Isabelle Huppert Story
Isabelle Anne Madeleine Huppert is one of the most respected names in the French entertainment industry. Since her debut in 1971, she has performed in many films, dramas, and television programs. Most of the films in which she has played leading roles have been the recipients of numerous awards. She is not merely some bland reputable actress and performer, but a legend to contend for all times in the French film industry. Her talent and versatility have helped her achieve this fame.
Childhood and Education
Huppert was born on March 16, 1953, in Paris. Her father, Raymond Huppert, was an entrepreneur while her mother, Annick Huppert, was a teacher of the English language. She has four siblings, three sisters and a brother. Her father was of Jewish background and having suffered much intense agony during the Nazi occupation of France, chose to keep his religious identity a secret. Her mother was a devout catholic.
Isabelle, therefore, was brought up in the faith of her mother and as a Catholic. Beholding her versatile talents in acting, she mother sent her to the ‘Versailles Conservatoire’ and later to the ‘National Conservatory of Dramatic Art of Paris', from where she passed summa cum laude.
Huppert made her maiden appearance in a television show titled ‘Le Prussien’ in 1971. In 1972, she made her first appearance in the film industry in the French movie ‘Faustine et le Bel Ete’. In 1974, her fame reached the pinnacle with the release of the critically acclaimed film, ‘Les Valseuses’.
Her acting skills secured her international repute, and she won the ‘BAFTA’ award in 1977 for her role in the film, ‘The Lacemaker’ (La Dentelliere). Her role in the movie was that of a reticent and introvert lass named Beatrice.
Though her first appearance in the American film industry with the film ‘Heaven’s Gate’ (by Michael Cimino) was largely a fiasco, she later resuscitated again in the movie ‘Amateur’, directed by Hal Hartley, this being one of her rare performances in English to the Anglophone world. Again, she won the ‘Volpi Cup’ for being nominated for the best role as an actress at the Venice film festival for the movie, ‘Story of Women’, 1988.
She was nominated for the ‘Cesar Award’ fifteen times and was bestowed with the signal honor of holding the title of ‘Knight’ at the Legion d’Honneur. In 2009, the French government further enhanced her reputation by bestowing upon her the signal honor ‘Officer’ of the ‘Legion d’Honneur'.
Also, in 2012, she competed for the signal prize of “Palme d’Or” and won it for her illustrious role in the film, ‘Amour’ (also released in the same year) directed by Michael Haneke.
She also played a supporting role at the Sydney Theatre in Australia in the production of the drama, ‘The Maids" in 2013. She won the ‘Best Actress’ prize in 2001 at the Cannes International Film Festival. Recently, in 2016, she also appeared in two films, namely, the ‘Things to Come’(L’ Avenir) and ‘Elle’ which were both premiered at Cannes.
Huppert was married in 1982 to Ronald Chammah. They have three children together. One of her daughters, Lolita Chammah, is also an actress.