Virginie Ledoyen (Bio)
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Virginie Ledoyen was born, November 15th, 1976 in Aubervilliers,
France, the daughter of Bernard, a salesman and Olga, a
retauranteur. It has been said that she inherited her unusual
eyes from her Spanish grandparents.
Virginie got her
first modeling job at age 2 and made several ads when she was
She was cast in her
first film, an Italian comedy at the age of 9 which was also the
year she was enrolled in a performing arts school. By 11 years
old she had also acted on stage as well.
Obviously her talents had
been recognized early on.
Breakthrough at 17
Virginie was about 15 years
old when she realized that acting would be something she wanted to
pursue as an occupation and soon she had earned enough money to get her
own apartment. Her big break in the movies was in 1994 when, at the age
of 17, she was in the film Cold Water in which she played a troubled
teen. This lead to even bigger things in the 1995 film Single Girl
which received critical acclaim. It was a surprise hit in America, and
the New York Times said, in reference to this film, that Virginie had a
"natural screen presence."
Following Single Girl,
Virginie received calls from Hollywood including Woody Allen's agent. Up
till this point she had yet to make an American movie though she was
said to be a fan of Francis Ford Coppola and Stanley Kubrick.
Virginie's biggest break in
the American market came with the release of The Beach in February 2000
and this is sure to lead to even bigger and better opportunities.
Life Away From the
When she isn't acting,
Virginie loves to read. She is also heavily involved with an
organization called 'Pour le Tibet' which provides medical aid to
Virginie's parents are
divorced and her mother remarried. Virginie has a brother, Michel.