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  • Place of birth : Paris
  • Date of birth : 22/02/1950




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Miou-Miou (1950)

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Miou-Miou is a French actress. In her career she has worked with a number of international directors, including Michel Gondry, Bertrand Blier, Yves Boisset, Claude Berri, Jacques Deray, Michel Deville, Diane Kurys, Radu Mihăileanu, Patrice Leconte, Joseph Losey and Louis Malle.


She was born Sylvette Herry in Paris, France. Her stage name, Miou-Miou , was given to her by a lover when she was 18 and 2 months. She was raised in Paris by her mother, a greengrocer. After studying acting she worked in improvisational theater with Coluche and Patrick Dewaere, joining with them to help found the new comedy theatre Café de la Gare. She made her film debut in La vie sentimentale de Georges Le Tueur and La Cavale .

She showed a mixture of innocence and strength in her roles. In 1973 she appeared in three films, Elle court, elle court la banlieue, Les granges brulées and Les aventures de Rabbi Jacob. Her big break came with Blier's Les Valseuses , released in 1974. After her role in Les valseuses, she began getting leading roles in comedy and drama. Through the 1970s, she had roles in such films as F...Like Fairbanks , Alain Tanner's Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000 , Losey's Roads to the South and La dérobade directed by Daniel Duval, in which she portrayed a young prostitute. She received a César Award for that role. Many of these 1970s films were seen in North America in art-house venues. In 1976 she appeared in one of the last spaghetti westerns, Damiano Damiani's A Genius, Two Friends, and an Idiot.

She is known for her relationships with actor Patrick Dewaere, who is the father of her first child Angèle, and with the singer Julien Clerc, with whom she had a second daughter, Jeanne.

By 2006 she had 70 films to her credit. Through the 1980s she was convincing in such films as La gueule du loup , Guy de Maupassant , Kurys' Entre nous with Isabelle Huppert, Blanche et Marie , Evening Dress , and Deville's La lectrice . She played opposite Lee Marvin in Boisset’s unfortunate Dog Day in 1984.

The 1990s saw her in Louis Malle's May Fools , Deray's thriller Netchaïev is back, the comedy Un indien dans la ville , and The Eighth Day and Dry Cleaning in 1997. She appeared opposite Gerard Depardieu in a new production of Émile Zola's Germinal . By now in her fifties, her film roles have abated, as she also began to appear in theatre. 2001 saw her in Agathe et le grand magasin and in 2004 she appeared in L'après-midi de monsieur Andesmas, among other films.

Miou-Miou does not consider herself a "star". She was quoted as saying in 1989, "I turned down dinner with Mickey Rourke. Because he's a star. To me, a star is inaccessible, mysterious, an impossible dream — and should stay that way. Adjani's a star. Deneuve's a star. Not me."

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