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Isabelle Huppert stars in "Amour," directed by Michael Haneke and co-starring Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva, as Eva.

One of France's best-known and most accomplished actors, Isabelle Huppert has worked with virtually all of her country's top directors.

Originally a student in Russian literature, Huppert left school to study drama at the Versaille Conservatory and National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts in Paris. After being cast in several smaller roles, Huppert made her breakthrough performance starring in Claude Chabrol's "The Lacemaker" (1976). She quickly became one of the the most successful of all French actresses, and also the most powerful. Her participation alone made it possible for a number of films by unfashionable or uncommercial filmmakers to be completed, and guaranteed the mainstream distribution that would otherwise have eluded them. Among the films of this period were the now-renowned "Loulou," directed by Maurice Pialat; "La Truite," directed by Joseph Losey; and Jean-Luc Godard's "Every Man for Himself" and "Passion."

Huppert's work became more international at this point, taking her to Italy for "La Dame aux Camelias," directed by Mauro Bolognini; to Hungary for "The Inheritance," directed by Marta Meszaros and to the United States for Michael Cimino's "Heaven's Gate."

Yet for all her screen work abroad, Huppert never abandoned French screens, alternating films by such French masters as Bertrand Tavernier ("Coup de Torchon" / "Clean Slate"), Michel Deville ("Eaux Profondes") and Diane Kurys ("Entre Nous").

Her most prominent film appearances also include "La Dentelliere" (Best Newcomer Award in England), "Violette Noziere" (Best Actress Award, Cannes Film Festival), "Les Soeurs Bronte," "La Dame Aux Camelias," "La Truite," "Storia Di Piera," "Amateur," "The Bedroom Window," "Les Destin Es Sentimentales," "Signe Charlotte," "Les Possedes," "Une Affaire De Femmes" (Best Actress Award, Venice Film Festival), "Malina" (Best Actress Award, Berlin Film Festival), "Madame Bovary" (Best Actress Award, Moscow Film Festival), "La Separation," "La Ceremonie" (Cesar Award for Best Actress, Best Actress Award, Venice Film Festival), "Rien Ne Va Plus," "Merci Pour Le Chocolat" (Best Actress Award, Montreal Film Festival), Michael Haneke's controversial "The Piano Teacher" (Best Actress Award, European Film Awards, Cannes and Seattle Film Festivals), "Huit Femmes" (European Film Awards, The Ensemble Award at the Berlin Film Festival, and the Golden Taurus Award for Best Actress at the Moscow Film Festival, and "Saint-Cyr."

She more recently starred in "Ma Mere" and "The Time of the Wolf," "Ma Mère," David O. Russell's "I Heart Huckabees," "Me and My Sister," "Gabrielle," "Hidden Love," "Home," "The Sea Wall," "White Material," "My Little Princess," "My Worst Nightmare" and "Captive."

Directors with whom Huppert has worked include Claude Chabrol, Michael Cimino, Joseph Losey, Jean-Luc Godard, Marco Ferreri, Andrzej Wajda, François Ozon, Michael Haneke, Bertrand Tavernier, Olivier Assayas, Hal Hartley, Curtis Hanson and Patrice Chéreau.

Huppert's experience on the stages of London and Paris includes an appearance in the title role of the Royal National Theater's production of "Mary Stuart," as well as "Orlando" for director Bob Wilson.


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Age: 63 years old
Birthday: March 16, 1953
Height: 5' 3"
Full Name / Real Name: Isabelle Ann Huppert
Birthplace: Paris, France
Husband: Ronald Chammah

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