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Born: March 9, 1964 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Paris, FR Profession: actor, cashier

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A luminous national treasure of France, known affectionately as "La Binoche," Juliette Binoche was perhaps the most famous and internationally successfully non-British, European actress of her generation. With an impeccable art house résumé, including "Rendez-vous" ("Rendezvous") (1985), "Mauvais Sang" ("Bad Blood"), "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" (1988), and "Les Amants du Pont-Neuf" ("The Lovers on the Bridge") (1991), Binoche cemented her reign as a critical darling with dazzling performances in "Trois couleurs: Bleu" ("Blue") (1993) and her Oscar-winning role in "The English Patient" (1996). The ethereal, mysterious quality so uniquely Binoche still served her well after her Oscar win and second nomination for "Chocolat" (2000), as she continued to notch successes both commercial - "Dan in Real Life" (2007) - and artistic - "Le voyage du ballon rouge" ("Flight of the Red Balloon") (2008). A celebrated painter and dancer as well as global acting icon, Binoche earned one of the most impressive collections of acting awards and nominations. The sylph-like beauty enjoyed an exceedingly unique career, unwaveringly beloved by fans and critics alike.Born March 9, 1964 in Paris, France, Juliette...

A luminous national treasure of France, known affectionately as "La Binoche," Juliette Binoche was perhaps the most famous and internationally successfully non-British, European actress of her generation. With an impeccable art house résumé, including "Rendez-vous" ("Rendezvous") (1985), "Mauvais Sang" ("Bad Blood"), "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" (1988), and "Les Amants du Pont-Neuf" ("The Lovers on the Bridge") (1991), Binoche cemented her reign as a critical darling with dazzling performances in "Trois couleurs: Bleu" ("Blue") (1993) and her Oscar-winning role in "The English Patient" (1996). The ethereal, mysterious quality so uniquely Binoche still served her well after her Oscar win and second nomination for "Chocolat" (2000), as she continued to notch successes both commercial - "Dan in Real Life" (2007) - and artistic - "Le voyage du ballon rouge" ("Flight of the Red Balloon") (2008). A celebrated painter and dancer as well as global acting icon, Binoche earned one of the most impressive collections of acting awards and nominations. The sylph-like beauty enjoyed an exceedingly unique career, unwaveringly beloved by fans and critics alike.

Born March 9, 1964 in Paris, France, Juliette Binoche was the daughter of Jean-Marie Binoche, a director-actor-sculptor, and Monique Stalens, a teacher-director-actress. When they divorced, the four-year-old Binoche and her sister were sent to Catholic boarding school. She began her career as a teenager, appearing in productions of Molière, Ionesco and Pirandello. After studying at the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts of Paris, Binoche secured an agent and joined a touring theater troupe, performing across France, Belgium and Switzerland. She debuted on the big screen with a one-line role in the 1983 feature "Liberty Belle." Although she did not win the lead role in Jean-Luc Godard's controversial riff on the concept of a virgin birth, "Je vous salue, Marie" ("Hail Mary") (1985), Binoche impressed the writer-director enough for him to create the role of Joseph's jealous former lover especially for her. The movie's religious themes and explicit nudity drew heavy criticism from religious circles, including Pope John Paul II, and the film made international headlines when a man threw a pie in Godard's face at Cannes.

Binoche landed her first starring part in André Téchiné's erotic drama "Rendez-vous" ("Rendezvous") (1985), as an aspiring actress caught between two men: one gentle and kind; one tempestuous and violent. For her performance, she was nominated for the Best Actress César - the French equivalent of the American Academy Award. On an upswing, Binoche delivered a subsequent series of impressive performances, most notably in Léos Carax's strange sci-fi inflected thriller, "Mauvais Sang" ("Bad Blood") (1986). As a melancholy waif hopelessly pining for an older gangster in a world where a mysterious virus causes couples to have sex without love, Binoche earned her second Best Actress César nomination, as well as the romantic attention of director Carax. She made an international impact, however, with her role in the American film adaptation of Milan Kundera's bestselling novel "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" (1988) opposite Daniel Day-Lewis and Lena Olin. As a naïve waitress in love with Day-Lewis's womanizing doctor set against the backdrop of Soviet-occupied Czechoslovakia, Binoche earned raves for her incandescent performance, as well as Hollywood's interest.

Binoche returned to France and committed three years to filming Carax's operatic and visually stunning "Les Amants du Pont-Neuf" ("The Lovers on the Bridge") (1991). As a runaway painter slowly going blind, the actress turned in a beautifully rendered performance opposite Denis Levant as her homeless lover and earned another Best Actress César nomination, as well as winning the Best Actress European Film Award. Revealing another of her talents and lifelong passions, Binoche also created several of the paintings used in the film. In her first foray in American television, she turned in a heart-wrenching performance as a young Polish prostitute in the Henry Miller short story segment of "Women & Men 2: In Love There Are No Rules" (HBO, 1991). Binoche further enhanced her international reputation by appearing as a tortured woman who begins a sexual relationship with a politician - who happens to be the father of her fiancé - in "Damage" (1992). Although the film itself received mixed reviews, the film's acting was widely praised, with Binoche racking up another Best Actress César nomination and holding her own against powerhouse co-stars Jeremy Irons and Miranda Richardson. She then tackled the roles of both mother (Catherine Earnshaw) and daughter (Cathy Linton) in "Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights" (1992). With Ralph Fiennes as the tormented Heathcliff and controversial singer Sinéad O'Connor in a framing device as the narrating Brontë, the movie was notable for being the first film adaptation of the classic novel to present the entire plot, but the project received mixed reviews.

The already-beloved Binoche had an artistic breakthrough, however, including a Best Actress trophy at the Venice Film Festival, her first actual Best Actress César Award and a Golden Globe nomination for her work as a wife and mother coping with the aftermath of a tragic accident in "Trois couleurs: Bleu" ("Blue") (1993), the first installment of Polish director Krzysztof Kie¿lowski's French trilogy. The actress would reprise the role in the other parts of the triptych: 1994's "Trois couleurs: Blanc" ("White") and "Trois couleurs: Rouge" ("Red"). Because of her commitments, she pulled out of the role Laura Dern took in "Jurassic Park" (1993), and gave birth that year to her son with professional scuba diver André Halle. Binoche earned another Best Actress César nomination for Jean-Paul Rappeneau's sumptuous period drama "Le Hussard sur le toit" ("The Horseman on the Roof") (1995), the most expensive French film at the time. In the movie, Binoche played a restless married noblewoman, creating a palpable erotic tension with co-star Olivier Martinez despite a lack of love scenes - although they shared a real-life love affair. In 1999, Binoche would sue the French magazine Voici for reporting that she dumped Martinez. Binoche argued that the claim, while true, was intrusive, and won damages and a front-page apology from the publication.

The following year, however, Binoche would notch her biggest worldwide success. Cast alongside her "Wuthering Heights" co-star Fiennes in Anthony Minghella's beautifully realized adaptation of "The English Patient" (1996), Binoche played Hana, a French-Canadian nurse tending to a wounded stranger during WWII. The sweepingly romantic film was one of the biggest critical and popular successes of all time, and Binoche's performance as the nurse who hides secret scars of her own earned her showers of accolades, including the Oscar and BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actress. The same year, Binoche made the charming romantic comedy "Un divan à New York" ("A Couch in New York") (1996), playing a sweet, free-spirited Parisian who switches apartments with an uptight psychoanalyst (William Hurt) and accidentally takes on his practice, with wonderful results.

As her star rose, Binoche continued to add stage work to her résumé, but returned to film to collaborate again with André Téchiné in his "Alice et Martin" ("Alice and Martin") (1998). Portraying a strong-willed musician who falls in love with a slightly disturbed younger man, Binoche learned to play the violin for the role. She then starred as one of France's literary giants in the drama "Les Enfants du Siècle" ("Children of the Century" (1999) playing famed 19th century author George Sand - a performance that ranked among her best. A romantic relationship with her "Century" co-star Benoît Magimel resulted in a daughter for the pair. Binoche notched yet another Best Actress César nomination in Patrice Leconte's period drama "La veuve de Saint-Pierre" ("The Widow of Saint-Pierre") (2000), as a morally courageous wife trying to reform and save the life of a convict. She returned to prominence in the English-speaking world with the hit "Chocolat" (2000), as an itinerant candy maker who has a magical effect on the residents of a sleepy village, as well as romances gypsy Johnny Depp along the way. For her charming turn in the crowd-pleaser, Binoche picked up nominations for a Best Actress Oscar, a BAFTA Award and a Golden Globe.

She added to her unbelievably impressive Best Actress César nomination collection with a nod opposite Jean Reno in the delightful romantic comedy, "Décalage Horaire" ("Jet Lag") (2003), playing an extroverted beautician who finds unexpected romance en route to a seasonal job at a Mexican resort. Binoche then starred as a South African poet butting heads with an American reporter (Samuel L. Jackson) in John Boorman's romantic drama, "In My Country" (2005), but the film - and surprisingly, Binoche - received poor reviews. She was roundly praised for the otherwise disappointing adaptation of the best-selling book "Bee Season" (2005), as the dissatisfied scientist mother of a spelling bee champ and wife of a Jewish religious studies professor (Richard Gere). She next received a European Film Award Best Actress nomination for the psychological thriller "Caché" ("Hidden") (2005) and played a widowed Muslim seamstress in the underwhelming "Breaking and Entering" (2006) for Anthony Minghella, a film remarkable for its scenes of parkour - a French-created system of urban acrobatics - and for Binoche's British Independent Film Award nominated performance. She also appeared in a segment of the cinematic valentine to the city of lights, "Paris, je t'aime" ("Paris, I Love You") (2006) and in the 9/11-fantasy-thriller, "Quelques jours en septembre" ("A Few Days in September") (2006). Off-screen, Binoche drew some fire for some comments questioning the U.S. government's knowledge of those events.

English-speaking audiences - especially Americans - got to see Binoche back in the multiplexes the following year when she played the romantic lead opposite Steve Carell in the comedy hit "Dan in Real Life" (2007). She followed up her success in that crowd-pleasing romance with a return to the dramatic roles with which she made her name, getting good reviews in both the French/Italian/Israeli collaboration "Désengagement" ("Disengagement") (2007) and "Le voyage du ballon rouge" ("Flight of the Red Balloon") (2008), a film shortlisted across the board as one of the year's best films. Her golden professional touch continued with well received turns in the Altman-inspired, multi-character piece "Paris" (2008) and the follow up to "Red Balloon," "L'Heure d'été" ("Summer Hours") (2008). Binoche continued to dazzle on all fronts, surprising the world by staging and performing a dance piece in 11 countries called "in-i" with dancer-choreographer Akram Khan; publishing both a bilingual volume of poems about the directors with whom she collaborated and a collection of her portraits; as well as mounting a major exhibition of her paintings.

In terms of her film career, Binoche's international reputation and interest in global cinema led to the next phase of her career, when she joined artistic forces with Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami. Appearing briefly with a headscarf and no makeup in his "Shirin" (2008), an experimental film focusing on the faces of women watching an unseen movie, Binoche went on to work with the master filmmaker on "Copie conforme" ("Certified Copy") (2010). Set in Tuscany, the film followed Binoche as a French art gallery owner and a man she just met pretending to be a long-married couple. Binoche won some of the greatest plaudits of her career for her comedic and dramatic tour de force, receiving the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival. Binoche's subsequent activism - breaking down in tears at the film's Cannes press conference when hearing that imprisoned Iranian dissident filmmaker Jafar Panahi had begun a hunger strike; paying tribute to him in her acceptance speech - placed her at the forefront of discussions of that culture, and played a role in securing Panahi's release.

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Milestones close milestones

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Began acting in school productions
1979:
Moved from the French countryside to Paris with her older sister at age 15
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Worked onstage in France in productions including "Henry IV" and Moliere's "The Imaginary Invalid"
1983:
Film debut in small role in Pascal Kane's "Liberty Belle"
1983:
Had early TV credits in the French productions "Dorothee ou la Danseuse de Fil" and "Fort Bloque"
1985:
Appeared in "Hail Mary/Je vous salue, Marie" in a role specifically written for her by Jean-Luc Godard
1985:
First leading role in features in "Rendez-vous"; directed by Andre Techine
1986:
First collaboration with Leos Carax, "Mauvais sang/Bad Blood"
1988:
English-language acting debut, "The Unbearable Lightness of Being"
1991:
American TV debut in Mike Figgis' segment of the HBO production "Women & Men II"
1991:
Starred in Carax's "Les Amants du Pont-Neuf/The Lovers on the Bridge"; completed after three years of filming due to financing problems; not released theatrically in the USA until 1999
1992:
Co-starred with Ralph Fiennes in "Wuthering Heights"; aired in the US on TNT (1994)
1992:
Portrayed a woman who begins a sexual relationship with the father of her fiance in "Damage"
1993:
Starred in Krzysztof Kieslowski's "Three Colors: Blue"; earned a Golden Globe nomination; later reprised role in the second and third parts, "Red" and "White" (both 1994)
1995:
Named spokesmodel for Lancome
1995:
Dropped out of filming Claude Berri's "Ils partirant dans l'ivress/Lucie Aubrac" due to creative differences with the director; replaced by Carole Bouquet
1996:
Reunited with Fiennes for Anthony Minghella's "The English Patient"; earned Best Supporting Actress Oscar
1998:
Made British stage acting debut in "Naked" by Luigi Pirandello
1998:
Starred as a musician who embarks on an affair with a younger man in Andre Techine's "Alice et Martin"
1999:
Portrayed George Sand in Diane Kurys' "Les Enfants du siecle"
2000:
Teamed on screen for the first time with Daniel Auteuil in the period drama "La Veuve de Saint Pierre"
2000:
Had lead role as an actres in "Code Unknown"
2000:
Broadway debut in revival of Harold Pinter's "Betrayal"; earned a Tony Award nomination
2000:
Starred opposite Johnny Depp in Lasse Hallstrom's "Chocolat"; received a Best Actress Oscar nomination
2002:
Starred in the drama "Children of The Century"
2003:
Co-starred in the high-flying romantic comedy "Jet Lag"
2005:
Starred opposite Samuel L. Jackson, as an Afrikaans poet in "In My Country"
2005:
Co-starred with Richard Gere in the family drama "Bee Season"
2006:
Reunited with director Anthony Minghella for "Breaking and Entering"
2007:
Played a woman loved by sibling rivals Steve Carell and Dane Cook in romantic comedy "Dan in Real Life"
2008:
Starred in the romantic drama "Paris"
2011:
Cast in "The Son of No One," co-starring Al Pacino and Channing Tatum
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Education

National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts of Paris: - 1981

Notes

Binoche reportedly had to turn down the lead in "Jurassic Park" because she was committed to filming Kieslowski's "Three Colors" trilogy.

She was originally cast as the lead in "Lucie Aubrac" opposite Daniel Auteuil but left the project over creative differences with the director, Claude Berri. She and Auteuil finally acted opposite one another five years later in "The Widow of St. Pierre".

"I never like the explicit, and I don't like doing nudity. I'll do it, but only when it's essential to my character." --Juliette Binoche to Larry Worth of Daily News, May 17, 1996.

Commenting about being released from "Lucie Aubrac", Binoche told Alan Riding in The New York Times (May 15, 1996): "What really upset me was the feeling of being dispossesed. It's a bit like when you're ready to give birth. I had built up inside me an enormous amount of feelings. I was just about to make it real. It was about creating something that did not happen.

" ... When a director is so possessive about his film, it's a nightmare. You can't work with someone like that."

"You have to go through difficulties to open up and understand life. If you're always in a sugary, round place, you never go anywhere." --Binoche expressing her philosophy to People, December 16, 1996.

"To be an actress was the only thing I wanted. The consequence I didn't dream of, being a public person. ...

"I want to be a normal person, be a storyteller and not be a star.

"An actor has to forget himself and replace himself through another person. That's why you're here." --Juliette Binoche to USA Today, March 19, 1997.

"Money has never been my goal. If you're making films for money, I think there's a sickness. Money can't fulfill you. When you have a house, if you have a second house, you can't live in both. If I say yes to a film, it's because I love the project." --Bincohe quoted in Us, June 1997.

"The thing that was so special about the Oscar was the feeling that I was being adopted by another family, the Americans. That was the most moving thing." --Binoche quoted in Movieline, August 1997.

"Acting is an extrapolation of your own personality -- but it's also a way of forgetting yourself." --Juliette Binoche quoted in Time Out New York, July 20-27, 2000.

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companion:
Daniel Day-Lewis. Actor. Had brief relationship during filming of "The Unbearable Lightness of Being".
companion:
Leos Carax. Director. Born on November 22, 1960; together 1987-91; directed Binoche in "Bad Blood" (1986) and "Les Amants du Pont-Neuf" (1991); Binoche has stated the "intensity" of working together caused their relationship to end.
companion:
Andre Halle. Deep-sea diver. Father of Raphael; lived together 1991-93.
companion:
Olivier Martinez. Actor. Born on January 12, 1966; met during filming of "Horseman on the Roof"; no longer together.
companion:
Benoit Magimel. Actor. Born in May 1974; co-starred in "Les Enfants du siecle" (1999); father of Hana.
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father:
Jean-Marie Binoche. Sculptor, actor, director. Separated from Binoche's mother c. 1968.
mother:
Monique Stalens. Actor. Of Polish-Flemish descent; separated from Binoche's father c. 1968.
sister:
Marion Stalens. Photographer, actor. Born c. 1962.
half-brother:
Camille Humeau. Actor. Born c. 1978.
son:
Raphael Binoche Halle. Born on September 2, 1993; father, Andre Halle.
daughter:
Hana Binoche Magimel. Born on December 16, 1999; father, Benoit Magimel.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Juliette Binoche: Die unnahbare Schone" Heyne Filmbibliothek

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