Marianne James

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Marianne James
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Marianne James at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.
Background information
Born (1962-02-18) 18 February 1962 (age 57)
Montélimar, Drôme, France
GenresOpera, pop
Occupation(s)singer, actress, writer, TV Host, fashion designer
Years active1981–present

Marianne James (born 18 February 1962[citation needed]) is a French singer, writer, actress, TV host and fashion designer. She has co-presented the French coverage of the Eurovision Song Contest.[1]

Early Life[edit]

Born in Montélimar, Marianne Gandolfi grew up in the family shop, Place du Marché, with her father Maurice, chocolatier pastry chef and nougatier, her mother Jacqueline, whose Italian origins she had, and her sister Pascale, four years older than her[2].

She took guitar lessons at the age of 11 with Antoine Petrucciani, known as "Tony", a renowned jazz guitarist and father of pianist Michel Petrucciani. From the age of 15 to 23, she enjoys her holidays to sing in the streets with her sister and a friend[3].

In 1980, after creating her first group "The Swingums", she graduated in musicology at the Sorbonne University and won a first prize for singing at the Conservatoire de Paris.

In 1981, Marianne James integrates the band "Les Démones Loulou" with whom she did the first part of William Sheller at the Olympia. Then she continues to sing in the streets of Paris and Italy.


Year Title Author Director Notes
1991-2002 L'Ultima Recital, les adieux irrévocables Marianne James & Veronique Vola Jango Edwards Molière Award for Best Musical Show (1999)
Nominated - Molière Award for Best Musical Show (1997)
2003-2006 Le Caprice de Marianne Marianne James & Laurence Boccolini Marianne James
2008 The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob Gérard Oury & Danièle Thompson Patrick Timsit
2009 Les Insatiables Hanokh Levin Guila Braoudé
2011 Une visite inopportune Copi Philippe Calvario
2013-2018 Miss Carpenter Sébastien Marnier & Marianne James Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt & Steve Suissa
2018-2020 Tatie Jambon Valérie Bour & Marianne James Aude Léger Festival d'Avignon Off - Best Show - Young Audience


  • 1999 : Les Mandarines
  • 2006 : Marianne James
  • 2015 : Les Symphonies Subaquatiques
  • 2016 : Tous au lit !
  • 2018 : Tous heureux !


Year Title Role Notes
2004-2007 Nouvelle Star Judge M6
2009 Vive les comédies musicales ! Host TF1
2010 Un monde tout nu Host Jimmy
Rendez-vous en terre inconnue Guest France 2
2011 Queens of Pop Host Arte
2014-2017 Prodiges Host France 2
2015-2017 Eurovision Song Contest Commentator France 2 & France 4
2016 Cinq à sept avec Arthur Columnist TF1
Gala de l'Union des artistes Host France 4
2016-2017 A vos pinceaux Host France 2 & France 4
2018-2019 La France a un incroyable talent Judge M6



Year Title Role Director Notes
2013 La croisière Amanda Saint-Gil Pascal Lahmani TV Series (1 Episode)
2017 Scènes de ménages: ça va être leur fête The Singer Francis Duquet TV Movie
2018 Nina Valérie Hervé Brami TV Series (1 Episode)
Mongeville Agnès de Barneville Bénédicte Delmas TV Series (1 Episode)


Year Title Role
2004 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban The Fat Lady
2006 Happy Feet Mrs. Astrakhan
2012 Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted Captain Chantel DuBois
2016 Salaire net et monde de brutes Future Advisor Interim


  1. ^ "Pendant l'Eurovision 2017, Marianne James et Stéphane Bern ont fait des commentaires trés personnels". Huffington Post (in French). 13 May 2017. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
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