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 
Ardant was born in Saumur Maine-et-Loire, France, to a military attaché father. 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.
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). 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. 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).
In 2009 she became a director and screenwriter, with Cendres et sang (Ashes and Blood). In 2011 she starred in the music video for "Elle me dit", the first French single by British singer Mika.
In 2011 she appeared in the play based on Joan Didion's 2005 novel The Year of Magical Thinking in the Théâtre de l'Atelier, Paris.
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. The Governor of Veneto said that he would prefer that Ardant not visit his region. She then pleaded for forgiveness from victims of terrorism.
Selected filmography 
César Awards 
||The Woman Next Door (La Femme d'à côté)
||Confidentially Yours (Vivement dimanche !)
||8 Women (Huit Femmes)
Molière Awards 
- ^ Fanny Ardant Biography (1949-) at Film Reference.com. Retrieved on 10 January 2009
- ^ Fanny Ardant at Hollywood.com
- ^ Fanny Ardant at AllRovi
- ^ "25th Moscow International Film Festival (2003)". MIFF. Retrieved 2013-04-01.
- ^ "Plainte en Italie contre Fanny Ardant pour éloge des brigadistes". Le Monde. 28 August 2007. Retrieved 29 August 2007.
- ^ "Marra tra finanzieri corrotti e palazzinari". Corriere della Sera. 6 September 2007.
- ^ Elogio a Curcio, la Ardant chiede scusa, Corriere della Sera, 25 August 2007
- Anarchisme et surréalisme, Mémoire de l'I.E.P. d'Aix-en-Provence, 1971.
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