Gerard Depardieu and Elisabeth Guignot had long been considered a model family. Their marriage lasted for 25 years, from 1971 to 1996. Gerard – handsome, tall guy, quite a sight to lose head. Elizabeth was from another world entirely, absolutely not similar to his own. She was a lady with good manners formed an intellectual. Next to her, he looked village bumpkin. “Before her, I had no idea what it means to be in love – wrote in his book, Gerard. – I did not realize that it is possible to worship a woman with whom you sleep. With it, I ceased to be a closed country boy. We could not get along without each other … ”
Elizabeth Lucy Guinot Dominic was born in a well-off Parisian family of intellectuals, on August 5, 1941.
At 12, he ran away from home, and his main teacher was the street (though his mother tried to reason with his son, but not really tried, hiding all emotions and resentments inside). He bullies from idleness, steal cars, rob stores – involvement in the gang gave him a sense of inner freedom, which is then very useful to him on stage and in film.
Because of the lack of attention (which, however, have been deprived of all his brothers and sisters) Gerard grew up introverted, shy boy-long stutterer and communicated mainly with gestures and very short sentences. At school, at first, things went more than good. But after the arrival of the American soldiers, the majority of the city’s children were to disappear for days at a U.S. base, communicating with the officers, watching movies, discovering a new culture. Gradually, interest in school waned completely, and Gerard just dropped it, satisfied with evidence of incomplete primary education.
After another fight, he decided to do some changes in his life and fled to the south of Canada. He hitchhiked in the warmer months working on the beach and watched the actors, who had come for the traditional festival in May.
One day, Gerard met a friend who asked him to “take a walk” to Paris and “do theater.” Nothing better to do, he agreed and even once dared to go to the theater courses with a friend. There’s something in him, said eccentric teacher and invited him to participate in the improvisation.
Probably the first time in the life of Gerard was praised, supported and noted for his talent. After that, he just could not imagine his life without a scene and entered the drama school where he met her …
And yet, the feeling was mutual. They were both involved in the comedy “Tartuffe.” He was amazed and asked her to marry. No one imagined that an intellectual lady quickly agreed …
They were married on August 19, 1971, and for a long time were a symbol of exemplary family: loving parents and two wonderful kids – Guillaume and Elena.
Elisabeth appeared in two movies with then-husband Gérard Depardieu: Jean de Florette (1986), in which they played husband and wife, and Le Tartuffe (1984). She participated at the 19th Brest European Short Film Festival in 2004 as a member of the jury.
After his marriage breakdown Gerard went on to have a string of lovers. In 1992, while separated from Élisabeth, he had a daughter Roxane Depardieu with the model Karine Sylla. His fluctuating private life took another turn when Gerard took up with actress Carole Bouquet with whom he was married from 1997 to 2005. A year later he had son Jean Depardieu with a Franco-Cambodian woman named Helene. Gerard has since been living with Harvard-educated novelist, Clementine Igou.
Depardieu has survived 17 (at the last count) motorbike accidents, a quintuple heart bypass and a runway accident when his small plane smacked into a Boeing 727 at Madrid airport. He’s also seen through a poverty-ravished childhood, a short spell in jail for theft and a 26-year marriage. Little wonder the French call him “une force de la nature”.
Guillaume was well known in his own right after starring in a number of films including the movie adaptation of Les Miserables in 2001. The 37-year-old actor, who had a daughter, died in a Parisian hospital following a severe bout of pneumonia.
Born 18 June 1973 in Paris, she is the daughter of Gerard Depardieu and Elisabeth Depardieu and the sister of the late Guillaume Depardieu – all of whom are also film actors. She has two paternal half-siblings: half-sister Roxane and half-brother Jean.