Serreau, Coline (1947–)

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Serreau, Coline (1947–)

French director, actress and screenwriter. Born Oct 29, 1947, in Paris, France; dau. of Jean-Marie Serreau (actor and stage director) and Geneviève Serreau (writer); children: Nathanaël Serreau; (with Beno Besson) Madeleine Besson.

Began career as a stage and screen actress; made first full-length film, Mais qu'est ce qu'elles veulent (But What Do These Women Want?, 1977); had greatest success with 3 hommes et un couffin (Three Men and a Cradle, 1985), for which she won Cesar awards for Best Film and Best Screenplay, then served as technical advisor on the Hollywood remake, Three Men and a Baby; other films include Romuald et Juliette (1988), 3 Men and a Little Lady (1990), La Crise (1992), La Belle verte (1996) and 18 ans après (2003). Awarded the French Legion of Honor by Jaques Chirac (2004).