Fanny Ardant

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Fanny Ardant
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Fanny Ardant at the 2004 César awards ceremony.
Born Fanny Marguerite Judith Ardant
(1949-03-22) 22 March 1949 (age 65)
Saumur, Maine-et-Loire, France
Occupation Actress
Years active 1974–present
Partner(s) Dominique Leverd (1975) 1 daughter
François Truffaut (1983) 1 daughter
Fabio Conversi (1990) 1 daughter

Fanny Marguerite Judith Ardant (born 22 March 1949) is a French actress. She has appeared in more than fifty motion pictures since 1976. Ardant won the César Award for Best Actress in 1997 for her performance in Pédale douce.

Early life[edit]

Ardant was born in Saumur Maine-et-Loire, France, to a military attaché father.[1] She grew up in Monaco until age 17 when she moved to Aix-en-Provence to study at the Institut d'études politiques d'Aix-en-Provence. In her early twenties her interest turned to acting and in 1974 she made her first appearance on stage.

Career[edit]

By the early 1980s she was a major motion picture star, gaining international recognition for her role opposite Gérard Depardieu in La Femme d'à côté (The Woman Next Door).[2] The film, directed by François Truffaut, brought Ardant her first César Award nomination for best actress in 1982 and in 1984 she was nominated again for Vivement dimanche!. Eventually she became Truffaut's companion, giving birth to their daughter, Joséphine Truffaut, on 28 September 1983. Initially, her youthful beauty brought popularity but over time her sophistication and acting skills have made her one of France's most admired actresses.[3] She proved her versatility, playing a comedic role in Pédale douce for which she won the 1997 César Award for Best Actress.

Fluent in English and Italian, Ardant has starred in several Hollywood and British films. Her most recent English-language film was the Franco Zeffirelli production Callas Forever, in which she portrayed opera diva Maria Callas. It opened the 14th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival on 9 January 2003. In 2003, Ardant received the Stanislavsky Award at the 25th Moscow International Film Festival (for the outstanding achievement in the career of acting and devotion to the principles of Stanislavsky's school).[4]

In 2009, she became a director and screenwriter, with Cendres et sang (Ashes and Blood). She also took part in a rare performance of Sardou's La Haine on 19 July 2009 at the Festival de Radio France et Montpellier Languedoc Roussillon, with Gérard Depardieu, the concert broadcast on France Musique.[5]

In 2011, she starred in the music video for Elle me dit, the first French single by British singer Mika, and appeared in the play based on Joan Didion's 2005 novel The Year of Magical Thinking in the Théâtre de l'Atelier, Paris.

In 2013, she made a cameo appearance as herself in The Great Beauty.[6]

Controversy[edit]

She once expressed admiration for Renato Curcio, ex leader of the militant Red Brigades (Brigate Rosse), saying that it was good of him to adhere to his principles. She later discovered that it would be difficult to attend a film festival in Venice, as her declaration had created much scandal in Italy.[7] The Governor of Veneto said that he would prefer that Ardant not visit his region. She then pleaded for forgiveness from victims of terrorism.[8][9]

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Director
1979 The Dogs
1980 Les Uns et les Autres Véronique Claude Lelouch
1981 The Woman Next Door Mathilde Bauchard François Truffaut
1982 Life Is a Bed of Roses Livia Ceraskier Alain Resnais
Confidentially Yours Barbara Becker François Truffaut
1983 Un amour de Swann Duchesse de Guermantes Volker Schlöndorff
1984 L'Amour à mort Judith Martignac Alain Resnais
1986 Mélo Christiane Levesque Alain Resnais
1987 The Family Adriana Ettore Scola
1988 Love and Fear Velia Margarethe von Trotta
1989 Australia Jeanne Gauthier Jean-Jacques Andrien
1992 Afraid of the Dark Miriam Mark Peploe
1994 Colonel Chabert Countess Ferraud Yves Angelo
A Hundred and One Nights the star who works at night Agnès Varda
1995 Beyond the Clouds Patricia Michelangelo Antonioni
Sabrina Irene Sydney Pollack
1996 Désiré Odette Bernard Murat (fr)
Pédale douce Evelyne, called Eva Gabriel Aghion
Ridicule Madame de Blayac Patrice Leconte
1998 Elizabeth Mary of Guise Shekhar Kapur
Le Dîner Flora Ettore Scola
1999 Augustin, King of Kung-Fu as herself Anne Fontaine
2000 Le Libertin Madame Therbouche Gabriel Aghion
2001 8 Women Pierrette François Ozon
Callas Forever Maria Callas Franco Zeffirelli
Don't Tempt Me Marina D'Angelo Agustín Díaz Yanes
2003 Nathalie... Catherine Anne Fontaine
2007 Roman de Gare Judith Ralitzer Hervé Picard
Il Divo the wife of the French ambassador Paolo Sorrentino
2008 Hello Goodbye Gisèle Graham Guit (fr)
The Secrets Anouk Avi Nesher
2009 Ashes and Blood cameo appearance Fanny Ardant herself
Face the producer/ Queen Hérodias Tsai Ming-liang
2013 Bright Days Ahead Caroline Marion Vernoux
The Great Beauty cameo appearance as herself Paolo Sorrentino

Awards[edit]

César Awards[edit]

Year Group Award Film Result
1997 César Award Best Actress Pédale douce Won
Year Group Award Film Result
1982 César Award Best Actress The Woman Next Door (La Femme d'à côté) Nominated
1984 César Award Best Actress Confidentially Yours (Vivement dimanche !) Nominated
2002 César Award Best Actress 8 Women (Huit Femmes) Nominated

Molière Awards[edit]

Year Group Award Film Result
1993 Molière Award Best Actress L'Aide-mémoire (fr) Nominated
1997 Molière Award Best Actress Master Class Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fanny Ardant Biography (1949-) at Film Reference.com. Retrieved on 10 January 2009
  2. ^ Fanny Ardant at Hollywood.com
  3. ^ Fanny Ardant at AllMovie
  4. ^ "25th Moscow International Film Festival (2003)". MIFF. Retrieved 2013-04-01. 
  5. ^ Presentation of concert on Festival de Radio France site.
  6. ^ Young, Deborah (21 May 2013). "The Great Beauty: Cannes Review". The Hollywood Reporter (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "Plainte en Italie contre Fanny Ardant pour éloge des brigadistes". Le Monde. 28 August 2007. Retrieved 29 August 2007. 
  8. ^ "Marra tra finanzieri corrotti e palazzinari". Corriere della Sera. 6 September 2007. 
  9. ^ Elogio a Curcio, la Ardant chiede scusa, Corriere della Sera, 25 August 2007

Bibliography[edit]

  • Anarchisme et surréalisme, Mémoire de l'I.E.P. d'Aix-en-Provence, 1971.

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