Laetitia Casta

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Laetitia Casta
CASTA Laetitia-24x30-2005b.jpg
Casta by Studio Harcourt Paris, 2005
Born Laetitia Marie Laure Casta
(1978-05-11) 11 May 1978 (age 36)
Pont-Audemer, France
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 1993–present
Agent Adequat, Hamilton Hodell, IMG
Height 5 ft 6.5 in (1.69 m)[1]
Children 3
Website
Laetitia-Casta.fr

Laetitia Marie Laure Casta (born 11 May 1978)[2] is a French actress and model. Casta became a "GUESS? Girl" in 1993 and gained further recognition as a Victoria's Secret Angel from 1998 to 2000 and as a spokesperson for cosmetics company L'Oreal. She has appeared on over 100 covers of such popular magazines as Cosmopolitan, Vogue, Rolling Stone, Elle and Glamour, and modeled for designers like Yves Saint Laurent, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Chanel, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, J. Crew, Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, Roberto Cavalli, Lolita Lempicka, and Vivienne Westwood. Casta became an established actress, appearing in the films Gainsbourg (A Heroic Life), Face and Blue Bicycle, as well as the play Ondine at the theatre Antoine.

Early life[edit]

Casta was born in Pont-Audemer, Normandy, France. Her mother, Line Blin, is from Normandy. Her father, Dominique Casta, is from Corsica. She has an older brother, Jean-Baptiste, and a younger sister, Marie-Ange. She spent her childhood in Normandy and Corsica.[3]

Career[edit]

Angele in The Maiden and the Wolves

Casta's modeling career reportedly began when she was discovered by the photographer Frederic Cresseaux,[4] during a family holiday in her father's native Corsica, at age 15.[5] After her unexpected registration by Jeeby, Casta was elected Miss Lumio 93.[6]

Casta has been the L'Oreal Paris brand ambassador since 1998.[7] She has been featured in Guess? Jeans, Tommy Hilfiger, Miu Miu, Pepe Jeans, Alberta Ferretti and XOXO ad campaigns. Casta has appeared on over 100 magazine covers including Victoria's Secret catalogs, Harper's Bazaar,[8] ELLE magazine, and Vogue magazine. She walked down the annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in 1997, 1998, 1999, and 2000. Casta was one of the company's signature Victoria' Secret Angels from 1998 to 2000. She also appeared in three consecutive Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues, Rolling Stone, and the Pirelli Calendar 1999 by Herb Ritts and 2000 by Annie Leibovitz.

In 1999, Casta was ranked first in a national survey ordered by the French Mayors Association to decide who should be the new model for the bust of Marianne, an allegorical symbol of the French Republic, which stands inside every French town hall.[9]

Casta became the focus of a controversy[10] when, after being selected to be Marianne, newspapers in Britain and France[11] reported that she had relocated to London where taxes on high earners are lower. Casta's father said she went to London for professional reasons; on a TV show, she also said that she rented a flat in London to be near her boyfriend.[12] The French minister of the interior spoke about Casta on the radio;[13][14] comparing the advantages of living in France with regard to the drawbacks of London[15] after political opponents used Casta's relocation to London as an opportunity to criticise the government.[16][17]

She is the face of fragrances Chanel's Allure, Givenchy's Forbidden flower, Cacharel's Promise, Bulgari's BLV II, Ralph Lauren's Notorious, and in 15 June 2012 D&G's Pour Femme shot in Erice by Mario Testino.[18] The Parisians could follow her Adventures in the Galeries Lafayette by Jean-Paul Goude.[19] For Christmas 2011, Peter Lindbergh shot True Love, the very thought of Casta at the summit of Manhattan and between the snowy lions of marble of the New York Public Library for Tiffany & Co.[20] On 10 March 2010, in Paris, she opened the Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2010 fashion show.[21] On 27 September 2010, she closed the Roberto Cavalli SS 2011 fashion show in Milan.[22]

For her first movie, Casta has made forays into the blockbuster Asterix & Obelix Take On Caesar directed by Claude Zidi, a live-action film of the comic book Asterix created by Rene Goscinny and Albert Uderzo in which Obelix, portrayed by Gerard Depardieu, plays a love interest for Falbala.[23] Casta appeared in Les Ames Fortes, a dramatic film directed by Raul Ruiz.[24] Her interpretation of Brigitte Bardot in the movie Gainsbourg (Vie heroique) revealed the actress[25] who received her first nomination at the Cesar Award. Casta served as a jury member at the 69th Venice International Film Festival in 2012.[26]

Political involvement[edit]

On 6 April 2008, Casta demonstrated in a White March of nonviolent protestation to ask for the immediate release of Ingrid Betancourt, presidential candidate kidnapped since 2002 by the FARC.[27] On 30 April 2002, she attended the demonstration Vive la Republique after the first round election of the 2002 presidential election.[28]

Personal life[edit]

On 19 October 2001, Casta gave birth to her daughter, Sahteene, by photographer Stephane Sednaoui. Casta is engaged to Italian actor Stefano Accorsi. The couple have two children, a son named Orlando, born on 21 September 2006, and a daughter named Athena, born on 29 August 2009.[29]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Year Award By Result
2012 Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres(French)
(Knight in Order of Arts and of Letters)
France Minister of Culture and of Communication
2011 Nominated for the Cesar Award of the Best Supporting Actress
as Brigitte Bardot in Gainsbourg (Vie heroique)
Cesar Awards Nominated
2008 Golden Swann of the Best Actress
as Catherine in Born in 68
Cabourg Film Festival (French) Won
2001 Ranked No. 1 Top 50 Most Beautiful Women[30] Askmen.com
1999 Marianne for the 21st century[9] 82nd congress of AMF, the French Mayors Association Won

Theatre[edit]

Year Play Role Playwright Stage Director Theatre City Review
2008 Elle t'attend

(She is waiting for you)
Anna[31] Florian Zeller Florian Zeller the Madeleine Paris 8th Madame Figaro[32]
2005

2004
Ondine Ondine[31] Jean Giraudoux Jacques Weber Tour in regions

Antoine - Simone Berriau
Ludwigshafen[33]

Paris 10th
L'Humanite[34]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Director Notes
2014 Rio 2 Perla (Jewel) Carlos Saldanha First sequel
Una donna per amica Claudia Giovanni Veronesi
Des lendemains qui chantent Noemie Archambault Nicolas Castro
Sous les jupes des filles Agathe Audrey Dana
2013 Une histoire d'amour[26]

(Tied)
The young woman Helene Fillieres
2012 Arbitrage Julie Cote Nicholas Jarecki First American film
Do not disturb Anna Yvan Attal
2011 La nouvelle guerre des boutons

(The War of the Buttons)
Simone Christophe Barratier
Derriere les murs

(Behind the Walls)
Suzanne Julien Lacombe

Pascal Sid
 ???????? (Bulgarian)

(The Island)
Sophie Kamen Kalev First film with English dialogue
Rio Perla (Jewel) Carlos Saldanha
2010 Gainsbourg (Vie heroique)

(Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life)
Brigitte Bardot Joann Sfar Nominated for the Cesar Award for Best Supporting Actress
Performs Gainsbourg's songs on the soundtrack
2009 Visage

(Face) ? (Chinese)
Salome Tsai Ming-Liang
Fleurs dans le miroir,
lune dans l'eau


(Flowers in the mirror,
moon in the water)
herself, Salome Francois Lunel
2008 Nes en 68

(Born in 68)
Catherine Olivier Ducastel

Jacques Martineau
Cabourg: Golden Swann of the Best Actress
La jeune fille et les loups

(The Maiden and the Wolves)
Angele Amblard Gilles Legrand
2007 Le Petit Monde de Charlotte

(Charlotte's Web)
Charlotte A. Cavatica Gary Winick
2006 Le grand appartement

(The Big Apartment)
Francesca Cigalone Pascal Thomas
La Deraison du Louvre

(The Irrationality of the Louvre)
The young woman Ange Leccia Short film without dialog shot in the Louvre museum[35] for which Casta was for the first time in cover of Les Cahiers du Cinema.[36][37]
Nymphea

(Nymphaea)
The naiad Ange Leccia Short film
2004 Luisa Sanfelice Luisa Sanfelice Paolo Taviani

Vittorio Taviani
TV film for France2, RAI Uno
2003 Errance

(Wandering)
Lou Damien Odoul
2002 Rue des plaisirs

(Love Street)
Marion Patrice Leconte Performs on the soundtrack
2001 Les ames fortes

(Savage Souls)
Therese Raoul Ruiz
2000 La Bicyclette Bleue

(The Blue Bicycle)
Lea Delmas Thierry Binisti TV film for France2
Gitano Lucia Junco Manuel Palacios
1999 Asterix et Obelix contre Cesar

(Asterix & Obelix Take On Caesar)
Falbala Claude Zidi

Music videos[edit]

Year Singer Song Director Notes
2010 Rihanna Te Amo Anthony Mandler
1999 Chris Isaak Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing Herb Ritts
1998 I Muvrini

Sting
Terre d'Oru(English)(Corsican)(Greek) Stefano Salvati

DVD and Blu-ray[edit]

Year Title Distribution Language Region Notes
2007 Laetitia Casta StudioCanal French 2 with Yves Saint Laurent, Pierre Berge, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Dominique Issermann, Sylvie Lancrenon, Jamel Debbouze, Omar Sy & Fred Testot, Frederic Lopez, Jean-Paul Goude, Jacques Weber, Claude Zidi

Humanitarian action[edit]

Year Association Comment
2010 Porteurs d'Eau (French) Water-carrier is an initiative of France Libertes - Danielle-Mitterrand foundation (French)
2006 Rose Marie Claire (French) Casta among Claire Chazal, Isabelle Adjani, Axelle Red, Monica Bellucci and Tina Kieffer with the Rose Marie Claire (French) are shot by Jeff Manzetti for the association Toutes a l'ecole (French)
2005 Action Innocence She belongs to the Committee of support of Action Innocence[38] to protect the children from the dangers of the Internet.
2004 ELA Wearing giant sneakers, Casta on a wooden horse is shot by Georges-Andre Cretton
for the ELA's book Shoes on to beat the disease[39]
OrphanAid Africa Shot by Christophe Kutner, Casta between Ines de la Fressange and Cecile de France wears love beads (French) (2nd tab) for OrphanAid Africa founded by Lisa Lovatt-Smith.
Sebastien Proyart She supports Sebastien Proyart.[38]
Action Contre la Faim Casta drew a winged blue heart on a plate for the bidding of 19 November 2004 to help Action against Hunger
2002 Occi, paese rinascitu (Corsican) In the headquarters of the association Occi recovered village at the Caffe di a Mossa of Lumio in Corsica, Casta helped to reconstruct the old chapel of Annunziata in the abandoned village of Occi.[40]
Watch the Occi video on YouTube by official Korsika.fr
1999 Restos du c?ur Derniere edition avant l'an 2000 (Last edition before year 2000), Les Enfoires[41] a charity concert tour at the Zenith for the Coluche's association Restaurants du C?ur that collects food for the homeless.

Books[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] at IMG Models
  2. ^ FMD profile. Retrieved 4 December 2009.
  3. ^ Laetitia Casta, Assouline 1999, p. 12
  4. ^ Laetitia Casta's biography by Vogue Paris
  5. ^ Laetitia Casta, Assouline 1999, p. 15
  6. ^ Laetitia Casta Official: Miss Lumio 93(French)
  7. ^ L'Oreal Paris, Laetitia Casta's biography
  8. ^ Harper's Bazaar uk Cover october 2012 by Sebastian Faena Hairstyle by Nicolas Jurnjack [2]
  9. ^ a b "The Marianne". Consulate General of France in New York. 
  10. ^ La fugue Casta, affaire d'Etat (French), Le Soir, 4 April 2000
  11. ^ Quand Marianne s'exile a Londres (French), Le Point, 31 March 2000
  12. ^ Marianne: impots ou intox a la Une (French), Liberation, 6 April 2000
  13. ^ Au revoir, les taxes, Salon, 17 April 2000
  14. ^ Zut Alors! A National Treasure Flirts With Heresy The New York Times, 9 April 2000
  15. ^ "France galled by model move", BBC News, 3 April 2000
  16. ^ Symbol of France prefers London, The New Zealand Herald, 5 April 2000 also in Die Welt (German) on 10 April 2000 quoting the Daily Mail's title Marianne Unfaithful.
  17. ^ "The disloyalty of Marianne", The Economist, 6 April 2000
  18. ^ Laetitia Casta: Dolce & Gabbana's latest fragrance muse, Swide, 15 June 2012
  19. ^ Jean-Paul Goude official: Work > Advertising > Photography
  20. ^ Laetitia Casta's campaigns, Alla Rosa Production
  21. ^ Mower, Sarah (10 March 2010). Style, Louis Vuitton Fall 2010, Paris
  22. ^ Style, Roberto Cavalli Spring Summer 2011 RTW, Milan 27 September 2010
  23. ^ Elley, Derek (31 January 1999). Asterix & Obelix Vs. Caesar, Variety
  24. ^ Laetitia Casta cuts teeth on Serious Film International Herald Tribune, 29 May 2001.
  25. ^ Aftab, Kaleem (16 January 2010). Saga of a tormented artist's highs and lows, The Independent
  26. ^ a b "Marina Abramovic, Laetitia Casta, Peter Ho-Sun Chan, Ari Folman, Matteo Garrone, Ursula Meier, Samantha Morton, Pablo Trapero to form the Venezia 69 International Jury chaired by Michael Mann". Venice Film Festival. 13 July 2012. Retrieved 30 August 2012. 
  27. ^ White March for Ingrid Betancourt(French), INA, 6 April 2008.
  28. ^ Demonstration Vive la Republique(French), France 3 TV news 19|20 by INA, 30 April 2002.
  29. ^ Sei mamma? Ti licenziano (Italian) (You are mother? You are fired), Style, 28 April 2009
  30. ^ "AskMen.com - Laetitia Casta former Number 1". Au.askmen.com. Retrieved 1 August 2011. 
  31. ^ a b Laetitia Casta Officiel: Theatre(French)
  32. ^ Laetitia Casta: "Quand on est tendre, on est soi"(French), Madame Figaro, 23 August 2008
  33. ^ "Laetitia Casta begeisterte als Wassernixe in Ludwigshafen"(German), Hamburger Morgenpost, 30 November 2005
  34. ^ Devine qui vient ondiner(French), L'Humanite, 27 September 2004 by Jean-Pierre Leonardini
  35. ^ Danesi, Fabien. Review about The Folly of the Louvre, Films by The Louvre
  36. ^ Frodon, Jean Michel (April 2006). The Dream of Light. Les Cahiers du Cinema, issue 611.
  37. ^ Frederic Sanchez: English > Press > Les Cahiers du Cinema, April 2006
  38. ^ a b L'Oreal about the associations of Action Innocence and of Sebastien Proyart
  39. ^ Cretton, Georges-Andre; Mabillard, Gerard Philippe (May 2004). Flammarion, ed. Tous en baskets (in french). ISBN 978-2-08011-318-4. 
  40. ^ L'oeil de la Balagne (French), L'Express, 20 June 2007
  41. ^ Les Enfoires for the Restos du c?ur. Search "Casta Laetitia"

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