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Isabel Huppert in Elle.

About Isabel Huppert (1953 – ____)

Isabelle Anne Madeleine Huppert was born in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, the daughter of Annick (née Beau), an English teacher, and Raymond Huppert, a safe manufacturer. She has three sisters and a brother, and was raised in Ville-d'Avray. Her father was Jewish; his family is from Prešov and Alsace-Lorraine. Huppert was raised in her mother's Catholic faith.

Huppert was encouraged by her mother to begin acting at a young age, and became a teenage star in Paris. She later attended Versailles Conservatoire, where she won a prize for her acting. She is also an alumna of the National Conservatory of Dramatic Art of Paris, CNSAD.

Huppert made her television debut in 1971 with Le Prussien, and her film debut in 1972's Faustine et le Bel Été. Her later appearance in the controversial Les Valseuses (1974) made her increasingly recognized by the public. Her international breakthrough came with La Dentelliere (1977), for which she won a BAFTA award for Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles. She made her American film debut in Michael Cimino's Heaven's Gate (1980), which opened to poor reviews and was a box office failure; decades later, the film has been reassessed, with some critics considering it an overlooked masterpiece. Throughout the 1980s, Huppert continued to explore enigmatic and emotionally distant characters, most notably in Maurice Pialat's Loulou (1980), Godard's Sauve qui peut (la vie) (1980), Diane Kurys' Coup de foudre (1983), and Claude Chabrol's Une Affaire de Femmes (1988).

Huppert was born in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, the daughter of Annick (née Beau), an English teacher, and Raymond Huppert, a safe manufacturer. She has three sisters and a brother, and was raised in Ville-d'Avray. Her father was Jewish; his family is from Prešov and Alsace-Lorraine. Huppert was raised in her mother's Catholic faith.

Huppert was encouraged by her mother to begin acting at a young age, and became a teenage star in Paris. She later attended Versailles Conservatoire, where she won a prize for her acting. She is also an alumna of the National Conservatory of Dramatic Art of Paris, CNSAD.

Huppert made her television debut in 1971 with Le Prussien, and her film debut in 1972's Faustine et le Bel Été. Her later appearance in the controversial Les Valseuses (1974) made her increasingly recognized by the public. Her international breakthrough came with La Dentelliere (1977), for which she won a BAFTA award for Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles. She made her American film debut in Michael Cimino's Heaven's Gate (1980), which opened to poor reviews and was a box office failure; decades later, the film has been reassessed, with some critics considering it an overlooked masterpiece. Throughout the 1980s, Huppert continued to explore enigmatic and emotionally distant characters, most notably in Maurice Pialat's Loulou (1980), Godard's Sauve qui peut (la vie) (1980), Diane Kurys' Coup de foudre (1983), and Claude Chabrol's Une Affaire de Femmes (1988).

In 1994, Huppert collaborated with American director Hal Hartley on Amateur, one of her few English-language performances since Heaven's Gate. She portrayed a manic and homicidal post-office worker in Claude Chabrol's La Cérémonie (1995), with Sandrine Bonnaire, and continued her cinematic relationship with Chabrol in Rien ne va plus (1997), and Merci pour le chocolat (2000). She also appeared in Michael Haneke's The Piano Teacher (2001), which is based on a novel of the same name (Die Klavierspielerin) by Austrian author and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2004, Elfriede Jelinek. In this film, she played a piano teacher named Erika Kohut, who becomes involved with a young pianist and ladies' man, Walter Klemmer. Regarded as one of her most impressive turns, her performance netted the 2001 Best Actress prize in Cannes. In 2004, she starred in Christophe Honoré's Ma Mère as Hélène with Louis Garrel. Here, Huppert plays an attractive middle-aged mother who has an incestuous relationship with her teenage son. Ma Mère was based on a novel by Georges Bataille. 2004 also saw her star opposite Dustin Hoffman in David O. Russell's I Heart Huckabees.

Huppert has worked in several countries since her debut. She worked in Italy (with directors Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, Mauro Bolognini, Marco Ferreri and Marco Bellocchio), in Russia (with Igor Minaiev), in Central Europe (with Werner Schroeter, Andrzej Wajda, Ursula Meier, Michael Haneke, Márta Mészáros and Aleksandar Petrović) and on the Asian continent (with Hong Sang-soo, Brillante Mendoza and Rithy Panh).

Huppert is also an acclaimed stage actress, receiving seven Molière Award nominations, including for the titular role in a 2001 Paris production of Medea, directed by Jacques Lassalle, and in 2005, at the Odéon-Théâtre de l'Europe in Paris, in the title role of Ibsen's Hedda Gabler. Later that year, she toured the United States in a Royal Court Theatre production of Sarah Kane's theatrical piece 4.48 Psychosis. This production was directed by Claude Régy (fr) and performed in French. Huppert returned to the New York stage in 2009 to perform in Heiner Müller's Quartett.

Isabelle Huppert was the President of the Jury at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival, from 13 May to 24 May 2009. She has been Member of the Jury and Master of Ceremony in previous years, as well as winning the Best Actress Award twice. As president, she and her jury awarded the Palme d'Or to The White Ribbon by the Austrian director Michael Haneke, who has directed her in The Piano Teacher and Time of the Wolf.

Huppert starred in the 11th season finale of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit which aired on 19 May 2010.

In September 2010, the Philippine Daily Inquirer announced that she had been cast in the film Captive by award-winning Filipino director Brillante Mendoza. Huppert played one of the hostages of the Dos Palmas kidnappings.

In 2012, she starred in two films that competed for the Palme d'Or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival: Michael Haneke's Amour and Hong Sang-soo's In Another Country, with the former winning the top prize.

In 2013, she co-starred in Sydney Theatre Company's The Maids by Jean Genet, with Cate Blanchett and Elizabeth Debicki and directed by Benedict Andrews in a new English translation by Andrews and Andrew Upton. In August 2014, the production toured in New York as a part of the Lincoln Center Festival.

In 2016, she starred in two films that received widespread critical acclaim: Mia Hansen-Løve's Things to Come, which premiered at the Berlinale, and Paul Verhoeven's Elle, which premiered at Cannes. Among other awards and nominations, she won the National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress, New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress for both films. For her performance in Elle, Huppert won several awards, including the Golden Globe Award, César Award for Best Actress, Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Actress, and the Independent Spirit Award. In addition, she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress and the Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Actress.

In 2016, Huppert starred in Krzysztof Warlikowski's stage production of Phèdre(s), which toured Europe as well as BAM in New York.

Huppert has been married to writer, producer and director Ronald Chammah (fr) since 1982. They have three children, including the actress Lolita Chammah, with whom she acted in the film Copacabana.

She has been nominated 16 times for a César Award, winning Best Actress twice for her work in La Cérémonie, and for her role in Elle.

She is one of only four women who have twice won Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival: in 1978 for her role in Violette Nozière by Claude Chabrol (tied with Jill Clayburgh) and in 2001 for The Piano Teacher by Michael Haneke.

She is also one of only three women who have twice received the Volpi Cup for Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival: in 1988 for her part in Une affaire de femmes (tied with Shirley MacLaine), and in 1995 for La Cérémonie (tied with her partner in the movie, Sandrine Bonnaire). Both films were directed by Claude Chabrol. Additionally, she received a Special Lion in 2005 for her role in Gabrielle.

Huppert was twice voted Best Actress at the European Film Awards: in 2001 for playing Erika Kohut in The Piano Teacher, and in 2002 with the entire cast of 8 Women (directed by François Ozon). The latter cast also won a Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution, at the 2002 Berlin International Film Festival (Halle Berry won Best Actress at Berlin in 2002). She won the Best Actress award at the Montreal World Film Festival (in 2002 for Merci pour le chocolat), at the Moscow International Film Festival (in 1991 for Madame Bovary), at the Deutscher Filmpreis (in 1991 for Malina) and twice at the David di Donatello (in 1978 for La Dentellière and in 2001 for The Piano Teacher).

In 2008, she received the Stanislavsky Award for outstanding achievement in acting, and devotion to the principles of the Stanislavski method.

She was made Chevalier (Knight) of the Ordre national du Mérite on 8 December 1994 and was promoted to Officier (Officer) in 2005.

She was made Chevalier (Knight) of the Légion d'honneur on 29 September 1999 and was promoted to Officier (Officer) in 2009.

Isabel Huppert's movie credits include...

Year Movie Role
1972Faustine et le Bel ÉtéStudent #2
1972The Bar at the CrossingAnnie
1972César and RosalieMarite
1974Successive Slidings of PleasureBit
1974Going PlacesJacqueline
1974L'AmpélopèdeThe storyteller
1975Serious as PleasureA girl brought home
1975The Common ManBrigitte Colin
1975RosebudHelene Nikolaos
1975AloïseAloïse as a child
1975The Big DeliriumMarie
1976Docteur Françoise GaillandÉlisabeth Gailland
1976The Judge and the AssassinRose
1976I Am Pierre RiviereAimée
1976Little MarcelYvette
1977The LacemakerPomme
1977Spoiled ChildrenThe secretary of the deputy
1977The Indians Are Still Far AwayJenny
1978Violette NozièreViolette Nozière
1979Scénario de 'Sauve qui peut la vie
1979Return to the BelovedJeanne Kern
1979The Bronte SistersAnne Brontë
1980The HeiressesIrène
1980LoulouNelly
1980Every Man for HimselfIsabelle Rivière
1981Heaven's GateElla Watson
1981The Lady of the CamelliasAlphonsine Plessis
1981The Wings of the DoveMarie
1981Coup de TorchonRose Mercaillou
1981Eaux profondesMelanie
1982PassionIsabelle
1982The TroutFrédérique
1983The Story of PieraPiera
1983Entre NousLena Weber
1983My Best Friend's GirlViviane
1984La GarceAline Kaminker / Édith Weber
1985Sincerely CharlotteCharlotte
1985All Mixed UpRose-Marie Martin
1986CactusColo
1987Milan noirSarah
1987The Bedroom WindowSylvia Wentworth
1988The PossessedMaria Sjatov
1988Story of WomenMarie
1989MigrationsDafina Isakovic
1990A Woman's RevengeCécile
1991MalinaThe Woman
1991Madame BovaryEmma Bovary
1992Love After LoveLola
1994AmateurIsabelle
1994The FloodSofia
1994La SéparationAnne
1995La CérémonieJeanne
1996The Elective AffinitiesCarlotta
1997Les Palmes de M. SchutzMarie Curie
1997The SwindleElizabeth / Betty
1998The School of FleshDominique
1999No ScandalAgnès Jeancourt
2000Modern LifeClaire
2000False ServantLa comtesse
2000The King's DaughtersMadame de Maintenon
2000Sentimental DestiniesNathalie Barnery
2000Merci pour le ChocolatMarie-Claire 'Mika' Muller
2000Comedy of InnocenceAriane
2001The Piano TeacherErika Kohut
20028 Women (8 femmes)Augustine
2002TwoMagdalena / Maria
2002La vie promiseSylvia
2003Time of the WolfAnne Laurent
2004Ma MèreHélène
2004I Heart HuckabeesCaterine Vauban
2004Les Sœurs fâchéesMartine Demouthy
2005GabrielleGabrielle Hervey
2006Comedy of PowerJeanne Charmant-Killman
2006Private PropertyPascale
2007Hidden LoveDanielle
2007Medea MiracleIrène / Médée
2008HomeMarthe
2008The Sea WallMother
2009Villa AmaliaAnn
2009White MaterialMaria Vial
2010CopacabanaBabou
2010Special TreatmentAlice Bergerac
2010Fantastic Mr. FoxMrs. Felicity Fox (voice)
2011Die BlutgräfinMaid Hermine
2011My Little PrincessHanna Giurgiu
2011My Worst NightmareAgathe Novic
2012CaptiveThérèse Bourgoine
2012AmourEva
2012In Another CountryAnne
2012Lines of WellingtonCosima Pia
2012Dormant BeautyDivina Madre
2013The NunSupérieure Saint Eutrope
2013Dead Man DownMaman Louzon
2013Tip TopEsther Lafarge
2013Abuse of WeaknessMaud Schoenberg
2013The Disappearance of Eleanor RigbyMary Rigby
2014Paris FolliesBrigitte Lecanu
2015Louder Than BombsIsabelle Reed
2015Valley of LoveIsabelle
2015Macadam StoriesJeanne Meyer
2016Things to ComeNathalie Chazeaux
2016ElleMichèle Leblanc
2016Tout de suite maintenantSolveig
2016SouvenirLiliane Cheverny, known as Laura
2016What Tears Us ApartIsabelle
2017BarrageElisabeth
2017Happy End
2017MarvinIsabelle
2017Claire's Camera
2017Madame Hyde
2017EvaEva

Isabel Huppert's television credits include...

Year Show/Series Role
1971Le PrussienElisabeth
1971Les cent livres des hommesGilberte
1972Figaro-ci Figaro-LàPauline
1973Histoire vraieAdelaïde
1973Le Maître de pensionAnnie
1973Le DrakkarYolande
1973Vogue la galèreClotilde
1974Madame BaptisteBlanche
1974Plaies et bossesPatsy Lackan
1977No Trifling with LoveCamille
1996Gulliver's TravelsMistress
2001MédéeMédée
2010Law & Order: Special Victims UnitSophie Gerard
2016Les fausses confidencesAraminte

Academy Nominations/Awards won by Isabel Huppert include...

Year Movie Award
2016ElleBest Actress (Nominated)

Memorable Quotes by Isabel Huppert

“ Acting is a way of living out one's insanity. ”

“ A script, even it differs from filmmaker to filmmaker, never tells the whole story; there are always elements that need to be invented. As soon as one decides to take a role after having read the script, the various elements begin to fall into place. A character begins to take shape. And regardless of whether the information given is ample or not, it appears to one, strangely, as an apparition. From that moment, one knows whether or not this figure will be able to pass through one; if there is a meeting point. ”

“ I think being an actor is more difficult for men. The very best actors are not afraid of playing with their own femininity and leaving aside power struggles with the director. Because there's no getting around it: on a film set, it's the director who has the power. This fact is often more difficult to accept for an actor than for an actress. ”

“ I don't try to sympathize with my characters, I just try to empathize with them. To try to understand. If I sympathized with the characters I would make idealized, romantic characters out of them, which I don't do. I don't idealize them, I just do normal characters, not very sympathetic, but just the way they are. I think I do this in films that are made in the shape of a question, not in the shape of an answer. They just try to make a very open statement and it is down to anyone's subjectivity to find his own answer to that. ”

“ I don't believe one ever plays characters, one plays states of mind. A character is completely meaningless to me. One goes through states of mind and tries to link them together. ”

[on why we need movies in our lives] “ That's a very good question. We need them because it is a different way to make our imagination travel. We can put poetry, intelligence, beauty in movies; it's a way of re-creating reality, which is important. If you only have reality, that's not enough. You need transformation of reality, you need painting, music, theater and cinema. ”

Things You May Not Know About Isabel Huppert

She is the actress who has had the most films in the official competition of the Cannes Film Festival (18 films, as of 2016), and one of the four who have won the Best Interpretation Awards twice — for Violette (1978) in 1978 and The Piano Teacher (2001) in 2001 (the others are Vanessa Redgrave for Morgan! (1966) in 1966 and Isadora (1968) in 1968, Helen Mirren for Cal (1984) in 1984 and The Madness of King George (1994) in 1995, and Barbara Hershey for Shy People (1987) in 1987 and A World Apart (1988) in 1988).

She plays the piano.

Isabelle Huppert has starred with her daughter Lolita Chammah in five films: Copacabana (2010), La vie moderne (2000), Malina (1991), Story of Women (1988) and Barrage (2017).

She auditioned for the Holly Hunter role in The Piano (1993).

She was Michael Haneke's first choice for the role of Anna in Funny Games (1997), but she declined the offer because she was scared to do it. The role went to Susanne Lothar instead.

She has worked with three directors who all died in the same year (2016): Michael Cimino, Curtis Hanson and Andrzej Wajda.

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Isabelle Huppert in White Material (2009)...
second and fourth pictures with Christopher Lambert.
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Huppert, with Gérard Depardieu, in Valley of Love (2015).
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In The Sea Wall (2008)... top picture with Astrid Bergès-Frisbey.
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In Special Treatment (2010)... top picture with
Jean-François Wolff... second picture with Bouli Lanners.
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In Souvenir (2016)... bottom picture with Kévin Azaïs.
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In My Worst Nightmare (2011)... top picture with Benoït Poelvoorde.
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In Ma mère (2004)... bottom picture with Louis Garrel.
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Huppert and Gérard Depardieu in LouLou (1980)... third picture with Maurice Pialat.
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Huppert with Gabriel Byrne in Louder Than Bombs (2015).
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In Lines of Wellington (2012), with Catherine Deneuve and Michel Piccoli.
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In The Piano Teacher (2001)... top picture with Benoit Magïmel,
second picture with Magïmel and Annie Giradot.
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Huppert in Things to Come (2016)... with Roman Kolinka in bottom picture.
Huppert and Jason Schwartzman in I Heart Huckabees (2004).
With Kris Kristofferson in Heaven's Gate (1981).
Huppert in Elle (2016)... top picture with Laurent Lafitte... bottom picture with Arthur Mazet.
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In Dormant Beauty (2012).
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Huppert in In Another Country (2012)... top picture
with Joon Sang Yoo... bottom picture with Seong Kun Mun.
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With Lolita Chammah in Copacabana (2010).
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Huppert in Captive (2012).
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In Macadam Stories (2015)... top picture with Jules Benchetrit.
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Isabelle Huppert in Amour (2012)... top picture with Jean-Louis Trintignant.