Anne Parillaud is a French actress best known for her lead role in the 1990 action thriller film ‘Nikita’. She has acted in over 30 movies till date. Born in Paris, France, she studied ballet and was quite interested in studying law. However, a role she took up during her summer vacation in Michel Lang's ‘Holiday Hotel’ landed her in the showbiz. Since then, Parillaud has been active as an actor and has been featured in both French and American films. Professionally, she is very choosy and likes to play only those roles that touch her heart. This explains why she has appeared in just a few projects till now. Offscreen, the talented actress loves spending time with her kids and friends. She also enjoys dancing. Currently single, Parillaud has been married and divorced twice.
Anne Parillaud made her acting debut in 1978 with the comedy film 'L'Hôtel de la plage' where she appeared in the role of Estelle Delambre. The following year, she starred in 'Écoute voir' along with Catherine Deneuve and Sami Frey. Then in 1980, she featured in Just Jaeckin's 'Girls', a West German, French and Canadian co-production about four teen friends who begin to experience the issues associated with maturing into women.
In 1981, the actress played the role of Charlotte in Alain Delon’s ‘Pour la peau d'un flic’. Also featuring Alain Delon, Daniel Ceccaldi and Jean-Pierre Darras, the film was a hit. This was followed by her role in ‘Le Battant’ which was released in 1983.
Following an appearance in the film ‘Juillet en septembre’, Parillaud was cast as Loredana in ‘Che ora è?’ aka ‘What Time Is It?’ The Italian drama film, directed by Ettore Scola, featured Marcello Mastroianni, Lou Castel and Massimo Troisi in lead roles.
The year 1990 saw Parillaud in her breakthrough role when she played the lead in Luc Besson's action thriller ‘Nikita’. The film focuses on a teen murderer, who, after being sentenced to jail, is given the choice of being killed or to become an assassin. She eventually becomes a professional killer after intense training. ‘Nikita’ earned Parillaud the César Award for Best Actress in 1991.
In 1992, the actress starred in the American crime comedy horror flick ‘Innocent Blood’. A year later, she played Albertine in New Zealand director Vincent Ward’s ‘Map of the Human Heart’. In 1994, she acted in the French drama film ‘À la folie’ alongside actors Béatrice Dalle, Bernard Verley and Patrick Aurignac.
Following a role in the romantic drama war film ‘Frankie Starlight’ in 1995, Parillaud was cast in the movies ‘Passage à l'acte’ and ‘Dead Girl’, both of which released in 1996. Two years later, she featured in ‘The Man in the Iron Mask', a film about four aging musketeers during the reign of King Louis XIV who try to solve the mystery of ‘The Man in the Iron Mask’. In 1998, the actress also had a role in Raúl Ruiz's thriller 'Shattered Image'. She ended the decade with her appearance in the romantic comedy ‘Une pour toutes in 1999’.
The early 2000s saw Parillaud in ‘Sex is Comedy’ which was released in 2002. Two years later, she featured in ‘Deadlines’ and ‘Promised Land’. This was followed by her role in ‘Tout pour plaire’ in 2005. In 2007, she played the role of Anna Sebag in ‘Demandez la permission aux enfants. That year, the actress also featured in ‘Une vieille maîtresse’, a story of a man who falls for a young girl but is unable to leave his former mistress as well.
In 2009 and 2010, Parillaud had roles in the films ‘L'Imbroglio Nel Lenzuolo’, ‘In Their Sleep’ and ‘la marquise des ombres’. In 2012, she starred in the French romantic drama film 'What the Day Owes the Night'.
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Family & Personal Life
Anne Parillaud was born on 6 May 1960, in Paris, France. She once had a three-year relationship with actor cum businessman Alain Delon. Later, she married film director Luc Besson in 1986. The couple had a daughter. Their marriage ended in 1991. In 2005, Parillaud married composer cum record producer Jean Michel Jarre. They parted ways in 2010. The actress also has two sons with producer Mark Allan: Theo and Lou.