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Laetitia Casta
Birth name Laetitia Marie Laure Casta
Date of birth May 11, 1978 (1978-05-11) (age 31)[1]
Place of birth Pont-Audemer, Eure, France
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 6+12 in)[2]
Hair color Brown
Eye color Blue
Measurements (US) 35-23.5-35.5 in
(EU) 89-59.5-90 cm
Weight 125.4 lb (57 kg)
Dress size (US) 6
(EU) 36
Shoe size (US) 7
(EU) 38

Laetitia Marie Laure Casta (born May 11, 1978) is a French model and actress.

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Personal life and background

She was born in Pont-Audemer, Eure, France. Casta's mother, Line Blin, is from Normandy. Her father, Dominique Casta, is from Corsica. She has an older brother, Jean-Baptiste, and a younger sister, Marie-Ange. She spent her childhood in Normandy and Noisy-le-Grand (93 - France). On October 19, 2001, she gave birth to her daughter, Sahteene. The father is her former boyfriend Stéphane Sednaoui. Casta is engaged to Italian actor Stefano Accorsi. The couple have two children, a son named Orlando, born on September 21, 2006, and a daughter named Athena, born on August 29, 2009.

Career

Casta's career reportedly began when she was discovered by a photographer during a family holiday in her father's native Corsica, at age 15.

Casta was the official face of L'Oréal, Dior, and Chanel. She was featured in Guess? Jeans, Tommy Hilfiger, Miu Miu and XOXO ad campaigns. Casta has appeared on over 100 magazine covers including Victoria's Secret catalogs, ELLE magazine, and Vogue magazine. She also appeared in three consecutive Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues, Rolling Stone, and a Pirelli Calendar. She is now the face of Ralph Lauren's newest fragrance, Notorious.

Acting

Casta has made forays into Francophone film and television productions, including Astérix et Obélix contre César (known as Astérix and Obélix vs. César in English language versions), a live-action film of the Astérix world in which she plays a potential love interest for Obélix, portrayed by Gérard Depardieu. More recently, Casta appeared in Les Âmes Fortes, a dramatic film directed by Raùl Ruiz.[3] She has been cast as Brigitte Bardot in the movie Serge Gainsbourg, vie héroïque (2010).

Casta was also prominently featured in the music video for the Chris Isaak song "Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing" in 1999. Through most of the video, Casta was seen in a motel room and sexy lingerie while being watched by Isaak in the next room. There were two versions of the video. VH1 aired the censored version before 9 p.m. and the uncensored version was aired after the 9 p.m. watershed. This video was ranked #28 on VH1's 50 Sexiest Video Moments. The video was regarded as too steamy by the network. She is also the subject of a song written by popular alternative rock band, Brand New, in their song "Magazines".

As Marianne

In 1999, Casta came out first of a national survey ordered by the Association des Maires de France to decide who should be the new model for the bust of Marianne, an allegorical symbol of the French Republic, which stands inside every French town hall. Casta succeeded model Inès de la Fressange. Marianne's embodiements are changed frequently, but each mayor chooses which bust he wants for his town, so past Mariannes can be used. Polls have shown that Casta, Brigitte Bardot and Catherine Deneuve were the most popular among French mayors.

Casta became the focus of a minor controversy when, shortly after being selected to be Marianne, she relocated to London. Although she stated her move was motivated by professional reasons, the magazine Le Point, among others, suggested that she was trying to escape taxes, something for which French celebrities are often criticized by journalists and left-wing politicians.[4]

Filmography

Year Film Role Director Notes
2010 Serge Gainsbourg, vie héroïque Brigitte Bardot Joann Sfar Performs on the soundtrack
2009 Visage Salomé Tsai Ming-Liang Cannes Film Festival: official selection in competition
Fleurs dans le miroir, lune dans l'eau herself, Salomé François Lunel Making of Visage
2008 Nés en 68 Catherine Olivier Ducastel
Jacques Martineau
Cabourg: Golden Swann of the Best Actress
La jeune fille et les loups Angèle Amblard Gilles Legrand
2007 Le Petit Monde De Charlotte Charlotte A. Cavatica Gary Winick Voice of the spider (French version)
2006 Le Grand appartement Francesca Cigalone Pascal Thomas
La Déraison du Louvre The young woman Ange Leccia Short film
Nymphea The naiad Ange Leccia Short film
2004 Luisa Sanfelice Luisa Sanfelice Paolo and Vittorio Taviani TV film for France2, RAI Uno
2003 Errance Lou Damien Odoul
2002 Gitano Lucia Junco Manuel Palacios
Rue des plaisirs Marion Patrice Leconte Performs on the soundtrack
2001 Les âmes fortes Thérèse Raoul Ruiz 2001 Cannes Film Festival: official selection out of competition[5]
2000 La Bicyclette Bleue Léa Delmas Thierry Binisti TV film for France2
1999 Astérix et Obélix contre César Falbala Claude Zidi

Theatre

  • Ondine (2004) play by Giraudoux, Théâtre Antoine
  • Elle t'attend (2008) play by Florian Zeller, Théâtre de la Madeleine

Books

  • Heath, Christopher; Laetitia Casta (September 1, 1999). Laetitia Casta. ISBN 0-670-88819-2. 

References

  1. ^ FMD profile. Retrieved 2009-12-04.
  2. ^ Elle magazine (France). May 2004. Retrieved 2009-12-04
  3. ^ Laetitia Casta cuts teeth on Serious Film International Herald Tribune, May 29, 2001.
  4. ^ "France galled by model move", BBC News, April 3, 2000
  5. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Savage Souls". festival-cannes.com. http://www.festival-cannes.com/en/archives/ficheFilm/id/1100077/year/2001.html. Retrieved 2009-10-24. 

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Laetitia Marie Laure Casta (born 11 May 1978) is a French supermodel and actress. Casta's career reportedly began when she was discovered by a photographer during a family holiday in her father's native Corsica, at age 15.

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  • Real beauty is to be true to oneself. That's what makes me feel good.
  • When I began as a model, everybody tried to remold me: I was too fat, too little, they tried to re-shape my teeth--I am very proud that I have stayed as I was.
  • And there is a beautiful thing which is wonderful, to look like a woman, not a green bean.
  • I tell people my breasts were made in Normandy from butter and creme fraiche.
  • I love food: hamburgers, pizza, gnocci, mashed potatoes, and especially chocolate. I enjoy eating for the sake of eating. Sometimes I feel sad for the models who don't eat. When you love food, you love life. When you love life, you love to love.
  • My family is the most important thing in my life. I would love passionately to have my own children. To have a baby inside me--it's one of my dreams in lie. I would love to hold my children, to run to them, to give them the same happiness my family gives to me.
  • I enjoy being a woman. It's what I learned from years of experience in modeling. You learn how to seduce; how to be sensual, how to play. It's very important for a woman, I think. But it's not by beauty that you seduce. It's a meeting--it depends on the image the other reflects back to you, how they see you and make you feel.
  • Nudity...it's a natural state. I've seen more vulgarity in people wearing clothes.
  • Water makes me feel at peace. In Corsica, I spend most of my time on the beaches or in the rivers. That's one reason I love it there so much. The water is so clean and fresh - you can drink it straight out of the rivers! This island is my secret garden.
  • I feel best in soft and natural materials such as cotton and silk. I wear collections from all designers. They all have outstanding cuts and extremely pleasant materials.
  • When I see a a man I look into his eyes to find his true self. I don't look at his body. It is his heart and his passion that will give me what I want. What interests me is a man's soft spot: his vulnerability. It is when a man is vulnerable that he is beautiful. When he is unguarded and honest, then a man is like a child.
  • Thomas Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbervilles is a novel that I have read over and over and over again. Tess is a pure child who has an inner glow none of the others in the book possess. They reject her because she is different, and they try in every possible manner to destroy her, because they are jealous. It is an extraordinary love story.
  • In life, (the fashion world) is full of sharks. In this world the young girls lose themselves; become the property of others, live but for the job and their craziness...they don't know anymore where their home is. Many take drugs. It's strange. Perhaps the girls understand that this does not work for me. I don't have many friendships with other models. I respect them and enjoy working with them, but I probably would not invite them into my home. My house is like my heart, and I open it only to those with whom I have a close relationship.

On Laetitia

  • Laetitia is beautiful inside and radiant outside. She is pure, honest, open, and natural. There is no advice that I can give her; she has her own life under control. The most important thing is not to become a star but to remain one! This I wish for her with all my heart.
  • (Laetitia) has a childlike gift for the camera, then she delivers something incredible...Laetitia is the most beautiful woman in the world.
    • Dominique Issermann
  • I looked into her eyes to understand her, and there I saw a beautiful, radiant soul. For that I chose her, not only for her splendid body.
    • Paul Marciano
  • I had enemies on the set because only I was allowed to kiss Laetitia. She has so many faces - one minute she is a young, sweet girl; then suddenly a hilarious, mature, knock-out woman! During shooting, she was unbelievably professional, which certainly doesn't come only from her recent work as a model. With her experience and her naturalness, she can become a huge success.
    • Hardy Kruger Jr., (Tragicomix)
  • I don't believe in God, but when I see Laetitia I'm tempted to change my mind.

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