French Female Film & Theater Personalities

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 1 Olivia de Havilland

Olivia de Havilland.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 1, 1916
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
Died: July 26, 2020

The veteran actress of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Olivia de Havilland shot to fame with Gone With the Wind and later established her cinematic career with movies like To Each His Own and The Heiress. Her rivalry with her sister and the court battle against a powerful studio also made headlines.

 2 Eva Green

Eva Green.
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Famous As: Model, Actress
Birthdate: July 6, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Paris

French actress, Eva Green, gained instant fame in 2003 with her first film The Dreamers, directed by the eminent Bernardo Bertolucci. Subsequently she went on to act in a number of notable films like Kingdom of Heaven, Casino Royale, Dark Shadows, Home for Peculiar Children, Franklyn, Cracks and Proxima. She has also acted in television series like Penny Dreadful and Luminaries.

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 3 Marion Cotillard

Marion Cotillard.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 30, 1975
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France
Marion Cotillard delivered an Academy Award-winning performance as Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose, becoming the first to win the award for a French-language film. She was appreciated for her iconic role of Joan of Arc on stage. She has promoted Lady Dior bags and Chanel No. 5 fragrance.

 4 Sofia Boutella

Sofia Boutella.
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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: April 3, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bab El Oued, Algiers, Algeria

Algerian-French dancer, actress and model, Sofia Boutella garnered fame with the hugely successful international commercial campaign for Nike. The success paved way for her to become a star dancer with Rihanna and Madonna. Later, she starred in films like StreetDance 2 and Star Trek Beyond. Earlier, she was a part of French national gymnastics team.

 5 Léa Seydoux

Léa Seydoux.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 1, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Passy, Paris

Léa Seydoux is a critically acclaimed French actress who gained international recognition after playing a Bond girl in Spectre. Also known for her modeling career, Seydoux has posed for popular magazines, such as Vogue, L'Officiel, and Numéro. She became the face of Prada's 2013 and 2014 campaign for its fragrances.

 6 Emma Mackey

Emma Mackey.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 4, 1996
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Le Mans

French-British actor Emma Mackey is best known for her portrayal of Maeve Wiley in the Netflix series Sex Education. Some of her upcoming projects include Emily Brontë’s biopic and the thriller Death on the Nile. She has also appeared in the TV projects Badger Lane and Summit Fever.

 7 Marlene Dietrich

Marlene Dietrich.
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Famous As: Actress & Singer
Birthdate: December 27, 1901
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Schöneberg
Died: May 6, 1992
Marlene Dietrich initially performed on stage in Berlin and then shot to fame with The Blue Angel. She continued to rule Hollywood with films such as Morocco, Desire, and Shanghai Express. She helped German and French exiles during World War II. Openly bisexual, she was famous for her androgynous image.
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 8 Olga Kurylenko

Olga Kurylenko.
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Famous As: Actress, Model
Birthdate: November 14, 1979
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Berdiansk, Ukraine

Olga Kurylenko is a Ukrainian-French model and actress. She gained international recognition after playing a Bond girl in the 2008 film Quantum of Solace. Olga Kurylenko serves as an inspiration to many young girls as she overcame her difficult childhood to become the face of popular brands like Clarins and Bebe.

 9 Brigitte Bardot

Brigitte Bardot.
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Famous As: Actress & Animal Rights Activist
Birthdate: September 28, 1934
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France

Brigitte Bardot is a French former singer and actress. One of the most popular sex symbols of the 1950s and 1960s, Bardot remains a major pop culture icon despite quitting the entertainment industry in 1973. Bardot is credited with popularizing the bikini. She also popularized the town of Armação dos Búzios and the city of St. Tropez in Brazil.

 10 Pom Klementieff

Pom Klementieff.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 3, 1986
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Quebec City, Quebec

French actress and model Pom Klementieff is internationally known for her role as Mantis in Marvel Cinematic Universe films. She had a difficult childhood and struggled a lot in her youth. She started acting when she was 19 and appeared in many French films. After establishing herself in French cinema, she made her Hollywood debut in 2013. 

 11 Mélanie Laurent

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

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.

 12 Kristin Scott Thomas

Kristin Scott Thomas
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Famous As: Character actor, Stage actor, Film actor
Birthdate: May 24, 1960
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Redruth

 13 Josephine Baker

Josephine Baker.
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Famous As: Entertainer, Actress, Singer
Birthdate: June 3, 1906
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: April 12, 1975
Nicknamed Black Pearl and Creole Goddess, Josephine Baker was the first Black woman to appear in a motion picture. She was a revue dancer, famous for her signature banana costume. A civil rights activist, she helped the French military during World War II. She adopted 12 children of different ethnicities.

 14 Charlotte Gainsbourg

Charlotte Gainsbourg.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 21, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London

Charlotte Gainsbourg, daughter of French singer Serge Gainsbourg and English actor Jane Birkin, made her singing debut at age 12. She is best known for her César Award-winning roles in La Bûche and An Impudent Girl. Her performance in Antichrist won her an award at the Cannes Film Festival.

 15 Sophie Marceau

Sophie Marceau.
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Famous As: Actress, Screenwriter, Director
Birthdate: November 17, 1966
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris
Sophie Marceau is best known for her César Award-winning performance in the French comedy La Boum 2. She has also appeared in English films such as Braveheart, Firelight, and The World Is Not Enough. She has written a novel, is a trained cellist, and has delivered an award-winning directorial debut.

 16 Élodie Yung

Élodie Yung
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 22, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France

 17 Catherine Deneuve

Catherine Deneuve .
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Famous As: French Actress
Birthdate: October 22, 1943
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France

French actress Catherine Deneuve is considered one of the greatest European actresses. Beginning her career at the age of 12, she gained international prominence with her role in the movie The Umbrellas of Cherbourg. She is a 14-time César Award nominee and the recipient of a David di Donatello award. She is multilingual and speaks fluent French, Italian, and English.

 18 Golshifteh Farahani

Golshifteh Farahani.
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Famous As: Actress, Musician
Birthdate: July 10, 1983
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tehran

Golshifteh Farahani is an Iranian actress renowned for her achievements on the international stage. She is one of the few Iranian actresses to have worked in Hollywood films and many of her films have received international recognition. Farahani has also been advocating for the eradication of tuberculosis in her home country and often gets involved in environmental causes as well.

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 19 Vanessa Paradis

Vanessa Paradis.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 22, 1972
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, France

French singer and actress, Vanessa Paradis, became a celebrity at the age of 14 with the French song Joe le taxi in 1987. She tasted further success with English songs like Be My Baby and many other French songs. She has also acted in several French films and has modelled regularly for high-end fashion products by Chanel like perfume and handbags.

 20 Avril Lavigne

Avril Lavigne.
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 27, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Belleville, Canada

Success came early to Canadian singer and songwriter Avril Lavigne. At fourteen, she performed with Canadian icon, Shania Twain, and at sixteen, bagged a two-album recording contract with Arista Records. Her debut album Let Go released soon, became a huge success, made her a teen idol and earned Grammy Award nominations. With subsequent albums, her popularity has only increased.

 21 Kathie Lee Gifford

Kathie Lee Gifford.
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Famous As: TV Host, Actress
Birthdate: August 16, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris

Kathie Lee Gifford achieved celebrity status by working as a television presenter. She then became a singer-songwriter and author, cementing her place in the entertainment industry. Also known for her charity work, Kathie serves as an ambassador for Childhelp, a non-profit organization working towards preventing child abuse.

 22 Audrey Tautou

Audrey Tautou.
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Famous As: French actress
Birthdate: August 9, 1976
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Beaumont, Puy-de-Dôme, France
French actor Audrey Tautou is best known for her stellar performances in films such as Amelie and The Da Vinci Code. She played Coco Chanel in the biopic Coco Before Chanel. Tautou is also a fashion icon, popularly known as “The Chanel Muse,” and has modeled for top-notch fashion magazines.

 23 Isabelle Adjani

Isabelle Adjani
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Famous As: Film actor, Stage actor, Singer
Birthdate: June 27, 1955
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Gennevilliers

 24 Leslie Caron

Leslie Caron.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 1, 1931
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Boulogne-sur-Seine, France
French-American actor Leslie Caron is best known for her BAFTA-winning roles in The L-Shaped Room and Lili. She has also won a Golden Globe and an Emmy. A seasoned actor, she began her career as a ballerina. She has also been a jury member at various international film festivals.

 25 Emmanuelle Seigner

Emmanuelle Seigner.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 22, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Paris
French actor Emmanuelle Seigner was initially a model. She gained recognition with her roles in films such as The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. She also earned César Award nominations for her roles in Venus in Fur and in Place Vendôme. She is married to legendary film director Roman Polanski.

 26 Isabelle Huppert

Isabelle Huppert
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 16, 1953
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France

 27 Yael Grobglas

Yael Grobglas
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 31, 1984
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France

 28 Clémence Poésy

Clémence Poésy
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 30, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Meudon, Hauts-de-Seine, France

 29 Lindsay Hartley

Lindsay Hartley.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 17, 1978
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Palm Springs, California, USA

Lindsay Hartley won a beauty pageant and was known for her vocal performances and theater work, before gaining fame as Theresa Winthrop in the soap Passions. She played major roles in Days of our Lives and All My Children, too. She later appeared in many Lifetime and Hallmark TV movies.

 30 Angelique Boyer

Angelique Boyer.
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Famous As: Actress, Model
Birthdate: July 4, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Saint-Claude, Jura, France
French-Mexican actor Angelique Boyer is best known for her appearances in telenovelas such as Corazón Salvaje and Rebelde. She was previously part of the band Rabanitos Verdes. She has won awards such as the Premios Juventud and the Premios TVyNovelas. She has also been part of the film J-ok'el.

 31 Maria Schneider

Maria Schneider
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 27, 1952
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: February 3, 2011

 32 Adèle Exarchopoulos

Adèle Exarchopoulos.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 22, 1993
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
French actor Adèle Exarchopoulos is best known for her César Award-winning performance as Adèle in the film Blue Is the Warmest Colour. She became the youngest person ever to win the Palme d'Or at Cannes. She has also been part of series such as R.I.S, police scientifique.

 33 Mathilde Warnier

Mathilde Warnier
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 2, 1991
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rosny-sous-Bois, France

 34 Juliette Binoche

Juliette Binoche.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 9, 1964
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris
French actor Juliette Binoche began her career with stage productions. She soared to fame with her Academy Award-winning role of Hana in The English Patient and her Academy Award-nominated role of Vianne in Chocolat. She has also been a marked political activist and has supported the Cambodian charity Enfants d'Asie.

 35 Soko

Soko
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: October 26, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bordeaux, France

 36 Claudine Longet

Claudine Longet.
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Famous As: Singer, Actress
Birthdate: January 29, 1941
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris
French singer Claudine Georgette Longet gained fame with Billboard-charting singles such as Here, There and Everywhere. She was charged with the murder of her boyfriend, Olympic skier Vladimir 'Spider' Sabich, in 1976 and later convicted of negligent homicide. She has remained away from the media ever since.

 37 Julie Delpy

Julie Delpy
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 21, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France

 38 Bérénice Marlohe

Bérénice Marlohe
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 19, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris, France

 39 Charlotte Le Bon

Charlotte Le Bon.
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Famous As: Actress, TV Host, Model
Birthdate: September 4, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Charlotte Le Bon is an artist and actress. Following in the footsteps of her mother and her stepfather, Charlotte started modeling at the age of 16. She then established herself as a TV presenter and achieved popularity for her work in Le Grand Journal. She then became an actress and received a César Award nomination for her performance in Yves Saint Laurent.

 40 Dalida

Dalida
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 17, 1933
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Shubra, Cairo, Egypt
Died: May 3, 1987

 41 Morgane Polanski

Morgane Polanski.
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Famous As: Actress, Model
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.

 42 Jeanne Moreau

Jeanne Moreau
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 23, 1928
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: July 31, 2017

 43 Sarah Bernhardt

Sarah Bernhardt.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 22, 1844
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: March 26, 1923

Sarah Bernhardt was a French actress known for playing important roles in popular French plays of the early-20th century.  Her decision to play Hamlet inspired Theresa Rebeck's play Bernhardt/Hamlet, in which Janet McTeer portrayed Sarah Bernhardt. In 1960, Bernhardt became the earliest born person to be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 44 Stacy Martin

Stacy Martin
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 20, 1990
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France

 45 Capucine

Capucine
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: January 6, 1928
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Saint-Raphaël, Var, France
Died: March 17, 1990

 46 Carole Bouquet

Carole Bouquet
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 18, 1957
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Neuilly-sur-Seine, France

 47 Camille Rowe

Camille Rowe
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: January 7, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris, France

 48 Stephanie Szostak

Stephanie Szostak
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 5, 1975
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris, France

 49 Emmanuelle Beart

Emmanuelle Beart.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 14, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Gassin, France

Emmanuelle Beart is a French actress best known for her portrayal of Manon in the 1986 period film Manon des Sources, for which she received the prestigious César Award under the Best Supporting Actress category. Apart from being an actress, Beart is also a social activist. She serves as an ambassador for the popular United Nations agency, UNICEF.

 50 Joséphine Jobert

Joséphine Jobert
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 24, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris, France