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Name: Juliette Binoche                                                                   
Born: 9 March 1964 Paris, France                                                         
Juliette Binoche (born March 9, 1964) is                                                 
an Academy Award-winning and Golden Globe-nominated French film actress.                 
Affectionately nicknamed "La Binoche" by the French press, Binoche is well known         
worldwide for her roles in popular, award-winning films such as The English               
Patient (1996) and Chocolat (2000) as well as internationally successful                 
arthouse films including Three Colors: Blue (1993) and Caché (2005).                     
Binoche was born in Paris, the daughter of Jean-Marie Binoche, a director, actor,         
and sculptor, and Monique Stalens, a teacher, director, and actress. Binoche's           
mother is of Polish descent, and her maternal grandparents were imprisoned at             
Auschwitz because they were intellectuals. Binoche also has French,                       
Flemish, Brazilian and Moroccan ancestry. Her parents divorced when she                   
was four and Binoche, with her sister Marion, was sent to a boarding school.             
Binoche began acting in amateur stage productions, and at 17 directed and                 
starred in a student production of the Eugène Ionesco play, Exit the King. The           
next year, she studied acting at the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts of           
Paris (CNSAD). She found an agent through a friend and joined a theatre troupe           
in which she toured France, Belgium and Switzerland under the pseudonym of "Juliette     
After quiting the CNSAD, she began acting lessons with famed coach Vera Gregh.           
Following in her mother's footsteps, she became a stage actress, occasionally             
taking small parts in French feature films. Her first screen role was a small             
part in the 1983 television film Dorothée, danseuse de corde by Jacques Fensten,         
which was followed by a similarly small role in the provincial television film           
Fort bloque by Pierrick Guinnard. After Binoche secured her first big screen             
appearance with a small supporting role in Pascal Kané's Algeria-themed Liberty         
Belle, she decided to pursue a career in cinema.