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Gérard DEPARDIEU

French Gérard DEPARDIEU

born Gérard Xavier Marcel DEPARDIEU

French actor and winemaker

Source :  Patrick TEXIER

Born: on December 27, 1948 in Châteauroux, Indre, France  (70 years)


Biography

Gérard Depardieu was born in Châteauroux, Indre, France. He is one of six children of Anne Jeanne Josèphe "la Liette" (née Marillier) and René Maxime Lionel "le Dédé" Depardieu, a metal worker and volunteer fireman. His mother did not want more children and told Depardieu that she had tried to abort him with knitting needles.He stated that as a child he would inspect his hands for scars from the needles.Depardieu spent more time in the street than in the classroom and left school at 13. At the age of 16, Depardieu left Châteauroux for Paris. There, he studied dancing under Jean-Laurent Cochet, and went on to become one of France's most renowned actors. In 1986, his international fame grew as a result of his performance as a doomed, hunchbacked farmer in the film Jean de Florette. Five years later he won a César for his starring role in Cyrano de Bergerac. More recently, he has played Obélix in the three Astérix movies.

In 1970 Depardieu married Élisabeth Guignot with whom he had two children, actor Guillaume (1971–2008) and actress Julie (1973). In 1992, while separated from Élisabeth, he had a daughter, Roxane, with the model Karine Sylla. In 1996 he divorced Élisabeth and began a relationship with actress Carole Bouquet, to whom he was married from 1997 to 2005. On 14 July 2006, he had a son, Jean, with French-Cambodian Hélène Bizot, according to the issue 3089 (31 July 2008) of Paris Match. Since 2005, Depardieu has lived with a Harvard-educated novelist, Clémentine Igou.

On 13 October 2008, his son Guillaume died at the age of 37 from complications linked to a sudden case of pneumonia.

Depardieu is co-owner of a winery in Condrieu, in the Northern Rhone, with partner Alain Paret, where the duo make highly-respected wines using the viognier grape. Their Lys de Volan Condrieu frequently garners excellent reviews in the wine press. Depardieu became Paret's partner after tasting the wine in a restaurant. He then called Paret and offered to buy a share of the winemaking operation.

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