Josiane Balasko

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Josiane Balasko
Josiane Balasko 2014.jpg
Josiane Balasko in February 2014.
Josiane Balašković

(1950-04-15) 15 April 1950 (age 68)
Paris, France
OccupationActress, comedian, director, writer
Years active1973–present
George Aguilar (m. 2003)
Partner(s)Bruno Moynot (1974-1981)
Philippe Berry (1982-1999)
AwardsCésar Award for Best Writing
1996 French Twist
Honorary César
2000 Lifetime Achievement

Josiane Balasko (born Josiane Balašković; 15 April 1950) is a French actress, writer and director. She has been nominated seven times for César Awards, and won twice.


One of Balasko's most recognized roles among English speakers is as a lesbian in 1995's Gazon maudit (French Twist). She won the 1996 César Award (shared with Telsche Boorman) for best screenplay, and was also nominated as best director. The movie itself was nominated for best film. Balasko's other César nominations for best actress were for Too Beautiful for You (1989), Tout le monde n'a pas eu la chance d'avoir des parents communistes (1993), and Cette femme-là (2003).[citation needed]

1973–1980: The beginning[edit]

She began her career in 1973 and was 23 years old when she first appeared on screen, in the short L'Agression, with Patrick Bouchitey. She was in the movie L'an 01, directed by Jacques Doillon. After an absence of three years she returned to the screen in 1976 in the film The Tenant, directed by Roman Polanski, with a screenplay was written by him and Gérard Brach. The movie was based on the novel written by Roland Topor.[citation needed]

Her career really exploded in 1977, with her appearing in seven films over the course of the year. She first appeared in "Solveig et le Violon turc", with Eugène Ionesco and Dominique Lavanant. Then, she played Simone in "Une fille unique" alongside her boyfriend at time, Bruno Moynot. She made an appearance in Animal, directed by Claude Zidi, on a screenplay written by him, Michel Audiard and Dominique Fabre. It was a big success with more than three million attendances in France, the movie was #5 in 1977 in France. She appeared in Pardon Mon Affaire, Too!, directed by Yves Robert and written by him and Jean-Loup Dabadie. The movie was also a big success with more than two million attendances in France, and was #8 in 1977 in France.[1]

She played Nadine in This Sweet Sickness, directed by Claude Miller, based on the novel written by Patricia Highsmith. The movie starred Gérard Depardieu, Miou-Miou, Claude Piéplu, Dominique Laffin and Christian Clavier. She also acted, under the direction of Philippe Monnier, in Monsieur Papa, in which the dialogue was written by Jean-Marie Poiré.

She starred alongside Claude Brasseur, Nathalie Baye, Daniel Auteuil and Éva Darlan. Finally, she appeared (in an uncredited role) in Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo, directed by Vincent McEveety, written by Don Nelson. With almost three millions attendances in France and nearly 30 million worldwide, the movie was a big success.[citation needed]

In 1978, she played in "Si vous n'aimez pas ça, n'en dégoûtez pas les autres", with Gérard Jugnot and Thierry Lhermitte, and in "Les Petits Câlins", directed by Jean-Marie Poiré, alongside Dominique Laffin, Françoise Bertin and Gérard Jugnot. Then, she was in La Tortue sur le dos.[citation needed]

She had the leading role in the comedy "Pauline et l'Ordinateur", for which she wrote the dialogue and where she acted next to Gérard Jugnot, Éva Darlan, Jacques Attali and Marie-Anne Chazel. Finally, she played Nathalie Morin in the cult comedy Les Bronzés, directed by Patrice Leconte, with her friends from Le Splendid, Marie-Anne Chazel, Michel Blanc, Gérard Jugnot, Thierry Lhermitte, Christian Clavier and Dominique Lavanant. The movie was a hit with more than two million attendances.[2]

In 1979, she played Emma-Ammé in one episode of the TV Mini-Series, "Les Quatre Cents Coups de Virginie", alongside Anémone. Then Nathalie Morin again, in the sequel Les Bronzés font du ski with the same cast, which was also a success with more than a millions attendances.[3] She also appeared as a client in the movie "Les héros n'ont pas froid aux oreilles", with Daniel Auteuil, Gérard Jugnot, Roland Giraud, Gérard Lanvin, Michel Blanc, Thierry Lhermitte, Marie-Anne Chazel and Christian Clavier.

1981–1990: directing debut[edit]

Josiane Balasko in October 2013 to Namur

The year 1981 was very successful for Josiane. First, she played Louise in Clara et les Chics Types. Later, she had the leading role in the very successful comedy Les hommes préfèrent les grosses. The movie was a commercial success. It was directed by Jean-Marie Poiré, who co-wrote the film, with Balasko.[4] After this, she was in another comedy named Le Maître d'école, directed by Claude Berri. This film was also commercially successful, the #9 movie at the French Box Office in 1981.[5] She then played Colette, a supporting role, in Hotel America, directed by André Téchiné, also starring Catherine Deneuve and Patrick Dewaere.

In 1982, she was in another cult movie, Le Père Noël est une ordure, directed for the third time by Jean-Marie Poiré. The film was commercially successful.[6]

In 1983, she had two comedy hits. Papy fait de la résistance, which was #7 in the 1983 French box office.[7] and Signes extérieurs de richesse, another success.[8]

In 1984, she played a supporting role in the comedy P'tit Con, directed by Gérard Lauzier. She then had the leading role in another comedy, La smala, directed by Jean-Loup Hubert. Finally, she played a supporting role in the comedy La vengeance du serpent à plumes directed by Gérard Oury. The movie was her biggest success of that year.[9] In 1985, she appeared in the movie Tranches de vie directed by François Leterrier. That year she also made her directional debut with the comedy Sac de noeuds, which she wrote, directed and starred in.[citation needed]

1990 onward[edit]

Since 1990 she has enjoyed a busy career acting in numerous films in a very wide variety of roles but having an international directing success in 1995 with Gazon Maudit (French Twist), in which she co-starred with Alain Chabat and gained her a César for best screenplay and a nomination for best film. In 2006 she was re-united once again with the Le Splendid team for another Bronzés film Bronzés 3: Amis pour La Vie.


In 2018, she record a song with the rapper Mac Tyer on his album C'est la street mon pote.

In February 2019, she received the Crystal Comedy Award during the 4th Festival International du Film de Comédie de Liège to reward her career[10].

Personal life[edit]

Bruno Moynot was her partner from 1974-81. In a second union with sculptor Philippe Berry (brother of actor Richard Berry), she has a daughter, Marilou Berry (born 1 February 1983, Paris), also an actress, and an adopted son, Rudy Berry (born 1988). Divorced from Philippe Berry in 1999, she remarried Native American actor George Aguilar in 2003, she met on the set of The Frenchman's Son in 1999.

In July 2018, her daughter Marilou Berry announced on her Instagram that she was pregnant with her first child. Her boy, Andy was born in November 2018 and was Balasko's first grandchild.



Year Title Role Director Notes
1973 The Year 01 Jacques Doillon, Alain Resnais & Jean Rouch
1976 The Tenant Viviane Roman Polanski
An Unusual Girl Simone Philippe Nahoun
1977 Pardon Mon Affaire, Too! Josy Yves Robert
This Sweet Sickness Nadine Claude Miller
Animal Supermarket Girl Claude Zidi
Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo Uncredited Vincent McEveety
Monsieur Papa Philippe Monnier
1978 French Fried Vacation Nathalie Morin Patrice Leconte
The Little Wheedlers Corinne Jean-Marie Poiré
Pauline et l'Ordinateur Pauline Francis Fehr
Si vous n'aimez pas ça, n'en dégoûtez pas les autres A spectator Raymond Lewin
Like a Turtle on Its Back Luc Béraud
1979 French Fried Vacation 2 Nathalie Morin Patrice Leconte
Heroes Are Not Wet Behind the Ears A client Charles Nemes
1980 Les Quatre Cents Coups de Virginie Emma-Ammé Bernard Queysanne TV Mini-Series
1981 Men Prefer Fat Girls Lydie Langlois Jean-Marie Poiré
Le Maître d'école Mrs. Lajoie Claude Berri
Hotel America Colette André Téchiné
Clara et les Chics Types Louise Jacques Monnet
1982 Santa Claus Is a Stinker Madame Musquin Jean-Marie Poiré
1983 Signes extérieurs de richesse Béatrice Flamand Jacques Monnet
Gramps Is in the Resistance The pharmacist Jean-Marie Poiré
1984 P'tit Con Rolande Gérard Lauzier
La smala Simone Jean-Loup Hubert
The Vengeance of the Winged Serpent Jackie Gérard Oury
1985 All Mixed Up Anita Josiane Balasko
Slices of Life Madame Dupuis François Leterrier
1986 Nuit d'ivresse Frède Bernard Nauer
The Joint Brothers Aline Hervé Palud
1987 Lady Cops Insp. Mireille Molineux Josiane Balasko
1988 Without Fear or Blame Handmaid Gérard Jugnot
Une nuit à l'Assemblée Nationale The journalist Jean-Pierre Mocky
1989 Too Beautiful for You Colette Chevassu Bertrand Blier Nominated - César Award for Best Actress
1991 My Life Is Hell Leah Lemonier Josiane Balasko
The Professional Secrets of Dr. Apfelgluck The scientist Alessandro Capone, Thierry Lhermitte, ...
1993 Not Everybody's Lucky Enough to Have Communist Parents Irène Jean-Jacques Zilbermann Nominated - César Award for Best Actress
Shadow of a Doubt Sophia Aline Issermann
1994 Dead Tired Herself Michel Blanc
1995 French Twist Marijo Josiane Balasko
1997 Didier Madame Massart Alain Chabat
Arlette Arlette Bathiat Claude Zidi
1998 Un grand cri d'amour Gigi Ortega Josiane Balasko
1999 The Frenchman's Son Suzanne Gérard Lauzier
2000 The Libertine Baroness Holbach Gabriel Aghion
Actors André Dussollier 2 Bertrand Blier
Chicken Run Bernadette Peter Lord & Nick Park French Voice
2001 A Crime in Paradise Lucienne Braconnier Jean Becker
Absolutely Fabulous Edith "Eddie" Mousson Gabriel Aghion
2002 The Race Madame Jo Djamel Bensalah
2003 That Woman Michèle Varin Guillaume Nicloux Nominated - César Award for Best Actress
2004 Madame Édouard Nina Tchitchi Nadine Monfils
2005 The Ex-Wife of My Life Marie-Pierre Sarrazin Josiane Balasko
It's Our Life! Blanche Delhomme Gérard Krawczyk
I Saw Ben Barka Get Killed Marguerite Duras Serge Le Péron & Saïd Smihi
2006 French Fried Vacation 3 Nathalie Morin Patrice Leconte
David Nolande Sofia Nicolas Cuche TV Series (1 Episode)
2007 The Red Inn Rose Martin Gérard Krawczyk
The Key Michèle Varin Guillaume Nicloux
2008 A French Gigolo Irène Josiane Balasko
Ruby Blue Stéphanie Jan Dunn
A Day at the Museum Mother in Chanel Jean-Michel Ribes
Françoise Dolto, le désir de vivre Françoise Dolto Serge Le Péron TV Movie
2009 The Hedgehog Renée Michel Mona Achache Nominated - Women Film Critics Circle for Courage in Acting Award
Park Benches Solange Renivelle Bruno Podalydès
Neuilly Yo Mama! School's director Gabriel Julien-Laferrière
2010 Holiday Christiane Mercier Guillaume Nicloux
2011 A Happy Event Claire Rémi Bezançon
Beur sur la ville Mamie Nova Djamel Bensalah
2012 Sport de filles Joséphine de Silène Patricia Mazuy
Maman Paulette Mine Alexandra Leclère
Mes héros Olga Eric Besnard
2013 Demi-soeur Antoinette Novack Josiane Balasko
2014 Aunt Hilda! Dolorès Benoît Chieux & Jacques-Rémy Girerd
Les Gazelles Brigitte Mona Achache
The law of Barbara Barbara Malo Didier Le Pêcheur TV Mini-Series
2015 The Roommates Party Bernadette Alexandra Leclère
Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir Josiane / Sarah Thomas Astruc TV Series (1 Episode)
2016 Back to Mom's Jacqueline Mazerin Éric Lavaine
Arrête ton cinéma Brigitte Diane Kurys
Joséphine, Pregnant & Fabulous Josephine's mother Marilou Berry
Par tous les seins Voice Caroline le Moing Short
2017 Let the Sunshine In Maxime Claire Denis
The New Adventures of Cinderella Josépha Lionel Steketee
2018 Bécassine Mademoiselle Châtaigne Bruno Podalydès
Volontaire Muriel Baer Hélène Fillières
Neuilly sa mère, sa mère ! Madame Bachelot Gabriel Julien-Laferrière
J'ai perdu Albert Simone Le Couidec Didier Van Cauwelaert
2019 L'intervention Michèle Sampieri Fred Grivois Post-Production
All Inclusive Lulu Fabien Onteniente Post-Production
By the Grace of God François Ozon Post-Production
Vous êtes jeunes vous êtes beaux Mona Franchin Don Post-Production
Le gendre Coline Héctor Cabello Reyes Post-Production
L'esprit de famille Marguerite Eric Besnard Post-Production
Les amis des amis Pascal Bonitzer Post-Production
C'est la vie Dominique Julien Rambaldi Post-Production
Le Bazar de la Charité Madame Huchon Alexandre Laurent TV Series
2020 Retour chez ma fille Jacqueline Mazerin Éric Lavaine Pre-Production
100% bio Fabien Onteniente Pre-Production


Year Title Box Office Notes
1985 Sac de noeuds $4.7 million[11]
1987 Les keufs $8 million[12]
1991 My Life Is Hell $8.8 million[13]
1995 French Twist $75.2 million[14] César Award for Best Writing
Palm Springs International Film Festival - Best Foreign Language Film
Lumières Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film
Nominated - César Award for Best Film
Nominated - César Award for Best Director
Nominated - GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Film – Limited Release
Nominated - Festival du Film Francophone - Film in Competition
1998 Un grand cri d'amour $3.4 million[15]
2005 L'Ex-femme de ma vie $6.8 million[16]
2008 Cliente $10.1 million[17] Nominated - Sundance Film Festival for Grand Jury Prize : World Cinema Dramatic
Nominated - Rome Film Festival for Golden Marc'Aurelio Award
Nominated - City of Lights, City of Angels - In Competition Nominated - Hublot d'Or - Best Adaptation
Nominated - Young Public Award - Best Adaptation
Nominated - RAIMU Award - Best Comedy Film
Nominated - RAIMU Award - Best Actress
Nominated - RAIMU Award - Best Screenplay
Nominated - RAIMU Award - Best Direction
Nominated - Festival du Film Francophone - Film in Competition
2013 Demi-soeur $1.6 million[18]


Movies starring Josiane Balasko with more than a million of entries in France.

Films Director Year France (entries)
1 Les Bronzés 3: Amis pour la vie Patrice Leconte 2006 10,355,930
2 Papy fait de la résistance Jean-Marie Poiré 1983 4,104,082
3 French Twist Josiane Balasko 1995 3,990,094
4 Animal Claude Zidi 1977 3,157,789
5 Le Maître d'école Claude Berri 1981 3,015,596
6 Didier Alain Chabat 1997 2,902,960
7 La vengeance du serpent à plumes Gérard Oury 1984 2,663,303
8 Neuilly sa mère! Gabriel Julien-Laferrière 2009 2,517,140
9 Les Bronzés Patrice Leconte (2) 1978 2,308,644
10 Back to Mom's Éric Lavaine 2016 2,198,341
11 Les Frères Pétard Hervé Palud 1986 2,179,370
12 A Crime in Paradise Jean Becker 2001 2,137,829
13 Pardon Mon Affaire, Too! Yves Robert 1977 2,080,789
14 Too Beautiful for You Bertrand Blier 1989 2,031,131
15 Grosse fatigue Michel Blanc 1994 2,015,230
16 Les hommes préfèrent les grosses Jean-Marie Poiré (2) 1981 1,931,038
17 Le Père Noël est une ordure Jean-Marie Poiré (3) 1982 1,582,732
18 Les Bronzés font du ski Patrice Leconte (3) 1979 1,535,781
19 The Race Djamel Bensalah 2002 1,456,267
20 Nuit d'ivresse Bernard Nauer 1986 1,381,464
21 Absolument fabuleux Gabriel Aghion 2001 1,370,394
22 My Life Is Hell Josiane Balasko (2) 1991 1,170,523
23 The Roommates Party Alexandra Leclère 2015 1,169,659
24 Neuilly sa mère, sa mère! Gabriel Julien-Laferrière 2018 1,144,597
25 Signes extérieurs de richesse Jacques Monnet 1983 1,074,802
26 Les Keufs Josiane Balasko (3) 1987 1,071,467


Josiane BALASKO at MAINSTREAM film festival.jpg
Year Title Author Director
1970 La pipelette ne pipa pas Josiane Balasko Josiane Balasko
1971 Quand j'srai grande, j'srai paranoïaque Josiane Balasko Josiane Balasko
1973 Jeanne l'ébouriffée Catherine Dasté Catherine Dasté
1975 Silence là-dedans
1976 Le Pot de terre contre le pot de vin Le Splendid Le Splendid
Ginette Lacaze Coluche Coluche
1977 Amour, coquillages et crustacés Le Splendid Le Splendid
1979 Le Père Noël est une ordure Le Splendid Philippe Galland
1982 Bunny's bar Josiane Balasko Josiane Balasko
1985-1988 Nuit d'ivresse Josiane Balasko Josiane Balasko
1989 L'Ex-femme de ma vie Josiane Balasko Josiane Balasko
1992 Solo Willy Russell Josiane Balasko
1996-97 Un grand cri d'amour Josiane Balasko Josiane Balasko
2002 Nuit d'ivresse Josiane Balasko Josiane Balasko
2006 Dernier Rappel Josiane Balasko Josiane Balasko
2009 Tout le monde aime Juliette Josiane Balasko Josiane Balasko
2011-12 La nuit sera chaude Josiane Balasko Josiane Balasko
2014-15 Un grand moment de solitude Josiane Balasko Josiane Balasko
2016-18 The Woman Destroyed Simone de Beauvoir Hélène Fillières
2017 Corps de bataille Valérie Lang Stanislas Nordey
2019 Un chalet à Gstaad Josiane Balasko Josiane Balasko



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