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Also Known As: Paulette Germaine Riva Died:
Born: February 24, 1927 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Cheniménil, Vosges, FR Profession: actor, dressmaker

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A greatly respected figure in French and European film during the 1950s and 1960s, Emmanuelle Riva was celebrated for her bravura performances in such landmark arthouse pictures as "Hiroshima Mon Amour" (1959), "Léon Morin, Priest" (1960), "Three Colors: Blue" (1992) and 2012's "Amour," which capped an extraordinary career in international features. Riva rose to fame as a nameless French woman whose tragic past was juxtaposed with that of her Japanese lover in "Hiroshima," which established her as a formidable participant in the French New Wave. She tackled challenging projects throughout the 1960s, including Gillo Pontecorvo's Holocaust drama "Kapò" (1960) and Thérèse Desqueyroux" (1962), which earned her a Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival. Riva's career cooled in the 1970s and 1980s, though she remained active in French film and television. In 2012, she emerged from semi-retirement to join another European film star of the 1960s, Jean-Louis Trintignant, in Michael Haneke's "Amour," a moving drama about an elderly couple dealing with illness and change. The film's success at Cannes shed long-overdue focus on Riva's status as one of Europe's most acclaimed actresses. ...

A greatly respected figure in French and European film during the 1950s and 1960s, Emmanuelle Riva was celebrated for her bravura performances in such landmark arthouse pictures as "Hiroshima Mon Amour" (1959), "Léon Morin, Priest" (1960), "Three Colors: Blue" (1992) and 2012's "Amour," which capped an extraordinary career in international features. Riva rose to fame as a nameless French woman whose tragic past was juxtaposed with that of her Japanese lover in "Hiroshima," which established her as a formidable participant in the French New Wave. She tackled challenging projects throughout the 1960s, including Gillo Pontecorvo's Holocaust drama "Kapò" (1960) and Thérèse Desqueyroux" (1962), which earned her a Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival. Riva's career cooled in the 1970s and 1980s, though she remained active in French film and television. In 2012, she emerged from semi-retirement to join another European film star of the 1960s, Jean-Louis Trintignant, in Michael Haneke's "Amour," a moving drama about an elderly couple dealing with illness and change. The film's success at Cannes shed long-overdue focus on Riva's status as one of Europe's most acclaimed actresses.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Great Alibi, The (2008)
2.
 Mon Fils A Moi (2007)
3.
 Eros Therapy (2004)
4.
 C'Est La Vie (2001) Dominique
5.
 Venus Beauty Institute (French) (1999) Aunt Lyda
6.
 Arthur Rimbaud (1996)
8.
 Shadow of a Doubt, A (1993) Marie'S Mother
9.
 Blue (1993) The Mother
10.
 Pour Sacha (1992) Madame Malka
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Grew up in Remiremont, France
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Began a seamstress apprenticeship at 15
1953:
Went to first audition in Paris, France
1958:
First film appearance, an uncredited role in the Jean Gabin film "Les grandes familles"
1959:
Discovered by filmmaker Alain Resnais while starring in a Dominique Rolin play "L'Epouvantail" in Paris
1959:
Starred in Resnais' "Hiroshima Mon Amour"
1960:
Played a Jewish prisoner in a concentration camp in Gillo Pontecorvo's " Kapò"
1961:
Cast opposite Jean-Paul Belmondo in Jean-Pierre Melville's groundbreaking " Léon Morin, Priest"
1962:
Played title heroine in Georges Franju's "Thérèse Desqueyroux"
1965:
First onscreen pairing with Jean-Louis Trintignant, segment titled "La donna che viveva sola" in Italian comedy "Io uccido, tu uccidi/I Kill, You Kill"
1989:
Acted in French TV movie "Catherine de Médicis"
1993:
Cast as the mother of Juliette Binoche's character in "Three Colors: Blue," directed by Krzysztof Kie¿lowski
2011:
Had career renaissance with role opposite Jean-Louis Trintignant in "Amour"; they played a married couple whose life changes drastically when she suffers a stroke
2013:
Became oldest actress ever to receive Oscar nomination for Actress in a Leading Role (for "Amour")
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Notes

She was awarded an honorary rank as knight by French Legion of Honor in January 1990.

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