Despite beginning her career as a child performer, Judith Godreche was not really well-known to US audiences until Patrice Leconte's "Ridicule" was released in 1996. The film introduced her smoky-eyed...
Co-starred opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in "The Man in the Iron Mask"
Made screen debut at age 10 in "L'Ete prochain"
Had first starring role in "Les Mendiants"
Co-wrote screenplay for "La Desenchantee"
Had international success as leading lady of "Ridicule"
Appeared on Paris stage in production of Edward Albee's "Three Tall Women"
Published first novel, "Point de cote/Stitch on the Side"
Had lead in Sophie Marceau's directorial debut "Talk to Me About Love" (lensed 2001)
Despite beginning her career as a child performer, Judith Godreche was not really well-known to US audiences until Patrice Leconte's "Ridicule" was released in 1996. The film introduced her smoky-eyed, Gallic sensuality to Americans as she essayed the role of Mathilde de Bellegarde, the impetuous proto-feminist who was not clever enough for the aristocracy that survived on barbed wit. The dark-haired beauty first appeared in films as Claudia Cardinale's daughter in "L'Ete prochain" (1982). At age 14, she left school to play her first screen lead in Benoit Jacquot's "Les Mendiants" (1986) and the following year left home for good to pursue a film and theater career. Godreche was a teenager who accompanies her boyfriend's family on vacation with coming-of-age results in "La fille de quinze ans" (1988), and reteamed with Jacquot to co-write the screenplay for and star in "La Desenchantee" (1989), portraying a teenager who encounters a variety of different men and is changed by the experiences. She then played a heroin addict who dreams of a career in TV in "Paris at Dawn" (1991) and was the troublesome half-sister in "Une nouvelle vie" (1993). She won praise for her work as a confused and maladjusted twentysomething in "Grande Petite" (1994). After her international breakthrough, Godreche returned to the stage in the Paris production of Edward Albee's award-winning "Three Tall Women" and made her English-language debut as the leading female role opposite heartthrob Leonardo DiCaprio in the 1998 remake of "The Man in the Iron Mask".
"I just like living day by day. I'm very positive. I'm just waiting for things to happen without expecting too much to happen." --Judith Godreche in USA TODAY, January 3, 1997.
"This is a good way to discover a country, from the window of a limousine." --Godreche in BUZZ, December 1996-January 1997