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Fanny Ardant



An elegant brunette with strong, striking features, actress Fanny Ardant has been touted by at least one publication as France's answer to Katharine Hepburn. Since first gaining international attention in her starring role opposite Gérard Depardieu in François Truffaut's La Femme d'à côté (1981), Ardant has become recognized as one of France's most popular and well-respected actresses.



The daughter of a calvary officer, Ardant was born in Saumur, Maine-et-Loire, on March 22, 1949. She grew up in Monaco, where her father's position allowed the family to be on familiar terms with the royal household. After an upbringing marked by frequent visits with Princess Grace, Ardant relocated to Aix-en-Provence to study political science. Her interests gradually turned toward acting, and after taking drama classes from Jean Périmony, she made her professional debut in a 1974 stage production of Corneille's Polyeucte.



Ardant's first dose of acclaim came with her performance in the made-for-TV drama Les dames de la côte (1979). Shortly thereafter, she began her association with Truffaut, which would lead to both excellent work in La Femme d'à côté and Vivement dimanche! (1983) and a relationship that lasted until Truffaut's death in 1984 and produced one daughter, Joséphine.



Ardant's work continued to flourish after Truffaut's death, and she cemented her reputation with serious, passionate roles in a number of dramatic films. She did particularly strong work in Un amour de Swann (1984), Le Colonel Chabert (1994), Ridicule (1996) -- which featured her in a delightfully nasty turn as the acidic noblewoman Madame de Blayac -- and Gabriel Aghion's Pédale douce (1996), a broad comedy in which Ardant's uncharacteristic comic turn won her the 1997 Best Actress César. Ardant again explored her humorous side for Aghion in his Le Libertin (2000), co-starring alongside such well-respected colleagues as Vincent Pérez, Michel Serrault, and Josiane Balasko.



Ardant has also maintained a career on the stage, appearing in productions of Strindberg's Miss Julie, Molière's Don Juan, and Roman Polanski's highly praised 1997 adaptation of Master Class, which featured the actress as Maria Callas.

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RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Chic!
  • Alice Ricosi
2015
86% Bright Days Ahead
  • Caroline
2014
No Score Yet Cadences obstinées
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2013
No Score Yet El año del diluvio
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Interno giorno
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Raspoutine
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Cendres et sang (Ashes and Blood)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2009
60% Visage (Face)
  • La Productrice et la Reine Hérodias
2009
92% Il Divo
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Tresor
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Alain Resnais: Decade Of Film
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Ha-Sodot (The Secrets)
  • Anouk
2007
88% Roman de gare
  • Judith Ralitzer
2007
87% Paris Je T'aime
  • Fanny Forestier
2007
No Score Yet The Trial Begins
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet The Trial Begins
  • Caterina
2007
42% Callas Forever
  • Maria Callas
2004
38% Sin noticias de Dios (Don't Tempt Me)
  • Marina D'Angelo
2003
73% Nathalie
  • Catherine
2003
79% 8 Women (8 Femmes)
  • Pierrette
2002
No Score Yet Change My Life
  • Nina
2001
No Score Yet Le Libertin
  • Madame Therbouche
2001
No Score Yet Balzac: A Life of Passion
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Balzac: A Passionate Life
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet La Cena (The Dinner)
  • Flora
1998
82% Elizabeth
  • Mary of Guise
1998
78% Ridicule
  • Madame de Blayac
1996
No Score Yet Pedale Douce
  • Eva
1996
65% Sabrina
  • Irene
1995
65% Beyond the Clouds
  • Patricia
1995
No Score Yet One Hundred and One Nights
  • Actor for a Day
1995
No Score Yet To Make a Film is To Be Alive
  • Actor
1995
83% Colonel Chabert
  • Countess Ferraud
1994
No Score Yet François Truffaut: Portraits volés (François Truffaut: Stolen Portraits)
  • Actor
1994
No Score Yet Afraid of the Dark
  • Miriam
1993
No Score Yet Amok
  • Actor
1993
No Score Yet Hello Goodbye
  • Gisèle
1991
No Score Yet Rien Que Des Mensonges
  • Muriel
1991
No Score Yet La Famiglia (The Family)
  • Adriana
1987
No Score Yet Next Summer
  • Dino
1986
No Score Yet Paltoquet, Le (Paltoquet)
  • Lotte
1986
No Score Yet Conseil De Famille
  • The Mother
1986
No Score Yet Mélo
  • Christiane Levesque
1986
67% Les uns et les autres
  • Veronique
1984
No Score Yet Swann in Love
  • Duchesse de Guermantes
1984
No Score Yet L'amour à mort (Love Unto Death)
  • Judith Roche
1984
No Score Yet L'amoura'mort
  • Actor
1984
75% Life is a Bed of Roses
  • Livia Cerasquier
1983
88% Vivement dimanche! (Finally, Sunday)(Confidentially Yours)
  • Barbara Becker
1983
90% The Woman Next Door (La femme d'à côté)
  • Mathilde Bauchard
1981
No Score Yet Ehrbare Ganoven
  • Actor

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