Famous Swiss Film & Theater Personalities

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Ursula Andress
(Swis Actress Best Known for Her Role of Bond Girl 'Honey Ryder' in the Film 'Dr.No')
Ursula Andress
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Birthdate: March 19, 1936
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ostermundigen, Switzerland

Swiss actress, yesteryear model and sex symbol Ursula Andress gained attention playing Honey Ryder, widely regarded as the first Bond girl, in the first James Bond film titled Dr. No. In the ensuing years, she bolstered her career starring in films like The Southern Star, Clash of the Titans, and particularly as Vesper Lynd in spy parody film Casino Royale.    

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Jean-Luc Godard
(Film Director and a Pioneer of the 1960s 'French New Wave' Film Movement)
Jean-Luc Godard
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Birthdate: December 3, 1930
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: September 13, 2022

The Paris-born French-Swiss director and screenwriter had the reputation of adding new dimensions to filmmaking with his experimentation, a trend which came to be known as the French New Wave. The director of acclaimed films like Breathless, My Life to Live and Pierrot le Fou, Jean-Luc Godard was married to actress Anna Karina. He is regarded as an all-time great director.

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Kate Burton
(Best Known for Her Portrayal of Ellis Grey in the Popular Medical Drama Television Series, 'Grey's Anatomy')
Kate Burton
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Birthdate: September 10, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Geneva

Kate Burton is an American actress best known for her portrayal of Ellis Grey in the popular medical drama television series, Grey's Anatomy. The daughter of famous actors, Sybil Christopher and Richard Burton, Kate is also renowned for her stage work and has received three Tony Award nominations so far. 

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Sean Hepburn Ferrer
(Film Producer)
Sean Hepburn Ferrer
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Birthdate: July 17, 1960
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lucerne

Sean Hepburn Ferrer is an American author and film producer who has worked on films, such as Inchon and Blood In Blood Out. Also known for his charity work, Sean established the Audrey Hepburn Children's Fund a year after Audrey Hepburn's death. In 2020, he published a children's book, with the proceeds benefitting the European Organisation for Rare Diseases.

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Bruno Ganz
(Swiss Stage, Television, and Film Actor)
Bruno Ganz
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Birthdate: March 22, 1941
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Zürich, Switzerland
Died: February 16, 2019

Bruno Ganz was a Swiss actor best remembered for his collaborations with acclaimed directors like Francis Ford Coppola, Werner Herzog, and Wim Wenders. Ganz achieved immense popularity for his performance in movies like The American Friend and Nosferatu the Vampyre. Bruno Ganz was the recipient of several prestigious awards such as the Swiss Film Prize and the European Film Award.

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Maximilian Schell
(Actor Best Known for His Film "Judgment at Nuremberg")
Maximilian Schell
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Birthdate: December 8, 1930
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: February 1, 2014

Maximilian Schell was an Austrian-born Swiss actor who won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Hans Rolfe in the 1961 courtroom drama film, Judgment at Nuremberg. Remembered for his versatility, Schell received the Golden Globe Award for playing Vladimir Lenin in the 1992 TV film, Stalin. A multi-talented personality, Schell was also an accomplished conductor and pianist.

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Sofia Milos
(Swiss-Born Actress Known for Her Role as ‘Yelina Salas’ in the TV Series ‘CSI: Miami’)
Sofia Milos
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Birthdate: September 27, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Zurich, Switzerland

Sofia Milos is an Italian Greek actress and model best known for her portrayal of Yelina Salas in the popular American police procedural TV series, CSI: Miami. Before establishing herself as an actress, Milos entered several beauty pageants, winning provincial, regional, and national contests.

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Carla Juri
(Actress)
Carla Juri
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Birthdate: January 2, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Locarno, Switzerland

Carla Juri is a Swiss actress best known for her role in the biographical film Paula. She studied theater in London and Los Angeles and traveled across Berlin, London, and Rome to find jobs early in her career. She started acting professionally in the mid-2000s and has since appeared in many critically acclaimed films and TV shows. 

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Aomi Muyock
(Swiss Actress Who is Known for Her Portrayal of 'Electra' in the Erotic Drama Art Film, 'Love')
Aomi Muyock
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Birthdate: January 14, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ticino, Switzerland

Aomi Muyock is a Swiss actress who is renowned for her portrayal of Electra in the 2015 erotic drama art film, Love. The film achieved fame and notoriety for its unsimulated and often unchoreographed sex scenes. In addition to appearing in films, Aomi Muyock also pursues her interest in arts. 

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Daniel Bernhardt
(Swiss Actor, Model, and Martial Artist Best Known for His Role as ‘Kirill’ in ‘John Wick')
Daniel Bernhardt
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Birthdate: August 31, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Worblaufen, Switzerland

While he initially studied architectural design, Daniel Bernhardt also co-owned a martial arts center with his brother. He later worked as a model in Paris, before stepping into films. Known for his roles in action films such as the Bloodsport franchise, he was later seen as Agent Johnson in The Matrix Reloaded.

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Ma Anand Sheela
(Indian-Swiss Woman Who Served as the Secretary of Osho Rajneesh from 1981 to 1985)
Ma Anand Sheela
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Birthdate: December 28, 1949
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Vadodara

Ma Anand Sheela is an Indian-Swiss woman best known for her involvement with the Osho movement, serving as the spokesperson of the movement and as the secretary of Rajneesh from 1981 to 1985. Sheela also managed the famous Rajneeshpuram ashram. In 1986, Ma Anand Sheela was imprisoned for attempted murder and for her hand in the 1984 Rajneeshee bioterror attack.

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Jake Canuso
(Swiss Stage, Television, and Film Actor)
Jake Canuso
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Birthdate: January 13, 1970
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Zurich, Switzerland

Jake Canuso is a Swiss actor best known for his portrayal of Mateo Castellanos in the comedy TV series, Benidorm. Canuso is also known for playing Tony Peroni in another comedy TV series titled Scarborough. Apart from appearing on TV, films, and stage, Jake Canuso has also appeared on music videos of popular artists like Spice Girls and Kylie Minogue.

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Anthony Radziwiłł
(Swiss-born American Filmmaker and Television Executive)
Anthony Radziwiłł
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Birthdate: August 4, 1959
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lausanne, Switzerland
Died: August 10, 1999

Anthony Radziwill was a Swiss-born American filmmaker and television executive. The son of Polish Prince Stanisław Albrecht Radziwiłł and socialite Lee Radziwiłł, Anthony started his career as a television producer, winning the prestigious Peabody Award in 1990 for his investigation on the revival of Nazism in the US. Anthony Radziwill died at the age of 40 due to cancer.

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Irène Jacob
(French-Swiss Actress Best Known for Her Collaboration with Polish Filmmaker Krzysztof Kieślowski)
Irène Jacob
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Birthdate: July 15, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Suresnes, France

Irène Jacob is a French-Swiss actress best known for her collaboration with Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Kieślowski. In 1991, she won the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival for the Kieślowski movie, The Double Life of Veronique. The following year, Irène Jacob received a César Award nomination under the Best Actress category for the film. 

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Marc Forster
(Swiss Filmmaker)
Marc Forster
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Birthdate: November 30, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Illertissen, Germany

Marc Forster is a Swiss filmmaker best known for directing popular and critically acclaimed films like Monster's Ball, Stranger than Fiction, Quantum of Solace, and The Kite Runner. Over the course of his career, Marc Forster has received nominations for prestigious awards like the BAFTA Award for Best Direction and Golden Globe Award for Best Director. 

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Baran bo Odar
(German Television and Film Director and Screenwriter)
Baran bo Odar
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Birthdate: April 18, 1978
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Olten, Switzerland

Baran bo Odar is a German screenwriter and film and television director. He is best known for directing the 2014 German techno-thriller film Who Am I, which received a German Film Award nomination for Best Screenplay and Best Fiction Feature Film in 2015. Baran bo Odar has also directed popular TV series like Dark and 1899. 

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Robert Frank
(Photographer)
Robert Frank
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Birthdate: November 9, 1924
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Zürich, Switzerland
Died: September 9, 2019

Robert Frank was a Swiss documentary filmmaker and photographer best remembered for his photographic book The Americans which earned him comparisons with the likes of Tocqueville. An acclaimed photographer, Robert Frank won many prestigious awards, such as Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography in 1996 and the Edward MacDowell Medal in 2002.

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Melia Kreiling
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Birthdate: October 6, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
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Marthe Keller
(Swiss Actress and Opera Director)
Marthe Keller
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Birthdate: January 28, 1945
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Basel, Switzerland

Marthe Keller is a Swiss actress best known for her portrayal of Elsa Opel in the 1976 film Marathon Man, for which she received a Golden Globe Award nomination under the Best Supporting Actress category. Marthe Keller is also renowned for her theater and opera work. She made her debut as an opera director with Dialogues des Carmélites in 1999.

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Gustav Knuth
(German Actor)
Gustav Knuth
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Birthdate: July 7, 1901
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Braunschweig, Germany
Died: February 1, 1987

Gustav Knuth was a German actor who appeared in over 120 movies between 1935 and 1982. Some of his best-known films include My Daughter and I, You Don't Shoot at Angels, and That Can Happen to Anyone. Gustav Knuth also played an important role in the TV series Alle meine Tiere.

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Vincent Perez
(Swiss Actor, Photographer, and Director)
Vincent Perez
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Birthdate: June 10, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lausanne, Switzerland

Vincent Perez is a Swiss actor, photographer, and director. He is best known for playing important roles in films like The Crow: City of Angels and Queen of the Damned. Vincent Perez has also played prominent roles in many French films, receiving César Award nominations on a couple of occasions.

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Marie Laforêt
(French Singer and Actress)
Marie Laforêt
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Birthdate: October 5, 1939
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Soulac-sur-Mer, France
Died: November 2, 2019
French singer-actor Marie Laforêt had lost the ability to speak for a while after being raped by a neighbor at age 3. The Girl with Golden Eyes, Laforêt was famous for her drama-laced singing and films such as Rat Trap. She later moved to Switzerland and launched an art gallery.
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Noemie Schmidt
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Birthdate: November 18, 1990
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sion, Switzerland
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Anatole Taubman
(Swiss Actor Best Known for His Performance in the Movie 'Quantum of Solace')
Anatole Taubman
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Birthdate: December 23, 1970
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Zürich, Switzerland

Anatole Taubman is a Swiss actor best known for his portrayal of Elvis in the 2008 spy film, Quantum of Solace. He has also played important roles in other popular films like Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky, Northmen: A Viking Saga, and The Circle.

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Ella Rumpf
(Actress)
Ella Rumpf
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Birthdate: February 4, 1995
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
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Sandra Hess
(Actress)
Sandra Hess
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Birthdate: March 27, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Zurich, Switzerland
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Luna Wedler
(Film actress)
Luna Wedler
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Birthdate: October 26, 1999
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Zürich, Switzerland
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Maya Stojan
(Actress)
Maya Stojan
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Birthdate: June 28, 1986
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
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Li Tobler
(Actress, Model)
Li Tobler
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Birthdate: November 30, 1948
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Switzerland
Died: May 19, 1975
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David Bennent
(Swiss Actor)
David Bennent
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Birthdate: September 9, 1966
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lausanne, Switzerland

David Bennent is a Swiss actor who made his film acting debut in 1979 with the controversial film The Tin Drum. The movie attracted criticisms as an 11-year-old Bennent was shown in sex scenes. Since then, Bennent has appeared in several other films such as Legend and Happy as Lazzaro. David Bennent has also appeared in plays like Michael Kramer.

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Michelle Hunziker
(Television Presenter and Former Model)
Michelle Hunziker
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Birthdate: January 24, 1977
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sorengo, Switzerland

Michelle Hunziker is a Swiss-Italian model, actress, and television hostess. After starting her career as a model by posing for brands, such as Armani, La Perla, and Rocco Barocco, Hunziker established herself as a TV personality, hosting popular shows like Paperissima Sprint and Colpo di Fulmine. Over the years, she has also acted in films and TV series.

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César Ritz
(Entrepreneur)
César Ritz
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Birthdate: February 23, 1850
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Niederwald
Died: October 26, 1918
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Katharina Bohm
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Birthdate: November 20, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sorengo, Switzerland
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Nabilla Benattia
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Birthdate: February 5, 1992
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ambilly, France
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Miriam Stein
(Austrian-Swiss Actress)
Miriam Stein
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Birthdate: May 10, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
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Joel Basman
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Birthdate: January 23, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Zurich, Switzerland

Joel Basman is a Swiss actor. He began his career as a teenager with a role in the weekly soap opera Lüthi und Blanc. A few years later, he gained much fame for playing an autistic boy in the film Jimmie. While pursuing his acting career, he also completed his training at the European Film Actor School.  

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Pipilotti Rist
(Swiss Visual Artist Best Known for Her Video Art and Installation Art)
Pipilotti Rist
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Birthdate: June 21, 1962
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Grabs, Switzerland

Pipilotti Rist is a Swiss visual artist renowned for producing experimental installation art and video art. Categorized as feminist art, Rist's artwork is also described as abstract art, intimate, and surreal. Over the years, Pipilotti Rist's work has earned her prestigious awards like the Wolfgang Hahn Prize, Joan Miró Prize, and Best Architects '11 Award.

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Max Hubacher
(Swiss Actor)
Max Hubacher
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Birthdate: October 1, 1993
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bern, Switzerland

Max Hubacher is a Swiss actor best known for his portrayal of Willi Herold in the 2017 historical drama film, The Captain. Active since 2010, Max Hubacher was honored with the Shooting Stars Award in 2012.

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James Thiérrée
(Circus performer)
James Thiérrée
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Birthdate: May 2, 1974
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lausanne, Switzerland

Born to circus-owner parents, James Thiérrée began performing on stage at age 4. He later stepped into theater and films and gained international fame with his César Award-winning portrayal of George Foottit in the film Chocolat. He is also the grandson of legendary comedian and filmmaker Charlie Chaplin.

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Adrian von Ziegler
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Birthdate: December 25, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Zürich, Switzerland

Swiss instrumentalist and composer Adrian von Ziegler, known for his signature long mane, first gained international attention on YouTube, where he has over a million subscribers. A self-proclaimed lover of Celtic and fantasy music, he also often experiments with metal and Oriental music. He was initially known by his pseudonym Indigo.

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Anna Katarina
(Actress)
Anna Katarina
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Birthdate: March 14, 1960
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bern, Switzerland
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Elodie Frenck
(Peruvian-Swiss-French Actress)
Elodie Frenck
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Birthdate: July 31, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lausanne, Switzerland

Elodie Frenck is a Peruvian-Swiss-French actress best known for her portrayal of Marlène Leroy in the popular French television program, Les Petits Meurtres d'Agatha Christie. In addition to playing important roles in TV series, Elodie Frenck also plays prominent roles in feature films, short films, TV movies, and on stage. 

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Anne-Marie Miéville
(Swiss Filmmaker, Screenwriter, and Editor)
Anne-Marie Miéville
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Birthdate: November 11, 1945
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lausanne, Switzerland

Anne-Marie Miéville is a Swiss filmmaker, screenwriter, and editor. After starting her career as a photographer, Miéville went on to establish herself as a film and TV director. In one of its editions, Sight & Sound magazine called Anne-Marie Miéville a hugely important multimedia artist.

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Urs Fischer
(Sculptor, Painter)
Urs Fischer
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Birthdate: May 2, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Switzerland

Swiss conceptual artist Urs Fischer uses sculptures and installations to explore themes traditionally associated with painting, such as nudes and still lifes. His artworks, such as What if the Phone Rings, are often self-destructing. He had initially worked as a bouncer in clubs to support his photography lessons.

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Max Miedinger
(Swiss Typeface Designer)
Max Miedinger
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Birthdate: December 24, 1910
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Zürich
Died: March 8, 1980

Max Miedinger was a Swiss typeface designer who achieved international fame after creating the Helvetica typeface in 1957. Initially named Neue Haas Grotesk, the typeface was renamed Helvetica in 1960. Helvetica achieved global success after being marketed as a symbol of Swiss technology.

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Nadia Fares
(Actress)
Nadia Fares
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Birthdate: December 20, 1968
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Marrakech, Morocco
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Mario Adorf
(German Actor Who is Regarded as One of the Finest Character Actors of European Cinema)
Mario Adorf
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Birthdate: September 8, 1930
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Zürich, Switzerland

Mario Adorf is a German actor best known for having played supporting and leading roles in more than 200 film and television productions. He is widely regarded as one of the finest character actors of European cinema. Apart from being an actor, Mario Adorf is also known as a successful author.

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Panos Mouzourakis
(Singer-songwriter)
Panos Mouzourakis
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Birthdate: May 24, 1979
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Zurich, Switzerland

Swiss-born Greek singer-actor Panos Mouzourakis is best known for his roles in the Greek series S1ngles and 4. He had first gained attention with the play Acharnis, which toured around the globe. He has also lent his voice to the Greek version of the hit Disney animated film Frozen.

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Michel Simon
(Swiss-French Theatre and Film Actor)
Michel Simon
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Birthdate: April 9, 1895
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
Died: May 30, 1975

Michel Simon was a Swiss-French actor best remembered for playing important roles in many successful French films like La Chienne, L'Atalante, and Boudu Saved from Drowning. In 1967, he was honored at the Berlin International Film Festival with the Silver Bear for Best Actor for his performance in the comedy-drama film, The Two of Us.

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Ankita Makwana
(Actress, Model and Motivational speaker)
Ankita Makwana
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Birthdate: May 29, 1991
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Unknown