La Boum

French actress Sophie Marceau (née Maupu) was born in Paris on November 17, 1966. Her early days were not exactly as glamorous as her current life on the red carpet. Her father was a truck driver and her mother was a retail clerk. She had head shots taken at a modeling agency in Paris that was looking for teenagers. Those pictures led to Marceau being cast in La Boum (lah boom), which means “the party,” a huge European hit in 1980. She won a César (French Oscar) for her role in the sequel three years later. Not bad for a 17 year-old.

Marceau has worked pretty steadily in films in the 30 years since then. I first became aware of her when she played the French princess in Braveheart. A few years later, she played the evil Elektra King in the Bond film The World Is Not Enough. The multi-talented Marceau has also written a semi-autobiographical book and directed her own films. She was named Best Director at the Montreal Film Festival for Speak to Me of Love. Marceau is currently working on a film with the latest Bond-girl, Bérénice Marlohe.

La Boum 1 & 2

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About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France. Follow her on Instagram @Onequalitythefinest and on Twitter @1qualthefinest.
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