Family & Companions
A statuesque leading lady in European films of the 1980s, Fanny Ardant was companion to Francois Truffaut in the director's last years. Two of Ardant's most famous films were directed by Truffaut, "The Woman Next Door" (1981) which earned her the international spotlight, and "Confidentially Yours" (1983), Truffaut's last film.
Ardant broke into films--and acting, for that matter--a bit later than many of her contemporaries. She did not gain notice until she was already in her 30s, after beginning a five-year apprenticeship on the stage when she was in her late 20s. "Les Chiens" (1978), her first film, turned out not to be Ardant's big break. But when she appeared in the 1979 miniseries "Les Dames de la cote," she was noticed by Truffaut, who cast her opposite Gerard Depardieu in "The Woman Next Door." Ardant has frequently been seen in the works of many of Europe's most distinguished directors. She starred in Claude Lelouch's "Les Uns et les autres" (1981), was the worldly sister in Ettore Scola's multi-generational "The Family" (1987) and has worked with Alain Resnais thrice, including "Melo" (1986). In "What a Drag/Pedale douce" (1996), Ardant spoofed her sophisticated screen image as the confidante of a gay businessman who agrees to pose as his wife to impress a banker and then finds herself romantically pursued by the banker, a performance that earned her a Best Actress Cesar. That same year, she was also the wealthy and powerful lover of engineer in 18th Century France in Patrice Leconte's "Ridicule."
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Film acting debut in Alain Jessua's "Les Chiens"
French TV debut in the popular miniseries "Les dames de la cote/Women of the Coast"
Came to international prominence starring opposite Gerard Depardieu in Francois Truffaut's "The Woman Next Door"
Starred for Truffaut again in "Confidentially Yours"
Made third film for Alain Resnais, "Melo"
Garnered acclaim for her performance in "Pedale douce"
Starred as Maria Callas in Paris production of Terrence McNally's "Master Class", directed by Roman Polanski
Co-starred as Mary of Guise in "Elizabeth"
Was featured in Francois Ozon's "8 Femmes"