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Anouk Aimée

French actress Anouk Aimée captivated audiences in films from Fellini’s La Dolce Vita in 1960 to Altman’s Prêt à Porter in 1994. Born Françoise Sorya, Aimée chose her screen name for her film debut in 1947’s La Maison sous la mer at age fourteen. She studied acting and ballet in Paris, London, and Marseilles and threw herself into films, quickly becoming an icon of French arthouse cinema. Her work with Fellini in Dolce Vita and and 1963’s 8 1/2 marked her breakout into international celebrity, followed by her stunning performances in 1963’s Lola and 1966’s Un Homme et une femme, for which she was nominated for an Oscar. Resisting stereotypes about older actresses, she has remained much in demand, most recently appearing in 2012’s Mince alors! Aimée won a 1967 Golden Globe and a 1980 Cannes Film Festival Award for best actress, as well as a 2002 César Award for lifetime achievement.

More on: Acting, Film
Anouk Aimee, 1963
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Publicity photo of French actress Anouk Aimee in 1963 for 8 1/2.

Image courtesy of Embassy Pictures via Wikimedia Commons.

Date of Birth
April 27, 1932
Place of Birth

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