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Julie Delpy (born December 21, 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, Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and 2 Days in Paris.

Early life

Delpy was born in Parismarker, the only child of Albert Delpy and Marie Pillet. Both her parents were actors in feature films and the avant-garde theater, and her father was a theater director.

On the stages of Paris, Delpy's parents were involved in underground theater. At an early age, Julie was exposed to the arts. "I couldn't hope for better parents. They really raised me with a love of art, bringing me to museums and seeing things that a child wouldn't see at that age. I would see Ingmar Bergman movies when I was 9 and totally go for it. And they would bring me to see Francis Bacon's paintings, which I loved: so dark and at the same time it's so wonderful".

Encouraged to perform by her bohemian-minded parents, Delpy made her stage debut at the age of five.

Film career

At age fourteen, Delpy obtained a role in the film Détective, directed by Jean-Luc Godard. Two years later, Delpy was cast in the title role in the 1987 film La Passion Béatrice (Beatrice) and used the money she earned to pay for her first trip to New York Citymarker. Delpy continued to make regular trips to New York during the next few years, before finally moving there in 1990. Delpy became an international celebrity after starring in the 1990 film Europa Europa. In the film, she plays a pro-Nazi girl, Leni, who falls in love with the hero, Solomon Perel, not knowing that he is Jewish. She had to speak fluent German for the part.

Delpy was subsequently given offers to appear in several Hollywoodmarker and European films. In 1993, she was cast by director Krzysztof Kieślowski to play the female lead in Three Colors: White, the second film of Kieślowski's Trois Couleurs trilogy; Delpy also briefly appeared in the other films in the series in the same role.

Delpy in the late 1990s.

Since then, she has starred in many American and European productions, including Disney's The Three Musketeers (1993) and Killing Zoe (1994). Delpy may be best known internationally for her co-starring role with Ethan Hawke in director Richard Linklater's 1995 film, Before Sunrise. The film received glowing reviews and was considered one of the most significant films of the independent film movement of the 1990s. Its success led to the casting of Delpy in the 1997 American film, An American Werewolf in Paris

In late 2001, she filmed alongside comedian Martin Short for the 30-minute film of CinéMagiquemarker, a theatre-show attraction presented several times daily at Walt Disney Studios Parkmarker in Disneyland Resort Parismarker. 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. CinéMagiquemarker won the coveted 2002 Themed Entertainment Association award for "outstanding" themed attraction. Delpy reprised her Before Sunrise character, Céline, with a brief animated appearance in 2001's Waking Life, 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 also had an interest in a career as a film director since her childhood, and enrolled in a summer directing course at New York Universitymarker. She wrote and directed the short film Blah Blah Blah (1995), which screened at the Sundance Film Festival. 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, co-produced and wrote 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.


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 the original score.

Personal life

Delpy lives in Los Angelesmarker, Californiamarker, and has been a naturalized citizen of the United States since 2001, although she also retains her French citizenship. Since 2007, she has been dating the German film score composer Marc Streitenfeld, who has worked on movies such as American Gangster and Gladiator. The couple welcomed son Leo in January 2009.



  • 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)


  2. Before Sunrise Movie Reviews, Pictures - Rotten Tomatoes
  3. Julie Delpy is bursting with feeling, full of words - and all that is propelling her beyond the screen

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