Born in Indochina to a French official, Marie-France Pisier began her film career in Paris at age 17. While appearing in such films as Love at Twenty, she completed her law and political science degrees at the University of Paris. After working in a string of comparatively obscure, experimental feature films, Ms. Pisier scored an international success with Cousin Cousine (1975), for which she won a Cesar award. Her Hollywood career began and ended with the critically-excoriated Other Side of Midnight (1977), but she continued to flourish in far superior European films; among her better film roles were Charlotte Brontë in Le Soeurs Brontë (1979) and Coco Chanel in Chanel Solitaire (1981). An accomplished writer, Pisier authored the best-selling novel The Governor's Party, going on to direct the 1990 screen version of that book. Pisier's later films include Pourquoi Maman Est Dans Mort Lit? (1993) and Tous les Jours Dimanche (1994). Pisier died tragically in April 2011 when her body was found drowned in her swimming pool, at Cyr-sur-Mer, France. She was 66.
— Hal Erickson, Rovi