Fanny Ardant

Fanny Marguerite Judith Ardant (born 22 March 1949) is a French actress. She has appeared in more than eighty motion pictures since 1976. Ardant won the César Award for Best Actress in 1997 for her performance in Pédale douce.

Fanny Ardant
Fanny Ardant at the 2004 César awards ceremony.
Fanny Marguerite Judith Ardant

(1949-03-22) 22 March 1949
Years active1974–present
Partner(s)François Truffaut
(1981–1984, his death)

Personal life

Ardant was born in Saumur, Maine-et-Loire, France, to a military attaché father.[1] She grew up in Monaco until age 17, when she moved to Aix-en-Provence to study at the Institut d'études politiques d'Aix-en-Provence. In her early twenties, her interest turned to acting and in 1974 she made her first appearance on stage.

Ardant has three daughters: Lumir, from a relationship with French actor Dominique Leverd, was born in 1975; Ardant and partner François Truffaut, together from 1981 until his death in 1984, had daughter Joséphine in 1983; her third daughter Baladine, from a relationship with Italian film producer and cinematographer Fabio Conversi, was born in 1990.


By the early 1980s, Ardant was a major film star, gaining international recognition for her role opposite Gérard Depardieu in La Femme d'à côté (The Woman Next Door).[2] The film, directed by François Truffaut, brought Ardant her first César Award nomination for best actress in 1982 and in 1984 she was nominated again for Vivement dimanche!. Eventually, she became Truffaut's partner, giving birth to their daughter, Joséphine Truffaut, on 28 September 1983. Initially, her youthful beauty brought popularity but over time her sophistication and acting skills made her one of France's most admired actresses.[3] She proved her versatility, playing a comedic role in Pédale douce for which she won the 1997 César Award for Best Actress.

Fluent in English and Italian, Ardant has starred in several Hollywood and British films. Her most recent English-language film was the 2002 Franco Zeffirelli production Callas Forever, in which she portrayed opera diva Maria Callas. It opened the 14th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival on 9 January 2003. In 2003, Ardant received the Stanislavsky Award at the 25th Moscow International Film Festival (for the outstanding achievement in the career of acting and devotion to the principles of Stanislavsky's school).[4]

In 2009, she became a director and screenwriter, with Cendres et sang (Ashes and Blood). She also took part in a rare performance of Sardou's La Haine on 19 July 2009 at the Festival de Radio France et Montpellier Languedoc Roussillon, with Gérard Depardieu, the concert broadcast on France Musique.[5]

In 2010, she directed a short feature, Absent Chimeras (Chimères absentes in French), in which she also stars. She made this short film in order to raise public awareness to the plight of Romani people in Europe, a cause she personally defends.[6] In 2011, she starred in the music video for Elle me dit, the first French single by Lebanese singer Mika, and appeared in the play based on Joan Didion's 2005 novel The Year of Magical Thinking in the Théâtre de l'Atelier, Paris. In 2013, she made a cameo appearance as herself in The Great Beauty.[7]

In 2018, Ardant starred in the Swiss drama film Shock Waves – Diary of My Mind by Ursula Meier. It was screened in the Panorama section at the 68th Berlin International Film Festival. In 2019, Ardant directed the opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk at the Greek National Opera.


Ardant once expressed admiration for Renato Curcio, ex-leader of the militant Red Brigades (Brigate Rosse), saying that it was good of him to adhere to his principles. She later discovered that it would be difficult to attend a film festival in Venice, as her declaration had created much scandal in Italy.[8] The Governor of Veneto said that he would prefer that Ardant not visit his region. She then pleaded for forgiveness from victims of terrorism.[9][10]

In September 2009, Ardant signed a petition in support of director Roman Polanski, calling for his release after he was arrested in Switzerland in relation to his 1977 charge for drugging and raping a 13-year-old girl.[11]

Selected filmography

Year Title Role
1979 The Dogs
1980 Les Uns et les Autres Véronique
1981 The Woman Next Door Mathilde Bauchard
1982 Life Is a Bed of Roses Livia Ceraskier
Confidentially Yours Barbara Becker
1983 Un amour de Swann Duchesse de Guermantes
Benvenuta Benvenuta
1984 L'Amour à mort Judith Martignac
1986 Mélo Christiane Levesque
1987 The Family Adriana
1988 Love and Fear Velia
1989 Australia Jeanne Gauthier
1992 Afraid of the Dark Miriam
1994 Colonel Chabert Countess Ferraud
A Hundred and One Nights the star who works at night
1995 Beyond the Clouds Patricia
Sabrina Irene
1996 Désiré Odette
Pédale douce Evelyne, called Eva
Ridicule Madame de Blayac
1998 Elizabeth Mary of Guise
Le Dîner Flora
1999 Augustin, King of Kung-Fu as herself
Le fils du Français Anne
2000 Le Libertin Madame Therbouche
2001 8 Women Pierrette
Callas Forever Maria Callas
Don't Tempt Me Marina D'Angelo
2003 Nathalie... Catherine
2006 Paris, je t'aime Fanny
2007 Roman de Gare Judith Ralitzer
Il Divo the wife of the French ambassador
2008 Hello Goodbye Gisèle
The Secrets Anouk
2009 Ashes and Blood (Director)
Face the producer/ Queen Hérodias
2011 Interno Giorno Maria Toricello
Raspoutine empress Alexandra Feodorovna
2013 Bright Days Ahead Caroline
The Great Beauty cameo appearance as herself
Cadences obstinées (Director)
2013Fanny ardant in tbilisi artistic documentary film by shota kalandadze 2014 Casanova Variations Lucrecia
2015 Chic! Alicia Ricosi
2017 Lola Pater[12] Lola
2018 Shock Waves – Diary of My Mind
2019 La Belle Époque


César Awards

1997César AwardBest ActressPédale douceWon
1982César AwardBest ActressThe Woman Next Door (La Femme d'à côté)Nominated
1984César AwardBest ActressConfidentially Yours (Vivement dimanche !)Nominated
2002César AwardBest Actress8 Women (Huit Femmes)Nominated

Molière Awards

1993Molière AwardBest ActressL'Aide-mémoireNominated
1997Molière AwardBest ActressMaster ClassNominated


2003Stanislavsky AwardHonored


  1. Fanny Ardant Biography (1949-) at Film Retrieved on 10 January 2009
  2. Fanny Ardant at
  3. Fanny Ardant at AllMovie
  4. "25th Moscow International Film Festival (2003)". MIFF. Archived from the original on 3 April 2013. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
  5. Presentation of concert on Festival de Radio France site. Archived 14 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  6. Presentation of Absent Chimeras
  7. Young, Deborah (21 May 2013). "The Great Beauty: Cannes Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  8. "Plainte en Italie contre Fanny Ardant pour éloge des brigadistes". Le Monde. 28 August 2007. Archived from the original on 4 June 2012. Retrieved 29 August 2007.
  9. "Marra tra finanzieri corrotti e palazzinari". Corriere della Sera. 6 September 2007.
  10. Elogio a Curcio, la Ardant chiede scusa, Corriere della Sera, 25 August 2007
  11. "Outcry over Polanski's detention". BBC News. 28 September 2009.
  12. Le Monde, 9 août 2107, « Lola Pater » : étude de genre algérien


  • Anarchisme et surréalisme, Mémoire de l'I.E.P. d'Aix-en-Provence, 1971.
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