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As a teenager, Anne Parillaud took dance and drama lessons. In 1977, she appears for the first time in the cinema in Un amour de sable, then, the following year, in L' Hôtel de la plage. But it was Alain Delon who gave her her first important roles by engaging her in the two films he directed: Pour la peau d'un flic (1981) and Le Battant (1983). The consecration came a few years later, in 1990, with Nikita, and a role that Luc Besson, her companion at the time, wrote especially for her. Her performance as a hired killer earned her the César for Best Actress in 1991. In the 90s, we find her in the skin of more or less troubled characters such as in A la folie (1994), where she shares the bill with Béatrice Dalle, and the thriller Passage a l'acte (1996) by Francis Girod. She also embarked on an international career with...

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