Miou-Miou

Actor, Apprentice in upholstery shop
This pensive-looking blonde former leading light of the Paris cafe-theater scene has brought poise and intelligence to over 60 screen roles since the 1970s. Despite a comic name bestowed by her stage partner Coluche ... Read more »
Born: 02/21/1950 in Paris, FR

Filmography

Actor (66)

Arrêtez-moi 2013 (Movie)

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Landes 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

Populaire 2013 (Movie)

Madeleine Échard (Actor)

Bienvenue parmi nous 2012 (Movie)

Alice (Actor)

Quand je serai petit 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

Mia and the Migoo 2011 (Movie)

Voice (Actor)

The Concert 2010 (Movie)

Guylène de la Rivière (Actor)

Une Petite Zone de Turbulences 2010 (Movie)

Anne (Actor)

Pour un fils 2009 (Movie)

Catherine (Actor)

Affaire De Famille 2008 (Movie)

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Les Murs porteurs 2008 (Movie)

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The Great Alibi 2008 (Movie)

Elaine (Actor)

Avril 2006 (Movie)

Sister Bernadette (Actor)

Le Heros De La Famille 2006 (Movie)

Simone (Actor)

The Science of Sleep 2006 (Movie)

Christine Miroux (Actor)

L' apres-midi de Monsieur Andesmas 2004 (Movie)

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Mariages! 2004 (Movie)

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Riviera 2004 (Movie)

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Tout va bien, on s'en va 2000 (Movie)

Laure (Actor)

Dry Cleaning 1999 (Movie)

Nicole Kunstler (Actor)

Women 1999 (Movie)

Eva (Actor)

Offside 1998 (Movie)

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The Eighth Day 1997 (Movie)

Julie (Actor)

Little Indian, Big City 1996 (Movie)

Patricia (Actor)

Ma femm me quitte 1995 (Movie)

Joanna Martin (Actor)

Montparnasse - Pondichery 1994 (Movie)

Julie (Actor)

Germinal 1993 (Movie)

Maheude (Actor)

Tango 1993 (Movie)

Marie (Actor)

Le Bal des Casse-Pieds 1992 (Movie)

Louise Sherry (Actor)

Patrick Dewaere 1992 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

La Totale! 1991 (Movie)

Helene Voisin (Actor)

Netchaiev est de Retour 1991 (Movie)

Brigitte (Actor)

May Fools 1990 (Movie)

Camille (Actor)

La Lectrice 1989 (Movie)

Constance/Marie (Actor)

Le Grand embouteillage 1988 (Movie)

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Les Portes tournantes 1988 (Movie)

Lauda (Actor)

Menage 1986 (Movie)

Monique (Actor)

Blanche et Marie 1985 (Movie)

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Canicule 1983 (Movie)

Jessica (Actor)

Entre Nous 1983 (Movie)

Madeleine (Actor)

Le Vol du Sphinx 1983 (Movie)

Laura (Actor)

Guy De Maupassant 1982 (Movie)

Gisele (Actor)

Josepha 1980 (Movie)

Josepha (Actor)

La Gueule du Loup 1980 (Movie)

Marie (Actor)

Est-ce bien raisonnable? 1979 (Movie)

Julie Boucher (Actor)

La Femme Flic 1979 (Movie)

Corinne Levasseur (Actor)

Au revoir, a lundi 1978 (Movie)

Nicole (Actor)

La Derobade 1978 (Movie)

Marie Mage (Actor)

Les Routes du Sud 1977 (Movie)

Julia (Actor)

Tell Him I Love Him 1976 (Movie)

Juliette (Actor)

F comme Fairbanks 1975 (Movie)

Marie (Actor)

Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000 1975 (Movie)

Marie (Actor)

On aura tout vu 1975 (Movie)

Friend (Actor)

D'amour et d'eau fraiche 1974 (Movie)

Rita (Actor)

Going Places 1974 (Movie)

Marie-Ange (Actor)

La Marche Triomphale 1974 (Movie)

Rosanna (Actor)

Pas de Probleme! 1974 (Movie)

Anita (Actor)

Un Genio, Due Compari, Un Pollo 1974 (Movie)

Lucy (Actor)

La Grande Trouille 1973 (Movie)

Girl (Actor)

Lily Aime-Moi 1973 (Movie)

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Les Granges Brulees 1972 (Movie)

Monique (Actor)

Themroc 1972 (Movie)

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Elle Court, Elle Court la Banlieue 1971 (Movie)

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La Cavale 1970 (Movie)

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Biography

This pensive-looking blonde former leading light of the Paris cafe-theater scene has brought poise and intelligence to over 60 screen roles since the 1970s. Despite a comic name bestowed by her stage partner Coluche, Miou-Miou has proven adept at both drama and comedy and has worked with a distinguished roster of international directors including Bertrand Blier, Marco Bellochio, Alain Tanner, Joseph Losey and Diane Kurys.

Acknowledged as something of a rebel, the street smart Miou-Miou was the daughter of a gendarme who began working as a young girl helping out at her mother's fruit and vegetable stand. While laboring as an apprentice at a Paris upholstery shop, Miou-Miou (then Sylvette Herry) met several actors and was invited to join Coluche and Patrick Dewaere at the Cafe de la Gare coffee house theater. (She and Dewaere were a couple and became the parents of a daughter). Quickly established as a stand-out, she made her film debut in "La Cavale" (1971) and had a small role in "Les Adventures de Rabbi Jacob/The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob" (1972) before breaking out in "Les Valseuses/Going Place" (1973), in which she was a petty thief starring alongside the equally unknown Dewaere, Gerard Depardieu and Isabelle Huppert. Miou-Miou's impact was immediate and during the next five years she starred in 15 motion pictures, including one in Canada. In 1979, she played the title role of the prostitute in "La Derobade" and won the Cesar Award for Best Actress, which she refused to accept citing her belief that artists should not compete against one other.

Her career was hardly affected by the gesture, though. Miou-Miou played the title role in "La Femme flic/Lady Cop" (1980) and had the lead in "Josepha" (1982) playing the female half of a writing partnership who marry because they don't want to hurt each other. The next year came the internationally-acclaimed "Coup de foudre/Entre Nous" which teamed her with Huppert as a couple who open a dress shop and fall in love. It launched the career of directory Diane Kurys, earned an Oscar nomination as Best Foreign-Language Film in 1983 and gained a theatrical release in the USA in 1984.

A two-year lull in the quality of Miou-Miou's films was erased by the wicked satire "Tenue de soiree/Menage" (1986) in which she starred with Depardieu and Michel Blanc. She earned a Cesar nomination for "Le Lectrice/The Reader" (1988). Louis Malle cast her against type as a middle-class, materialistic homemaker in "May Fools" (also 1988). Miou-Miou also played the mother of her real-life daughter, Jeanne Herry-LeClerc (the product of her love Her clout helped launch the feminist film "Scenes de menage" (1991) and she was a heroic mother opposite Depardieu in Claude Berri's "Germinal" (1993). In 1996, she won applause at the Cannes Film Festival playing the wife who walks out on Daniel Auteuil in Jaco van Dormael's "Le Huitieme jour/The Eighth Day".

Miou-Miou has also occasionally returned to the stage, principally starring with Sami Frey in "La Musica" (1985) in Paris, and as Hermione in a production of Jean Racine's "Andromaque" in Lyon in 1989. Her work on TV has been sporadic, by she did star in the 1987 adaptation of Emile Zola's "L'Argent" for French TV.

Relationships

Julien Clerc

Companion
had daughter with him

Patrick Dewaere

Companion
Met in the 1960s when both were members of Cafe de la Gare separated c. 1975

Angele Dewaere

Daughter
born 1974 father Patrick Dewaere

Jeanne Herry-Clerc

Daughter
born 1978 father Julien Clerc

Milestones

2006

Cast in Michel Gondry's "The Science of Sleep"

2004

Appeared in "L'après-midi de monsieur Andesmas"

2001

Cast in "Agathe et le grand magasin"

1996

Played wife of Daniel Auteuil in "Le Huitieme jour/The Eighth Day"

1993

Cast opposite Gerard Depardieu in a new production of Emile Zola's "Germinal"

1987

Appeared on French TV in "L'Argent"

1985

Returned to the stage in "La Musica"

1982

Received international recognition for "Coup de fondre/Entre Nous"

1981

Helped develop and starred in "La Gueule du loup"

1978

Shunned the Cesar Award ceremonies after winning for "La Derobade"

1974

Earned place as serious actor after release of "Les Valseuses/Going Places"

1970

Made screen debut, "La Cavale"

1968

Co-founded, with Coluche, "Cafe de la Gare" cafe-theater

Worked at mother's fruit stall

Apprenticed in upholstery workshop

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