Mélanie Laurent

Actor, Director

Born: Paris, Île-de-France, France

BIOGRAPHY

A French actress, singer, pianist, screenwriter, and director, perhaps best known to international audiences for her role in Inglourious Basterds (2009). Laurent was born in Paris, the daughter of Annick, a ballerina, and Pierre Laurent, a voiceover actor. Laurent is Jewish, and has both Ashkenazi and Tunisian Sephardic ancestry. Her grandfather survived deportation by the Nazis. Laurent had a long relationship with fellow French actor Julien Boisselier. She describes recording artist Damien Rice and Tarantino as her two masters.

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