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Born: April 15, 1950 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Paris, FR Profession: actor, screenwriter, director

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Wrote for, and performed with, the Parisian theater group "Splendid" before initiating her popular screen career in Patrice Leconte's "Les Petits Calins" (1978). Balasko directed her first features, "All Mixed Up", in 1985 and is best known to international audiences as the emotionally satisfying, but physically unattractive, mistress of Gerard Depardieu in Bertrand Blier's "Too Beautiful For You" (1989). Balasko tends to play comic roles which punctures male machismo, and which have wreaked havoc on the popular images of French sexuality. Declining to describe herself as a feminist -- or be labeled as anything else in particular, except an artist -- Balasko's scripts and directorial turns have been breaking ground in France, where her "French Twist," the 1995 story of a butch lesbian (played by Balasko), who becomes involved with a bourgeois couple whose marriage is shaky and whose self-images are shaky as well, was the second-highest grossing domestic film of the year.

Wrote for, and performed with, the Parisian theater group "Splendid" before initiating her popular screen career in Patrice Leconte's "Les Petits Calins" (1978). Balasko directed her first features, "All Mixed Up", in 1985 and is best known to international audiences as the emotionally satisfying, but physically unattractive, mistress of Gerard Depardieu in Bertrand Blier's "Too Beautiful For You" (1989). Balasko tends to play comic roles which punctures male machismo, and which have wreaked havoc on the popular images of French sexuality. Declining to describe herself as a feminist -- or be labeled as anything else in particular, except an artist -- Balasko's scripts and directorial turns have been breaking ground in France, where her "French Twist," the 1995 story of a butch lesbian (played by Balasko), who becomes involved with a bourgeois couple whose marriage is shaky and whose self-images are shaky as well, was the second-highest grossing domestic film of the year.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Un Grand cri d'amour (1998) Director
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  French Twist (1995) Director
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  My Life Is Hell (1991) Director
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  Les Keufs (1987) Director
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  Sac de Noeuds (1985) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Maman (2012)
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 Bancs publics (2011)
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 Hedgehog, The (2010)
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 Ruby Blue (2008)
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 French Gigolo, A (2008)
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 Red Inn, The (2007)
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 Clef, La (2007)
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1975:
Joined theater troupe, "Splendid"; other members included Michel Blanc, Thierry Lhermitte and Dominique Lavanant
1976:
Played bit parts in "Une fille unique" and Roman Polanski's "The Tenant"
1977:
Made screenwriting debut (dialogue), "Pauline et l'ordinateur"
1978:
Made feature acting debut, "Les Petits Calins"
1985:
Made feature directing debut (also actress; writer), "Sac de noeuds/All Mixed Up"
1989:
Played Gerard Depardieu's mistress in "Trop belle pour toi"
1995:
Directed French box office smash, "French Twist"; also starred
2000:
Co-starred in "The Frenchman's Son", written and directed by Gerard Lauzier
2001:
Portrayed Edina in "Absolument Fabuleux", a French feature based on the popular British comedy series "Absolutely Fabulous"
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Notes

"I don't know what political correctness is; thank God we don't have it in France and I will fight this kind of puritanism with all my strength." --Josiane Balasko in Sight and Sound

"Americans export humorous films which, in some cases, only make them laugh. WHen I see an English-speaking film with subtitles, I don't understand all the subtitles. Yet they have the means to show these films everywhere." --Josiane Balasko in Sight and Sound

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