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Bérénice Bejo Poster

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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 7 July 1976Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height 5' 5¾" (1.67 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Actress Bérénice Bejo was born in Buenos Aires, the daughter of Argentinian filmmaker Miguel Bejo. When she was age 3, Bejo's family relocated to Paris, France. She embarked on a successful acting career in the 1990s, with various roles in French television and film productions. She made her American film debut as Christiana in A Knight's Tale (2001), but came to major international recognition with her role as Peppy Miller in the critical and popular hit, The Artist (2011), which was written and directed by her husband, Michel Hazanavicius. The film garnered many major awards and nominations. Bejo herself was nominated as Best Supporting Actress of the year at the Golden Globes, the Screen Actors Guild Awards and the Oscars. She was also nominated as Best Leading Actress at the BAFTA Awards.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (1)

Michel Hazanavicius (? - present) (2 children)

Trade Mark (2)

Often works with Michel Hazanavicius
Energetic and fiery screen persona

Trivia (25)

Daughter of director Miguel Bejo.
Has supported Lionel Jospin's 2002 presidential campaign.
Returned to work 3 months after giving birth to her daughter Gloria to begin filming Populaire (2012).
Grew up in France, Paris.
Gave birth to her first child at age 31, a son Lucien on June 25, 2008. Child's father is her husband, Michel Hazanavicius.
Gave birth to her second child at age 35, a daughter Gloria on September 18, 2011. Child's father is her husband, Michel Hazanavicius.
Sister-in-law of Serge Hazanavicius.
Is one of 12 French actresses to have received an Academy Award nomination. The others in chronological order are: Claudette Colbert, Colette Marchand, Leslie Caron, Simone Signoret, Anouk Aimée, Isabelle Adjani, Marie-Christine Barrault, Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche, Marion Cotillard and Emmanuelle Riva.
Is the second Argentine born actress to be nominated for an Oscar. The first being Norma Aleandro.
She is the host of the 65th Cannes Film Festival.
Her favorite movie is Laura (1944).
She provided the voice of Merida in the French version of Brave (2012).
Her mother, Silvia Bejo, is a lawyer.
She's a big fan of Marilyn Monroe.
She studied karate with Alain Figlarz in preparation for her role in Vertiges: Koan (2002).
She has three younger sisters.
Hobbies include biking, writing, photography and collecting 1920's hats.
She's a fan of The Sopranos (1999).
Some of her favorite directors include Billy Wilder, Otto Preminger, René Clair and Clint Eastwood.
Her parents agreed to call her Bérénice because his father loved the Edgar Allan Poe short story by the same name while her mother, being fond of astronomy, had in mind the Coma Berenice (Berenice's hair) constellation.
Was considered for the role of Rita in Edge of Tomorrow (2014), but Emily Blunt was cast instead.
Michele Placido initially approached her for the leading female role in La scelta (2015).
Twice auditioned for a Bond girl role.
She's the only winner of the Best Actress César to be nominated for the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for the same performance.
Sister of Moira Grassi.

Personal Quotes (5)

[on working with Asghar Farhadi on the set of The Past (2013)] When I say he's bossy... maybe that's not the right world in English. He just directs everything, he's in control of everything. If he controls everything so he has control in the image, then you can do your job. That's why I'm saying he's the boss -- he's making sure your look is the right look for Marie, so he's very controlling of the costume designer, your hair and makeup to help you to look tired. So the only thing you have to do as an actor is say your lines and feel them, that's it. When I say he's the boss, he's just doing his job, which makes you feel more secure, because you don't have to take charge of the telling of the story, he's in charge of that and doing his job as a director.
[on Michel Hazanavicius] Michel changed my life. And I think I changed his life too. Writing the part in The Artist for me, it was a gift. But I think I was really good in the movie, I tried my best. I gave back what he gave me.
I was the one who was more grounded during the [2011-2012] Oscar season. I had just given birth. I knew I was going to lose every award. And that, I think, helped us to stay normal. It's important not to feel too cute. Do you know what I mean? Not to like the image of yourself too much. It's a joke. It's play.
[on the difficulties of acting in a silent movie] I think the approach of the character for us is the same in a silent movie as in a talking movie because we had balance, we had lines to learn. Actually the challenge is more for Michel [Hazanavicius] who has to tell the story without any sounds or dialogue and just images. But, for me, I worked the same. I tried to find a character and how I would be an American actress in the 30s. But if this was a talking movie, I'm sure she would be exactly the same for me.
[on her models for the Peppy Miller character] I connected very much with all the work of Joan Crawford because she started as a flapper. She used to dance and sing and she was very cute. She had something that was so different from what she is at the end of her life and she started in the silent movies and then went into the talkies. I thought the energy she had in the movies was something that Peppy should have. I loved her in Grand Hotel with John Barrymore and the way she would move her body, how she smiled and moved the eyes. She was very much someone I really looked for. And then, Marlene Dietrich for the way there was something so unique about her - the way she entered into a frame and everybody looks at her and the way she winks and looks up. I Googled her and looked at all the ways she winks in movies, the way she poses and takes her time talking. That was something very important to me, I think, in order to find and portray the character accurately. And then, I read Gloria Swanson's autobiography just because I wanted to know what it was like in the time. I think she's an amazing woman and I think Peppy is an amazing woman too. She's very modern and Gloria Swanson had that. I think those three women were very important to my work.

Salary (1)

The Artist (2011) €250,000

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