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Danielle Darrieux

Born: Bordeaux, France, 1 May 1917. The daughter of an army doctor who died when she was seven, she was raised in Paris and was a 14-year-old cello student at the Conservatoire when her mother entered her in an audition for an adolescent role in the film Le Bal (1931). It was the start of a glorious Continue reading the biography

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Marcel Dalio

Born: Paris, France, 17 July 1900. Died: 1983. Dalio came from the music hall and theatre and was typecast in most of his huge 1930s filmography (thirty features in 1936-38 alone) in minor roles which exploited his Semitic features—a casting which was both racist and a source of employment. The co Continue reading the biography

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Chow Yun Fat

CHOW YUN-FAT Hong Kong Born: Nam Nga Island, Hong Kong, 18 May 1955. Hailed in the Los Angeles Times as “The Coolest Actor in the World,” the endearingly plebeian yet strikingly handsome Chow has been a fixture of Hong Kong film and TV since the 1970s. He is best known by American and Br Continue reading the biography

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Nikolai Konstantinovich Cherkassov

Born: St. Petersburg, Russia, 27 July 1903. Died: Leningrad, Russia, 1966. After a career on stage in Leningrad, Cherkassov began playing small comic roles in films, such as Vladimir Gardin’s Poet i tsar / The Poet and the Tsar (1927). His first major dramatic roles were the leading part in Io Continue reading the biography

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Maria Casarès Quiroga

Born: Coruña, Spain, 21 November 1922. Died: Paris, France, 22 November 1996. The daughter of a loyalist politician and diplomat, she volunteered as a nurse during the Spanish Civil War and after Franco’s victory sought asylum in France. After studying acting at the Paris Conservatoire, she b Continue reading the biography

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Pascale Bussières

Born: Montréal, Québec, Canada, 27 June 1966. Bussières first attracted attention as a suicidal teenager in Micheline Lanctôt’s rigorously dark film, Sonatine. But it was Blanche, a TV series directed by Charles Binamé that gave her étoile status in Québec. After playing the heroine of Continue reading the biography

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Genevieve Bujold

The daughter of a French-Canadian bus driver, she worked her way through drama school as an usherette at a Montreal cinema. Made her stage debut in a Canadian production of “The Barber of Seville,” and played her first film role in the Canadian co-production The Adolescents (1964). On a Continue reading the biography

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Klaus-Maria Brandauer

Austria Born: Altaussee, Austria, 22 June 1944. After work in theatre and television, Brandauer’s career took off when he starred in István Szabó’s Mephisto (1981), Redl Ezredes / Colonel Redl (1985) and Hanussen (1988), where he specialized in power-hungry, self-tormented and contradi Continue reading the biography

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