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Fanny 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!. 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, Fanny Ardant has starred in several Hollywood and British films. Her most recent English-language film was the Franco Zeffirelliproduction 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). 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.
In 2011, she starred in the music video for Elle me dit, the first French single by Lebanese singer Mika, and appeared in the play based on Joan Didion’s 2005 novel The Year of Magical Thinking in theThéâtre de l’Atelier, Paris.
In 2013, she made a cameo appearance as herself in The Great Beauty.
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