Isabelle Huppert is a French actress who has appeared in more than 100 films and television productions. Let’s see some amazing facts and trivia about her!
1.Her full name is Isabelle Anne Madeleine Huppert
2. She was born 16 March 1953.
3. She won the BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer for The Lacemaker (1977) and the César Award for Best Actress for La Ceremonie (1995).
4. She is the most nominated actress for the César Award, with 16 nominations.
5. Isabelle Huppert was made Chevalier of the Ordre national du Mérite in 1994 and was promoted to Officier in 2005. She was made a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour in 1999 and was promoted to Officer in 2009.
6. Isabelle Huppert’s first César nomination was for the 1975 film Aloïse. She went on to win Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival for Violette Nozière (1978) and The Piano Teacher (2001) and the Volpi Cup for Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival for Story of Women (1988) and La Ceremonie (1995).
7. Her other films in France include Loulou (1980), La Séparation (1994), 8 Women (2002), Gabrielle (2005), and Amour (2012). Among international film’s most prolific actresses, Huppert has worked in Italy, Russia, Central Europe, and on the Asian continent. Her English-language films include: Heaven’s Gate (1980), I Heart Huckabees (2004), The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (2013), and Louder Than Bombs (2015).
8. In 2016, Huppert garnered acclaim for her work in the films Elle and Things to Come, winning Best Actress awards from the National Society of Film Critics, New York Film Critics Circle and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association for both. Her performance in Elle also earned her a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress (drama) and a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress.
9. A six-time Molière Award nominee in France, Huppert made her London stage debut in the title role of the play Mary Stuart in 1996, and her New York stage debut in a 2005 production of 4.48 Psychosis. She returned to the New York stage in 2009 to perform in Heiner Müller’s Quartett, and in 2014 to star in a Sydney Theatre Company production of The Maids.
10. Isabelle Huppert was born in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, the daughter of Annick (née Beau), an English teacher, and Raymond Huppert, a safe manufacturer.
11. She has three sisters and a brother, and was raised in Ville-d’Avray.
12. Her father was born Jewish, and hid his background during World War II. Huppert was raised in her mother’s Catholic faith.
13. Isabelle 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.
14. She is also an alumna of the National Conservatory of Dramatic Art of Paris, CNSAD.
15. Isabele Huppert made her television debut in 1971 with Le Prussien, and her film debut in 1972’s Faustine et le Bel Été.
16. 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.
17. 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.
18. 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).
19. In 1994, Huppert collaborated with American director Hal Hartley on Amateur, one of her few English-language performances since Heaven’s Gate.
20. 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).
21. 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.
22. 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.
23. 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.
24. Huppert has been married to writer, producer and director Ronald Chammah (fr) since 1982.
25. They have three children, including the actress Lolita Chammah, with whom she acted in the film Copacabana.