Though French actress Emmanuelle Béart claimed a César award for 1987's "Manon of the Spring" and an additional seven nominations between 1985 and 2001, she frequently drew more acclaim...
Played the middle of three sisters in the comedy-drama "La Buche"
American film debut, "Date with an Angel"
Cast as Gilberte in Raul Ruiz's superlative realization of Proust's "Time Regained"
Co-starred opposite Tom Cruise in "Mission: Impossible"
Starred as a prostitute in "Nathalie" also starring Gerard Depardieu
Cast in Jacques Rivette's "The Story of Marie and Julien"
Had leading role in "Les Destinees sentimentales"
Feature acting debut, "Demain les Momes"
Was featured in Francois Ozon's "8 Femmes"
French theater debut, "La Repetition"
Returned to France, enrolling in drama school
Made film debut in a leading role in "L'Amour en douce"
French TV acting debut, "Raison Perdu"
Starred as widowed mother of two trying to flee Paris, in the WWII drama "Strayed"
Moved to Montreal, Canada at age 15 to work as an au pair
Co-starred in the André Téchiné directed, "The Witnesses/Les Témoins"
Hired as spokesperson for Christian Dior
Though French actress Emmanuelle Béart claimed a César award for 1987's "Manon of the Spring" and an additional seven nominations between 1985 and 2001, she frequently drew more acclaim for her striking beauty and sensual screen presence. Béart made her screen debut as an adolescent in 1976, but did not truly pursue her craft until meeting Robert Altman during a visit to Canada. She soon returned to France, where she earned her César for "Manon" and began her screen career in earnest. Béart's comeliness would frequently prove a stumbling block in her pursuit of quality roles; more often than not, she took roles in minor films that hinged on her face and body. However, by 2001, she had amassed numerous César nominations and critically acclaim for emotionally intense turns in "Un Coeur en Hiver" ("The Heart in Winter") (1992) and "Nelly and Mr. Arnaud" (1995). Béart's commitment to French cinema sacrificed her chances at American stardom, but left the international film community with an exceptional body of work over the course of nearly four decades, which cemented her standing as one of France's most accomplished actresses.
Worked together on the films "L'Amour en douce" (1984), "Manon des sources" (1986) and "Un Coeur en hiver" (1993); together from the mid-1980s; married from c. 1993 to c. 1998
Born c. 1993; father, Daniel Auteuil
Born in 1930 in Cairo, Egypt; left Beart's mother when she was a child
Together since c. 1995; father of her son, Johan
Born c. 1996; father, David Moreau
In 1996, Beart participated in a demonstration in support of African refugees who were facing deportation. She chianed herself to a railing and was eventually arrested. The incident reportedly caused Dior to drop her as the company spokesperson.
"For years and years I used to tell people I act because I love Racine and Corneille, but it wasn't true! Now I'm fed up. I just want to say the truth, even if it does not sound so correct. I found my profession by chance, and I continued by love." - Beart quoted in The Daily Telegraph, Dec. 4, 2000
"I need someone to look at me and say, 'I want you, you are the right one, you are the right person, and I can't imagine anyone else.' That you can find at a table drinking a coffee, a beer, with someone [saying], 'Will you follow me?' And you dare to do things that you never, ever think you would do." - Beart quoted in Premiere, July/August 2004