Blonde bombshell Françoise Lepine burst onto the French acting scene in 1996 with not only a fit physique, but a sharp sense of humor to boot. Her comedic talent was apparent from her earliest performances in the shorts "Homo Automobilis" and "Zap-Matin," and it didn't take long before her gifts were more prominently showcased. In 1998, she made her feature debut as a member of the press in the comedy "Paparazzi" and the following year she scored a supporting role in the breakaway box office smash "Belle Maman," directed by César Award nominee Gabriel Aghion. The outrageous comedy of errors proved the first collaboration between Lépine and the director, who cast her as an aristocrat's wife in his next film, "Le Libertin." Though not as commercially successful, the raunchy period comedy opened new doors for Lépine. She tried her hand at the fantasy/horror genre in the spirited 2001 epic "Belphégor -- Le Fantôme du Louvre." Continuing to broaden her range and appeal, she took roles as a journalist in the familial drama "Mes Enfants Ne Sont Pas Comme Les Autres" and a duchess in the explosive action adventure flick "Arséne Lupin." In 2006, Lépine reached an international audience with the multilingual romantic comedy "Avenue Montaigne," a worldwide hit for director Daniéle Thompson.