French Female Directors

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 1 Mélanie Laurent

Mélanie Laurent
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 21, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France

French actor Mélanie Laurent shot to fame with her Étoiles d'Or-winning role in Dikkenek and her César Award-winning performance in Don't Worry, I'm Fine. She made her Hollywood debut with Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, and was also seen in Now You See Me. She has also released a music album.

 2 Morgane Polanski

Morgane Polanski
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 20, 1993
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France

Morgane Polanski is a French-Polish model and actress, best known for her portrayal of Princess Gisla in the historical fantasy drama TV series, Vikings. The daughter of filmmaker Roman Polanski and actress Emmanuelle Seigner, Morgane Polanski followed in the footsteps of her parents to establish herself in the entertainment industry.

 3 Agnes Varda

Agnes Varda
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Famous As: Film Director
Birthdate: May 30, 1928
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ixelles, Brussels, Belgium
Died: March 29, 2019

Agnes Varda was a Belgian-born French film director, screenwriter, and artist. She was a key figure in the development of the French New Wave film movement of the 1950s and 1960s. She often made films addressing women’s issues and other social justice problems. She was honored with an Academy Honorary Award. She was married to director Jacques Demy. 

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 4 Anna Karina

Anna Karina
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 22, 1940
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Solbjerg, Denmark
Died: December 14, 2019

Anna Karina was a Danish-French film actress, singer, and director. She often collaborated with French New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard and appeared in many of his films, including My Life to Live and Bande à part. She set up her own production company in 1972 and made her directorial debut with Vivre ensemble. She was also a published author. 

 5 Maiwenn

Maiwenn
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 17, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Les Lilas, France

Pressured by her mother, actress-cum-filmmaker Maiwenn began her acting career at a very tender age, making her mark with the role of Elle, as a child, in One Deadly Summer. Continuing to perform, she took a hiatus after her marriage, eventually returning to acting, starring in movies like High Tension before venturing into film-direction; she quickly achieved international recognition with Polisse

 6 Ariane Labed

Ariane Labed
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 8, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Athens, Greece

 7 Joséphine de La Baume

Joséphine de La Baume
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 8, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France

Joséphine de La Baume is a French actress, model, film director, and singer. She is credited with founding a rock and garage group called Film Noir in 2018. The group's debut EP Vertiges, which released in 2019, was met with critical success. She is also an important member of an indie band named Singtank

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 8 Cecilia Peck

Cecilia Peck
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Famous As: Film producer
Birthdate: May 1, 1958
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

 9 Laëtitia Eïdo

Laëtitia Eïdo
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 25, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: France

 10 Claire Denis

Claire Denis
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: April 21, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris, France

 11 Judith Godrèche

Judith Godrèche
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 23, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France

 12 Catherine Breillat

Catherine Breillat
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Famous As: Filmmaker
Birthdate: July 13, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bressuire,France

 13 Julia Ducournau

Julia Ducournau
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: November 18, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris, France

 14 Mireille Darc

Mireille Darc
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Famous As: Actor, Model, Director
Birthdate: May 15, 1938
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Toulon

 15 Céline Sciamma

Céline Sciamma
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Famous As: Filmmaker
Birthdate: November 12, 1978
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pontoise, France

 16 Fanny Ardant

Fanny Ardant
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 22, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Saumur, France

 17 Arielle Dombasle

Arielle Dombasle
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 27, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hartford, Connecticut, United States

 18 Aure Atika

Aure Atika
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 12, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Monte Estoril, Portugal
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 19 Delphine Seyrig

Delphine Seyrig
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 10, 1932
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon
Died: October 15, 1990

 20 Maïmouna Doucouré

Maïmouna Doucouré
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: 1985 AD
Birthplace: Paris, France

 21 Alice Guy-Blaché

Alice Guy-Blaché
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: July 1, 1873
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Saint-Mandé, France
Died: March 24, 1968

 22 Mati Diop

Mati Diop
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 22, 1982
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Paris, France

 23 Fanny Sidney

Fanny Sidney
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 5, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France

 24 Mia Hansen-Love

Mia Hansen-Love
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: February 5, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France

 25 Ovidie

Ovidie
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: August 25, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lille, France

 26 Farida Khelfa

Farida Khelfa
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Famous As: Filmmaker
Birthdate: May 23, 1960
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lyon, France

 27 Lucile Hadžihalilović

Lucile Hadžihalilović
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: May 7, 1961
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lyon, France

 28 Alexandra Cousteau

Alexandra Cousteau
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Famous As: Filmmaker
Birthdate: March 21, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Los Angeles County, California, United States

 29 Virginie Despentes

Virginie Despentes
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: June 13, 1969
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Nancy, France

 30 Isabelle Nanty

Isabelle Nanty
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 21, 1962
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Verdun, France

 31 Hafsia Herzi

Hafsia Herzi
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 25, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Manosque, France

 32 Anissa Kate

Anissa Kate
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Famous As: Adult Film Stars
Birthdate: May 7, 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lyon, France

 33 Luàna Bajrami

Luàna Bajrami
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 14, 2001
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kosovo

 34 Deniz Gamze Erguven

Deniz Gamze Erguven
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: June 4, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ankara, Turkey

 35 Celine Cousteau

Celine Cousteau
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: June 6, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles County, California, United States

 36 Lilyan Chauvin

Lilyan Chauvin
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 6, 1925
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: June 26, 2008

 37 Sylvie Testud

Sylvie Testud
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 17, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lyon, France

 38 Isild Le Besco

Isild Le Besco
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 22, 1982
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France

 39 Anne Fontaine

Anne Fontaine
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: July 15, 1959
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Luxembourg, Luxembourg

 40 Sara Forestier

Sara Forestier
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 4, 1986
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

 41 Nicole Garcia

Nicole Garcia
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 22, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Oran, Algeria

 42 Brigitte Sy

Brigitte Sy
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 26, 1956
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France

 43 Emmanuelle Bercot

Emmanuelle Bercot
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 6, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris, France

 44 Cécile Aubry

Cécile Aubry
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 3, 1928
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: July 19, 2010

 45 Anne Le Ny

Anne Le Ny
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 16, 1962
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Antony, Hauts-de-Seine, France

 46 Géraldine Martineau

Géraldine Martineau
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: 1985 AD
Birthplace: Nantes, France

 47 Yaël Boon

Yaël Boon
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 23, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Paris, France

 48 Musidora

Musidora
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 23, 1889
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: December 11, 1957

 49 Marilou Berry

Marilou Berry
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 1, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France

 50 Ariane Mnouchkine

Ariane Mnouchkine
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: March 3, 1939
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Boulogne-sur-Seine, France