Mimie Mathy at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival
July 8, 1957
|Occupation||Actor, comedian, singer, writer|
Mimie Mathy (born July 8, 1957) is a French actress and comedian who is best known for her starring role in the long-running Josephine, Guardian Angel (French: Joséphine, ange gardien) television series. Mathy has achondroplasia, a form of dwarfism, and is 4 ft 4 in (1.32 m) tall.
Life and career
Interested in the theatre from childhood, she studied the dramatic arts from 1979 to 1981 at Michel Fugain's workshop in Nice. In the early 1980s she performed in a number of theatre roles and appeared in Le Petit Théâtre de Bouvard television show. She formed a touring comedy troupe "Le Trio des Filles" (The Three Girls) which performed shows such as Existe en trois tailles (Available in Three Sizes) from 1988 to 1993. In 1993 she performed in the TV movie Une nounou pas comme les autres (A Nanny Like No Other), which garnered a 52.7% market share (~12 million viewers) in France.
Since 1994 she has performed 15 times in the annual Les Enfoirés (The Tossers) charity concert for Restaurants du Cœur (Restaurants of the Heart). Les Enfoirés was the most watched TV show in France in 2009, with 12.3 million viewers. She married 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) restaurateur and chef Benoist Gérard in 2005.
In 1997 she began her title role in Josephine, Guardian Angel, a TSR 1 show which is still in production as of 2010. In 2006 she issued a music CD, La Vie M'a Raconte (Life Told Me) produced by Patrick Fiori.
On 27 August 2005 she married the chef Benoist Gérard, a man she met during one of her shows by picking him out of the audience.
Awards and recognition
- Randall, Colin (7 March 2006). "Short sharp shock for followers of the femme fatale". The Daily Telegraph.
- Mimie Mathy. "L'Atelier de Nice". Biographie. Retrieved 22 April 2010.
- Humblot, Catherine (31 July 1994). "Dossier les Paradoxes de la Fiction Française le Calvaire du Producteur". Le Monde.
- Leffler, Rebecca (4 January 2010). "France's TF1 rules TV ratings". The Hollywood Reporter.
- Johnny Summerton (8 May 2008). "France's top 50 favourites "French" of course. What else did you expect?". Retrieved 22 April 2010.