Carole Bouquet Bio - Biography

Name Carole Bouquet
Height 5' 8"
Naionality Franch
Date of Birth 18 August 1957
Place of Birth Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
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A graduate from the Paris Conservatory, Carole Bouquet made her miniseries debut with a bit part in the French-made “Famille Cigale, La” in 1977, followed by a role in the TV film Rebelles, Les, that same year. Her first major break, however, arrived when she was cast as Conchita, a title character she shared with Ángela Molina, in writer/director Luis Buñuel’s That Obscure Object of Desire (1977). Two years later, she was seen acting with her future companion, French actor Gérard Depardieu, in the black comedy Buffet Froid/ Cold Cuts, written and helmed by Bertrand Blier.

After a starring role in the musical Blank Generation (1980), Bouquet attracted the interest of both American and international audiences with her role of Bond girl Melina Havelock in For Your Eyes Only (1981), with Roger Moore. Despite the worldwide exposure, Bouquet concentrated on feature work in her native France and starred in a number of foreign productions, most notably Day Of The Idiots (1982), Bingo Bongo (1982), Murder Near Perfect (1983) and Right Bank, Left Bank (1984, earned a César nod for Best Supporting Actress). She did not appear in another American film until Francis Ford Coppola’s segment of
New York Stories (1989), where she made a cameo appearance as Princess Soroya, opposite Woody Allen.

Also in 1989, Bouquet gave a memorable portrayal of Florence Barthélémy/La voisine de Colette, the undesired wife in Bertrand Blier’s highly successful Too Beautiful for You, reuniting with Gérard Depardieu. For her effort, she was handed a César for Best Actress in 1990.

Throughout the ‘90s, Bouquet enjoyed international triumph as the model for Chanel No. 5 perfume. In the meantime, she continued to star in many French pictures. Among her works were portraying a character named Carole Bouquet in Michel Blanc’s comedy Dead Tired/Grosse Fatigue (1994, released in the USA in 1995), replacing Juliette Binoche in the title role of Claude Berri’s historical drama Lucie Aubrac (1997, opposite Daniel Auteuil) as well as starring opposite off-screen companion Gerard Depardieu in Un Pont entre deux rives/A Birdge Between Two Shores (1999), in which Depardieu also served as co-director.

Bouquet kept on herself busy in the new millennium by starring in such films as Pique-nique de Lulu Kreutz, Le (2000), Bérénice (2000, TV), Madame de... (2001, TV) as well as the impressive French comedies Wasabi (2001, along side Jean Reno) and Embrassez qui vous voudrez/ Summer Things (2002, opposite Charlotte Rampling). Her next projects, Blanche (2002) and Ruy Blas (2002, TV), saw the actress again team up with Gerard Depardieu.

2003-2005 found roles in films like the comedy Bienvenue chez les Rozes (2003), the drama/thriller Feux rouges (2004, costarred with Jean-Pierre Darroussin), Fautes d'orthographe, Les/ Bad Spelling (2004), the comedy Travaux, on sait quand ça commence/ Housewarming (2005, starred as Chantal Letellier) and Danis Tanovic’s Enfer, L’/ Hell (2005), screened at Toronto International Film Festival. In 2005, Bouquet also nabbed a Stockholm Film Festival for Best Actress after playing the role of Hélène in the Juan Diego Solanas-directed drama Nordeste. She shared the award with her costar, actress Aymará Rovera.

Recently, the 49-year-old player made a guest appearance in one episode of television series “Nuit des Césars, La,” playing La présidente des Césars. Additionally, she costarred in films Aurore (2006), with Margaux Châtelier and François Berléand, and the crime/thriller Un ami parfait (2006), opposite Antoine de Caunes and Jean-Pierre Lorit.

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