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Annie Girardot

Lowest Rated:   29% All Night Long (1981)
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Birthplace:   Paris, France
More handsome than beautiful, versatile Annie Girardot was one of the most popular female stars in France during the 1970s. Girardot typically played strong-willed, independent, hard-working, and often lonely women, imbuing her characters with an earthiness and reality that endeared her with women undergoing similar daily struggles. It is small wonder, then, that Girardot became one of the symbols of the early-'70s feminist movement in France.Girardot made her professional debut with the distinguished Comedie-Francaise theater troupe in 1954 after she graduated with honors from the Conservatoire de Paris. She remained with the troupe through 1957, occasionally taking time off to perform on radio, television, and in Parisian nightclubs. She made an inauspicious film debut in Trieze a Table in 1955. In early roles, Girardot was typically cast as doomed women of dubious origins in dark films, but she didn't make much impact until she played Nadia, a prostitute whom meets a tragic end in Luchino Visconti's Rocco et Ses Freres (Rocco and His Brothers) (1960). During filming she became romantically linked with co-star Renato Salvatori, who played the character who stabbed her character 13 times. They married, but divorced many years later. Through the early '60s, Girardot played leads in a few Italian pictures directed by either Visconti or Marco Ferreri. Girardot also played leads in numerous run-of-the-mill French films. After 15 years, Girardot finally became a star when she was cast as the tragic teacher Danielle in Andre Cayatte's Mourir d'Aimer (Death of Love) (1970), the fact-based tale of a middle-aged teacher whose affair with a much younger student made her the object of bourgeoisie ridicule and harassment and led her to suicide. Though she appeared in many dramas during the '60s and '70s, Girardot never forgot her Comedie Francaise experiences and proved herself an adept comedienne in such films as La Vielle Fille (1971), Cause Toujours Tu M'Interesses (1979), and Tendre Poulet (1977). Through the '70s and into the early 1980s, she worked with some of her country's best directors, and she also occasionally turned up with supporting roles in English-language productions, such as a memorable turn as the French teacher in the Gene Hackman-Barbra Streisand comedy All Night Long (1981). By the mid-late '80s however, her career was in sharp decline and her film appearances became sporadic. In 1995, Girardot did experience a brief comeback playing a peasant wife in Claude Lelouch's Les Misérables. The role won her a Cesar (the French Oscar) for Best Actress. Upon accepting the award, a joyous and tearful Girardot expressed her happiness that she had not been forgotten. She also offered her heartfelt thanks to her many film industry colleagues.In subsequent years, Girardot predominantly retired from the screen. She developed Alzheimer's Disease, which further crippled her inability to act. Upon the actress's death at age 79 in Paris, French president Nicolas Sarkozy referenced one of her final projects - her participation in a documentary about Alzheimer's - as a testament to the strength of her magnanimity.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet La mandarine (Sweet Deception)
  • Séverine Lapierre
2016
No Score Yet Docteur Françoise Gailland
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet Reproduction Interdite
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Le clair de terre (Earth Light)
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Partir, Revenir
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Elle boit pas, elle fume pas, elle drague pas, mais... elle cause!
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Erotissimo
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet La proie pour l'ombre (Shadows of Adultery)
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet A Year in My Life
  • Alphonsine
2007
No Score Yet C'est beau une ville la nuit (A City Is Beautiful at Night)
  • Actor
2006
89% Caché
  • George's Mother
$3.5M 2005
No Score Yet Je préfère qu'on reste amis
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Let's Be Friends
  • Mendelbaum
2005
No Score Yet La Prophétie des grenouilles (Raining Cats and Frogs)
  • Voice of Denise the Elephant
2004
No Score Yet Bellflower Bunnies Adventures
  • Actor
2004
73% The Piano Teacher (La Pianiste)
  • The Mother
2001
No Score Yet Le Bois du Pardoux
  • Actor
2000
80% Les Misérables
  • Farmer's Wife
1995
No Score Yet A Cry in the Night
  • Reine
1992
No Score Yet Circle of Fear (Alibi perfetto)
  • Actor
1992
No Score Yet Il y a des jours... et des lunes (There Were Days... and Moons)
  • The lone woman
1990
No Score Yet Mussolini and I
  • Rachele Mussolini
1985
No Score Yet Adieu blaireau (Farewell to Fred)
  • Actor
1985
No Score Yet Jacko and Lise
  • Magda
1982
29% All Night Long
  • French teacher
1981
No Score Yet La Vie Continue
  • Jeanne
1981
No Score Yet Traffic Jam (L'ingorgo - Una storia impossibile)
  • Actor
1979
No Score Yet La zizanie
  • Bernadette Daubray-Lacaze
1978
No Score Yet The Slap (La gifle)
  • Actor
1976
No Score Yet Le gitan (The Gypsy)
  • Ninie
1975
No Score Yet Il sospetto (The Suspect)
  • Actor
1975
No Score Yet The Slap
  • Hélène Douléan
1974
No Score Yet It's Raining On Santiago
  • Maria
1974
No Score Yet La Vieille fille (The Old Maid)
  • Muriel
1972
No Score Yet To Die of Love
  • Daniele
1971
No Score Yet Les Novices
  • Lisa
1970
No Score Yet Il Seme dell'Uomo (The Seed of Man)
  • Anna
1970
No Score Yet Metti una sera a cena (Love Circle, One Night at Dinner)
  • Giovanna
1969
75% Dillinger è Morto (Dillinger is Dead)
  • Sabine
1969
No Score Yet Bice Skoro Propast Sveta (It Rains in My Village)
  • Reza
1969
No Score Yet La Bande a Bonnot
  • Maria La Belge
1968
No Score Yet Vivre pour Vivre (Live for Life)
  • Catherine Colomb
1967
No Score Yet Le Streghe (The Witches)
  • Valeria (segment "Strega Bruciata Viva, La")
1967
No Score Yet Trois Chambres a Manhattan
  • Kay
1965
No Score Yet La Donna Scimmia (The Ape Woman)
  • Maria
1964
No Score Yet The Organizer
  • Niobe
1963
No Score Yet Vice And Virtue
  • Actor
1963
No Score Yet Smog
  • Gabriella
1962
No Score Yet Lovers on a Tightrope
  • Cora
1962
No Score Yet Le bateau d'Émile (Emile's Boat)
  • Actor
1962
91% Rocco and His Brothers (Rocco e i suoi fratelli)
  • Nadia
1961
No Score Yet Love and the Frenchwoman
  • Danielle [Divorce]
1960
No Score Yet Inspector Maigret (Maigret tend un piège)
  • Actor
1958
No Score Yet Thirteen at the Table (Treize a table)
  • Actor
1956

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