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Miou-Miou in February 2013
Born Sylvette Herry
(1950-02-22) 22 February 1950 (age 64)
Paris, France
Nationality French
Occupation Actress
Years active 1971–present
Children 2

Miou-Miou (born Sylvette Herry on 22 February 1950) is a French actress. In her career she has worked with a number of international directors, including Michel Gondry, Bertrand Blier, Yves Boisset, Claude Berri, Jacques Deray, Michel Deville, Diane Kurys, Radu Mihăileanu, Patrice Leconte, Joseph Losey, and Louis Malle.[1]


Miou-Miou shooting in Paris, in 1975

She was born Sylvette Herry in Paris, France. Her stage name, Miou-Miou (a reference to the sound of a cat), was given to her by Coluche. She was raised in Paris by her mother, a greengrocer. After studying acting she worked in improvisational theater with Coluche and Patrick Dewaere, joining with them to help found the new comedy theatre Café de la Gare.[2] She made her film debut in La vie sentimentale de Georges Le Tueur and La Cavale (both 1971).[3]

She showed a mixture of innocence and strength in her roles. In 1973 she appeared in three films, Elle court, elle court la banlieue, Les granges brulées and Les aventures de Rabbi Jacob. Her big break came with Blier's Les Valseuses (Going Places), released in 1974. After her role in Les valseuses, she began getting leading roles in comedy and drama. Through the 1970s, she had roles in such films as F...Like Fairbanks (1976), Alain Tanner's Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000 (1976), Losey's Roads to the South (1978) and La dérobade (Memoirs of a French Whore, 1979) directed by Daniel Duval, in which she portrayed a young prostitute. She received a César Award for that role. Many of these 1970s films were seen in North America in art-house venues. In 1976 she appeared in one of the last spaghetti westerns, Damiano Damiani's A Genius, Two Friends, and an Idiot.

Miou-Miou in 2009.

She is known for her relationships with actor Patrick Dewaere, who is the father of her first child Angèle, and with the singer Julien Clerc, with whom she had a second daughter, Jeanne.

By 2006, she had 70 films to her credit. Through the 1980s she was convincing in such films as La gueule du loup (1981), Guy de Maupassant (1982), Kurys' Entre nous (1983) with Isabelle Huppert, Blanche et Marie (1984), Evening Dress (1986), and Deville's La lectrice (The Reader, 1988). She played opposite Lee Marvin (in one of his last roles) in Boisset’s unfortunate Dog Day in 1984.

The 1990s saw her in Louis Malle's May Fools (1990), Deray's thriller Netchaïev is back, the comedy Un indien dans la ville (1994), and The Eighth Day (1996) and Dry Cleaning in 1997. She appeared opposite Gérard Depardieu in a new production of Émile Zola's Germinal (1993). By now in her fifties, her film roles have abated, as she also began to appear in theatre.[2] 2001 saw her in Agathe et le grand magasin and in 2004 she appeared in L'après-midi de monsieur Andesmas, among other films.

Miou-Miou does not consider herself a "star". She was quoted as saying in 1989, "I turned down dinner with Mickey Rourke. Because he's a star. To me, a star is inaccessible, mysterious, an impossible dream — and should stay that way. Adjani's a star. Deneuve's a star. Not me".[4]

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Original title English title Role
2009 Le Concert[5] Le Concert Guylène de La Rivière
2008 L'Hôte[6] The Guest Catherine (lead)
2008 Affaire de famille[7] Family Affair Laure Guignebont (lead)
2008 Le Grand Alibi[8] Clue Éliane Pagès(lead)
2006 Le Héros de la famille Family Hero Simone Garcia
2006 La Science des rêves The Science of Sleep Christine Miroux
2006 Avril April in Love Soeur Bernadette/Flora Romano
2005 Riviera Riviera Antoinette
2003 Folle embellie - Alida
1998 Elles - Eva
1997 Nettoyage à sec Dry Cleaning Nicole
1996 Le Huitième Jour The Eighth Day Julie
1994 Un indien dans la ville An Indian in Paris Patricia
1993 Germinal Germinal Maheude
1993 Tango (fr) Tango Marie
1992 Le Bal des casse-pieds (fr) Louise Sherry
1991 La Totale! The Jackpot! Hélène Voisin
1991 Netchaïev est de retour (fr) Netchaiev Is Back Brigitte
1990 Milou en Mai May Fools Camille
1988 La Lectrice The Reader Constance/Marie
1986 Tenue de Soirée Evening Dress Monique
1984 Vol du sphinx Flight of the Phoenix Laura
1984 Canicule Dog Day Jessica
1983 Coup de Foudre or Entre Nous At First Sight Madeleine
1983 Guy de Maupassant (fr) Guy de Maupassant Gisèle d'Estoc
1980 La Femme flic The Woman Cop Inspector Corinne Levasseur
1979 La Dérobade Memoirs of a French Whore Marie
1979 Au revoir... à lundi Bye, See You Monday Nicole
1979 L'ingorgo Traffic Jam Angela
1978 Les Routes du sud Roads to the South Julia
1977 Dites-lui que je l'aime The Sweet Sickness Juliette
1976 On aura tout vu (fr) The Bottom Line Christine
1976 F... comme Fairbanks F... Like Fairbanks Marie
1976 Jonas qui aura 25 ans en l'an 2000 Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000 Marie
1976 Marcia trionfale Victory March Rosanna
1976 Un Genio, due compari, un pollo A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe aka A Genius, Two Friends, and an Idiot and Nobody is the Greatest Lucy
1975 Pas de problème ! (fr) Anita Boucher
1975 Lily, aime-moi The girl in the coffee-shop
1974 Tendre Dracula Tender Dracula Marie
1974 Les Valseuses Going Places Marie-Ange
1973 L'An 01 The Year 01
1973 Elle court, elle court la banlieue The Suburbs Are Everywhere minor role
1973 Les granges brulées The Burned Barns Monique
1973 Les aventures de Rabbi Jacob The Adventures of Rabbi Jacob Antoinette Pivert
1971 La vie sentimentale de Georges Le Tueur The Sentimental Life of George le Tuer -
1971 La Cavale On the Lam -


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