Catherine Frot

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Catherine Frot
Catherine Frot Césars 2009.jpg
Frot at the César Awards 2009
Born (1956-05-01) 1 May 1956 (age 57)
Paris, France
Occupation Actress

Catherine Frot /ˈkæθrɪn ˈfr/ is a theatre and film actress born in Paris, France on 1 May 1956.[1]


Early life[edit]

The daughter of an engineer and a mathematics teacher, Frot demonstrated comic traits and expressions at an early age. At the age of fourteen, she enrolled in the Versailles conservatory while still in school. By 1974, she began her education at the Rue Blanche school and afterwards took up full-time studies at the conservatory.


In 1975, she demonstrated her talent at the Festival d'Avignon in the Compagnie du Chapeau Rouge which she founded with the help of others. From then on, Catherine put all her energy into theatre performances in roles such as the Présidente de Tourvel in the play Les Liaisons dangereuses in 1987. She performed in a number of classical plays such as La Cerisaie, directed by Peter Brook in 1982, and La Mouette directed by Pierre Pradinas in 1985. She also received the Theatrical Critic Award in 1983 for her role in Jean Bouchot's C'était comment déjà ?.

In films, Frot has made an enormous reputation in France. She won the César Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in 1996, for playing Yolande, 'the sweet silly wife of a provincial bully' in Cédric Klapisch's Un air de famille and was funny and moving as a wealthy, rebellious nuisance in La Dilettante (1999). In 7 ans de mariage, a kind of French remake of The Seven Year Itch, Frot played a prudish banker, wife and mother, who is drawn by her bored, sexually frustrated husband into the world of Parisian clubs échangistes, or wife-swapping clubs.


Year Title Role Director Notes
1980 Mon oncle d'Amérique Arlette (as a young girl) Alain Resnais
Psy Babette Philippe de Broca
1981 Les babas cool Véronique François Leterrier
1982 Guy de Maupassant Mouche Michel Drach
1983 Une pierre dans la bouche Jacky Jean-Louis Leconte
1984 Du sel sur la peau Charlotte Jean-Marie Degèsves
1985 Elsa, Elsa Juliette Didier Haudepin
1986 Escalier C Béatrice Jean-Charles Tacchella Nominated - César Award for Best Supporting Actress
1987 Le moine et la sorcière Cécile Suzanne Schiffman
1989 Chambre à part Babette Jacky Cukier
1990 Tom et Lola Catherine (Tom's mother) Bertrand Arthuys
1991 Sushi Sushi the female banker Laurent Perrin
1992 Juste avant l'orage Irène
Vieille canaille Marylin Gérard Jourd'hui
1993 Vent d'est Martha Hubner Robert Enrico
1994 J'ai pas sommeil cameo appearance Claire Denis
1996 Un air de famille Yolande Cédric Klapisch César Award for Best Supporting Actress
Molière Award for Best Supporting Actress
1998 Le dîner de cons Marlène Sasseur Francis Veber Nominated - César Award for Best Supporting Actress
Paparazzi Evelyne Bordoni Alain Berbérian
Ça reste entre nous Hélène Martin Lamotte
Dormez, je le veux! Marie-Louise, the mother Irène Jouannet
1999 À vot'service Fanny Éric Bartonio
La Nouvelle Ève Isabelle Catherine Corsini
La Dilettante Pierrette Dumortier Pascal Thomas Nominated - César Award for Best Actress
21st Moscow International Film Festival - Best Actress[2]
2000 Inséparables Gisèle Michel Couvelard
2001 Chaos Hélène Coline Serreau Nominated - César Award for Best Actress
Mercredi, folle journée! Sophie Pascal Thomas
2003 Cavale Jeanne Rivet Lucas Belvaux
Après la vie
Un couple épatant
Chouchou Nicole Milovavovich Merzak Allouache
7 ans de mariage Audrey Didier Bourdon
Je suis votre homme Agnes Danièle Dubroux
2004 Vipère au poing Paule "Folcoche" Rézeau Philippe de Broca
Les Sœurs fâchées Louise Mollet Alexandra Leclère
2005 Boudu Yseult Gérard Jugnot
Mon petit doigt m'a dit... Prudence Beresford Pascal Thomas
2006 La Tourneuse de pages Ariane Fouchécourt Denis Dercourt Nominated - César Award for Best Actress
Le passager de l'été Monique Florence Moncorgé-Gabin
2007 Odette Toulemonde Odette Toulemonde Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt Nominated - César Award for Best Actress
2008 Mark of an Angel Elsa Valentin Safy Nebbou and Cyril Gomez-Mathieu
Le crime est notre affaire Prudence Beresford Pascal Thomas Nominated - César Award for Best Actress
2009 Le Vilain Maniette Albert Dupontel
Les derniers jours du monde Ombeline Jean-Marie Larrieu and Arnaud Larrieu
2010 Le mystère Valérie Jean-Teddy Filippe
Imogène McCarthery Imogène Alexandre Charlot and Franck Magnier
2011 Coup d'éclat Le capitaine de police Fabienne Bourrier José Alcala
2012 Bowling Catherine Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar
Associés contre le crime... Prudence Beresford Pascal Thomas
Les saveurs du Palais Hortense Christian Vincent

She is officer of the Ordre national du Mérite.[3]


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