Anne Parillaud

Anne Parillaud

Highest Rated: 88% La Femme Nikita (Nikita) (1990)

Lowest Rated: 25% Shattered Image (1998)

Birthday: May 6, 1960

Birthplace: Paris, France

French beauty Anne Parillaud paid her dues in teen pictures and B-dramas before earning international acclaim as Luc Besson's unforgettable Nikita (La Femme Nikita) (1990). Raised in Paris, Parillaud made her film debut as "the girl with the kitten" in Un Amour de Sable (1977). Still in high school, she hoped to pursue a law career until a more substantial role in Michel Lang's teen comedy L'Hôtel de la Plage (The Beach Hotel) (1978) (which she filmed during summer break) made her love acting. Parillaud earned a reputation for playing promiscuous teens in Écoute Voir (Look See) (1978), Girls (1980), and Patrizia (Patricia) (1980). She went on to star in two thrillers for her then-boyfriend Alain Delon, Pour La Peau d'un Flic (For a Cop's Hide) (1981), and Le Battant (The Cache) (1983). In 1985, while taking a break from acting to reinvent her image, Parillaud met director Luc Besson at a Paris film festival. They moved in together and had a daughter in 1987. In the meantime, Besson wrote Nikita, the story of a drug-addicted murderess who is transformed into a political assassin by a secret government agency. To prepare for the violent crime drama, the actress slept in the Paris metro, took judo lessons, and learned how to fire a handgun. She earned a César for her performance in the film, which was France's second highest grossing picture of 1990 and spawned both an American remake and a television series. Parillaud and Besson ended their five-year romance shortly after Nikita's release, and the actress left France to make her U.S. debut in John Landis' failed vampire comedy Innocent Blood (1982). She then starred in the equally disastrous Map of the Human Heart (1992), before returning to Europe to play Béatrice Dalle's sister in the unremarkable À la Folie (Six Days, Six Nights) (1994). Parillaud gave stand-out performances as an oppressed mother in Frankie Starlight (1995) and as a rich seductress in Passage à L'Acte (1996), but was still unable to match the success she had as Nikita. She did not fare any better opposite Gabriel Byrne and Leonardo Di Caprio in the flop The Man in the Iron Mask (1998) or with William Baldwin and Graham Greene in Shattered Image (1998). Yet, the indomitable and talented Parillaud continued to work steadily into the new millennium, appearing in Claude Lelouch's romantic comedy Une Pour Toutes (One 4 All) (2000), Olivier Marchal's action flick Gangsters (2002), and Catherine Breillat's farce Sex Is Comedy (2002).

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Ce que le jour doit à la nuit Mme Cazenave 2012
No Score Yet L'imbroglio Nel Lenzuolo Actor 2010
No Score Yet In Their Sleep (Dans ton sommeil) Sarah 2010
77% Une Vieille Maîtresse (The Last Mistress) (An Old Mistress) Mme. de Solcy $0.7M 2007
No Score Yet Demandez la permission aux enfants (Kid Power) Anna 2007
No Score Yet Thirtyfive-something Florence 2005
68% Sex Is Comedy Jeanne 2004
No Score Yet Promised Land Actor 2004
No Score Yet Gangsters Actor 2002
No Score Yet Dead Girl Helen-Catherine 1998
32% The Man in the Iron Mask Queen Anne 1998
25% Shattered Image Jessie 1998
71% Frankie Starlight Bernadette Bois 1995
No Score Yet A la folie (Six Days, Six Nights) Alice 1994
39% Innocent Blood Marie 1992
77% Map of the Human Heart Albertine 1992
88% La Femme Nikita (Nikita) Nikita 1990
No Score Yet What Time Is It? (Che ora è?) Loredana 1989
No Score Yet Pour la peau d'un flic Charlotte 1981


Marie says: My first rule--Don't play with the food!