Top 200 French Actresses

by minalex | created - 05 Jul 2013 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

[D] The list also includes Belgian and French-Swiss actresses

Page 1 (1900s-1970s), Page 2 (1970s-2010s).

1. Bleuette Bernon

Actress | Le royaume des fées

Bleuette Bernon was born on June 6, 1878 in Paris, France as Léontine Ernestine Gauché. She was an actress, known for Fairyland; or, the Kingdom of the Fairies (1903), Bluebeard (1901) and Cinderella (1899). She died on June 15, 1937 in Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, Val-de-Marne, France.

2. Renée Carl

Actress | Severo Torelli

Renée Carl was born on June 10, 1875 in Fontenay-le-Comte, Vendée, France as Renée Henriette Emile Grolleau. She was an actress and director, known for Severo Torelli (1914), Fantômas: In the Shadow of the Guillotine (1913) and Fantômas: The Dead Man Who Killed (1913). She died on July ...

3. Musidora

Actress | Les vampires

Musidora was born on February 23, 1889 in Paris, France as Jeanne Roques. She was an actress and director, known for Les vampires (1915), Pour don Carlos (1920) and Vicenta (1920). She was married to Eugène Marot. She died on December 7, 1957 in Paris.

4. Sarah Bernhardt

Actress | La dame aux camélias

This celebrated star of the French stage had a sporadic love-hate affair with early cinema. After her film debut in Le duel d'Hamlet (1900) she declared she detested the medium; yet she consented to appear in another film, La Tosca (1909). Upon seeing the results, she reportedly recoiled in horror,...

5. Stacia Napierkowska

Actress | L'Atlantide

Stacia Napierkowska was born on December 16, 1886 in Paris, France as Renée Claire Angèle Élisabeth Napierkowski. She was an actress and director, known for Missing Husbands (1921), Les vampires (1915) and The Marriage of Psyche and Cupid (1913). She died on May 11, 1945 in Paris.

6. Ève Francis

Actress | L'inondation

Ève Francis was born on August 24, 1886 in Saint Josse ten Node, Brussels, Belgium as Eve Louise Francois. She was an actress and assistant director, known for The Flood (1924), Eldorado (1921) and Frivolité (1918). She was married to Louis Delluc. She died on December 6, 1980 in ...

7. Gina Manès

Actress | Thérèse Raquin

Gina Manès was born on April 7, 1893 in Paris, France as Blanche Moulin. She was an actress, known for Thou Shalt Not (1928), Le diable en bouteille (1935) and The Red Night (1923). She died on September 6, 1989 in Toulouse, Haute-Garonne, Midi-Pyrénées, France.

8. Nathalie Lissenko

Actress | Kean

Nathalie Lissenko was born in 1886 in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire as Natalya Andrianovna Lisenko. She was an actress and costume designer, known for Edmund Kean: Prince Among Lovers (1924), Le brasier ardent (1923) and A Narrow Escape (1920). She was married to Ivan Mozzhukhin. She died on ...

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9. Catherine Hessling

Actress | Nana

Catherine Hessling was born on June 22, 1900 in Moronvilliers, Marne, France as Andrée Madeleine Heuschling Hessling. She was an actress, known for Nana (1926), Little Red Riding Hood (1930) and Whirlpool of Fate (1925). She was married to Jean Renoir. She died on September 28, 1979 in ...

10. Marcelle Pradot

Actress | Feu Mathias Pascal

Marcelle Pradot was born on July 27, 1901 in Montmorency, Val-d'Oise, Île-de-France, France as Marcelle Marie Claire Penicaut. She was an actress, known for The Living Dead Man (1926), L'inhumaine (1924) and L'Argent (1928). She was married to Marcel L'Herbier. She died on June 24, 1982 in ...

11. Maria Falconetti

Actress | La passion de Jeanne d'Arc

Renée Jeanne or Maria Falconetti, born in Pantin (not in Sermano, Corsica, as many film dictionaries wrongly attest) on July 21, 1892 and died in Buenos Aires on December 12, 1946, is a French actress of theater and cinema. Joining the troupe of the Odeon theater in 1916, she made her debut in "...

12. Alice Tissot

Actress | Vaccin 48

Alice Tissot was born on January 1, 1890 in Paris, France as Alice Claire Marie Tissot. She was an actress, known for Vaccin 48 (1934), Pas sur la bouche (1931) and Le secret du docteur (1930). She died on May 5, 1971 in Paris.

13. Simone Mareuil

Actress | Le Juif polonais

Simone Mareuil was born on August 25, 1903 in Périgueux, Dordogne, France as Marie Louise Simone Vacher. She was an actress, known for Polish Jew (1931), Un Chien Andalou (1929) and Genêt d'Espagne (1927). She was married to Philippe Hersent. She died on October 24, 1954 in Périgueux.

14. Gaby Morlay

Actress | Gigi

Gaby Morlay was born on June 8, 1893 in Angers, Maine-et-Loire, France as Blanche Pauline Fumoleau. She was an actress, known for Gigi (1949), Jim the Cracksman (1926) and Les amants du pont Saint-Jean (1947). She was married to Max Bonnafous. She died on July 4, 1964 in Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, ...

15. Lya Lys

Actress | L'âge d'or

This blonde stunner and German-born foreign import started life on May 18, 1908, in Berlin as Nathalie Margoulis (or perhaps Natalia Lyech) the daughter of a Russian banker and French pediatrician. The family moved to Paris when she was young where she received her schooling both there and in ...

16. Caridad de Laberdesque

Actress | L'âge d'or

Caridad de Laberdesque is an actress, known for L'Age d'Or (1930).

17. Pauline Carton

Actress | The Longest Day

Pauline Carton was born on July 4, 1884 in Biarritz, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, France as Pauline Aimée Biarez. She was an actress, known for The Longest Day (1962), Ce cochon de Morin (1932) and The New Testament (1936). She died on June 17, 1974 in Paris, France.

18. Odette Talazac

Actress | La règle du jeu

Odette Talazac was born on May 6, 1883 in Paris, France as Odette Pauline Talazac. She was an actress, known for The Rules of the Game (1939), Figaro (1929) and Le Million (1931). She died on March 29, 1948 in Paris.

19. Annabella

Actress | 13 Rue Madeleine

At age 16, Annabella was chosen by Abel Gance to appear in Napoleon (1927). In the 30s, she became a star of French movies. She made movies in numerous other countries, before being called to Hollywood in 1938, where she met and married Tyrone Power. She remained in the USA until 1947. Then she ...

20. Rolla France

Actress | À nous la liberté

Rolla France was born on September 2, 1910 in Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France. She is an actress, known for À Nous la Liberté (1931), Le premier mot d'amour (1932) and Mon coeur t'appelle (1934).

21. Rena Mandel

Actress | Vampyr

Rena Mandel was born in 1911 in Poland. She is an actress, known for Vampyr (1932).

22. Sévérine Lerczinska

Actress | Boudu sauvé des eaux

Sévérine Lerczinska is an actress, known for Boudu Saved from Drowning (1932), Ce monde est merveilleux (1981) and Jacquou le croquant (1969).

23. Marcelle Hainia

Actress | Du rififi chez les hommes

Marcelle Hainia was born on November 13, 1896 in Paris, France as Marcelle Pontagnier. She was an actress, known for Rififi (1955), Boudu Saved from Drowning (1932) and It Happened at the Inn (1943). She died on August 9, 1968 in Paris.

24. Claudette Colbert

Actress | It Happened One Night

One of the brightest film stars to grace the screen was born Emilie Claudette Chauchoin on September 13, 1903, in Saint Mandé, France where her father owned a bakery at 57, rue de la République (now Avenue Général de Gaulle). The family moved to the United States when she was three. As Claudette ...

25. Florelle

Actress | Liliom

Florelle was born on August 9, 1898 in Les Sables-d'Olonne, Vendée, France as Odette Elisa Joséphine Marguerite Rousseau. She was an actress, known for Liliom (1934), L'opéra de quat'sous (1931) and La dame de chez Maxim's (1933). She was married to Marcel Foucret. She died on September 28, ...

26. Simone Simon

Actress | Cat People

Diminutive, fiery-tempered Simone Simon was born in France, but spent much of her early childhood in Madagascar, where her father managed a graphite mine. Her schooling was somewhat unsettled, her family moving from city to city (Berlin, Budapest, Turin) before finally establishing themselves in ...

27. Michèle Morgan

Actress | La symphonie pastorale

A classic beauty, blonde French actress Michèle Morgan was one of her country's most popular leading ladies for over five decades. Born Simone Renee Roussel on Leap Year Day (February 29) in 1920, she ran away from home as a teenager and studied acting under René Simon, beginning her film career at...

28. Lise Delamare

Actress | La duchesse de Langeais

Lise Delamare was born on April 9, 1913 in Colombes, Seine [now Seine-Saint-Denis, Île-de-France], France as Jolyse Effrey Jeanne Delamare. She was an actress, known for Wicked Duchess (1942), Captain Blood (1960) and La Marseillaise (1938). She was married to Tony Taffin. She died on July 25, 2006...

29. Mila Parély

Actress | La règle du jeu

Mila Parély was born on October 7, 1917 in Paris, France as Olga Colette Peszynsky. She was an actress, known for The Rules of the Game (1939), Beauty and the Beast (1946) and Le cavalier noir (1945). She was married to Thomas Mathieson and Jean Marais. She died on January 14, 2012 in Vichy, Allier...

30. Jacqueline Laurent

Actress | L'abito nero da sposa

Jacqueline Laurent was born on August 6, 1918 in Brienne-le-Château, Aube, France as Jacqueline Suzanne Janin. She was an actress, known for L'abito nero da sposa (1945), Le Jour Se Leve (1939) and L'homme qui joue avec le feu (1942). She died on December 18, 2009 in Grasse, Alpes-Maritimes, France.

31. Edwige Feuillère

Actress | Olivia

Edwige Feuillère was born on October 29, 1907 in Vesoul, Haute-Saône, Franche-Comté, France as Edwige Louise Caroline Cunati. She was an actress and writer, known for Olivia (1951), Wicked Duchess (1942) and L'idiot (1946). She was married to Pierre Feuillère. She died on November 13, 1998 in ...

32. Paulette Dubost

Actress | La règle du jeu

Paulette Dubost was born on October 8, 1910 in Paris, France as Paulette Marie Emma Deplanque. She was an actress, known for The Rules of the Game (1939), Les mystères de Paris (1962) and Clairette's 28 Days (1933). She was married to André Ostertag. She died on September 21, 2011 in ...

33. Mady Berry

Actress | Don Quichotte

French stage and film actress. She made her stage debut in 1912 in Marseille after studying at the Nice Conservatoire. She devoted herself to the stage for more than a decade, then entered into an active film career in 1930. She played in scores of films over the next two-and-a-half decades, ...

34. Mireille Balin

Actress | Pépé le Moko

Mireille Balin was one the most glamorous and best loved actresses of pre-war French cinema. She appeared in two of the best remembered French films of the 1930s: Pépé le Moko (1937) and Lady Killer (1937), both opposite Jean Gabin. After the German occupation of France and her ...

35. Ginette Leclerc

Actress | Nuit sans fin

Ginette Leclerc was born on February 9, 1912 in Paris, France as Geneviève Lucie Menut. She was an actress, known for Nuit sans fin (1947), The House on the Dune (1952) and Feu Mathias Pascal (1937). She was married to Lucien Leclerc. She died on January 2, 1992 in Paris.

36. Micheline Francey

Actress | Raspoutine

Micheline Francey was born on October 19, 1919 in Paris, France as Micheline Henriette Françoise Gay-Bellile. She was an actress, known for Rasputin (1954), Le petit Jacques (1953) and Vestire gli ignudi (1954). She was married to Pierre Bouchet de Fareins. She died on January 1, 1969 in Paris.

37. Héléna Manson

Actress | Le locataire

Born in Caracas,young Elena (later to become Héléna) miraculously survived an earthquake there. She found a new home at an uncle's in New York City first, and later at another relative's in La Chaux de Fonds, Switzerland. A very early theater enthusiast, Manson trained as an actress at the ...

38. Madeleine Renaud

Actress | Remorques

Madeleine Renaud was born on February 21, 1900 in Paris, Ile-de-France, France as Lucie Madeleine Renaud. She was an actress, known for Remorques (1941), The Longest Day (1962) and Hélène (1936). She was married to Jean-Louis Barrault and Charles Granval. She died on September 23, ...

39. Jany Holt

Actress | Le pays sans étoiles

Jany Holt was born on May 13, 1909 in Bucharest, Romania as Ruxandra Ecaterina Vladescu Olt. She was an actress and director, known for Land Without Stars (1946), Mademoiselle de la Ferté (1949) and The Life and Loves of Beethoven (1936). She was married to Marcel Dalio. She died on October ...

40. Odette Joyeux

Actress | Sylvie et le fantôme

Odette Joyeux was born on December 5, 1914 in Paris, France. She was an actress and writer, known for Sylvie et le fantôme (1946), Douce (1943) and Passionnelle (1947). She was married to Philippe Agostini and Pierre Brasseur. She died on August 26, 2000 in Ollioules, Var, France.

41. Arletty

Actress | Les enfants du paradis

Before Arlette-Leonie Bathiat went to the movies she was a secretary and had posed several times as a model for different painters and photographers. In 1920 she debuted on stage at a theatre. She only began to work in movies after 1930. After World War II she was condemned to prison for having ...

42. María Casares

Actress | Les enfants du paradis

María Casares was born on November 21, 1922 in A Coruña, Galicia, Spain as María Victoria Casares Pérez. She was an actress, known for Children of Paradise (1945), Orpheus (1950) and La Chartreuse de Parme (1948). She was married to André Schlesser. She died on November 22, 1996 in Alloue, Charente...

43. Elina Labourdette

Actress | Le drame de Shanghaï

Elina Labourdette was born on May 21, 1919 in Paris, Ile-de-France, France as Elina Janine Alice Henri-Labourdette. She was an actress, known for The Shanghai Drama (1938), Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne (1945) and Lola (1961). She was married to Louis Pauwels. She died on September 30, 2014 in Le ...

44. Lucienne Bogaert

Actress | Les dames du Bois de Boulogne

Lucienne Bogaert was born on January 6, 1892 in Caudry, Nord, France as Lucienne Jeanne Gabrielle Lefebvre. She was an actress, known for Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne (1945), Les papiers d'Aspern (1971) and Deadlier Than the Male (1956). She died on February 4, 1983 in Montrouge, Hauts-de-Seine, ...

45. Jane Marken

Actress | Les enfants du paradis

Jane Marken was born on January 13, 1895 in Paris, France as Jeanne Berthe Adolphine Crabbe. She was an actress, known for Children of Paradise (1945), La dame aux camélias (1934) and The Life and Loves of Beethoven (1936). She was married to André Marie Désiré Berthellemy. She died on ...

46. Josette Day

Actress | La belle et la bête

Paris-born Josette Day debuted in films at the age of five, but soon returned to the stage, including a stint as a child dancer in the Paris Opera. She did not return to the screen until she was into her adulthood, and her career took off. She played leads in countless French films, but is probably...

47. Nane Germon

Actress | La cité des enfants perdus

Nane Germon was born on June 10, 1909 in Paris, France as Germaine Hélène Nannon Boesen. She was an actress, known for The City of Lost Children (1995), Beauty and the Beast (1946) and Vautrin the Thief (1943). She was married to Constantin Morskoï. She died on March 6, 2001 in Asnières-sur-Seine, ...

48. Suzy Delair

Actress | L'assassin habite... au 21

Prototype of the sexy cheeky French lady, Suzy Delair was discovered by Henri-Georges Clouzot, who became her companion and gave her two memorable roles : Mila Malou, inspector Wens' unbearable girlfriend in two films, The Last One of the Six (1941), which he wrote, and The Murderer Lives at Number...

49. Micheline Presle

Actress | If a Man Answers

Elegant, dark-haired Parisian Micheline Presle (billed in the U.S. as Micheline Prelle) was born on August 22, 1922, the daughter of a businessman whose surname was Chassagne. Taking acting classes as a teen, she was discovered by Georg Wilhelm Pabst and cast in Young Girls in Trouble (1939) (...

50. Cécile Aubry

Actress | Manon

Cécile Aubry was born on August 3, 1928 in Paris, France as Anne-José Madeleine Henriette Bénard. She is known for her work on Manon (1949), Poly (1961) and Le jeune Fabre (1973). She was married to Brahim El Mezouari El Glaoui. She died on July 19, 2010 in Dourdan, Essonne, France.

51. Nicole Stéphane

Actress | Les enfants terribles

Nicole Stéphane was born on May 27, 1923 in Paris, France as Nicole de Rothschild. She was a producer and actress, known for Les Enfants Terribles (1950), Suspense (1949) and Monsieur et Madame Curie (1956). She died on March 14, 2007 in Paris.

52. Santa Relli

Actress | Cécile est morte!

Santa Relli was born on September 2, 1914 in Paris, France as Léona Goupil. She was an actress, known for Cecile Is Dead (1944), Jour de Fête (1949) and Long Live Liberty (1946). She died on October 29, 2010 in Noisy-Le-Sec, Seine-Saint-Denis, France.

53. Nicole Ladmiral

Actress | Journal d'un curé de campagne

Nicole Ladmiral was born on January 16, 1930 in Paris, France. She was an actress, known for Diary of a Country Priest (1951) and Blood of the Beasts (1949). She died on April 12, 1958 in Paris.

54. Simone Signoret

Actress | Les diaboliques

The face of Simone Signoret on the Paris Metro movie posters in March 1982 looked even older than her 61 years. She was still a box office draw, but the film, L'étoile du Nord (1982), would be her last theatrical release. She played the landlady. Signoret had a long film apprenticeship ...

55. Brigitte Fossey

Actress | Jeux interdits

This lovely, docile, sensitive-appearing blonde French leading lady started impressively in films at age 6, making a most notable debut in René Clément's Forbidden Games (1952). She abandoned acting a few years later for schooling and a normal upbringing. After a brief career as an interpreter and ...

56. Suzanne Flon

Actress | The Train

Opulent French actress Suzanne Flon, who came from humble beginnings, evolved into a luminous stage and film star whose career lasted five decades. She was born near Paris, the daughter of a railway worker and a seamstress and at school developed an interest in writing poetry. Following high school...

57. Claude Nollier

Actress | Moulin Rouge

An excellent actress, Claude Nollier remains too little known. Maybe because she made few films, but isn't quality better than quantity ? Whatever the truth, none of her appearances, whether an important movie like John Huston's Moulin Rouge (1952) or an artistic flop such as Les trafiquants de la ...

58. Colette Marchand

Actress | Moulin Rouge

Colette Marchand was a French prima ballerina with a relatively brief acting career. For her performance in "Moulin Rouge" (1952), Marchand was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

In 1925, Marchand was born in Paris, Her parents were Roger Marchand and his wife Alice Lioret.

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59. Danielle Darrieux

Actress | 8 femmes

Danielle Darrieux was born in 1917 in Bordeaux, France, to Marie-Louise (Witkowski) and Germain Jean Darrieux, a physician. She was raised in Paris. She was only fourteen when she auditioned for a secondary role in Le bal (1931): she got the part, and the producer offered her a five-year contract. ...

60. Maria Mauban

Actress | Viaggio in Italia

Maria Mauban was born on May 10, 1924 in Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France as Marcelle Michelle. She was an actress, known for Journey to Italy (1954), The Troops & Aliens (1979) and Le concierge (1973). She was married to Jean Versini and Claude Dauphin. She died ...

61. Françoise Arnoul

Actress | French Cancan

Françoise Arnoul was born on June 3, 1931 in Constantine, France as Françoise Annette Gautsch. She is an actress and costume designer, known for French Cancan (1955), La chatte (1958) and The Cat Shows Her Claws (1960). She was previously married to Georges Cravenne.

62. Martine Carol

Actress | Lola Montès

France's major sex siren of the early 50s, this lesser-remembered post-war French dish pre-dated bombshell Brigitte Bardot by a few years. Martine was born Marie-Louise (Maryse) Jeanne Nicholle Mourer on May 16, 1920, but little is known of her childhood. A chance meeting with comedian André Luguet...

63. Véra Clouzot

Actress | Les diaboliques

Véra Gibson-Amado, known professionally as Véra Clouzot, was a Brazilian-French actress.

In 1941, Véra met French actor Léo Lapara, a member of the theater company of Louis Jouvet, who toured in Brazil during World War II. Vera married the actor, taking part in the company's South American tour that...

64. Janine Darcey

Actress | Du rififi chez les hommes

Janine Darcey was born on January 14, 1917 in Asnières, Seine [now Asnières-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine], France as Janine Renée Casaubon. She was an actress, known for Rififi (1955), French Without Tears (1940) and The Favour, the Watch and the Very Big Fish (1991). She was married to Serge Reggiani...

65. Leslie Caron

Actress | Gigi

Born in the suburbs of Paris, France, Leslie Caron is an actress and dancer. Gene Kelly got her into the movies for the film An American in Paris (1951). Got a world-wide reputation for her roles in Lili (1953) and Gigi (1958). Most recently Caron has appeared in British TV series The Durrells (...

66. Emmanuelle Riva

Actress | Hiroshima mon amour

An only child, Emmanuelle was born Paulette Germaine Riva in Cheniménil, but eventually grew up in Remiremont. Her mother, Jeanne Fernande Nourdin, was a seamstress. Her father, René Alfred "Alfredo" Riva, was a sign writer. Her paternal grandfather was Italian. She dreamed of becoming an actress ...

67. Claire Maurier

Actress | Les quatre cents coups

Claire Maurier was born on March 27, 1929 in Ceret, France as Odette Michelle Suzanne Agramon. She is an actress, known for The 400 Blows (1959), Amélie (2001) and A Bad Son (1980).

68. Stella Dassas

Actress | Hiroshima mon amour

Stella Dassas is an actress, known for Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959), Wise Guys (1961) and Janique aimée (1963).

69. Marika Green

Actress | Pickpocket

Marika Green was born on June 21, 1943 in Södermalm, Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden as Marika Nicolette Green. She is known for her work on Pickpocket (1959), Les enquêtes du commissaire Maigret (1967) and Koenigsmark (1968). She is married to Christian Berger.

70. Marpessa Dawn

Actress | Orfeu Negro

Born in Pittsburgh, Marpessa Dawn moved to England as a teenager and started acting in small roles in television; upon moving to France, she danced and sang in nightclubs while at times working as a governess before getting her big break as "Eurydice" in "Black Orpheus". Married twice, she left ...

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71. Dolly Scal

Actress | Pickpocket

Dolly Scal is an actress, known for Pickpocket (1959).

72. Annie Girardot

Actress | La pianiste

Over the course of a five-decade career, she starred in nearly 150 films. She is a three-time César Award winner (1977, 1996, 2002), a two-time Molière Award winner, a BAFTA nominee, and a recipient of several international prizes including the Volpi Cup (Best actress) at the 1965 Venice Film ...

73. Edith Scob

Actress | Holy Motors

Edith Scob was born on October 21, 1937 in Paris, France as Édith Scobeltzine. She was an actress, known for Holy Motors (2012), Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001) and Eyes Without a Face (1960). She was married to Georges Aperghis. She died on June 26, 2019 in Paris.

74. Juliette Mayniel

Actress | Les yeux sans visage

Juliette Mayniel was born on January 22, 1936 in Saint-Hippolyte, Aveyron, France. She is an actress, known for Eyes Without a Face (1960), The Fair (1960) and Island Fishermen (1959). She was previously married to Robert Auboyneau.

75. Marie Dubois

Actress | Jules et Jim

Marie Dubois was born on January 12, 1937 in Paris, France as Claudine Lucie Pauline Huzé. She is known for her work on Jules and Jim (1962), La menace (1977) and Shoot the Piano Player (1960). She was married to Serge Rousseau. She died on October 15, 2014 in Lescar, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, France.

76. Catherine Demongeot

Actress | Zazie dans le métro

Catherine Demongeot was born on May 16, 1950 in Paris, France. She is an actress, known for Zazie dans le Métro (1960), Pillaged (1967) and Let's Rob the Bank (1964).

77. Jeanne Moreau

Actress | Jules et Jim

When people gave Louis Malle credit for making a star of Jeanne Moreau in Elevator to the Gallows (1958) immediately followed by The Lovers (1958), he would point out that Moreau by that time had already been "recognized as the prime stage actress of her generation." She had made it to the Comédie ...

78. Patricia Gozzi

Actress | Rapture

She was born on April 12 1950. Father Yves Gozzi, mother Gylberte. Has three sisters. One son, Benoit Sauvage, born in California in 1980, one daughter, Celia Sauvage, also born in California in 1983. Nationality, French, married to Michael Sauvage.

So many people wondered why this young actress ...

79. Brigitte Bardot

Actress | Le mépris

Brigitte Bardot was born on September 28, 1934 in Paris, France. Her father had an engineering degree and worked with his father in the family business. Brigitte's mother encouraged her daughter to take up music and dance, and she proved to be very adept at it. By the time she was 15, Brigitte was ...

80. Capucine

Actress | The Pink Panther

With classic patrician features and an independent, non-conformist personality, Capucine began her film debut in 1949 at the age of 21 with an appearance in the film Rendezvous in July (1949). She attended school in France and received a BA degree in foreign languages. Married for six months in her...

81. Mylène Demongeot

Actress | Les sorcières de Salem

Mylène Demongeot, one of the blond sex symbols of French cinema during the 1950s and 1960s, managed to overcome typecasting and survived a long hiatus before a stellar comeback in her 70s. She appeared in more than 70 films, including such classics as the Fantomas trilogy.

She was born Marie-Helene ...

82. Anna Karina

Actress | Vivre sa vie: Film en douze tableaux

Born in Denmark, she came to Paris at 18. She met Coco Chanel and Pierre Cardin and started as a top model. She met Jean-Luc Godard about a cameo in Breathless (1960), but she had to be naked and she refused to play in the movie. One year later, they got married and she became famous with the "...

83. Anouk Aimée

Actress |

The daughter of actress Geneviève Sorya, in 1948 she played the part of Juliette in The Lovers of Verona (1949). During the 1950s and 1960s she made various films, including Montparnasse 19 (1958) and La Dolce Vita (1960), but only Lola (1961) , Jacques Demy, and A Man and a Woman (1966) Claude ...

84. Anne Wiazemsky

Actress | Au hasard Balthazar

Anne Wiazemsky was born on May 14, 1947 in Berlin, West Germany as Anna Ivanovna Vyazemskaya. She was an actress and writer, known for Au Hasard Balthazar (1966), La Chinoise (1967) and George Who? (1973). She was married to Jean-Luc Godard. She died on October 5, 2017 in Paris, France.

85. Françoise Dorléac

Actress | L'homme de Rio

The radiant Francoise Dorleac is better remembered today as the elder, ill-fated sister of French film star Catherine Deneuve. The Paris-born actress, however, was actually the first to become a star and had quite a formidable career of her own in the 1960s until it was cut short. Born into a ...

86. Chantal Goya

Actress | Masculin féminin

Chantal Goya was born Chantal Deguerre in Saïgon (Vietnam). She came to Paris with her family when she was 4. She met the singer and composer Jean Jacques Debout when she was 18, married him and became a very famous singer for children, sold over 30 millions albums, all written by her husband.

87. Marina Vlady

Actress | 2 ou 3 choses que je sais d'elle

This provocative sex kitten had the obvious makings of a superstar blonde bombshell and could have ended up in film history annals as merely a second-rate Brigitte Bardot, but Marina Vlady rose above her sex symbol status and proved she was capable of so much more. In her prime she was nominated ...

88. Mireille Darc

Actress | Week End

Mireille Darc was born on May 15, 1938 in Toulon, Var, France as Mireille Aigroz. She was an actress and director, known for Weekend (1967), Galia (1966) and OK Patron (1974). She was married to Pascal Desprez. She died on August 28, 2017 in Paris, France.

89. Nadine Nortier

Actress | Mouchette

Nadine Nortier was born in 1948. She is an actress, known for Mouchette (1967), Bande-annonce de 'Mouchette' (1967) and Cinéma (1965).

90. Françoise Fabian

Actress | Ma nuit chez Maud

Françoise Fabian was born on May 10, 1933 in Algiers, Alger, France as Michele Cortes De Leon y Fabianera. She is an actress, known for My Night at Maud's (1969), Belle de Jour (1967) and Happy New Year (1973). She was previously married to Marcel Bozzuffi and Jacques Becker.

91. Caroline Cellier

Actress | L'année des méduses

Caroline Cellier was born on August 7, 1945 in Montpellier, Hérault, France as Monique Cellier. She was an actress, known for Year of the Jellyfish (1984), This Man Must Die (1969) and Le zèbre (1992). She was married to Jean Poiret. She died on December 15, 2020 in Paris, France.

92. Dominique Sanda

Actress | Il conformista

Dominique Sanda was born in 1948, in Paris, France. When she was 16, she left her upper-class family and married, but divorced two years later. She found a temporary job as a Vogue model, when Robert Bresson gave her the starring part in his absorbing drama A Gentle Creature (1969); she was quite ...

93. Béatrice Romand

Actress | Le genou de Claire

Béatrice Romand was born on April 16, 1952 in Birkadem, Alger, Algeria. She is an actress and director, known for Claire's Knee (1970), A Good Marriage (1982) and Graf Yoster gibt sich die Ehre (1967).

94. Geneviève Page

Actress | Belle de jour

Geneviève Page was born on December 13, 1927 in Paris, France as Genevieve Bronjean. She is an actress, known for Belle de Jour (1967), The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970) and Song Without End (1960). She has been married to Jean-Claude Bujard since 1959. They have two children.

95. Laurence de Monaghan

Actress | Le genou de Claire

Laurence de Monaghan was born on November 11, 1954 as Laurence Mahon de Monaghan. She is an actress, known for Claire's Knee (1970), Molière pour rire et pour pleurer (1973) and Les grandes conjurations (1978).

96. Aurora Cornu

Actress | Le genou de Claire

Aurora Cornu was born on December 6, 1931 in Prahova, Romania. She was an actress, known for Claire's Knee (1970) and Chloe in the Afternoon (1972). She was married to Marin Preda and Aurel Cornea. She died on March 14, 2021 in Paris, France.

97. Michèle Moretti

Actress | Les roseaux sauvages

Michèle Moretti was born on March 15, 1940 in Paris, France. She is an actress, known for Wild Reeds (1994), Out 1 (1971) and Out 1: Spectre (1972).

98. Stéphane Audran

Actress | Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie

Stéphane Audran was born on November 8, 1932 in Versailles, Seine-et-Oise [now Yvelines], France as Colette Suzanne Jeannine Dacheville. She was an actress, known for Der diskrete Charme der Bourgeoisie (1972), Babettes Fest (1987) and Der Schlachter (1970). She was married to Claude Chabrol and ...

99. Delphine Seyrig

Actress | The Day of the Jackal

Delphine was born in Beirut on the 10th April 1932 into an intellectual Protestant family. Her Alsatian father, Henri Seyrig, was the director of the Archaeological Institute and later France's cultural attaché in New York during World War Two. Her Swiss mother, Hermine De Saussure, was an adept of...

100. Maria Schneider

Actress | Ultimo tango a Parigi

Maria Schneider was a French actress. At age 19 she became famous for Bernardo Bertolucci's film Last Tango in Paris (1972), and The Passenger (1975).

As a teenager, she adored films, going to the cinema up to four times a week. She left home at 15 after an argument with her mother and went to Paris...



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