JULIE DELPY Biography - Actors and Actresses


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Name: Julie Delpy                                                                               
Born: 21 December 1969 Paris, France                                                             
Julie Delpy (born December 21, 1969) is a French-American actress, Academy Award-nominated       
screenwriter, and singer. She studied filmmaking at New York University's Tisch                 
School of the Arts, and has directed, written, and acted in more than 30 films.                 
She has been nominated for two César Awards and an Academy Award.                               
Delpy was born in Paris, France, the only child of Albert Delpy and Marie Pillet.               
Both her parents were actors in feature films and the avant-garde theatre, and                   
her father was a theater director. Her father grew up in Vietnam, Cambodia, and                 
West Africa where his father held administrative positions with the French                       
colonial government.                                                                             
On the stages of Paris, Delpy's parents were involved in underground theater. At                 
an early age, Julie was exposed to the arts.                                                     
I couldn't hope for better parents. They really raised me with a love of art,                   
bringing me to museums and seeing things that a child wouldn't see at that age.                 
I would see Ingmar Bergman movies when I was 9 and totally go for it. And they                   
would bring me to see Francis Bacon's paintings, which I loved: so dark and at                   
the same time it's so wonderful.                                                                 
Encouraged to perform by her bohemian-minded parents, Delpy made her stage debut                 
at the age of five.                                                                             
At age fourteen Delpy obtained a role in the film Detective, directed by Jean-Luc               
Godard. Two years later, Delpy was cast in the title role in the film Beatrice,                 
and used the money she earned to pay for her first trip to New York City. Delpy                 
continued making regular trips to New York over the next few years, before                       
finally moving there in 1990. Delpy became an international celebrity after                     
starring in the 1991 film Europa Europa. In the film, she plays a pro-Nazi girl,                 
Leni, who falls in love with the hero, Solomon Perel, not knowing that he is                     
Delpy was subsequently offered to appear in several Hollywood and European films.               
In 1993, she was cast by director Krzysztof Kieślowski to play the female lead                 
in Three Colors: White, the second film of Kieślowski's Three Colors Trilogy;                   
Delpy also appeared in the other films in the series, albeit in smaller roles.                   
She has starred in many American and European productions since then, including                 
Disney's The Three Musketeers (1993), and Killing Zoe (1994). Delpy may be best                 
known internationally for her co-starring role with Ethan Hawke in director                     
Richard Linklater's 1995 film, Before Sunrise. The film received glowing reviews                 
and was considered one of the most significant films of the independent film                     
movement of the 1990s. Its success led to the casting of Delpy in the 1997                       
American film, An American Werewolf in Paris, generally considered a                             
disappointment by critics.                                                                       
In late 2001, she filmed alongside comedian Martin Short for the 30-minute film                 
of CinéMagique, a theatre-show attraction presented several times daily at Walt                 
Disney Studios Park in Disneyland Resort Paris. Delpy attended the March 2002                   
opening of the park and the inauguration of the film-based attraction, which                     
sees her star as Marguerite - a female actress with whom Short's character,                     
George, falls in love as he stumbles through countless classic movies.                           
CinéMagique won the coveted 2002 Themed Entertainment Association award for "outstanding"       
themed attraction. Delpy reprised her Before Sunrise character, Céline, with a                 
brief animated appearance in 2001's Waking Life, and again in a 2004 sequel,                     
Before Sunset. The film was well-received and earned Delpy, who co-wrote the                     
script, her first Academy Award nomination for Writing Adapted Screenplay.