Isabelle Huppert

Isabelle Anne Huppert (in French pronounced [izab?l y'p??]) (born March 16, 1953) is a French actress, who has appeared in a few major Hollywood movies.

Born in Paris to Raymond Huppert and his wife Annick, and raised in Ville d'Avray. Huppert was encouraged by her mother to begin acting at a young age, and became a teenage star in Paris. She later attended the Conservatory of Versailles, at which she won a prize for her acting. After a successful stage career, she began making movies, debuting in 1972 with Faustine et le bel été. (She had made a television debut the year before.) However it was her appearance in the controversial Les Valseuses (1974) that caused her to become known. She made her American debut in the Michael Cimino's 1980 film Heaven's Gate, which flopped at the U.S. box office, but was re-released in the full version to great acclaim.


[edit] Later career and recent credits
Huppert played a manic and homicidal post-office worker in Claude Chabrol's La Cérémonie (1995), with Sandrine Bonnaire. She also appeared in Michael Haneke's La Pianiste (2001), which is based on a novel of the same name (Die Klavierspielerin) by Austrian author and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2004, Elfriede Jelinek. In this film, she plays a piano teacher named Erika Kohut, who becomes involved with a young pianist and ladies' man, Walter Klemmer. In 2004, she starred in Christophe Honoré's Ma mère as Hélène with Louis Garrel. Here, Huppert plays an attractive middle-aged mother who has an incestuous relationship with her teenaged son. Ma mère was also based on a novel, this time by French author George Bataille.

Huppert most recently appeared on the Paris stage as the suicidal Hedda Gabler, in Henrik Ibsen's play. In 2005, she toured the United States in a production of Sarah Kane's theatrical piece, 4.48 Psychosis. This production was directed by Claude Regy and performed in French. She chose to remain still throughout the entire performance, moving only her hands and face, much of the time with tears streaming down her cheeks.

Isabelle Huppert

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