Miou-Miou Poster


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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 22 February 1950Paris, France
Birth NameSylvette Herry
Height 5' 4½" (1.64 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Miou-Miou was born Sylvette Herry on February 22, 1950, in Paris, France. Her father was a gendarme, her mother was a sales-woman. Young Miou-Miou was selling strawberries helping out at her mother's fruit and vegetable stand at a street market. There she was spotted by actor-director Romain Bouteille, who invited her to work at Cafe de la Gare, a popular Parisian theatre, where Gérard Depardieu and Patrick Dewaere were principal actors. There she began as a cleaning lady, then became a dresser, then an actress. She was nicknamed Miou-Miou by Coluche because she was always nice, quiet, and clean as a kitty.

In 1971, Miou-Miou made her film debut in La vie sentimentale de Georges Le Tueur (1971) (The Sentimental Life of George Le Tueur 1971). At that time she became romantically involved with the fellow actor Patrick Dewaere. Their daughter, named Angele, was born in 1974, but their relationship ended few years later, after their work in several films. Their relationship was portrayed in F comme Fairbanks (1976), and later was documented in _Patrick Dewaere (1992 documentary)_.

Miou-Miou has been an unusual personality in the French cinema. She once refused to take the Cesar Award for Best Actress, which she won for the title role in Memoirs of a French Whore (1979). She explained that refusal citing her belief that artists should not compete against each other. Her career was hardly affected by such a gesture. She was nominated for Cesar nine times. Her better known works were made with Gérard Depardieu in Going Places (1974), This Sweet Sickness (1977), Ménage (1986), and Germinal (1993), an adaptation of the eponymous novel by Émile Zola.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Steve Shelokhonov

Trivia (3)

Had a daughter Jeanne Herry, with her former companion, famous singer Julien Clerc.
Had a daughter, 'Angele Herry-Leclerc', with French actor Patrick Dewaere, in 1974.
Her stage name, "Miou-Miou" means pussycat in French, was given to her by a lover when she was 18.

Personal Quotes (3)

[speaking 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."
In the very first years of my career, I was so little confident in my acting abilities that I couldn't help feeling like a total fraud. I was amazed that no one seemed to realize that. For a long while, I even lived in a constant fear that someone finally did.
I'm not beautiful, and therefore am not on a more distant plateau, and I have a daily-life side to me; people know I have the same problems they do - raising children and so on.

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