A slight, attractive leading lady, born to French parents in Indochina, Pisier moved to Paris with her family at the age of 12 and began acting in films five years later. Her debut was in the Francois Truffaut-directed segment of the omnibus "L'Amour a vingt ans/Love at Twenty" (1962) and she late appeared in Truffaut's "Baiser voles/Stolen Kisses" (1968) and "L'Amour en fuite/Love on the Run" (1980), which she also co-wrote. Pisier had made her screenwriting debut with "Celine et Julie vont en bateau/Celine and Julie Go Boating" (1973), in which she also co-starred. She gained widespread public recognition in 1975 as the star of the popular comedy "Cousin, Cousine"--a role which earned her a Best Actress Cesar. Subsequent features include three with director Andre Techine, "Souvenirs en France/French Provincial" (1975), "Barocco" (1976) and "The Bronte Sisters" (1978), in which she portrayed Charlotte.
Pisier attempted to crack the American film industry with "The Other Side of Midnight" (1977), a dull misfire adapted from a Sidney Sheldon novel. She did not fare well with either her TV credits (the 1979 ABC miniseries "The French Atlantic Affair" and 1980's "Scruples") or her second Hollywood film "French Postcards" (1979). Returning to France, she continued to work; in 1990, Pisier made her directorial debut with "Le Bal du gouverneur/The Governor's Party," which she adapted from her own novel. Still gorgeous, she also offered a marvelous turn as the vulgar Madame Verdurin in "Time Regained/Le Temps retrouve" (1999) Raul Ruiz's adaptation of Proust.
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Film acting debut as Colette in Francois Truffaut's "Antoine et Colette" segment of omnibus feature, "Love at Twenty"
Appeared in Truffaut's "Baiser voles/Stolen Kisses"
Screenwriting debut as co-writer, "Celine et Julie vont en bateau/Celine and Julie Go Boating"
First film with director Andre Techine, "Souvenirs en France/French Provincial"
Received international success with "Cousin Cousine"; won a Cesar award
Once again worked with director Techine in "Barocco," opposite Gérard Depardieu
First US feature, "The Other Side of Midnight," based on the novel by Sidney Sheldon
Third film with director Techine, playing Charlotte Brontë in "Le Soeurs Brontë"
Cast in the ABC miniseries, "The French Atlantic Affair"
Once again joined Francois Truffaut for "L'Amour en fuite/Love on the Run"; also co-wrote
Portrayed Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel in "Chanel Solitaire"
Cast opposite Jean-Paul Belmondo in the comedy, "L'As Des As/The Ace of Aces"
Made her directorial debut with "Le Bal du gouverneur/The Governor's Party," which she adapted from her own novel
Co-starred with Thierry Lhermitte in "Tous les Jours Dimanche"
Portrayed the vulgar Madame Verdurin in Raul Ruiz's adaptation of Proust, "Time Regained/Le Temps retrouve"
Played a well-off military widow in "Inch' allah Sunday"
Cast as the mother of Louise in Laurence Ferreira Barbosa's "Ordo"
Cast as the Mother in "Dans Paris/Inside Paris"