Louise Portal

Louise Portal was a Genie Award-winning actress, singer, author, playwright, and lecturer from Quebec, best known to international audiences for her role as Diane Leonard in 1986's "The Decline of the American Empire" ... Read more »
Born: 05/12/1950 in Chicoutimi, Quebec, CA

Filmography

Actor (22)

The Kind Words 2016 (Movie)

Isabelle Moretti (Actor)

Le garagiste 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

Les loups 2015 (Movie)

Maria (Actor)

Paul à Québec 2015 (Movie)

Lisette (Actor)

An Angel at Sea 2009 (Movie)

(Actor)

Le Bonheur de Pierre 2009 (Movie)

Louise Dolbec (Actor)

Heading South 2006 (Movie)

Sue (Actor)

The Barbarian Invasions 2003 (Movie)

Diane (Actor)

Les Muses orphelines 2000 (Movie)

Jacqueline Tanguay (Actor)

Full Blast 1999 (Movie)

Rose (Actor)

Saint Jude 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Souvenirs intimes 1999 (Movie)

Pauline (Actor)

The Long Winter 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Sous-Sol 1996 (Movie)

Reine (Actor)

Les Amoureuses 1992 (Movie)

Lea (Actor)

Mes meilleurs copains 1989 (Movie)

Bernadette Legranbois (Actor)

Tinamer 1988 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Decline of the American Empire 1986 (Movie)

Diane (Actor)

Exit 1985 (Movie)

(Actor)

Larose, Pierrot et la Luce 1982 (Movie)

La Luce (Actor)

Cordelia 1978 (Movie)

Cordelia Viau (Actor)

Les Beaux Dimanches 1973 (Movie)

Dominique (Actor)

Biography

Louise Portal was a Genie Award-winning actress, singer, author, playwright, and lecturer from Quebec, best known to international audiences for her role as Diane Leonard in 1986's "The Decline of the American Empire" and 2003's "The Barbarian Invasions," the first two films in Denys Arcand's ensemble drama trilogy of verbose Quebecois intellectuals. Born as Louise Lapointe on May 12, 1950 in Chicoutimi, she was one of five children to author Marcel Lapointe (pen name Portal), and in her youth she and her artistically-inclined siblings would do comedy and music shows on their roof and later in primary school. Having already participated in amateur theatre with the likes of Marie Tifo and Rémy Girard, she was accepted into the Conservatory of Dramatic Arts in Montreal in 1969. Her screen acting career began with the Michel Faure-created soap opera "La p'tite semaine" (Radio-Canada, 1973-76) and included strong notices for such work as "Cordélia" (1980), "Sous-sol" (1996), "Full Blast" (1999), "L'odyssée d'Alice Tremblay" (2002), "Heading South" (2005), and "Un ange à la mer" (2009). A singer and author, she released several albums and books, including <i>Pauline et moi</i> (2015), a memoir about her late twin sister, the actress Pauline Lapointe.

Relationships

Jacques Hebert Production Designer

Husband

Genevieve LaPointe Foley

Sister

Pauline Lapointe Actor

Sister

Dominique Lapointe Camera Assistant

Sister

EDUCATION

Montreal's Conservatory of Dramatic Art

1969

Milestones

2015

Won the Golden Reel Tribute Award from the APCQ for her long career in film

1987

Won the Best Supporting Actress Genie Award for "The Decline of the American Empire"

1980

Released debut novel Jeanne Janvier

1975

Made television debut in soap opera "La p'tite semaine"

1968

Began attending the Conservatory of Dramatic Arts of Quebec, Montreal

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