Julie Delpy

Julie Delpy Biography

Julie Delpy (born 21 December 1969) is a French-American actress, director, screenwriter, and singer-songwriter. She studied filmmaking at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and has directed, written, and acted in more than 30 films, including Europa Europa (1990), The Voyager (1991), Three Colors: White (1993), Before Sunrise (1995), Before Sunset (2004), 2 Days in Paris (2007), and Before Midnight (2013). She has been nominated for three César Awards, two Online Film Critics Society Awards, and an Academy Award. After moving to the United States in 1990, she became an American citizen in 2001.

Early life

Julie Delpy was born 21 December 1969 in Paris, France, to Albert Delpy, a theater director, and Marie Pillet, an actress in feature films and the avant-garde theater. She was an only child. On the stages of Paris, Delpy's parents were involved in underground theatre. At an early age, Julie was exposed to the arts. </ref>}}

Delpy has said she has been plagued by health problems since childhood and had to wear callipers at age eight. She also experienced migraines and panic attacks.

Film career

In 1984, at the age of fourteen, Delpy was discovered by film director Jean-Luc Godard, who cast her in Détective (1985). Two years later, Delpy starred in the title role in Bertrand Tavernier's La Passion Béatrice (1987). For her performance, Delpy received a César Award Nomination for Most Promising Actress. She used the money she earned to pay for her first trip to New York City. Delpy became an international celebrity after starring in the 1990 film Europa Europa directed by Agnieszka Holland. In the film, she plays a young pro-Nazi who falls in love with the hero, Solomon Perel, not knowing that he is Jewish. She had to speak fluent German for the part.

Following the success of Europa Europa, Delpy appeared in several Hollywood and European films, including The Voyager (1991) and The Three Musketeers (1993). In 1993, she was cast by director Krzysztof Kie"?lowski to play the female lead in Three Colors: White, the second film of Kie"?lowski's The Three Colors Trilogy. Delpy also appeared briefly in the other two films in the same role. In 1994, she starred opposite Eric Stoltz in Roger Avary's directorial debut Killing Zoe, a cult heist film capturing the Generation X zeitgeist.

Delpy may be best-known internationally for her co-starring role with Ethan Hawke in director Richard Linklater's 1995 film Before Sunrise, for which she has stated she wrote a lot of her own dialogue uncredited. The film received glowing reviews and was considered one of the most significant films of the 1990s' independent film movement. Its success led to the casting of Delpy in the 1997 American film An American Werewolf in Paris.

In late 2001, she appeared alongside comedian Martin Short in the 30-minute film CinéMagique, a theatre-show attraction presented several times daily at Walt Disney Studios Park in Disneyland Resort Paris. Delpy attended the March 2002 opening of the park and the inauguration of the film-based attraction which sees her star as Marguerite"?a female actress with whom Short's character, George, falls in love as he stumbles through countless classic movies. CinéMagique won the 2002 Themed Entertainment Association award for "outstanding" themed attraction. Delpy reprised her Before Sunrise character, Céline, with a brief animated appearance in Waking Life (2001), and again in a 2004 sequel, Before Sunset. The later film was well received and earned Delpy, who co-wrote the script, her first Academy Award nomination for Writing Adapted Screenplay. In addition, she has been nominated for César Awards three times.

Writing and directing

Delpy has had an interest in a career as a film director since her childhood, and enrolled in a summer directing course at New York University. She wrote and directed the short film Blah Blah Blah in 1995 which screened at the Sundance Film Festival.

In 2004 Delpy co-wrote Before Sunset, a sequel to the 1995 movie Before Sunrise, with director Richard Linklater and co-star Ethan Hawke. Describing the experience Delpy said, "I'm not a feminist wearing overalls and hating the male gender. But I'm a definite feminist. I don't want to make Before Sunset into a little male fantasy, ever." She received an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay for her work.

She made her feature length directorial debut in 2002, with a film entitled "Looking for Jimmy" which she also wrote and produced. In 2007, Delpy directed, wrote, edited, and co-produced the original score for 2 Days in Paris co-starring Adam Goldberg. The film also features Delpy's real-life parents, Marie Pillet and Albert Delpy, as her character's parents. In one scene, Pillet's character acknowledges having been one of the "343 bitches"; in real life, Pillet was one of the signers of the Manifesto of the 343 bitches.

In 2009, Delpy starred in ', also her third film as a director in which she played the title role of Elizabeth Báthory. The film also starred Daniel Brühl, and William Hurt.

In 2011 Delpy wrote and directed Le Skylab. The film received a theatrical release in France, but failed to find distribution in the U.S.

In 2012 she released 2 Days in New York, a sequel to her 2007 film 2 Days in Paris. The film starred Delpy and actor Chris Rock. Delpy stated that she wrote the role specifically for Rock.

In 2013, Delpy reunited with Richard Linklater and Ethan Hawke to write Before Midnight, the sequel to Before Sunrise and Before Sunset. Delpy again starred with Hawke, and the film premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. It went on to screen out of competition at the Berlin International Film Festival and was released in May 2013.


Delpy is also a musical artist. She released a self-titled album, Julie Delpy in 2003. Three tracks from the album""A Waltz For A Night," "An Ocean Apart," and "Je t'aime tant""were featured in Before Sunset. She also sings Marc Collin's "Lalala" over the closing credits of 2 Days in Paris, for which she also wrote all of the original score.

Personal life

Delpy moved to New York in 1990 and moved to Los Angeles, California a few years after that. She has been a naturalized citizen of the United States since 2001, although she also retains her French citizenship. She now divides her time between Paris and Los Angeles. In 2007 she began dating the German film score composer Marc Streitenfeld. The couple had a son named Leo in January 2009. On June 26, 2013, in an interview with the French show Le Petit Journal, she revealed that the couple are not together anymore.


Year Title Role Notes
1978 Guerres civiles en France Credited as Julie Pillet
Segment "La semaine sanglante"
1982 Niveau moins trois Short film
1985 Classique Short film
1985 Détective Wise young girl
1985 L'amour ou presque Melie
1986 Mauvais Sang Lise English: Bad Blood
1987 Beatrice Beatrice de Cortemart French: La Passion Béatrice
1987 King Lear Virginia (uncredited)
1988 L'autre nuit Marie
1989 La noche oscura Virgin Mary English: The Dark Night
1989 Trouble Short film
1990 Europa Europa Leni
1991 Les dents de ma mère Julie Short film
1991 Voyager Sabeth
1992 Warszawa: Année 5703 Fryda
1993 The Three Musketeers Constance
1993 Younger and Younger Melodie
1993 Killing Zoe Zoe
1993 Three Colors: Blue Dominique (cameo appearance)
1994 Three Colors: White Dominique
1994 Three Colors: Red Dominique (cameo appearance)
1995 Blah Blah Blah Short film Also as writer, director, and producer
1995 Before Sunrise Céline
1996 Tykho Moon Lena
1997 Les mille merveilles de l'univers Eva Purpur English: The Thousand Wonders of the Universe
1997 An American Werewolf in Paris Serafine Pigot
1997 Alleys and Motorways Video
1998 The Treat Francesca
1998 L.A. Without a Map Julie
1998 Crime and Punishment Sonia Television film
1999 True Love Television film
1999 The Passion of Ayn Rand Barbara Branden Television film
1999 But I'm a Cheerleader Lipstick Lesbian
2000 Sand Lill
2001 Investigating Sex Chloe Also known as Intimate Affairs
2001 MacArthur Park Wendy
2001 Waking Life Céline
2001 Beginner's Luck Anya
2001 ER Nicole Television program, 7 episodes
2002 Villa des roses Louise Creteur
2002 Looking for Jimmy Al Also as writer, director, and producer
2002 CinéMagique Marguerite Disney Theme Park Attraction
2003 Notting Hill Anxiety Festival Charlotte
2004 Before Sunset Céline Also as writer
2004 Frankenstein Caroline Frankenstein Miniseries
2005 Broken Flowers Sherry
2006 The Legend of Lucy Keyes Jeanne Cooley
2006 The Hoax Nina Van Pallandt
2006 Guilty Hearts Charlotte
2007 The Air I Breathe Gina
2007 2 Days in Paris Marion Also as writer, director, and producer
2009 The Countess Erzsébet Báthory Also as writer, director, and producer
2011 Le Skylab Anna Also as writer
2012 Les passages Anna Post-production
2012 2 Days in New York Marion Also as writer, director, and producer
2013 Before Midnight Céline Also as writer

Awards and nominations

  • 1987 César Award Nomination, Most Promising Actress for Mauvais sang (1986)
  • 1988 César Award Nomination, Most Promising Actress for La Passion Béatrice (1987)
  • 1991 European Film Award Nomination, Best Actress for The Voyager (1991)
  • 1995 MTV Movie Award Nomination, Best Kiss for Before Sunrise (1995)
  • 2004 San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award, Best Actress for Before Sunset (2004)
  • 2005 Academy Award Nomination, Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay for Before Sunset (2004)
  • 2005 Writers Guild of America Nomination, Best Adapted Screenplay for Before Sunset (2004)
  • 2005 Empire Award, Best Actress for Before Sunset (2004)
  • 2005 Independent Spirit Award Nomination, Best Screenplay for Before Sunset (2004)
  • 2005 Online Film Critics Society Award Nomination, Best Actress for Before Sunset (2004)
  • 2005 Online Film Critics Society Award Nomination, Best Screenplay, Adapted for Before Sunset (2004)
  • 2007 Mons International Festival of Love Films Award, Coup de Coeur for 2 Days in Paris (2007)
  • 2008 César Award Nomination, Best Writing " Original for 2 Days in Paris (2007)

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