Judith Godreche was born in Paris, French, on March 23, 1972.
French actress and author Judith Godreche first came to fame playing a teenager in Jacques Doillon's “The 15 Year Old Girl” (1989). Two years later, she won a César nomination for her work in Benoît Jacquot's “The Disenchanted” (1990). She furthered showcased her talent in such films as Olivier Assayas' “Paris s'éveille” (1991), “Une nouvelle vie” (1993) and Sophie Fillières' “Grande Petite” (1994). She became popular among American audiences after the release of Patrice Leconte's “Ridicule” (1996), in which she played Jean Rochefort's daughter. She received additional worldwide fame starring opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in 1998's “The Man in the Iron Mask.” More recently, the dark-haired beauty appeared in such projects as “L'Auberge espagnole” (2002), “France Boutique” (2003), “Tout pour plaire” (2005), “Please Don’t Go” (2007), “Home Sweet Home” (2008) and “Albert Schweitzer” (2009), to name a few. Upcoming films include performances in “Holiday” (2010) and “Low Cost” (2011). Outside her work in film, Godreche wrote the well-received novel “Point de cote/Stitch on the Side” (1995).
Godreche, who was a member of the jury at the 1991 Berlin International Film Festival, was once married to comic Dany Boon, with whom she has a son named Noé. She also has a daughter named Tess with Maurice Barthélemy, with whom she collaborated in the film “Papa” and the short “Zézette au Caniwash” (both 2005). As a teenager, Godreche left home and lived with French director Benoît Jacquot (born on February 5, 1947). Jacquot directed Godreche in a few films, including 1990's “The Disenchanted.”
Childhood and Family:
She left school at age 14 and home the following year in order to pursue a career in theater and film. During that time, she lived with her boyfriend, director Benoit Jacqout.
Meeting on the set of “Bimboland” (1998), Judith married French comedian, actor and filmmaker Dany Boon (born on June 26, 1966) in 1998, but they later divorced. The couple has one son together, Noé. On April 19, 2005, Judith gave birth to a girl named Tess. Tess’ father is actor and writer Maurice Barthélem.
Judith Godreche was a model in a commercial for a Japanese chocolate maker and in a teen magazine before making her film debut at age 13 in the French drama “L'été prochain/Next Summer” (1985). Her first major role arrived three years later when director Benoît Jacquot cast her as Catherine in “Les Mendiants/The Beggars” (1988), which starred Dominique Sanda. The next year, she left home and moved in with the director.
Subsequently, Godreche was seen in three films in 1989. She first played Florence, the young incarnation of Stéphane Audran, on the independent film “Sons” and starred as Laurence in the based-on-novel “Un été d'orages.” However, it was her role as the 15-year-old in her third film, “La fille de Quinze Ans/The 15 Year Old Girl,” directed by Jacques Doillon, that propelled Godreche to prominence.
1990 saw Godreche reunited with Benoît Jacquot for the romance “La Desenchantee/The Disenchanted,” which she also co-wrote the screenplay with Jacquot. As a seventeen-year-old girl involved with her mother's lover, her performance was critically applauded and she was nominated for a 1991 César in the category of Most Promising Actress. She next starred as a drug addict in Olivier Assayas' “Paris s'éveille” (1991), opposite Jean-Pierre Léaud, and received a supporting role in “Ferdydurke/30 Door Key” (also 1991). Godreche and Jacquot once again worked together on the television film “Emma Zunz” (1992), which starred Godreche.
Godreche returned to the big screen the next year to support Philippe Noiret, Richard Bohringer and Thierry Lhermitte in 1993's “Tango.” She then costarred as the calculating half-sister in “Une nouvelle vie/A New Life,” again directed and written by Olivier Assayas, and received praise for her role in Sophie Fillières' “Grande Petite” (1994). Also in 1994, she published her first novel called “Point de côté,” which was released by Broché Publishers.
Following roles in “Aube à l'envers, L'” (1995), “Pour une vie ou deux” (1995, TV) and “Beaumarchais the Scoundrel” (1996), Godreche enjoyed international success with her performance as Mathilde de Bellegarde in “Ridicule” (1996), a period film directed by Patrice Leconte. The film was nominated for an Academy Award in 1997 for Best Foreign Language Film and introduced the actress to American audiences. Godreche then revisited the stage in the Paris production of Edward Albee's award winning “Three Tall Women” (1996) and earned a further introduction to English speaking audiences as Leonardo DiCaprio's girlfriend in the remake “The Man in the Iron Mask” (1998). She returned to French cinema later that same year in the comedy “Bimboland” and closed the decade with a costarring role opposite Stephen Dorff and Lauren Holly in the romantic film “Entropy,” which was screened at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival in April 1999.
Godreche next supported Michael Keaton and Michael Caine in the John Mackenzie directed “Quicksand” (2001) and appeared with Rupert Everett in “South Kensington” (2001) before receiving praise for portraying Anne-Sophie in the surprise European hit “L'Auberge espagnole” (2002). The role brought her a 2003 César nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Still in 2002, she headlined the dramatic film “Speak to Me of Love,” the directorial debut of French actress Sophie Marceau. Godreche earned her third César nomination in 2004 for her performance in the 2003 comedy “France Boutique.”
In 2005, Godreche starred as Élise Véronne in the comedy “Tu vas rire, mais je te quitte,” teamed up with Mathilde Seigner and Anne Parillaud for “Tout pour plaire/Thirty-Five Something” (2005), played Maman in “Papa” (2005), which was written and directed by Maurice Barthélem, and teamed up again with Barthélem to appear in the short “Zézette au Caniwash” (also 2005). After the busy year, she took a brief hiatus and did not resurface until 2007's “J'veux pas que tu t'en ailles/Please Don't Go.” In 2008, she starred as Claire in the disappointing “Home Sweet Home.”
“Fais-moi plaisir” and “Albert Schweitzer” were the movies she worked on in 2009. The latter film starred Jeroen Krabbe and Barbara Hershey and was directed by Gavin Millar. Her more recent and upcoming credits include appearances in “Toutes les filles pleurent” (2009), which she also directed, “Potiche” (20100, “Holiday” (2010), which should be released in December 2010, “Low Cost” (2011) and “L’art d’aimer” (also 2011).
Fais-moi plaisir! (2009) – Elisabeth
Home Sweet Home (2008) – Claire
J'veux pas que tu t'en ailles (2007, by Bernard Jeanjean) – Carla
Human Bomb (2006, by Maurice Barthélémy)
Papa (2004, by Maurice Barthélémy) – Maman
Tout pour plaire (2004, by Cécile Telerman) – Marie
Tu vas rire mais je te quitte (2004, by Philippe Harel) – Elise Vérone
Quicksand (2003, by John Mackenzie) – Lela Forin
France Boutique (2002, by Tonie Marshall) – Estelle
Parlez-moi d'amour (2002, by Sophie Marceau) – Justine
L'Auberge Espagnole (2001, by Cédric Klapisch) – Anne-Sophie
Entropy (1999, by Phil Joanou) – Stella
Bimboland (1998, by Ariel Zeitoun) – Cécile Bussy
The Man in the Iron Mask (1998, by Randall Wallace) – Christine Bellefort
Le Rouge et le Noir (1997, by Jean-Daniel Verhaege) – Mathilde de La Mole
Ridicule (1995, by Patrice Leconte) – Mathilde
Beaumarchais, l'insolent (1995, by Edouard Molinaro) – Marie-Antoinette
L'Aube à l'envers (1995 short, by Sophie Marceau)
Grande petite (1994, by Sophie Fillières) – Bénédicte
Une nouvelle vie (1993, by Olivier Assayas) – Lise
Tango (1993, by Patrice Leconte) – Madeleine
Emma Zunz (1992 TV, by Benoît Jacquot) – Emma Zunz
Paris s'éveille (1991, by Olivier Assayas) – Louise
Ferdydurke (1991, by Jerzy Skolimowski) – Zoo
La Désenchantée (1990, by Benoît Jacquot) – Beth
La Fille de quinze ans (1989, by Jacques Doillon) – Juliette
Sons (1989, by Alexandre Rockwell) – Florence Jr
Un été d'orages (1988, by Charlotte Brandström) – Laurence
La Méridienne (1988, by Jean-Francois Amiguet) – Stéphanie
Les Saisons du plaisir (1987, by Jean-Pierre Mocky) – Ophélie
Les Mendiants (1987, by Benoît Jacquot) – Catherine
L'été prochain (1985, by Nadine Trintignant) – Nickie