César Award for her role of 15-year old Vic Beretton in La Boum 2 (1982). She is also a two-time winner of the Cabourg Romantic Film Festival Award, thanks to her roles in Chouans (1988, played Céline) and La Fidelite (2000, as Clélia). Marceau again proved her reputation as a talented actress with a successful stage debut in “Eurydice” (1991, took home a Moliere Award) and the superb directing attempt in Parlez-moi d’amour (2002, netted a Montréal World Film Festival Award). In appreciation of her dedication to acting, Marceau was handed the 2000 Golden Camera Award for International Film in Germany.
Aside from her solid acting career, in 1996, the actress became the model for the ads of Guerlain’s perfume, Champs-Elysées. Four years later, she wrote the semi-autobiographical novel “Telling Lies.” As a caring woman, Marceau works for animal welfare and speaks out against blood-shedding animal sports. She is also a patron of “Arc-en-Ciel” (Rainbow), an organization who helps ailing children realize their last dreams, as well as an Ambassador of Charm for France in East Asia.
Romantically, Marceau has had two companions in her lifetime. From 1985 to 2001, she was linked to Andrzej Zulawski, with whom she shares a son. She then formed a relationship and has a daughter with Jim Lemley, whom she first met during filming.
Childhood and Family:
The second child of Benoit Maupu (truck driver) and Simone Maupu, Sophie Danièle Sylvie Maupu (later famous as Sophie Marceau) was born on November 17, 1966, in Paris. Her family and friends sometime call her “Flatfoosie.”
A student of Ecole Florent in Paris, Sophie grew up in the Paris suburb of Gentilly, far away from the glare of show business. However, by coincidence she entered the realm of cinematic industry when she was 14. Later, for professional reasons, she changed her last name to “Marceau” (after a Parisian street “avenue Marceau”).
5’ 6” Sophie is the mother of two. On July 24, 1995, she gave birth to son Vincent Zulawski, from her relationship with Polish director Andrzej Zulawski (born on November 22, 1940). She also has a daughter named Juliette (born on June 13, 2002), whose father is Anna Karenina (1997) producer Jim Lemley.
14-year old Sophie Marceau entered the movie business when a friend told her that director Claude Pinoteau was searching for new actors for his movie. Joining the audition, Marceau won the starring turn as Vic Beretton, a 13-year old girl facing her first love experience, in the teen romantic comedy La Boum (1980). The film was a success and brought forth the sequel La Boum 2 (1982). Amazingly, Marceau’s portrayal of the now-15-year-old Vic Beretton in the sequel soon won a César (French Oscar) for Most Promising Young Actress.
In the spirit to be independent, the teen actress borrowed a million francs to buy back her contract with Gaumont Studio. She then teamed up with Andrzej Zulawski, starring as a bank robber’s girlfriend, in L’Amour braque (1985), which was inspired by Vyodor Dostoyevsky’s novel “The Idiot.” Marceau then took on the female lead of Lola Kolber, who faced a marriage crisis, in Descente aux Enfers (1986, based on David Goodis’ novel).
Marceau confirmed her acting talent with the role of Céline in the adventure movie Chouans (1988), in which she took home a Cabourg Romantic Film Festival for Best Actress. She next rejoined Zulawski in Mes nuits sont plus belles que vos jours (1989, starred as Blanche) before trying the comedy genre in Pacific Palisades (1990, played Bernadette).
To explore her skills even deeper, Marceau turned to the stage and made a rewarding debut in the Georges Wilson-directed “Eurydice” (1991), where her beautiful first performance garnered a Moliere for Most Promising Newcomer. The stage achievement was ensued with her gratifying screen work as Laura in the drama Pour Sacha (1991) and the titular role in the romantic comedy Fanfan (1993).
The next year, after playing Eloïse d’Artagnan in the little-seen movie La Fille de d’Artagnan (1994), Marceau went to Theatre des Arts Hebertot, where she starred as Eliza Dolittle in the stage production of “Pygmalion” (1994). Meanwhile, the year 1995 became a significant year for the actress when she made her directing and screenwriting debut in the short biopic L’Aube à l’envers, as well as had the role of Princess Isabelle in Mel Gibson’s historical war drama Braveheart. Following her titular character in Anna Karenina (1997), Marceau received a Blockbuster Entertainment nomination for her supporting part of Elektra King, an imperiled tycoon’s daughter, in the 19th James Bond feature, The World Is Not Enough (1999).
The recipient of the 2000 Golden Camera for International Film (German award), the French sweetheart received a second Cabourg Romantic Film Festival for Best Actress thanks to her leading turn as the intrigued wife Clélia in La Fidelite (2000). She did not fair as well in the movies Belphégor - Le fantôme du Louvre (2001) and Alex & Emma (2003).
As a director and screenwriter, she achieved rave reviews due to her work in the drama Parlez-moi d’amour (2002, starring Judith Godreche and Jacques Dutronc) and was soon handed a Montréal World Film Festival for Best Director. In 2004, she appeared in front of the camera as nurse Nelly, who witnessed her husband’s last four days before death, in À ce soir. She also accepted the leading role of Chiara in the thriller Anthony Zimmer (2005), which was directed and written by Jérôme Salle.
- Montréal World Film Festival: Best Director, Parlez-moi d’amour/Speak To Me Of Love, 2002
- Cabourg Romantic Film Festival: Best Actress, La Fidelite/Fidelity, 2000
- Golden Camera (Germany): Film – International, 2000
- Moliere: Most Promising Newcomer, “Euridyce,” 1991
- Cabourg Romantic Film Festival: Best Actress, Chouans!, 1988
- César: Most Promising Young Actress, La Boum 2, 1983