Isabelle Huppert

Isabelle Huppert

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birthname = Isabelle Anne Huppert
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birthplace = Paris, France
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baftaawards = Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles
1978 "La Dentellière
cesarawards = Best Actress
1996 "La Cérémonie"
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awards =Best Actress Award - Cannes Film Festival
1978 "Violette Nozière"
2001 "The Piano Teacher"
Volpi Cup for Best Actress - Venice Film Festival
1988 "Une affaire de femmes" 1995 "La Cérémonie"
Golden Lion for Honorary Award - Venice Film Festival
2005 "Gabrielle"
Special Silver Bear - Berlin Film Festival
2002 "8 Women"
(with all the female cast)

Isabelle Anne Huppert (in French pronounced|izabɛl yˈpɛʀ) (born March 16, 1953) is a Cesar Award-winning French actress, who has appeared in a few major Hollywood movies.


Early career

Born in Paris to Raymond Huppert and his wife Annick Beau, and raised in Ville d'Avray. Huppert was encouraged by her mother to begin acting at a young age, and became a teenage star in Paris. She later attended the Conservatory of Versailles, at which she won a prize for her acting. After a successful stage career, she began making movies, debuting in 1972 with "Faustine et le bel été". (She had made a television debut the year before.) However it was her appearance in the controversial "Les Valseuses" (1974) that caused her to become known. She made her American debut in the Michael Cimino's 1980 film "Heaven's Gate".

Later career and recent credits

Huppert played a manic and homicidal post-office worker in Claude Chabrol's "La Cérémonie" (1995), with Sandrine Bonnaire. She also appeared in Michael Haneke's "La Pianiste" (2001), which is based on a novel of the same name ("Die Klavierspielerin") by Austrian author and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2004, Elfriede Jelinek. In this film, she plays a piano teacher named Erika Kohut, who becomes involved with a young pianist and ladies' man, Walter Klemmer. 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 teenaged son. "Ma mère" was also based on a novel, this time by author George Bataille.

Huppert most recently appeared on the Paris stage as the suicidal Hedda Gabler, in Henrik Ibsen's realist play, to international acclaim. Her sublime rendition of Hedda Gabler's final moment of death was so realistic.

In 2005, 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 Regy and performed in French. She chose to remain still throughout the entire performance, moving only her hands and face, much of the time with tears streaming down her cheeks.


In Europe and the art house world, Huppert is venerated as an institution. Her most recently received awards are for her participation in "The Piano Teacher". Huppert is also an alumna of the National Conservatory of Dramatic Art of Paris, CNSAD.

She has been nominated fourteen times (a record) for a César Award, winning it in 1996 for her work in "La Cérémonie".

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 Noziere" by Claude Chabrol (tied with Jill Clayburgh) and in 2001 for "The Piano Teacher" by Michael Haneke.

She is also one of only two 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). With the same cast, she won the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the Berlin Film Festival. She won the Best Actress award at the Montréal World Film Festival (in 2002 for "Merci pour le chocolat"), at the Moscow 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 the outstanding achievement in her career of acting and devotion to the principles of Stanislavsky's school.

Comments and critical reviews addressing her work

David Thomson on Claude Chabrol's "Madame Bovary": " [Huppert] has to rate as one of the most accomplished actresses in the world today, even if she seems short of the passion or agony of her contemporary, Isabelle Adjani".

Stuart Jeffries of The Observer on The Piano Teacher: "This is surely one of the greatest performances of Huppert's already illustrious acting career, though it is one that is very hard to watch."

Director, Michael Haneke: " [Huppert] has such professionalism, the way she is able to represent suffering. At one end you have the extreme of her suffering and then you have her icy intellectualism. No other actor can combine the two." [cite web|url=,,582099,00.html|title=Isabelle Huppert: Just don't ask her to play cute]

elected filmography

* "Faustine et le bel été" (1972)
* "César et Rosalie" (1972)
* "Les Valseuses" (1974)
* "The Judge and the Assassin" (1976)
* "Docteur Françoise Gailland" (1976)
* "La Dentellière" (1977)
* "Les Indiens sont encore loin" (1977)
* "Violette Nozière" (1978)
* "Sauve qui peut (la vie)" (1979)
* "Loulou" (1980)
* "Heaven's Gate" (1980)
* "La dame aux camélias" (1980)
* "Coup de torchon" (1981)
* "Passion" (1982)
* "Coup de foudre" (1984)
* "Une affaire de femmes" (1988)
* "La vengeance d'une femme" (1990)
* "Madame Bovary" (1991)
* "La séparation" (1994)
* "Amateur" (1994)
* "La Cérémonie" (1995)
* "Rien ne va plus" (1996)
* "Le affinità elettive" (1996)
* "Les palmes de M. Schultz" (1997)
* "L'École de la chair" (1997)
* "Pas de scandale" (1999)
* "Merci pour le chocolat" (1999)
* "Les destinées sentimentales" (2000)
* "La comédie de l'innocence" (2000)
* "Saint-Cyr" (2000)
* "La pianiste" (2001)
* "8 femmes" (2002)
* "La vie promise" (2002)
* "Deux" (2002)
* "Le temps du loup" (2002)
* "Ma mère" (2004)
* "I Heart Huckabees" (2004)
* "Les sœurs fâchées" (2005)
* "Gabrielle" (2005)
* "Robert Wilson Video Portrait" (2006)
* "L'Ivresse du pouvoir" (2006)
* "Nue propriété" (2007)
* "Home" (2008)


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*imdb name|id=0001376|name=Isabelle Huppert

NAME= Huppert, Isabelle
ALTERNATIVE NAMES= Huppert, Isabelle Anne
DATE OF BIRTH= 1953-03-16
PLACE OF BIRTH= Paris, France

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