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1. Jean Seberg Jean Seberg Actress, Breathless Jean Dorothy Seberg was born in Marshalltown, Iowa, to Dorothy Arline (Benson), a substitute teacher, and Edward Waldemar Seberg, a pharmacist. Her father was of Swedish descent and her mother was of English and German ancestry. One month before her eighteenth birthday, Jean landed the title role in Otto Preminger's Saint Joan after a much-publicized contest involving some 18,000 hopefuls...
2. Romy Schneider Romy Schneider Actress, Sissi Romy Schneider was born on 23 September 1938 in Vienna, Austria into a family of actors. Making her film debut at the age of 15, her breakthrough came two years later in the very popular trilogy Sissi. Her mother, supervising her daughter's career, immediately approved Romy's participation in Christine...
3. Andrei Tarkovsky Andrei Tarkovsky Writer, Solaris The most famous Soviet film-maker since Sergei M. Eisenstein, Andrei Tarkovsky (the son of noted poet Arseniy Tarkovsky) studied music and Arabic in Moscow before enrolling in the Soviet film school V.G.I.K. He shot to international attention with his first feature, Ivan's Childhood, which won the top prize at the Venice Film Festival...
4. André the Giant André the Giant Actor, The Princess Bride When Andre The Giant challenged Hulk Hogan for the WWF World's Heavyweight Wrestling Championship of The World at WrestleMania III in 1987, he hadn't lost a single's match since 1971. His 3,000 plus winning streak was ended when Hogan picked up the 7 foot tall and 500 pound Giant and body slammed him for the pin...
5. Marlene Dietrich Marlene Dietrich Actress, Witness for the Prosecution Marie Magdelene Dietrich von Losch (aka Marlene) was born in Berlin, Germany on December 27, 1901. Her father was an army officer who had served in the Franco-Prussian War. Because of his constant absences from the family due to his army duties, Marlene and the rest had to rely on themselves. When he died...
6. Delphine Seyrig Delphine Seyrig Actress, Last Year at Marienbad Delphine was born in Beirut on the 10th April 1932 into an intellectual Protestant family. Her Alsatian father, Henri Seyrig, was the director of the Archaeological Institute and later France's cultural attaché in New York during World War Two. Her Swiss mother, Hermine De Saussure, was an adept of Rousseau's theories...
7. Marcello Mastroianni Marcello Mastroianni Actor, Marcello Mastroianni was born in Fontana Liri, Italy in 1924, but soon his family moved to Turin and then Rome. During WW2 he was sent to a German prison camp, but he managed to escape and hide in Venice. He debuted in films as an extra in Marionette, then started working for the Italian department of "Eagle Lion Films" in Rome and joined a drama club...
8. Maria Schneider Maria Schneider Actress, Ultimo tango a Parigi
9. Roger Vadim Roger Vadim Writer, Barbarella
10. Princess Diana Princess Diana Self, The Royal Wedding Princess Diana was born Diana Frances Spencer on July 1, 1961. Her parents were Edward John Spencer and Frances Ruth Burke Roche, Viscount and Viscountess Althorp, later Earl and Countess Spencer. When she was 6 her parents split up and her mother got married to Peter Shand Kydd. Diana lived with her father her two older sisters and her younger brother Charles...
11. Lucy Gordon Lucy Gordon Actress, Spider-Man 3
12. Emmanuelle Riva Emmanuelle Riva Actress, Amour An only child, Emmanuelle was born Paulette Germaine Riva in Cheniménil, but eventually grew up in Remiremont. Her mother, Jeanne Fernande Nourdin, was a seamstress. Her father, René Alfred [Alfredo] Riva, was a sign writer. Her paternal grandfather was Italian. She dreamed of becoming an actress since she was six...
13. Abbas Kiarostami Abbas Kiarostami Director, Certified Copy Abbas Kiarostami was born in Tehran, Iran, in 1940. He graduated from university with a degree in fine arts before starting work as a graphic designer. He then joined the Center for Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults, where he started a film section, and this started his career as a filmmaker at the age of 30...
14. Robert Bresson Robert Bresson Writer, Un condamné à mort s'est échappé ou Le vent souffle où il veut Robert Bresson trained as a painter before moving into films as a screenwriter, making a short film (atypically a comedy), Public Affairs in 1934. After spending more than a year as a German POW during World War II, he made his debut with Angels of Sin in 1943. His next film, Les dames du Bois de Boulogne would be the last time he would work with professional actors...
15. Éric Rohmer Éric Rohmer Director, My Night at Maud's Admirers have always had difficulty explaining Éric Rohmer's "Je ne sais quoi." Part of the challenge stems from the fact that, despite his place in French Nouvelle Vague (i.e., New Wave), his work is unlike that of his colleagues. While this may be due to the auteur's unwillingness to conform, some have argued convincingly that...
16. Jean-Pierre Melville Jean-Pierre Melville Writer, Le Samouraï The name "Melville" is not immediately associated with film. It conjures up images of white whales and crackbrained captains, of naysaying notaries and soup-spilling sailors. It is the countersign to a realm of men and their deeds, both heroic and villainous. It is the American novel, with its Ishmaels and its Claggarts a challenge to the European canon...
17. Jacques Tati Jacques Tati Writer, Monsieur Hulot's Holiday The comic genius Jacques Tati was born Taticheff, descended from a noble Russian family. His grandfather, Count Dimitri, had been a general in the Imperial Army and had served as military attaché to the Russian Embassy in Paris. His father, Emmanuel Taticheff, was a well-to-do picture framer who conducted his business in the fashionable Rue de Castellane and had taken a Dutch-Italian woman...
18. Philippe Noiret Philippe Noiret Actor, Il Postino Philippe Noiret was one of French cinema's most familiar faces who appeared in more than 140 films in a career that spanned more than half a century. He was born on October 1, 1930, in Lille, Nord, France, into a middle class family of shopkeepers. His father was fond of literature. Young Noiret attended the College Janson-of-Sally in the 16th arrondissement in Paris...
19. Pierre Boulle Pierre Boulle Writer, Rise of the Planet of the Apes Pierre Boulle was a French novelist best known for two works, The Bridge over the River Kwai (1952) and Planet of the Apes (1963), that were both made into award-winning films. He was an engineer serving as a secret agent with the Free French in Singapore, when he was captured and subjected to two years' forced labor...
20. Zoë Lund Zoë Lund Actress, Ms .45 Zoe Lund was born Zoe Tamerlis to a Swedish mother and Romanian father on February 9, 1962 in New York City. She was an accomplished composer/musician and devout political activist at an early age. In 1981 at age 19, Lund gave a stunning performance as Thana, a mousy, mute garment worker and rape victim...
21. Claude Chabrol Claude Chabrol Director, La Cérémonie French film director considered a master in the mystery genre. He is credited with starting the "nouvelle vague" French film movement.
22. Jean-Pierre Cassel Jean-Pierre Cassel Actor, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly He made his movie debut at the invitation of Gene Kelly, who cast Cassel in the 1956 Paris-filmed seriocomedy The Happy Road. At least, that's what the press releases claimed; actually, the tall, elastic-faced Cassel had been plugging away in films on a minor basis since 1950. Shortly after, Cassel was perfectly cast in the naif title role in the 1958 film version of Voltaire's Candide...
23. Simone Simon Simone Simon Actress, Cat People Diminutive, fiery-tempered Simone Simon was born in France, but spent much of her early childhood in Madagascar, where her father managed a graphite mine. Her schooling was somewhat unsettled, her family moving from city to city (Berlin, Budapest, Turin) before finally establishing themselves in Paris in 1930...
24. Rudolf Nureyev Rudolf Nureyev Self, I Am a Dancer He was an ethnic Tatar. He was educated at the Leningrad Ballet School and starred with Kirov Ballet. His first film was a USSR short Le Corsaire (1958). While performing in Paris in 1961 he defected to the West. He then performed internationally, becoming an Austrian citizen in 1982. The English/French documentary I Am a Dancer...
25. Maria Montez Maria Montez Actress, Arabian Nights In a world weary of war and dispirited by the ravages of the Great Depression, Hollywood at the turn of the 1940's concocted a wildly popular, effective lot of escapist fare (though often cheaply made) to regale the sick at heart worldwide. Universal Pictures, more often than not, led in producing such films...
26. Georges Méliès Georges Méliès Director, A Trip to the Moon Georges Méliès was a French illusionist and film director famous for leading many technical and narrative developments in the earliest days of cinema. Méliès was an especially prolific innovator in the use of special effects, popularizing such techniques as substitution splices, multiple exposures, time-lapse photography, dissolves, and hand-painted color...
27. Olga Georges-Picot Olga Georges-Picot Actress, The Day of the Jackal
28. Jim Morrison Jim Morrison Soundtrack, Forrest Gump Jim Morrison was born on December 8, 1943 in Melbourne, Florida, to Clara Virginia (Clarke) and George Stephen Morrison, a U.S. Naval Officer who fought in World War II. Jim eventually became so estranged from his parents that he would later claim that they were dead. Not much is known about his early years...
29. Maurice Chevalier Maurice Chevalier Soundtrack, EuroTrip Maurice Chevalier's first working job was as an acrobat, until a serious accident ended that career. He turned his talents to singing and acting, and made several short films in France. During World War I he enlisted in the French army. He was wounded in battle, captured and placed in a POW camp by the Germans...
30. Jacques Demy Jacques Demy Director, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
31. Annie Girardot Annie Girardot Actress, The Piano Teacher Over the course of a five-decade career, she starred in nearly 150 films. She is a three-time César Award winner (1977, 1996, 2002), a two-time Molière Award winner, a BAFTA nominee, and a recipient of several international prizes including the Volpi Cup (Best actress) at the 1965 Venice Film Festival for Three Rooms in Manhattan...
32. Alain Resnais Alain Resnais Director, Hiroshima Mon Amour
33. Serge Gainsbourg Serge Gainsbourg Soundtrack, The Da Vinci Code
34. Maurice Ronet Maurice Ronet Actor, Elevator to the Gallows
35. Josephine Baker Josephine Baker Self, La revue des revues Josephine Baker was born Freda Josephine McDonald in St. Louis, MO, in 1906 to Carrie McDonald, a laundress, and Eddie Carson, a musician. Her early life hinted at her future career. She first danced for the public on the streets of St. Louis for nickels and dimes. Later she became a chorus girl on the St...
36. Bourvil Bourvil Actor, The Longest Day At the age of three, André Zacharie Raimbourg and his family moved to a town in the region of Normandy called Bourville. He finished school at the age of 15 and began to work as a baker. He was already playing harmonica, mandoline and cornet when he engaged himself in a village band. In the beginning of 1940 while in the army making music-hall show for the troops...
37. Chantal Akerman Chantal Akerman Director, Un divan à New York
38. Chris Marker Chris Marker Writer, Twelve Monkeys
39. Walerian Borowczyk Walerian Borowczyk Director, Emmanuelle 5 Born in Kwilcz, Poland, Walerian Borowczyk trained as a painter and lithographer, winning Poland's National Prize in 1953. He began his film career as a film poster designer, then started making short animated films in the late 1950s. Moving to France in the early 1960s, he gained a reputation as a leading animator before switching to live-action features...
40. Henri-Georges Clouzot Henri-Georges Clouzot Writer, Diabolique Beginning his film career as a screenwriter, Henri-Georges Clouzot switched over to directing and in 1943 had the distinction of having his film Le Corbeau banned by both the German forces occupying France and the Free French forces fighting them, but for different reasons. He shot to international fame with The Wages of Fear and consolidated that success with Diabolique...
41. Gérard Blain Gérard Blain Actor, The American Friend
42. Patrick Dewaere Patrick Dewaere Actor, Beau Pere Popular but troubled renegade French actor Patrick Dewaere was christened Jean-Marie Patrick Bourdeaux on January 26, 1947, at Saint-Brieuc in Britanny in the north-west region of France. The third of six children born to actress Mado Maurin (1915-2011), his mothere made acting a family affair. All of his siblings -- Jean-Pierre Maurin (1941-1996)...
43. Arletty Arletty Actress, The Longest Day On leaving school, Arletty worked in a factory before becoming a model. She made her music-hall debut in 1918 and continued to appear on the stage until the early 1930's. Arletty rarely received top billing although she outshone the lead actors in most of her films, notably the popular classics Hotel du Nord and Le Jour se Leve...
44. Pierre Brice Pierre Brice Actor, Winnetou Pierre Brice was born on 6 February 1929 in Brest, France. After enlisting as volunteer to the French Army and fighting in Indochina, he attended acting lessons and got a first small role in Ça va barder. In 1962, the German producer Horst Wendlandt searched for an actor who should play the Native...
45. Françoise Prévost Françoise Prévost Actress, Spirits of the Dead
46. Jacques Becker Jacques Becker Writer, Le Trou His interest in films was stimulated by a meeting with King Vidor, who offered him employment in the US as actor and assistant director. However, he remained in France and became assistant to Jean Renoir, a friend of the family, during that director's peak period (1932-39). In 1934 he ventured briefly into independent production...
47. Patrice Chéreau Patrice Chéreau Director, Queen Margot
48. Solveig Dommartin Solveig Dommartin Actress, Wings of Desire
49. Marcel Dalio Marcel Dalio Actor, Sabrina Sunday, November the 20th is the anniversary of Marcel Dalio's death in 1983. It was the end of a serendipitous life. You know him. He was a citizen of the world. Born Israel Moshe Blauschild, in Paris, in 1900, he became a much sought-after character actor. His lovely animated face with its great expressive eyes became familiar across Europe...
50. Fernandel Fernandel Actor, The Little World of Don Camillo The apocryphal biography of Fernand Contandin tells the invention of his artistic name Fernandel by his sister-in-law ("Voici le Fernand d'elles"). At the beginning of the thirties he became a typical actor of the comedy genre: popular, common, likable and with a concealed grain of drama. Marc Allégret was the director of his first successful film La meilleure bobonne...
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