Miou-Miou

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Miou-Miou
Miou-Miou 2013 3.jpg
Miou-Miou in February 2013
Born Sylvette Herry
(1950-02-22) 22 February 1950 (age 65)
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]

Career[edit]

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.[citation needed] 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 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 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]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Director Notes
1971 La cavale Little Squirrel Michel Mitrani
La vie sentimentale de Georges Le Tueur Daniel Berger Short
1972 Ça va, ça vient Magic Circus's woman Pierre Barouh
1973 Quelques messieurs trop tranquilles Anita Boucher Georges Lautner
Themroc The young neighbor Claude Faraldo
Elle court, elle court la banlieue The assistant Gérard Pirès
The Year 01 The woman at 6 am Jacques Doillon
Alain Resnais
Jean Rouch
The Burned Barns Monique Cateux Jean Chapot
The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob Antoinette Pivert Gérard Oury
1974 Going Places Marie-Ange Bertrand Blier
Tender Dracula Marie Pierre Grunstein
1975 Lily, aime-moi The girl in the coffee Maurice Dugowson
Pas de problème! Anita Boucher Georges Lautner (2)
A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe Lucy Damiano Damiani
Sergio Leone
1976 Al piacere di rivederla Patrizia Marco Leto
Victory March Rosanna Marco Bellocchio
D'amour et d'eau fraîche Rita Gonzalez Jean-Pierre Blanc
F comme Fairbanks Marie Maurice Dugowson (2) Nominated - César Award for Best Actress
On aura tout vu Christine Georges Lautner (3)
Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000 Marie Alain Tanner
1977 This Sweet Sickness Juliette Claude Miller Nominated - César Award for Best Actress
1978 Les routes du sud Julia Joseph Losey
1979 Traffic Jam Angela Luigi Comencini
Bye, See You Monday Nicole Maurice Dugowson (3)
Memoirs of a French Whore Marie Daniel Duval César Award for Best Actress
1980 The Woman Cop Inspector Corinne Levasseur Yves Boisset
1981 Est-ce bien raisonnable? Julie Boucher Georges Lautner (4)
La gueule du loup Marie Michel Léviant
1982 Josepha Josépha Manet Christopher Frank Nominated - César Award for Best Actress
Guy de Maupassant Gisèle d'Estoc Michel Drach
1983 Entre Nous Madeleine Diane Kurys Nominated - César Award for Best Actress
Attention une femme peut en cacher une autre! Alice Georges Lautner (5)
1984 Dog Day Jessica Yves Boisset (2)
Le vol du Sphinx Laura Laurent Ferrier
1985 Blanche et Marie Blanche Jacques Renard
Une vie comme je veux Laurence Jean-Jacques Goron TV Movie
1986 Tenue de soirée Monique Bertrand Blier (2) Nominated - César Award for Best Actress
1988 The Revolving Doors Lauda Francis Mankiewicz Nominated - Genie Award for Best Supporting Actress
The Reader Constance / Marie Michel Deville Nominated - César Award for Best Actress
L'argent Caroline Hamelin Jacques Rouffio TV Movie
Un vrai bonheur Jean-Marie Cornille Short
1990 May Fools Camille Louis Malle Nominated - César Award for Best Actress
Nominated - David di Donatello for Best Foreign Actress
1991 Netchaïev est de retour Brigitte Jacques Deray
La Totale! Hélène Voisin Claude Zidi
1992 Scènes de ménage The woman Claire Simon Short
Le bal des casse-pieds Louise Sherry Yves Robert
1993 Tango Marie Patrice Leconte
Germinal Maheude Claude Berri Nominated - César Award for Best Actress
1994 Montparnasse-Pondichéry Julie Yves Robert (2)
Un indien dans la ville Patricia Hervé Palud
1995 Une femme dans la tourmente Michèle Rouannet Serge Moati TV Movie
Une page d'amour Hélène Serge Moati (2) TV Movie
Court toujours: Joséphine et les gitans Joséphine Vincent Ravalec TV Short
1996 Ma femme me quitte Joanna Martin Didier Kaminka
The Eighth Day Julie Jaco Van Dormael
1997 Dry Cleaning Nicole Kunstler Anne Fontaine Lumières Award for Best Actress
Nominated - César Award for Best Actress
Elles Eva Luís Galvão Teles
1998 Hors jeu Herself Karim Dridi
2000 Tout va bien, on s'en va Laure Claude Mouriéras
Pour une fois Jérôme Bonnell Short
2001 Agathe et le grand magasin Agathe Bertrand Arthuys TV Movie
2003 Ambre a disparu Eva Lorca Denys Granier-Deferre TV Movie
2004 Folle embellie Alida Dominique Cabrera
Mariages! Gabrielle Valérie Guignabodet
L'après-midi de monsieur Andesmas Michel Arc's wife Michelle Porte
2005 L'un reste, l'autre part Anne-Marie Claude Berri (2)
Riviera Antoinette Anne Villacèque
2006 The Science of Sleep Christine Miroux Michel Gondry
Avril Sister Bernadette Gérald Hustache-Mathieu
Le héros de la famille Simone Garcia Thierry Klifa
2007 Les murs porteurs Judith Rosenfeld Cyril Gelblat
2008 Affaire de famille Laure Guignebont Claus Drexel
The Great Alibi Éliane Pages Pascal Bonitzer
Mia and the Migoo Juliette's voice Jacques-Rémy Girerd
2009 Marcher Herself Jeanne Herry Short
Petites vacances à Knokke-le-Zoute Micheline Yves Matthey TV Movie
Pour un fils Catherine Alix De Maistre
Le Concert Guylène de La Rivière Radu Mihăileanu
Une petite zone de turbulences Anne Muret Alfred Lot
2011 Le grand restaurant II A client Gérard Pullicino TV Movie
Le choix d'Adèle Adèle Olivier Guignard TV Movie
2012 Quand je serai petit Jacqueline Jean-Paul Rouve
Bienvenue parmi nous Alice Jean Becker
Avanti Catherine Emmanuelle Antille
Populaire Madeleine Échard Régis Roinsard
2013 Arrêtez-moi Pontoise Jean-Paul Lilienfeld
Bob et les Sex Pistaches Yves Matthey (2)
Landes Madeleine François-Xavier Vives

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