Maïwenn at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival
17 April 1976 |
Les Lilas, France
|Other names||Ouin-Ouin (nickname)|
|Occupation||Actress, film director, screenwriter, producer|
|Spouse(s)||Luc Besson (1992–1997)
Jean-Yves Le Fur (2002–2004)
Shanna Besson (Daughter, b. 1993)
Maïwenn (sometimes credited as Maïwenn Besco or her birth name Maïwenn Le Besco, French: [maj.wɛn lə bɛs.ko]; born 17 April 1976) is a French actress, film director and screenwriter.
17 April 1976 Maïwenn was born as Maïwenn Le Besco in Les Lilas, Seine-Saint-Denis, France. It is a suburb area East of Paris. Maïwenn's mother is Catherine Belkhodja. She is of mixed Breton, Vietnamese, French and Algerian descent. Maïwenn is part Algerian from her maternal grandfather.
Life and career
Maïwenn's mom ushered her into the entertainment industry at a young age, an experience later chronicled by Maïwenn in her one-woman shows Le Pois Chiche (The Chickpea) and I'm an Actress. Maïwenn starred in several films as a child, then teen, actress—notably as "Elle, as a child" (the child version of the lead role played by Isabelle Adjani) in the 1983 hit film L'été meurtrier (One Deadly Summer).
The 15 year old Maïwenn met director and producer Luc Besson in 1991. That same year, due to her difficult relationship with her parents, she decided to use only her given name professionally. She and Besson soon began a relationship, and Maïwenn gave birth to their daughter when she was 16. Having lost her motivation as an actress, she interrupted her career for several years, living in Beverly Hills with Besson and raising their daughter. During this period, she only appeared in a supporting part in Besson's Léon (1994), in which she was credited as Ouin-Ouin. She also directed the film's making-of. Perhaps Maïwenn's most internationally-seen film role was her appearance as the alien Diva Plavalaguna in Besson's The Fifth Element (1997).
After her breakup with Luc Besson, Maïwenn returned to France and resumed her career as an actress. She performed as a standup comedian in an autobiographical one-woman-show, and reentered the movie business after several filmmakers saw her comedy routine in Paris. She appeared in several notable movies, including the horror film Haute Tension (English title: High Tension), in which she starred opposite Cécile de France. In 2006, she directed her first feature film, the semi-autobiographical Pardonnez-moi.
In 1991, Maïwenn met director and producer Luc Besson. In January 1993, at age 16, Maïwenn gave birth to daughter Shanna with husband Luc Besson.  She was 20 at the beginning of filming (early 1996) for The Fifth Element, during which Besson left her for the film's star, Milla Jovovich.
In 2004, Maïwenn had a son, Diego, with Jean-Yves Le Fur, her second ex-husband who is a real estate developer.
|1981||L'année prochaine... si tout va bien||Prune||Jean-Loup Hubert|
|1983||One Deadly Summer||The Kid||Jean Becker|
|Cinéma 16||Albine||Patrick Saglio||TV Series (1 Episode)|
|Les enquêtes du commissaire Maigret||Colette||Jean-Paul Sassy||TV Series (1 Episode)|
|1986||State of Grace||Jacques Rouffio|
|1987||Double face||The Kid||Serge Leroy||TV Movie|
|1988||L'autre nuit||Joan||Jean-Pierre Limosin|
|La famille Ramdam||Christiane Lehérissey||TV Series (1 Episode)|
|1992||La gamine||Carole Lambert||Hervé Palud|
|1994||Léon: The Professional||Blond Babe||Luc Besson|
|1997||The Fifth Element||Diva Plavalaguna||Luc Besson (2)|
|1998||Keskidi ?||The Waitress||Manuel Pouet||Short|
|2000||La mécanique des femmes||Jérôme de Missolz|
|Le marquis||Gilles Paquet-Brenner||Short|
|2001||8 rue Charlot||Bruno Garcia||Short|
|L'oiseau rare||Diane||Didier Albert||TV Movie|
|2002||Nestor Burma||Jade||Jacob Berger||TV Series (1 Episode)|
|Caméra Café||Irina Katostefia||Francis Duquet||TV Series (1 Episode)|
|2003||Osmose||A Girl||Raphaël Fejtö|
|High Tension||Alexia||Alexandre Aja|
|2004||Les parisiens||Shaa||Claude Lelouch|
|I'm an actrice||Isabelle||Maïwenn||Short|
|2005||Le courage d'aimer||Shaa||Claude Lelouch|
|Star Stuff||Grégory Hervelin||Short|
|2006||Pardonnez-moi||Violette||Maïwenn (2)||Nominated - César Award for Most Promising Actress|
|2009||All About Actresses||Maïwenn||Maïwenn (3)||Nominated - Globes de Cristal Award for Best Actress|
|2012||Télé gaucho||Yasmina||Michel Leclerc|
|2013||Love Is the Perfect Crime||Anna||Arnaud Larrieu & Jean-Marie Larrieu|
Director / screenwriter / producer
- 2003 : Café de la Gare : Le pois chiche
- Maïwenn tout court, M, le magazine du Monde 7 October 2011
- Maïwenn Le Besco interview, Tout le monde en parle, France 2, 29 September 2001
- Full credits on IMDB
- "Festival de Cannes: Awards". Cannes. Retrieved 22 April 2011.
- "2015 Official Selection". Cannes. Archived from the original on 18 April 2015. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
- Shanna Besson
- The Fifth Element, Special Features of both the Ultimate Edition DVD and the remastered Blu-ray Disc.
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