Juliette Binoche (French pronunciation: [?ylij?t bi'n??]; born 9 March 1964) is a French film actress, who has appeared in more than 40 films since 1983. While starting on the stage during her teens, Binoche had a dramatic education. After achieving success early in her film career, she gained international acclaim for her portrayal in The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988), and won the César Award for Best Actress in Three Colors: Blue (1993), also received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in The English Patient (1996). Her other notable films include Chocolat (2000), Caché (2005), and The Flight of the Red Balloon (2007).
Binoche began acting in amateur stage productions, and at 17 directed and starred in a student production of the Eugène Ionesco play, Exit the King. The next year, she studied acting at the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts of Paris (CNSAD). She found an agent through a friend and joined a theatre troupe in which she toured France, Belgium and Switzerland under the pseudonym of "Juliette Adrienne".
After quitting the CNSAD, she began acting lessons with famed coach Vera Gregh. Following in her mother's footsteps, she became a stage actress, occasionally taking small parts in French feature films. Her first screen role was a small part in the 1983 television film Dorothée, danseuse de corde by Jacques Fensten, which was followed by a similarly small role in the provincial television film Fort bloque by Pierrick Guinnard. After Binoche secured her first big screen appearance with a small supporting role in Pascal Kané's Algeria-themed Liberty Belle, she decided to pursue a career in cinema.
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