Anne Parillaud was born in Paris, France on May 16, 1960, and even
though all her travels took her to many lands, is still a Paris
resident. Anne studied ballet in school, and her first appearance
was in the film _Un amour de sable (1977)_ (qv) where she played
"La jeune fille avec un petit chat" ("The girl with a kitten").
However, her first real role was as Estelle in _Hôtel de la plage,
L' (1978)_ (qv), and even though she had only appeared in this film
during summer vacation, by then she had caught the show biz bug.
Anne was in 8 other films, and then she gave her breakout
performance in her signature role as Nikita in the wildly popular
_Nikita (1990)_ (qv), aka "La Femme Nikita" (1991) (USA), which
spun off the American remake "Point of No Return" (1993) starring
Bridget Fonda, and the USA TV series "La Femme Nikita" (1997)
starring Peta Wilson. Anne had taken judo lessons for 3 months to
prepare for this part. Anne said that when acting, she can abandon
herself; indeed the character Nikita is nothing like her. Anne
hates guns and even said of Nikita: "For a while she was in me like
a demon." When it comes to which films and directors to work with,
Anne has her one rule: it must touch her heart. Obviously director
Luc Besson touched her heart, they had a daughter together, but the
couple separated shortly after "Nikita"; (in 1997, Besson was
briefly married to Milla Jovovich, but they divorced). Anne
traveled to America to do several films, including _Innocent Blood
(1992)_ (qv), in which she plays a French vampire. She said of her
character Marie, that she wasn't born a vampire, didn't decide to
be one; in that sense, the movie is a parable about dealing with
the problem of being different in society. And difference equates
to loneliness. Anne is still busy appearing in movies. Offscreen,
Anne enjoys simple pleasures such as dancing, and talking with
friends. And she is always led by her heart, Anne says she is
someone who lives by impulse first. Her many fans would say it
seems she has made a lot of right choices.
Biography courtesy of the Internet Movie Database (www.imdb.com).