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Sophie Danièle Sylvie Maupu, better known as Sophie Marceau (born November 17, 1966 in Paris, France) is a French actress and filmmaker.

Marceau has been a household name in her native country since the success of the teen film La Boum (The Party or Ready for Love) in 1980, after which her career thrived in both arthouse and entertainment films. She's known internationally for her roles in films such as Braveheart, The World Is Not Enough and Female Agents, and starred in LOL, which got an American remake in 2012. She has also written and directed several films.

Marceau was in a relationships with director Andrzej Żuławski from 1985 to 2001, producer Jim Lemley from 2001 to 2007 and actor Christopher Lambert from 2012 to 2014. She has no family ties to the mime Marcel Marceau (in fact, "Marceau" is a Stage Name for both of them).

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She has a son with Żuławski and a daughter by Lemley.


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Associated tropes:

  • Cast the Expert: She is a classically trained cellist, like her character in Lost and Found (who plays during the film).
  • Contractual Purity: Got her big break as the lead in a lighthearted teen film, but quickly tried to break out of this image by taking on significantly Darker and Edgier roles in romantic and historical dramas. Starting with 2008's LOL she began to appear in family-oriented comedies again, though now as the concerned mother figure rather than the carefree teenager.
  • Fake Nationality: In The World Is Not Enough she plays a woman of mixed British and Azeri heritage.
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  • Femme Fatale: She was often associated with these kinds of roles, particularly in the 1990s.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She's well-known to French audiences for appearing naked in many of her movies, and has continued this trend into The New '10s.
  • Romance on the Set: With Andrzej Żuławski, who directed her in several films. They have a son together too.
  • Star-Making Role: Vic in La Boum, at least in France.
  • Two-Hit Wonder: While she's enormously popular in her native country, American and British audiences probably only know her as Princess Isabella or Elektra King.
  • What Could Have Been: After starring in Braveheart and The World Is Not Enough, Marceau seemed poised to launch an internationally successful career, as Eva Green and Marion Cotillard would do a decade later. However, her next English-language film, Lost & Found (1999), was both a critical flop and a box office bomb, and led to her mainly sticking to French cinema, in which she was already a major star.

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