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1. Princess Diana Princess Diana Self, Diary of a Princess Princess Diana was born Diana Frances Spencer on July 1, 1961. Her parents were Edward John and Frances Spencer 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...
2. 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...
3. Marlene Dietrich Marlene Dietrich Soundtrack, Witness for the Prosecution Her father was a police lieutenant and imbued in her a military attitude to life. Marlene was known in school for her "bedroom eyes" and her first affairs were at this stage in her life - a professor at the school was terminated. She entered the cabaret scene in 1920s Germany, first as a spectator then as a cabaret singer...
4. Jean Seberg Jean Seberg Actress, Breathless One month before her 18th birthday, Jean Seberg landed the title role in Otto Preminger's Saint Joan after a much-publicized contest involving some 18,000 hopefuls. The failure of that film and the only moderate success of her next, Bonjour Tristesse, combined to stall Seberg's career, until her role in Jean-Luc Godard's landmark feature...
5. Maria Schneider Maria Schneider Actress, Last Tango in Paris
6. 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...
7. Marcello Mastroianni Marcello Mastroianni Actor, Marcello Mastroianni was born in Fontana Liri, Italy on 28 September 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. 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...
9. 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...
10. Jim Morrison Jim Morrison Soundtrack, Cast Away Jim Morrison was born on December 8, 1943 in Melbourne, Florida. His father was 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, although he claimed in interviews...
11. Lucy Gordon Lucy Gordon Actress, Spider-Man 3
12. Roger Vadim Roger Vadim Writer, Barbarella Roger Vadim was born Roger Vladimir Igorevich Plemyannikov, on January 26, 1928, in Paris, France. Although his father gave him the first name Vladimir, the French law then required a French first name. His father, Igor Nikolaevich Plemyannikov, was a Russian-Ukrainian aristocrat who was born in Kiev...
13. Samuel Beckett Samuel Beckett Writer, Waiting for Godot One of the twentieth century's most original and important writers, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1969, Samuel Beckett was the author of 'Waiting for Godot' (1952), one of the few plays in theatrical history to redefine the possibilities of the medium. Long fascinated by the cinema (especially silent comedies...
14. Eric Rohmer Eric Rohmer Director, My Night with Maud Admirers have always had difficulty explaining Eric 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...
15. Robert Bresson Robert Bresson Writer, A Man Escaped 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...
16. Alain Resnais Alain Resnais Director, Hiroshima Mon Amour
17. Jean-Pierre Melville Jean-Pierre Melville Writer, Le Samurai 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...
18. Jacques Tati Jacques Tati Actor, Mr. 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...
19. Maurice Chevalier Maurice Chevalier Actor, Gigi His heavy French accent, melodic voice and Gallic charm made Maurice Chevalier the prototype of the gallant French monsieur in the American cinema of the 1930s. Before he went to Hollywood he worked as a farmer, circus acrobat, cabaret singer and, starting in 1908, a comical actor in French films, a few times even with the celebrated Max Linder...
20. Oscar Wilde Oscar Wilde Writer, Dorian Gray A gifted poet, playwright and wit, Oscar Wilde was a phenomenon in 19th-century England. He was illustrious for preaching the importance of style in life and art, and of attacking Victorian narrow-mindedness. Wilde was born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1854. He studied at Trinity College in Dublin before leaving the country to study at Oxford University in England when he was in his early 20s...
21. 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...
22. 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.
23. Georges Méliès Georges Méliès Director, An Impossible Voyage Georges Melies, a professional magician by training, first saw the new "moving pictures" in 1895. Little over a year later, Melies was filming and projecting his own creations. By accident, he discovered that he could use stop-motion photography to render trick visual effects. Melies was also the first to use techniques such as the fade-in...
24. Philippe Noiret Philippe Noiret Actor, Il Postino: The Postman 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...
25. Pierre Boulle Pierre Boulle Writer, Rise of the Planet of the Apes
26. Chris Marker Chris Marker Writer, Twelve Monkeys
27. Gérard Philipe Gérard Philipe Actor, Fan-Fan the Tulip In 1940 Gerard left school and his parents wanted him be a lawyer. But soon his mother noticed that he was only interested in acting, although his father was against the idea. After timely intervention from Mark Allégret, who decided he showed some promise, Gerard's debut was in Claude Dauphin's play "One plain girl"...
28. Josephine Baker Josephine Baker Soundtrack, Zouzou Born to Carrie McDonald, a laundress, and Eddie Carson, a musician, Josephine Baker's early life hinted at her future career. She first danced for the public on the streets of St. Louis, Missouri for nickels and dimes. Later, she became a chorus girl on the St. Louis stage. At age 15, she married Pullman porter William Howard Baker...
29. Zoë Lund Zoë Lund Actress, Bad Lieutenant 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...
30. Maria Callas Maria Callas Soundtrack, Philadelphia This volatile opera diva was born in New York City to Greek émigrés in 1923. Her father set up a pharmacy and changed the family name from Kalogeropoulos to Callas. As a child Maria studied the piano. When her parents separated (she was 14 at the time), her mother returned to Athens with Maria and her sister...
31. Serge Gainsbourg Serge Gainsbourg Soundtrack, The Da Vinci Code
32. Jacques Demy Jacques Demy Director, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
33. 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...
34. Henri-Georges Clouzot Henri-Georges Clouzot Writer, Diabolique After a decade as a screenwriter, Clouzot made his directorial debut in 1942. His next film, Le Corbeau: The Raven had the distinction of being banned both by the Nazis and the victorious French forces for differing reasons. He shot to international fame with The Wages of Fear and consolidated that success with Diabolique...
35. Fernandel Fernandel Actor, The Little World of Don Camillo The apocryphal biography of Fernand Contadin 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...
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 engage himself in a village band. In the beginning of 1940 while in the army making music-hall show for the troops...
37. 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- ), his mothere made acting a family affair. All of his siblings -- Jean-Pierre Maurin (1941-1996)...
38. Solveig Dommartin Solveig Dommartin Actress, Wings of Desire
39. Jean Rollin Jean Rollin Director, The Nude Vampire
40. 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...
41. Patrice Chéreau Patrice Chéreau Director, Queen Margot
42. Georges Franju Georges Franju Director, Eyes Without a Face Georges Franju is a figure of immense importance in the history of French cinema, not primarily for his films (exceptional though many of these are) but for being the co-founder, with Henri Langlois, of the Cinematheque Française in 1937--France's most famous and important film archive. He worked primarily as a film archivist until 1949...
43. Arletty Arletty Actress, The Longest Day Before Arlette-Leonie Bathiat went to the movies she was a secretary and had posed several times as a model for different painters and photographers. In 1920 she debuted on stage at a theatre. She only began to work in movies after 1930. After World War II she was condemned to prison for having been the lover of a German official during the ocupation of France...
44. Véra Clouzot Véra Clouzot Actress, Diabolique Married to the film-maker Henri-Georges Clouzot, Vera was directed by her husband in her first film the 1953 thriller The Wages of Fear, in which she appeared alongside Charles Vanel and Yves Montand. In a short film career Clouzot only performed in films directed by Henri-Georges, the most famous of which was undoubtedly the 1955 thriller Diabolique...
45. Claude Berri Claude Berri Writer, Jean de Florette
46. Yves Saint-Laurent Yves Saint-Laurent Costume and Wardrobe Department, The Pink Panther
47. Victor Hugo Victor Hugo Writer, Les Misérables Although Hugo was fascinated by poems from childhood on, he spent some time on the polytechnic university of Paris until he dedicated all his work to literature. He was one of the few authors who were allowed to reach popularity during lifetime and one of the leaders of French romance. After the death...
48. 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...
49. Frédéric Chopin Frédéric Chopin Soundtrack, The Prestige Frédéric François Chopin was born Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin, on March 1, 1810, in Zelazowa Wola, Masovia region, Duchy of Warsaw, Poland. His father, named Mikolaj (Nicolas) Chopin, was a Frenchman who came to Poland from Lorraine, and eventually became professor at Warsaw Lyceum. His mother, named Tekla Justina Krzyzanovska...
50. Dodi Fayed Dodi Fayed Producer, Hook Dodi Fayed, an Egyptian born multimillionaire whose father, Mohamed Al-Fayed, owns the Harrods chain and a Ritz Hotel in Paris.
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