Julie Delpy (born December 21, 1969) is a French/American actress, director, screenwriter, and occasional singer. She studied filmmaking at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, and has directed, written, and acted in more than 30 films.
Delpy was born in Paris, 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.
Delpy was subsequently given offers to appear in several Hollywood and European films. In 1993, she was cast by director Krzysztof Kieslowski to play the female lead in Three Colors: White, the second film of Kieslowski's Trois Couleurs trilogy; Delpy also briefly appeared in the other films in the series in the same role.
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 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 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.
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