Carole Bouquet, model for Chanel, Bond girl, and gossip column favorite, was born on August 18, 1957. She’s been in about 40 French films, but none received international distribution. Most people will only remember her for appearing opposite Roger Moore in For Your Eyes Only as Melina. I thought she did a great job as French Resistance heroine Lucie Aubrac in the 1997 film of the same name.
Her personal life is often tabloid fodder, such as her eight year relationship with Gerard Depardieu, a man as talented as he is ugly. She’s socially active too, having founded a charity for children 20 years ago. Recently, she fought for decent housing for France’s working poor at the Rue de la Banque encampment, and personally made a deal with French president Nicolas Sarkozy. Her meetings with him gave rise to tittle-tattle that they were involved. She denies any liaison, but it wouldn’t have been the first time she caught the eye of a President. Her phone was tapped for a year in the 80s on orders of then-President Mitterand, who was allegedly obsessed with her. Frankly, her childhood and adult relationships with men are truly scary. (I’m not going to get into the ugly details.) But perhaps it’s like Depardieu said, an actor’s greatest work is born out of greater suffering.
Today’s expression, une vie de chien (oon vee duh she-en) means “a dog’s life.” Frankly, most dogs have a much better time of it than Carole Bouquet has had. Clearly, her charitable work is a way of dealing with her own demons. No matter how beautiful she is, I wouldn’t trade places with her for the world.