Name: Ma´wenn Le Besco (common misspellings: Maiwenn, Maiwen, Lebesco)
About the Name: The name "Ma´wenn" is a Celtic name derived from two names: Mary and Gwen. The pronunciation is, using English, "My-wenn".
Pseudonyms: Ouin-Ouin, ...?
Eyes: Slate Blue
Age: mid 20's (23-26??)
Overall Appearance: Ma´wenn has pale skin (European -- how about that?), her lips are very full, and she has a mole under the right side of her nose. She looks to be in her mid 20's, but I don't really know because I don't know her birthdate. She had a 9 page photo shoot in the May '94 issue of Mirabella magazine.
What I Know: Ms. Le Besco is a French actress who apparently lives in or around Paris, since she's been seen going to certain movie/theatre premieres there with her friends...plus, it just kinda makes sense. If I'm guessing her age correctly, she started her movie acting career right around age 18-20 or so. If she's anything like a lot of other actresses in the US, she probably started out by modeling some before she started into the movie/television industry. Ma´wenn has had one child, a girl that is named Shana, born in 1993. The father is Luc Besson. She is not married so far as I have heard. Most people outside of France will find her easiest to remember in her role in The Fifth Element as the Diva Plavalaguna, but her most substantial role is supposedly in the French film L'Elegant Criminel, or as it is known to us English speakers The Elegant Criminal. Ma´wenn is not the main character, but a supporting character named Hermine. She's on the English-subtitled video cover so I imagine she had a pretty big role in the movie. I wouldn't know...I have yet to see the movie. Ma´wenn has starred in four movies that I know of, and one TV series. The first thing I noticed when I began to take an interest in Ma´wenn was the lack of information...this has kept growth of this page slow. If anybody knows anything about Ma´wenn that I do not have up here, please take the time to let me know about it in an email!
The following images are partial scans from the May '94 issue of Mirabella magazine...they're the best quality I could get.
Listed chronologically, earliest first.
Just learned that Ma´wenn apparently did *not* appear in La Femme Nikita, thanks for the help!
The Elegant Criminal
Movie based on the memoirs of Pierre Lacenaire, a criminal you love to hate. He really was a terribly strange individual. He wrote his memoirs while he was waiting to be executed. I do not know Ma´wenn's role in this film...just the name of her character, Hermine. Directed by Francis Girod.
Many thanks to Laurent, of France Cinema Multimedia, for providing much of the information you'll find on this page.
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