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  • Real name : Annie Suzanne Girardot
  • Place of birth : Paris
  • Date of birth : 25/10/1931
  • Place of death : Paris
  • Date of death : 28/02/2011

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  • Girardot Annie
  • Nannie

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Annie Girardot (1931)

Annie Suzanne Girardot

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Annie Girardot (25 October 1931 – 28 February 2011) was a three-time César Award winning French actress.

She often played strong-willed, independent, hard-working, and often lonely women, imbuing her characters with an earthiness and reality that endeared her with women undergoing similar daily struggles.

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Over the course of a five-decade career, she starred in nearly 150 films. She is a three-time César Award winner , a two-time Molière Award winner, a BAFTA nominee, and a recipient of several international prizes including the Volpi Cup at the 1965 Venice Film Festival for Three Rooms in Manhattan.

After graduating from the prestigious in 1954 with the "First Prize in Modern and Classical Comedy", she joined the Comédie Française, where she was a resident actor from 1954-57.

In 1955, she began her film career, making her film debut in Treize à table, but it was with theatre that she started to attract the attention of critics. Her performance in Jean Cocteau's play La Machine à écrire in 1956 was admired by the author who called her "The finest dramatic temperament of the Postwar period".

In 1956 she was awarded the Prix Suzanne Bianchetti as best up-and-coming young actress but only with Luchino Visconti's epic Rocco e i suoi fratelli , she was able to draw the public's attention to her. In 1962, she married Italian actor Renato Salvatori. Travelling back and forth between France and Italy, Girardot also worked with renown Italian directors, including Marco Ferreri in the scandalous The Ape Woman , which caused a scandal at the Cannes Film Festival in 1964. In 1968, she also starred in the highly controversial anti-consumerism French film Erotissimo (Gérard Pirès, 1968).

Famously ignored by French New Wave directors , Girardot found her glory in popular cinema alongside more established and traditional directors such as Jean Delannoy, Michel Boisrond, André Cayatte, Gilles Grangier, or André Hunebelle

By the end of the 1960s, she had become a movie star and a box-office magnet in France with such films as Vivre pour vivre ; Un homme qui me plaît ; and Mourir d'Aimer . Throughout the 1970s, Girardot came back and forth between drama and comedy, proving herself an adept comedienne in such successful comedies as Claude Zidi's La Zizanie, Michel Audiard's She Does Not Drink, Smoke or Flirt But... She Talks and Philippe de Broca's Dear Detective. In 1974, she starred in the hit teen movie, La Gifle, as Isabelle Adjani's mother. In 1972, she said in an interview to The New York Times, citing as Exhibit A her role as a sideshow freak in The Ape Woman, “I think I’ve proven that I’m opposed to typecasting. I believe that the acting of any role — from duchess to kitchen slavey — must be a form of transformation". In 1977, she won her first César Award for Best Actress portraying the title character in the drama Docteur Françoise Gailland. By the end of the 1970's, she had become the highest paid actress in France, and the press nicknamed her "La Girardot" in reference to the fact that her name alone was enough to guarantee the success of a film.

The 1980's were less kind, as her career floundered and parts dwindled. However, Girardot had a major comeback on the big screen playing a peasant wife in Claude Lelouch's Les Misérables. The role won her a second César Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1996. Upon accepting the award, a joyous and tearful Girardot expressed her happiness that she had not been forgotten in a speech that remained very famous. In 1992, she was the Head of the Jury at the 42nd Berlin International Film Festival.

In 2002, she was awarded the César Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Piano Teacher. She collaborated with director Michael Haneke again, in Caché .

On stage she had a triumph in 1974 with Madame Marguerite, which became her signature role, which she reprised on numerous occasions until 2002. That year she was awarded the Molière Award for the role, along with a Honorary Molière Award for her entire stage career.

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