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Valérie Quennessen Poster

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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 3 December 1957Boulogne-Billancourt, Hauts-de-Seine, France
Date of Death 19 March 1989Saint-Ouen-des-Champs, Eure, France  (car accident)
Birth NameValérie Madeleine Michelle Françoise Drodelot-Quennessen
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Valerie Quennessen became an actress almost by accident. She started out performing as a child as an acrobat. She was very accomplished in this field and won an award at the age of ten. However, she hadn't seriously considered performing for a living. In her late teens, she enrolled in acting classes as therapy, to overcome severe shyness. To her surprise, she found she enjoyed it and her abilities were noted positively by others. So after briefly attending the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts et Techniques du Theatre, she left school to perform full time. She won supporting roles in various projects. Her big break was her role in French Postcards (1979) in 1978. The following year, she completed her studies and traveled to the United States to find roles in Hollywood. She won a role as a princess in Conan the Barbarian (1982), a role she accepted because she had enjoyed fairy tales as a child. She became more familiar to American audiences when she starred in Summer Lovers (1982) with Peter Gallagher and Daryl Hannah. Playing an archaeologist, she dug at an ancient find and, to everyone's surprise, found some real ancient pottery from some 3,500 years ago. The film achieved box office success, in spite of poor reviews. However, afterwards, she left Hollywood to concentrate on her family life.

In 1989, she died in an automobile accident. She was 31 years old.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Dean Bainter

Spouse (1)

François Manceaux (? - ?) (2 children)

Trivia (3)

Enrolled at the Conservatoire National d'Art Dramatique de Paris in 1976 and graduated in 1979.
Allegedly discovered several pieces of 3500 year old pottery on set of Summer Lovers at a real dig site [Akrotiri].
Was born Valérie Madeleine Michelle Françoise Drodelot-Quennessen in Boulogne-Billancourt at 00.30 pm on 12/03/1957.

Personal Quotes (2)

[on her part in Conan the Barbarian] On one level, I realize the basic appeal of my character is her body. But the totality of the Conan film is really much more than that. When I read the script, I thought it was just a matter of sword fighting. But when I read the books, I found they were filled with sorcery, and I liked that very much. I've always loved fairy tales, and I've always believed that just around the corner, magic truly does exist, human magic.
[about acting in English in Summer Lovers] We spoke English in the film, which is not difficult for me. I studied English in school and in Spain. I can think in English as well as French, although I think differently in each language. Every French word has a history for me. Each has many inflections and nuances which I must consider before I use it. English is new. I don't worry about the nuances. I go directly to the idea. I try to communicate with the camera without wasting time on the meaning of the words themselves

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