Carole Bouquet

Carole Bouquet Biography

Carole Bouquet as Melina Havelock

Carole Bouquet is a French actress, widely recognized for her work in some of the most iconic films in French cinema. She was born on August 18, 1957, in Neuilly-sur-Seine, a commune in the western suburbs of Paris, France.

Carole Bouquet began her acting career in the late 1970s, starting with the TV miniseries La famille Cigale, and then making her feature film debut in Luis Buñuel’s surrealist classic That Obscure Object of Desire (1977). Bouquet’s performance in the film earned her widespread critical acclaim and helped establish her as a talented actress to watch.

In 1981, Bouquet became a household name with her role as Bond girl Melina Havelock in the James Bond film For Your Eyes Only, alongside Roger Moore. The film’s commercial success solidified her status as a prominent actress in both French and international cinema.


Bouquet went on to star in numerous films, including the critically acclaimed drama Too Beautiful For You (1989), for which she won the César Award for Best Actress. She received a César Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in Rive droite, rive gauche (1984), and has appeared in several other notable films, including The Malady of Love (1986), Tango (1993), and Lucie Aubrac (1997).

Apart from her acting career, Carole Bouquet was also a model for French luxury fashion label Chanel in the 1980s, being the face of Chanel No. 5 fragrance from 1986 to 1997. She had a long-standing relationship with producer Jean-Pierre Rassam, with whom she had a son, Dimitri Rassam, who is also a producer. In 1987, she gave birth to a son, Louis, with photographer Francis Giacobetti. Carole Bouquet married immunologist Jacques Leibowitch in 1992, but they divorced in 1996.

In 2005, Bouquet ventured into the wine-making business and opened her own winery, Maison Carole Bouquet, on the island of Pantelleria in the Strait of Sicily.

Carole Bouquet’s filmography spans over four decades and includes more than 50 films and TV shows. She has won several awards for her acting, including two César Awards. Her recent work includes the TV series En thérapie (2021) and the film Fantasies (2021).