- Sandrine Bonnaire, A nosamours, France, 1983. Obnoxious realisateur Maurice Pialat was delighted withthe tests he made with Bonnaire - for a promiscuous15-year-old.She hadbeen an extra in La boum starring Marceau in 1980, and if Bonnairecouldn’t handle the filming as well as she did her tests, La boum’s star was First Reserve.Bonnaire more than held her own and Pialat made her a star, just as he had been planning to do with Nadia Sadi, his discovery for his never-madeMeurtrieres
- Elizabeth Bourgine, La 7iéme Cible, France, 1984. “She’s 17 and in love.”Realisateur Claude Pinoteau discovered theex-Sophie Danièle Sylvie Maupu and helped her choose her new name from one of the Paris avenues or boulevards. He made her a star with La boum, 1980.This time she pulled out of a support role in his film for the lead in her lover Andrzej Zulawski’s L’Amour braque although Gaumont had worked out dates so she could make both. Pinoteau was furious. Yethe had firstintroduced the lovers to each otherduring the 1981 Cannes festival... when the Ukranian-born director was the lover of Isabelle Adjani...star of Pinoteau’s La gifle, 1974.
- Anne Brochet, Cyrano de Bergerac, 1990. "Why did I refuse? Who could say? Perversion? I don't believe so. I mainly chose my films in order to find my true self. Not to go in too many directions. The idea is to try and draw one line with all the things you do." Spoken like a true French movie actress...
- Andie MacDowell, Hudson Hawk, 1991. Producers Joel Silver and Bruce Willis went through the Euro-delights from top to bottom, Adjani to Marceau. And all luckily escaped the massive flop. Sophie's first big Hollywood moviebecame Mel Gibson's Oscar-studded Braveheart, 1995.
- Juliette Binoche, The English Patient, 1996. Sophie refused to be Hana and the Oscar went to...
- Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Ceux qui m’aiment prendront le train (US: Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train), France, 1997. Refused at the last minute to join what Variety critic Lisa Nesselson called an “emotionally draining ensembler that makes the average Woody Allen film seem like a picnic for the well-adjusted.” Title comes from a painter’s final words about his funeral - really said by docu-maker François Reichenbach before his 1993 death. Val eria is the sister of the model-turned-singer-turned-First Lady of France, Carla Bruni Sarkozy.
- Chiara Mastroianni, La lettre, France, 1999. Ironically, Sophie's lover (and mentor wannabe), Polish director Andrzej Zulawski, was modernising La Princesse de Cleves, when she was asked to appear in Manoel de Oliveira’s version of the same 1678 book!Sophie remained faithful.
- Renée Zellweger, Bridget Jones's Diary, 2000. Playing a FrenchBond Girl was one thing, but lumpy, dumpy Bridget- could have started another war with France.
- Meg Ryan,Beyond Borders, 2001. Director Oliver Stone's first choice, Catherine Zeta-Jones, was pregnant. Hebegan his new search in Paris - before handing the project to New Zealand helmer Martin Campbell.
- Isabelle Adjani, Bon voyage, France, 2002, A new pregnancy (daughter Juliette) meant Sophie had to leave realisateur Jean-Paul Rappeneau’s film; he haddirected Adjani in Tout feu, toute flamme, 1982. Sophie finally made a drama aboutthe French ReisistancewithLes femmes de l’ombre, 2007.
- Diane Kruger, Troy, 2004. Diane’srivals as the face that launched a thousand ships - Helen of Troy - were Halle Berry, Keira Knightley Kristin Kreuk, Jennifer Lopez, Connie Nielsen,Catherine Zeta-Jones.You wanna argue withThe Times (of London)?
- Audrey Tautou, The Da Vinci Code, 2005.
- Mélanie Doutey, RTT, France, 2009. Adventures in handcuffs for Sophie and Jean-Paul Rouve. Five years on, the scenario was dug up for Mélanie and the insufferable Kad Merad.
- Noomi Rapace, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shows, 2010. UK director Guy Ritchie saw the Spanish Penelope Cruz andall the usual French girls for Sim - Juliette Binoche, Marion Cotillard, Cécile de France, Eva Green, Virginie Ledoyen, Audrey Tautou. And signed a Swede... the star of the Millennium trilogy.
- Cécile de France, Dix pour cent (10%), TV, France, 2015. Created by Paris agent turned producer Dominique Besnehard, this Player-style series about a showbiz talent agency (based on Artmedia) invited various local stars to play “themselves.” The tales were all true, just not those of the stars involved. Apparently, Marceau feared the script written for her would be believed by her public - a 50-ish actress requiring plastic surgery before being accepted for a Tarantino project!!! Cécile was excellent.