French actress Marie Rivière is a frequent cast member in the films of French New Wave director Eric Rohmer. She made her feature debut in his 1978 film Perceval le Gallois, a poetic adventure drama set in medieval times. Her first leading role was as the wife of a jealous young student in La Femme de l'Aviateur, the first of six films in Rohmer's series known as Comedies and Proverbs. In the fifth installment of the series, La Rayon Vert (Summer), she received writing credit and star status for her leading role of Delphine. In 1987, she played the swindler in his episodic comedy Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle. For Rohmer's next series, known as Tales of the Four Seasons, she was featured in Conte d'Hiver (A Tale of Winter) and Conte d'Automne (Autumn Tale). Rivière also worked with other directors, including Christine Lipinska (Folie Suisse, Papa Est Parti, Maman Aussi) and Philippe Faucon (Muriel Fait le Désespoir de Ses Parents, Samia). In 2000, she had supporting roles in the coming-of-age drama Girls Can't Swim, the romantic comedy Venus Beauty Institute, and the socially conscious drama Marie-Line. In 2001, she reunited with Rohmer to play Madame Laurent in the historical drama The Lady and the Duke.