Isabelle Huppert has achieved international stardom for her ability to play geniuses, madwomen, criminals, and other larger-than-life heroines. Huppert began acting as a teen, performing on television and in movie roles. She honed her skills at the Versailles Conservatoire and the Conservatoire National d’Art Dramatique, and gained international attention for her work in the 1977 film The Lacemaker, which earned her a BAFTA. The following year, she won an award at the Cannes Festival for her performance in Violette Nozière. In 1988 she won both a Golden Globe and Venice Film Festival Award for Story of Women. She won a second Cannes Festival award for her role in The Piano Teacher in 2001. Her first American film, 1980’s Heaven’s Gate, was a commercial failure, but I Heart Huckabees in 2004 gained her an American following, and in 2016 she won another Golden Globe for Elle. Alongside her film career, she has maintained a successful theater career, playing Medea, Joan of Arc, Mary Queen of Scots, and Blanche du Bois, and earning seven Molière Award nominations. She was given the French Order of Merit in 1994 and the Legion of Honor in 1999 for her contributions to the arts.
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