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Marianne traveled to New York in the early 1980s and found work as a model. (2) Returning to Iowa, she obtained a BA in English Literature from the University of Iowa and then studied acting. (3) For twenty-five years she traveled extensively throughout the world while living and working as model and actress in Italy, Japan, France, Spain, Hong Kong, Austria, and Switzerland. Marianne met her future husband, Jean-Michael Choquet (Paris, France, June 30, 1951-- ) while working in Spain. They married in Olivet, France on April 17, 1996 and divorced in February, 2016. Their son, Yancy Raphaël Choquet was born in Atlanta, Georgia on April 13, 1997. (4)
Despite pressures of her work, Marianne continued her education. She attended the Ted Liss Acting Studios in Chicago (1986-87); Shay Acting School, Atlanta, Georgia (1996); and the Actor's Workshop in Barcelona, Spain (2005). (5) While abroad, Marianne earned a Certificate de Langue Française from the University of Paris-Sorbonne and an MA (2008) from the University of Barcelona. She pioneered the acceptance of creative dissertation work in continental Europe when awarded her PhD in Literature and Cultural Studies from the University of Barcelona in 2013. (6) Her dissertation was a critical exegesis in the fields of creative writing, the bildungsroman and quest in American and English literature, women's studies, cultural studies and literary theory accompanied by a work of fiction, a novel. (7)
Marianne acted in four MOTION PICTURES including "The Untouchables" with Sean Connery and Kevin Costner. She appeared in three television programs including "Crime Story." Her commercial advertisements have included products from such companies as Honda, Chrysler, Ford, BMW, Coca Cola, Siemens, Nescafe', Panasonic, and Ponds among many others. With the Ted Liss Studios, she played "Blanche" in A Streetcar Named Desire, "Martha Dobie" in The Children's Hour, "Guildenstern" in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. (8)
Throughout her life, she has found time to study and enjoy writing. Speaking English, French, Spanish, and translating from Catalan, she has worked for The Iowa Review, (editorial assistant, 1985) Dino De Laurentiis films (writer of synopsis of novels for films being considered, 1986), The Yomiuri Shimbun (assistant to the regional editor, 1987-1989), Metro magazine in Chicago (editor, 1987-1988), and The Barcelona Review(reader, 2005-2006). (9) She participated in three nationally renowned U.S. writing programs: the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference in California, and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in Vermont. She also assisted and participated in A Creativity Workshop in Barcelona and Paris. (10) Marianne writes fiction and non-fiction; her scholarly work has been published in Canada and Spain. (11)
Marianne has taught at the University of Barcelona, the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) Barcelona Study Center, the well-renowned Writing School (Escola d’Escriptura) at the Ateneu Barcelonès, UNIVERSITY OF DUBUQUE where she was the 2012 Poet-in-Residence, and the University of Wisconsin-Platteville where she was the interim head of the French program. (12)
In May 2007 and June 2009, she was awarded an International Mobility Scholarship by the Spanish Ministry of Education and Culture. With a grant from the Center for Women and Literature at the University of Barcelona in October 2008, she was a Visiting Scholar at the prestigious International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. (13) She has also been an Erasmus Distinguished Foreign Visitor at the Josef Skvorecky Literary Academy in Prague, Czech Republic. (14) In April 2009, she created, directed, and taught a pilot writing workshop - Creating Writing: On Being Foreign - to University of California-Illinois Education Abroad Program students at the University of Barcelona. She later taught it as a semester-long academic course at the CIEE Barcelona Study Center. (15)
Marianne moved back to Dubuque in 2012 and was the subject of an article by Amy GILLIGAN in DBQ: Celebrate the Good Life magazine in 2013. In 2017 she was living in Chicago where she was freelancing as a writer, translator, interpreter, actress, model, lecturer, and speaker.
In 2018 Marianne's novel Lucy, go see was an award-winning finalist in the Women's Issues category of the prestigious 2018 Best Book Awards. In 2019 it was awarded the Eric Hoffer Da Vinci Eye Award for Outstanding Cover Art. The unique cover was, according to Marianne, inspired by Jhuma Lahiri's The Clothing of Books and French book covers. The cover incorporating letters, drawing, writing and design was created by Marianne and Carina Clark Reimers.
1. Email, Marianne Choquet, September 1, 2013
2. Gilligan, Amy. "Coming Home," DBQ: Celebrate the Good Life, Dubuque, Iowa: TH Media, July-Sept. 2013, p. 34
4. Email, Marianne Choquet, September 1, 2013
5. IMDb Resume for Marianne Choquet. Online: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1265461/resume
6. LinkedIn. Online: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mariannechoquet/
7. Curricula Vita.
8. Escola d'Escriptura (Ateneu Barcelonès). Online: http://cursos.campusdeescritura.com/ES/profesores/24/Marianne-choquet
9. "Marianne Choquet," She Writes. Online: http://www.shewrites.com/profile/MarianneChoquet
10. "Marianne Choquet," http://www.juliensjournal.com/SteppingOut/EventsCalendar/tabid/67/mid/463/itemid/873/ctl/Details/ShowNav/False/dnnprintmode/true/Default.aspx?SkinSrc=[G]Skins%2F_default%2FNo+Skin&ContainerSrc=[G]Containers%2F_default%2FNo+Container
11. Workshop Director, Marianne Choquet. Online: http://humanstellingstories.wordpress.com/marianne-choquet-workshop-writing-barcelona-spain/
12. "Marianne Choquet," She Writes.
13. Workshop Director Marianne Choquet.
14. "Marianne Choquet," She Writes.