Miou-Miou

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Miou-Miou
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Miou-Miou in February 2013
Born
Sylvette Herry

(1950-02-22) 22 February 1950 (age 69)
Paris, France
NationalityFrench
OccupationActress
Years active1971–present

Miou-Miou (French: [mjumju]; 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, Claude Berri, Jacques Deray, Patrice Leconte, Joseph Losey and Louis Malle. A 10-time César Award nominee, she won the César Award for Best Actress for the 1979 film Memoirs of a French Whore. Her other films include This Sweet Sickness (1977), Entre Nous (1983), May Fools (1990), Germinal (1993), Dry Cleaning (1997) and Arrêtez-moi (2013).

Career[edit]

Miou-Miou with director Jean-Pierre Blanc in 1973

She was born Sylvette Herry in Paris. 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.[1] She made her film debut in La vie sentimentale de Georges Le Tueur and La Cavale (both 1971).[2]

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 comme 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 1976.

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 Herry.

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.[1] 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".[3]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1971 La cavale Little Squirrel
La vie sentimentale de Georges Le Tueur Short
1972 Ça va, ça vient Magic Circus's woman
1973 Quelques messieurs trop tranquilles Anita Boucher
Themroc The young neighbor
Elle court, elle court la banlieue The assistant
The Year 01 The woman at 6 am
The Burned Barns Monique Cateux
The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob Antoinette Pivert
1974 Going Places Marie-Ange
Tender Dracula Marie
1975 Lily, aime-moi The girl in the coffee shop
Pas de problème! Anita Boucher
A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe Lucy
1976 Al piacere di rivederla Patrizia
Victory March Rosanna
D'amour et d'eau fraîche Rita Gonzalez
F comme Fairbanks Marie Nominated – César Award for Best Actress
On aura tout vu Christine
Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000 Marie
1977 This Sweet Sickness Juliette Nominated – César Award for Best Actress
1978 Les routes du sud Julia
1979 Traffic Jam Angela
Bye, See You Monday Nicole
Memoirs of a French Whore Marie César Award for Best Actress
1980 The Woman Cop Inspector Corinne Levasseur
1981 Est-ce bien raisonnable? Julie Boucher
La gueule du loup Marie
1982 Josepha Josépha Manet Nominated – César Award for Best Actress
Guy de Maupassant Gisèle d'Estoc
1983 Entre Nous Madeleine Nominated – César Award for Best Actress
My Other Husband Alice
1984 Dog Day Jessica
Le vol du Sphinx Laura
1985 Blanche et Marie Blanche
Une vie comme je veux Laurence TV Movie
1986 Tenue de soirée Monique Nominated – César Award for Best Actress
1988 The Revolving Doors Lauda Nominated – Genie Award for Best Supporting Actress
The Reader Constance / Marie Nominated – César Award for Best Actress
L'argent Caroline Hamelin TV Movie
Un vrai bonheur Short
1990 May Fools Camille Nominated – César Award for Best Actress
Nominated – David di Donatello for Best Foreign Actress
1991 Netchaïev est de retour Brigitte
La Totale! Hélène Voisin
1992 Scènes de ménage The woman Short
Le bal des casse-pieds Louise Sherry
1993 Tango Marie
Germinal Maheude Nominated – César Award for Best Actress
1994 Montparnasse-Pondichéry Julie
Un indien dans la ville Patricia
1995 Une femme dans la tourmente Michèle Rouannet TV Movie
Une page d'amour Hélène TV Movie
Court toujours: Joséphine et les gitans Joséphine TV Short
1996 Ma femme me quitte Joanna Martin
The Eighth Day Julie
1997 Dry Cleaning Nicole Kunstler Lumières Award for Best Actress
Nominated – César Award for Best Actress
Elles Eva
1998 Hors jeu Herself
2000 Tout va bien, on s'en va Laure
Pour une fois Short
2001 Agathe et le grand magasin Agathe TV Movie
2003 Ambre a disparu Eva Lorca TV Movie
2004 Folle embellie Alida
Mariages! Gabrielle
L'après-midi de monsieur Andesmas Michel Arc's wife
2005 L'un reste, l'autre part Anne-Marie
Riviera Antoinette
2006 The Science of Sleep Christine Miroux
Avril Sister Bernadette
Le héros de la famille Simone Garcia
2007 Les murs porteurs Judith Rosenfeld
2008 Affaire de famille Laure Guignebont
The Great Alibi Éliane Pages
Mia and the Migoo Juliette's voice
2009 Marcher Herself Short
Petites vacances à Knokke-le-Zoute Micheline TV Movie
Pour un fils Catherine
Le Concert Guylène de La Rivière
Une petite zone de turbulences Anne Muret
2011 Le grand restaurant II A client TV Movie
Le choix d'Adèle Adèle TV Movie
2012 Quand je serai petit Jacqueline
Bienvenue parmi nous Alice
Avanti Catherine
Populaire Madeleine Échard
2013 Arrêtez-moi Pontoise
Bob et les Sex Pistaches
Landes Madeleine
2018 In Safe Hands Irène

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