|Isabelle Huppert Quick Info
|5 ft 3 in
|Date of Birth
|March 16, 1953
Isabelle Huppert is a French actress who is best known for portraying roles such as Ella Watson in Heaven’s Gate, Piera in The Story of Piera, Isabelle in Passion, Cécile in A Woman’s Revenge, Carlotta in The Elective Affinities, Marie Curie in Les Palmes de M. Schutz, Agnès Jeancourt in No Scandal, Ariane in Comedy of Innocence, Pascale in Private Property, Mary Rigby in The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, and Joan Verra in About Joan. She has also appeared in a variety of other TV shows and films such as César and Rosalie, Successive Slidings of Pleasure, The Big Delirium, The Judge and the Assassin, The Lady of the Camellias, Sincerely Charlotte, The Possessed, La Séparation, The School of Flesh, False Servant, Merci pour le Chocolat, White Material, Abuse of Weakness, Louder Than Bombs, Madame Baptiste, Gulliver’s Travels, and many more. Her theatre credits include plays like A Month in the Country, For Whom the Bell Tolls, and Hedda Gabler. For her acting skills, she has been honored with several awards such as the BAFTA Award, César Award, Golden Globe Award, and Independent Spirit Award.
Isabelle Anne Madeleine Huppert
Isabelle Huppert attended the Conservatoire à rayonnement régional de Versailles and won a prize for her acting at the institute. She later got enrolled at the Conservatoire national supérieur d’art dramatique, (CNSAD).
- Father – Raymond Huppert (Safe Manufacturer) (Died 2003)
- Mother – Annick Huppert (English Teacher) (Died 1990)
- Siblings – Jacqueline Huppert (Older Sister) (Academic Scholar), Rémi Huppert (Older Brother) (Author), Elisabeth Huppert (Older Sister) (Actress, Director, and Writer), Caroline Huppert (Older Sister) (Director)
- Others – Louis-Charles Huppert (Paternal Grandfather), Jeanne Lehmann (Paternal Grandmother), Jean-Marcel Beau (Maternal Grandfather), Marie-Clémence Bertrand (Maternal Grandmother)
Isabelle Huppert is represented by Paris-based Voyez Mon Agent.
5 ft 3 in or 160 cm
52 kg or 115 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Isabelle Huppert has dated
- Daniel Toscan du Plantier – Isabelle is known to have dated French director Daniel Toscan du Plantier in her twenties. It is even claimed that she lived with him for about ten years.
- Ronald Chammah (1982-Present) – Isabelle first met her husband Ronald Chammah, who is a producer and director, in 1980 on the set of a Claude Chabrol movie. They started dating soon after and got married in 1982 in a slightly low-key ceremony. Ronald even directed her in the 1988 movie, Milan Noir. In October 1983, she gave birth to their daughter, Lolita with whom she has worked in about half a dozen movies. She gave birth to her son Lorenzo in January 1986. In August 1997, they welcomed another baby boy, Angelo into their family.
Race / Ethnicity
On her father’s side, she has Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry.
- Petite figure
- Green eyes
33-24-32 in or 84-61-81 cm
4 (US) or 36 (EU) or 8 (UK)
6.5 (US) or 37 (EU)
Alongside Justin Bieber, she was featured in a fashion campaign for Balenciaga in July 2021.
Isabelle was raised in her mother’s Catholic faith.
However, her religious views as an adult are unknown.
Best Known For
- Having starred in critically acclaimed movies like Violette Nozière and The Piano Teacher. She won the best actress award at the Cannes Film Festival for her work in both the movies.
- Being cast in the lead role in popular French movies such as Loulou, La Séparation, and 8 Women.
- Her masterful performance in the psychological thriller, Elle. Her performance in the movie was termed as one of the finest in her prestigious career.
As a Singer
Isabelle has performed a number of soundtracks for her movies. In 2001, she also released a studio album Madame Deshoulières in collaboration with Jean-Louis Murat.
In 1972, she made her theatrical film debut in a minor role in the romantic drama movie, Faustine et le Bel Été.
First TV Show
In 1971, Isabelle made her first TV show appearance in the Du côté des chez Swann episode of the TV series, Les Cent Livres des Hommes.
Isabelle Huppert isn’t a big fan of working out. In her interviews, she has confessed that she is too lazy to workout.
Isabelle Huppert Favorite Things
- Books – The Grass is Singing by Doris Lessing, The Pillow Book by Sei Shonagon, Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Snopes Trilogy by William Faulkner, Autobiography by John Cowper Powys, The Flowers of Evil by Charles Baudelaire, Conversations with Wilder by Cameron Crowe, Nature: Simple, Healthy, and Good by Alain Ducasse, The Letters of Vincent Van Gogh, Hamlet by William Shakespeare
- Director to work with – Michael Haneke
Isabelle Huppert Facts
- Isabelle is claustrophobic and avoids the Paris Metro since many years. She has claimed that even the idea of traveling in the underground metro is impossible for her.
- In September 1999, she was made Chevalier (Knight) of the Légion d’honneur.
- In 2017, she became the first professional actress or actor to have 20 films in the official competition of the Cannes Film Festival. As of March 2023, she holds the record for being the actress with the most number of films entered in the official competition at the Cannes Film Festival.
- She had auditioned for the leading role in the romantic drama, The Piano. However, the role eventually went to Holly Hunter.
- After being encouraged by her mother, she began her acting career at a very young age and went on to become a star in her teens.
- In May 2009, she was selected as the president of the jury for the 62nd Cannes Film Festival. She and her jury honored Austrian director Michael Haneke with Palme d’Or for his movie The White Ribbon. She had previously worked with Haneke in The Piano Teacher and Time of the Wolf.
- At the Cannes Film Festival 2012, she had two of her movies – Amour and In Another Country, competing for the prestigious Palme d’Or award.
- Isabelle is the owner and founder of the repertory cinema Christine 21. The cinema is curated by her son Lorenzo.
- In February 2022, it was revealed that Isabelle had been tested positive for COVID-19.
- In February 2022, Isabelle was honored with the “Honorary Golden Bear Lifetime Achievement Award” at the Berlin International Film Festival.
- In October 2022, it was revealed that Isabelle had cut her hair as a sign of protest against the Iranian government after Mahsa Amini’s death, who passed away in Iran after she was arrested for improperly wearing her hijab.
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