Marie-Christine Barrault

Marie-Christine Barrault

Barrault in July 2013
Born (1944-03-21) 21 March 1944
Paris, France
Occupation Actress
Years active 1967–present
Spouse(s) Daniel Toscan du Plantier (m. 1965; divorced)
(1990–2000; his death)
Children 2

Marie-Christine Barrault (born 21 March 1944) is a French actress. She is best known for her performance in Cousin Cousine (1975) for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress. She is the widow of film director Roger Vadim. In 2010, she released her autobiography, titled This Long Way To Get To You.[1]

Life and career

Marie-Christine Barrault was born in Paris, France, the daughter of French-Catholic parents Martha (née Valmier) and Max-Henri Barrault.[2] Her parents divorced and her father, who worked in the theatre, died while she was a teenager, and her mother was unable to care for her children. She has a brother, Alain, and she was raised by her grandmother, Felicite. Her mother later re-married and had more children. She was mentored in acting by her aunt and uncle, French performers Jean-Louis Barrault and Madeleine Renaud, although they initially did not support her dreams of becoming an actress. She performed in plays in secondary school and then enrolled in an acting conservatory. She is a breast cancer survivor.[3]

Barrault got her start on television in L'oeuvre (1967). Barrault made her feature film debut in Éric Rohmer's My Night at Maud's (1969). In 1970 Barrault was featured along with Pierre Richard in the comedy film Le Distrait. In 1975 Barrault starred in Cousin Cousine, for which she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress in a Leading Role. She is not fluent in English and therefore has turned down offers to appear in American-Hollywood made films. In 1980 she accepted an offer from Woody Allen to appear in his film, Stardust Memories. She also played the role of Guinevere in Éric Rohmer's Perceval le Gallois. In 1988 she was nominated for a Genie Award for her performance in No Blame. In 1991 she portrayed Marie Curie in a television mini-series. In her later career, she has preferred acting on the stage in France. In 2015, she came to Los Angeles on tour to perform in the play Les Yeux Ouverts, in which she portrays French author Marguerite Yourcenar.[4]

Barrault's first husband was producer Daniel Toscan du Plantier, whom she married in 1965, with whom she had two children, David and Ariane. She was married to director Roger Vadim from 1990 until his death from cancer in 2000.

Select filmography

  • L'oeuvre (1967, TV movie) Christine
  • My Night at Maud's (1969) Françoise
  • Lancelot of the Lake (1970, TV movie) La reine Guenièvre
  • Le distrait (1970) Lisa Gastier
  • Le misanthrope (1971, TV movie) Célimène
  • Les papiers d'Aspern (1971, TV movie) Hélène Prest
  • Le sagouin (1972, TV movie) Léone
  • Figaro-ci, Figaro-là (1972, TV movie) Julie
  • Love in the Afternoon (1972) Dream Sequence
  • Les intrus (1972) Françoise
  • Histoire vraie (1973, TV movie) Rose
  • L'enlèvement (1973, TV movie) Marie-Josèphe
  • Le tour d'écrou (1974, TV movie) Miss Jessel
  • La famille Grossfelder (1974, TV movie) Marie-Louise en 1930
  • La confession d'un enfant du siècle (1974, TV movie) Brigitte
  • John Glückstadt (1975) Hanna Hansen
  • Cousin Cousine (1975) Marthe
  • By the Tennis Courts (1976) Marie-Christine
  • Le chandelier (1977, TV movie) Jacqueline
  • The Medusa Touch (1978) Patricia
  • The Savage State (1978) Laurence
  • Perceval (1978) La Reine Guenevievre
  • Woman Between Wolf and Dog (1979) Lieve
  • Vestire gli ignudi (1979, TV movie) Ersilia
  • The Wonderful Adventures of Nils (1980, TV series) Narrator
  • My Dearest (1980) Jeanne
  • Petit déjeuner compris (1980, TV mini-series) Marie-Louise Leroux
  • Même les mômes ont du vague à l'âme (1980) Eva
  • Stardust Memories (1980) Isobel
  • L'amour trop fort (1981) Rose-Marie de Boisel
  • Après tout ce qu'on a fait pour toi (1982, TV movie) Jeanne
  • Le village sur la colline (1982, TV mini-series) Mme de Cheilly
  • Mir reicht's – ich steig aus (1983)
  • Table for Five (1983) Marie
  • A Love in Germany (1983) Maria Wyler
  • Les mots pour le dire (1983) Eliane
  • Orpheus (1983, TV movie) La mort
  • Swann in Love (1984) Madame Verdurin
  • Pianoforte (1984) La mère de Maria
  • L'année terrible (1985, TV movie)
  • Louise... l'insoumise (1985) Mme Royer
  • Le passage (1985, TV movie) Rhona
  • Je suis à Rio, ne m'attends pas pour dîner (1985, TV movie) Constance
  • A Better Life (1985) La mère de Véronique
  • Power of Evil (1985) Sylvie
  • Le soulier de satin (1985) La lune
  • L'été 36 (1986, TV movie) Lise

  • Vaudeville (1986) Madeleine
  • The Lizard King (1987, TV movie)
  • Manuela's Loves (1987) Manuela
  • Bonne fête maman (1987, TV movie) Jeanne Thomas
  • No Blame (1988, TV movie) Suzanne
  • Daniya, jardín del harem (1988) Almodís
  • Adieu je t'aime (1988) Nicole Dupré
  • The Abyss (1988) Hilzonde
  • Sanguine (1988) Nedie
  • Women in Prison (1988) Dessombes
  • Une femme tranquille (1989, TV movie) Marianne
  • Jesus of Montreal (1989) Dubbing actress
  • Un été d'orages (1989) Anne
  • Gallant Ladies (1990) Jacquette de Bourdeille
  • Moi, général de Gaulle (1990, TV movie) Mme Costal
  • L'enfant des loups (1991, TV movie) Leubovère
  • Marie Curie, une femme honorable (1991, TV mini-series) Marie Curie
  • Necessary Love (1991) Valentina
  • Jenny Marx, la femme du diable (1993, TV movie) Jenny Marx
  • Amour Fou (1993, TV movie) Louise
  • Next Time the Fire (1993) Elena
  • Bonsoir (1994) Marie Wileska
  • Les maîtresses de mon mari (1995, TV movie) Elisa
  • La nouvelle tribu (1996, TV mini-series) Jeanne
  • Tendre piège (1996, TV movie) Françoise
  • Mon père avait raison (1996, TV movie) Germaine Bellanger
  • Un coup de baguette magique (1997, TV movie) Jeanne
  • Obsession (1997) Ella Beckmann
  • Les braconniers de Belledombre (1997, TV movie) Françoise Sampaing
  • Love, Math and Sex (1997) La prof de maths
  • Le grand Batre (1997, TV movie) Thérèse
  • Maison de famille (1999, TV movie) Françoise Cornier
  • La dilettante (1999) Thérèse Rambert
  • Azzurro (2000) Elizabeth Broyer
  • Le vieil ours et l'enfant (2001, TV movie) La Duchesse
  • Les amants de Mogador (2002)
  • Le Don fait à Catchaires (2003, TV movie) Jeanne
  • La deuxième vérité (2003, TV movie) Mathilde
  • Rêves en France (2003, TV movie) Madame Labourdette
  • Droit d'asile (2003, TV movie) Christine
  • Saint-Germain ou La négociation (2003, TV movie) Catherine de Médicis
  • Parlez-moi d'amour (2005, TV movie) Élisa
  • Ange de feu (2006, TV movie) Janine Cordey
  • Passés troubles (2006, TV movie) Béatrice
  • Trivial (2007) Mélanie Bérangère
  • Making Plans for Lena (2009) Annie
  • L'Art de la fugue (2014) Nelly
  • Shades of Truth (2015) Sister Maria Angelica


  1. Biography accessed 1-13-2016
  2. Who's Who accessed 1-13-2016
  3. Barrault biography interview accessed 1-13-2016
  4. Barrault Interview accessed 1-13-2016
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