ISABELLE HUPPERT Biography - Actors and Actresses


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Name: Isabelle Anne Huppert                                                           
Born: 16 March 1953 France                                                             
Isabelle Anne Huppert (born March 16, 1953, Paris)                                     
is a French actress. She was raised in Ville d'Avray, a western suburb of             
Paris. Isabelle Huppert is a well-known French actress who has appeared in a few       
major Hollywood movies.                                                               
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, which flopped at       
the U.S. box office, but was re-released in the full version to great acclaim.         
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, Hupert 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 French author George Bataille.                                     
Huppert most recently appeared on the Paris stage as the suicidal Hedda Gabler,       
in Henrik Ibsen's play. Every performance was greeted with a standing ovation.         
In 2005, she toured the United States in a 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.