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Anne Wiazemsky
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Wiazemsky in Il seme dell'uomo (1969)
Born (1947-05-14)14 May 1947
Died 5 October 2017(2017-10-05) (aged 70)
Paris, France
Occupation Actress, novelist
Years active 1966–1988
(m. 1967; div. 1979)
Relatives François Mauriac
(maternal grandfather)

Anne Wiazemsky (14 May 1947 – 5 October 2017) was a French actress and novelist. She made her cinema debut at the age of 18, playing Marie, the lead character in Robert Bresson's Au Hasard Balthazar (1966), and went on to appear in several of Jean-Luc Godard's films, among them La Chinoise (1967), Week End (1967), and One Plus One (1968).

Through her mother, she was the granddaughter of novelist and dramatist François Mauriac.

Early life

Wiazemsky was born on 14 May 1947 in Berlin, Germany. Her father Yvan Wiazemsky, a French diplomat, was a Russian prince who had emigrated to France following the Russian Revolution. Her mother Claire Mauriac was the daughter of François Mauriac, a winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Wiazemsky spent her early years abroad following her father's postings around the world, including Geneva and Caracas before returning to Paris in 1962. She graduated from the high school Ecole Sainte Marie de Passy in Paris.



Wiazemsky made her on screen acting debut at the age of 18, playing Marie, the lead character in Robert Bresson's Au Hasard Balthazar (1966) after being introduced to the director by actress Florence Delay. The film premièred at the 1966 Venice Film Festival where it won the OCIC (International Catholic Organization for Cinema) Award, the San Giorgio Prize, and the New Cinema Award. It has since been listed by critics as one of the greatest films of all time. Filmmaker and Cahiers du Cinéma critic Jean-Luc Godard wrote a glowing review for the film, writing that "everyone who sees this film will be absolutely astonished [...] because this film is really the world in an hour and a half."

Wiazemsky subsequently developed a relationship with Godard, and married him one year later, in 1967. She starred in several of his films, including La Chinoise (1967), Week End (1967), and One Plus One (1968).

In the 1980s, she began to turn to work behind the camera. In 1994, she co-wrote the script Go Home, which starred Claire Denis in 1960s France. She began to direct television documentaries.


In addition to acting, Wiazemsky wrote several novels, including Canines (1993), Une Poignée de Gens (1998), and Aux Quatre Coins du Monde (2001). Hymnes à l'Amour was filmed in 2003 as Toutes ces belles promesses (All the Fine Promises), directed by Jean-Paul Civeyrac and starring Valérie Crunchant and Bulle Ogier. Her novel Jeune Fille (2007) was based on her experience of starring in Au Hasard Balthazar.

In 2015, she wrote the novel Un An Après (“One Year After”), which chronicled her time shooting Godard's film La Chinoise to when their relationship soured. It was developed into a feature film, Le Redoubtable, by The Artist director Michel Hazanavicius and Wiazemsky was played by Stacy Martin.

Personal life

During the 1966 filming of Au Hasard Balthazar, director Robert Bresson proposed to her several times, though she refused. In 1967, she married Jean-Luc Godard, and subsequently starred in several of his films; the marriage officially ended in divorce in 1979, though the couple had separated as early as 1970.



Wiazemsky died of breast cancer on 5 October 2017, aged 70.


Actress (partial listing)

Year Title Role
1966 Au Hasard Balthazar Marie
1967 La Chinoise Veronique
Week End Une fille à la femme
1968 Teorema Odetta
Les Gauloises bleues L'infirmière
One + One Eve Democracy
1969 Il seme dell'uomo Dora
Pigsty Ida
1970 Wind from the East La révolutionnaire
1971 Raphael, or The Debauched One Diane
Vladimir et Rosa Ann
1972 Tout va bien Leftist woman
1973 The Train La fille-Mère
1973 George Who? George Sand
1974 La vérité sur l'imaginaire passion d'un inconnu Le christ-femme
1975 Die Auslieferung Nathalie Herzen
1976 Guerres civiles en France Elisabeth Dimitrieff
1978 Flesh Color La vendeuse
1979 L'enfant secret Elie
1980 Même les mômes ont du vague à l'âme La photographe
1983 Grenouilles Nora
1984 Rendez-vous L'administratrice
1988 Ville étrangère Stéphanie

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