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Overview (3)

Born in Dalat, Vietnam
Died in Toulon, Var, France  (swimming pool accident)
Height 5' 2" (1.57 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Marie-France first came to the fore as an actress of the Nouvelle Vague movement in the 1960's. She had spent her early childhood in French Indochina, where her father was employed as colonial governor, but the family moved to Paris when she was twelve. Just five years later, she was spotted by a casting director, who had been tasked by François Truffaut to discover a 'fresh and cheerful' new face for his 32-minute film Antoine and Colette (1962). While finding her feet in the acting profession, Marie-France attended Paris University, eventually attaining degrees in law and political science. By the time, Truffaut cast her again as Colette in the second of two sequels, Love on the Run (1979), she was involved in the writing process of the screenplay herself. Prior to that, she had also co-written the script for Celine and Julie Go Boating (1974), in which she starred herself as an enigmatic governess.

In her private life, she held strong socio/political convictions, outspoken on women's rights and legal abortion, and taking part in student demonstrations in Paris in 1968. On screen, she displayed poise, style and femininity in abundance. She was often well cast as a seductive temptress or as women of mysterious background. She was excellent as Agathe in Surreal Estate (1976), and

  • in the part that won her the prestigious Cesar and led to her brief
sojourn in Hollywood - as Karine in Cousin cousine (1975). Her experience in America did not prove a happy one, though she lent an undeniable touch of glamour to her roles as high fashion designers in the otherwise mediocre miniseries Scruples (1980) and (in the title role) of Chanel Solitaire (1981). More at home in the cinema of her native France, she had a few more worthy roles come her way, notably as Madame Verdurin in Marcel Proust's Time Regained (1999). She also directed two films, the first of which, Le bal du gouverneur (1990), was based on her own novel about childhood experiences in New Caledonia.

Marie-France died tragically as the result of accidental drowning at her villa at Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer, near Toulon, at the age of 66.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: I.S.Mowis

Spouse (2)

Thierry Funck-Brentano (13 June 2009 - 24 April 2011) ( her death) ( 2 children)
Georges Kiejman (22 December 1973 - 13 August 1979) ( divorced)

Trivia (4)

Born and lived in Dalat, Vietnam, where her father was a Colonial Governor.
Her younger brother, Gilles Pisier, is a mathematician.
Mother of Iris Funck-Brentano.
Her acting idols were Delphine Seyrig and Jeanne Moreau.

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