Riva at the 38th César Awards
|Born||Paulette Germaine Riva
24 February 1927
|Other names||Emmanuele Riva|
|Known for||Hiroshima mon amour (1959)
Léon Morin, prêtre (1961)
Thérèse Desqueyroux (1962)
Emmanuelle Riva (French pronunciation: [emanɥɛl ʁiva], born Paulette Germaine Riva; 24 February 1927) is a French actress, best known for her roles in the films Hiroshima mon amour (1959), and Amour (2012). In 2013, Riva won the BAFTA Award and the César Award for her role in Michael Haneke's Amour as Anne Laurent, and was nominated for an Academy Award for the same role. She is the oldest actress ever to have been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress. She had previously been nominated for a BAFTA Award in 1960 for her role in Hiroshima mon amour and won Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival in 1962 for Thérèse Desqueyroux.
Born in Cheniménil, France, Riva grew up in Remiremont. She was the only child of Jeanne (née Nourdin) and Alfredo Riva, a sign painter. Her father had Italian heritage. Riva moved to Paris at the age of 26 in 1953 from her home in rural France to become an actress, despite opposition from her family. She started her acting career on the Paris stage after having trained as a seamstress.
Her best known role was as Elle in Hiroshima mon amour (1959) directed by Alain Resnais and written by Marguerite Duras. Duras was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. She has also appeared in Kapò (1959), which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film from Italy, Adua and her Friends, (1960) starring Simone Signoret, Leon Morin, Priest (1961) opposite Jean-Paul Belmondo and directed by Jean-Pierre Melville, Thérèse Desqueyroux (1962), Thomas the Imposter (1965), Three Colours: Blue (1993) as the mother of Juliette Binoche, and Venus Beauty Institute (1999) alongside Micheline Presle.
In 2011, Riva appeared in Le Skylab starring and directed by Julie Delpy. In 2012 she received rave reviews and an Academy Award nomination for her role opposite Jean-Louis Trintignant in Amour. The 85th Academy Awards just happened to be held on her 86th birthday. Riva traveled to Los Angeles where she lost the award to Jennifer Lawrence. Riva tied with Lawrence for the LA Film Critics Best Actress Award, and also won the NSFC Best Actress Award among numerous other mentions for her performance.
Riva has enjoyed an extensive theatre career in her native Paris, France. Her last stage appearance was in a 2001 production of Medea at Odéon-Théâtre de l'Europe. She has also appeared occasionally on French television programs.
Riva is also a published poet.
Riva has never married and does not have children. She lives in Paris, France. Riva speaks French and some Italian but does not speak English and has never performed in English.
- Riva, Emmanuelle (1975). Le Feu des miroirs (in French). Paris: Éditions Saint-Germain-des-Prés.
- Riva, Emmanuelle (1976). Juste derrière le sifflet des trains (in French). Paris: Éditions Saint-Germain-des-Prés. ISBN 2-243-00380-5.
- Riva, Emmanuelle (1982). L'otage du désir (in French). Paris: Nouvelles Éditions latines. ISBN 2-7233-0184-2.
- Riva, Emmanuelle (2008). Hiroshima 1958 (in Japanese). Tokyo: Inscript. ISBN 978-4-900997-22-6.
- Riva, Emmanuelle (2009). Tu n'as rien vu à Hiroshima (in French). Paris: Gallimard. ISBN 978-2-07-012298-1.
- "Youngest v oldest actress vie for Oscar as Lincoln leads the pack". The Times. Retrieved 2013-01-10.
- "Quvenzhané Wallis v Emmanuelle Riva: Best actress Oscar contested by oldest and youngest ever nominees". The Independent. Retrieved 2013-01-10.
- "Emmanuelle Riva 'Hiroshima 1958'", Tokyo Art Beat. エマニュエル・リヴァ展 [Hiroshima 1958], Nikon. Both accessed 2010-07-24.
- Kim Willsher "Emmanuelle Riva, 85, star of Amour, tells of her extraordinary life", The Observer, 10 February 2013