Emmanuelle Riva

Actor, Dressmaker
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), "Lon ... Read more »
Born: 02/24/1927 in Cheniménil, Vosges, FR

Filmography

Actor (25)

Amour 2012 (Movie)

Anne (Actor)

Leon Morin, Priest 2009 (Movie)

Barny (Actor)

Mon Fils A Moi 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

Eros Therapy 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

C'Est La Vie 2001 (Movie)

Dominique (Actor)

Arthur Rimbaud 1995 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Shadow of a Doubt 1993 (Movie)

Marie's Mother (Actor)

Blue 1993 (Movie)

The Mother (Actor)

Pour Sacha 1992 (Movie)

Madame Malka (Actor)

Loin du Bresil 1991 (Movie)

Juliette (Actor)

Niezwykla Podroz Baltazara Kobera 1988 (Movie)

Mother (Actor)

Gli Occhi, la Bocca 1984 (Movie)

Mother (Actor)

Liberte la Nuit 1983 (Movie)

(Actor)

Un Delitto 1983 (Movie)

Madame Louise (Actor)

Le Diable au Coeur 1975 (Movie)

Mother (Actor)

Au long de la riviere Fango 1973 (Movie)

Mathilde (Actor)

J'Irai Comme Un Cheval Fou 1972 (Movie)

Madame Rey (Actor)

Les Portes de Feu 1971 (Movie)

Baronne (Actor)

La Modification 1969 (Movie)

Wife (Actor)

Kapo 1964 (Movie)

Terese (Actor)

Thomas the Imposter 1964 (Movie)

The Princess DeBormes (Actor)

Therese Desqueyroux 1961 (Movie)

Therese Desqueyroux (Actor)

Hiroshima, Mon Amour 1960 (Movie)

Elle (Actor)

Love A La Carte 1959 (Movie)

Marilina (Actor)

Biography

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.

Milestones

2013

Became oldest actress ever to receive Oscar nomination for Actress in a Leading Role (for "Amour")

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

1993

Cast as the mother of Juliette Binoche's character in "Three Colors: Blue," directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski

1989

Acted in French TV movie "Catherine de Médicis"

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"

1962

Played title heroine in Georges Franju's "Thérèse Desqueyroux"

1961

Cast opposite Jean-Paul Belmondo in Jean-Pierre Melville's groundbreaking " Léon Morin, Priest"

1960

Played a Jewish prisoner in a concentration camp in Gillo Pontecorvo's " Kapò"

1959

Starred in Resnais' "Hiroshima Mon Amour"

1959

Discovered by filmmaker Alain Resnais while starring in a Dominique Rolin play "L'Epouvantail" in Paris

1958

First film appearance, an uncredited role in the Jean Gabin film "Les grandes familles"

1953

Went to first audition in Paris, France

Grew up in Remiremont, France

Began a seamstress apprenticeship at 15

Bonus Trivia

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

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