Emmanuelle Béart (born 14 August 1963)[1] is a French film and television actress, who has appeared in over 60 film and television productions since 1972. An eight-time César Award nominee, she won the César Award for Best Supporting Actress for the 1986 film Manon des Sources. Her other film roles include La Belle Noiseuse (1991), A Heart in Winter (1992), Nelly and Mr. Arnaud (1995), Mission: Impossible (1996) and 8 Women (2002).

Emmanuelle Béart
Emmanuelle Béhart-Hasson

(1963-08-14) 14 August 1963 (age 60)
Gassin, France
Other namesEmmanuelle Est
Years active1972–present
  • (m. 1993; div. 1995)
  • Michaël Cohen
    (m. 2008; sep. 2011)

Early life edit

Béart was born Emmanuelle Béhart-Hasson in St. Tropez (some sources say Gassin), on the French Riviera, the daughter of Geneviève Galéa (pseudonym of Geneviève Guillery), a former model who is of Croatian, Greek and Maltese descent, and Guy Béart, a singer and poet.[2] Her Egyptian-born father's family was of Sephardic Jewish descent, who later sought refuge in Lebanon during his childhood.[3][4][5][6][7]

She has a half-sister, Ève (born 1959), on her father's side and six half-siblings on her mother's side; Ivan, Sarah and Mikis Cerieix from her mother's relationship with Jean-Yves Cerieix and Olivier Guespin, Lison and Charlotte from her mother's relationship with Jean-Jacques Guespin. [8][9]

In her late teens, she spent her summer vacation with the English-speaking family of a close friend of her father in Montreal. She stayed with Beverly Mellen and William Sofin and their two children Andrew and Sean Sofin, who took her in as their own. At the end of the summer, the family invited her to stay with them and complete her baccalauréat at Collège International Marie de France. They have remained close friends.[10]

Career edit

Béart at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival

Béart got an acting role in 1976 film Tomorrow's Children. In her teens she appeared in bit parts in television. Upon graduating from the Collège International Marie de France in Montreal, she returned to France to attend drama school in Paris. A short time later, she was cast in her first adult role in a film, and in 1986 she achieved fame with her role opposite Yves Montand, playing the avenging daughter in French hit Manon des Sources. For her performance, she won the 1987 César Award for Best Supporting Actress. In the 1987 film Date with an Angel, she starred as the Angel. In 1995, she won the Silver St. George award for Best Actress at the 19th Moscow International Film Festival for her starring role in film A French Woman.[11]

In addition to her award for Best Supporting Actress, she has also been nominated for another seven César Awards for Most Promising Actress and Best Actress. Béart received Most Promising Actress nominations for A Strange Passion and Love on the Quiet; followed by Best Actress nominations for Children of Chaos, La Belle Noiseuse (The Beautiful Troublemaker), Un cœur en hiver (A Heart in Winter), Nelly et Monsieur Arnaud (Nelly and Mr Arnaud), and Les Destinées Sentimentales (Sentimental Destinies)

In the 5 May 2003 issue of the French edition of Elle magazine, Béart, aged 39, appeared nude:[12] The entire run of 550,000 copies sold out in just three days, making it the biggest-selling issue in the fashion glossy's long history.[13]

Personal life edit

In the mid-1980s, Béart began a relationship with Daniel Auteuil (her co-star in Love on the Quiet, Manon des Sources, A Heart in Winter and A French Woman); they married in 1993 and divorced in 1995. Béart was romantically linked to music producer David François Moreau (from c. 1995 after she separated from Auteuil)[10][14] and to film producer Vincent Meyer for two years until his suicide in May 2003.[12] She has three children, including Nelly Auteuil (born c. 1993) and Johan Moreau (born c. 1996).[10] She married actor Michaël Cohen on 13 August 2008 at Genappe in Belgium, and in 2009 they adopted a child from Ethiopia, named Surafel. Béart and Cohen separated in 2011. In 2011, she began a romantic relationship with director and cinematographer Frédéric Chaudier.[15]

In addition to her screen work, Béart is known for her social activism. She is an ambassador for UNICEF, and has made news for her opposition to France's anti-immigration legislation. In 1996, she made headlines when, defending the rights of the "sans-papiers" ("without papers", meaning irregular immigrants), she was removed after her group's occupation of a Parisian church.

In March 2012, Béart spoke out against plastic surgery in Le Monde, saying that she regretted having an operation on her lips in 1990 when she was 27.[16][17]

In a 2023 documentary, she revealed that she was a victim of incest as a child but declined to reveal the identity of the abuser, only stating that it was not her father.[18]

Selected filmography edit

Emmanuelle Béart in 2004

Film edit

Year Title Role Director
1983 First Desires Hélène David Hamilton
1985 L'Amour en douce Samantha Édouard Molinaro
1986 Manon des Sources Manon Claude Berri
1987 Date with an Angel Angel Tom McLoughlin
1988 Door on the Left as You Leave the Elevator Eva Édouard Molinaro
1989 Les enfants du Désordre Marie Yannick Bellon
1990 Captain Fracassa's Journey Isabella Ettore Scola
1991 La Belle Noiseuse Marianne Jacques Rivette
I Don't Kiss Ingrid André Téchiné
1992 A Heart in Winter Camille Claude Sautet
1994 Hell Nelly Claude Chabrol
1995 A French Woman Jeanne Régis Wargnier
1995 Nelly and Mr. Arnaud Nelly Claude Sautet
1996 Mission: Impossible Claire Phelps Brian de Palma
1998 Don Juan Elvire Jacques Weber
1998 Stolen Life Alda Yves Angelo
1999 Time Regained Gilberte Raoul Ruiz
1999 Season's Beatings Sonia Danièle Thompson
1999 Elephant Juice Jules Sam Miller
2000 Sentimental Destinies Pauline Pommerel Olivier Assayas
2001 Replay Nathalie Catherine Corsini
2002 8 Women Louise François Ozon
Searching for Debra Winger as herself Rosanna Arquette
2003 Strayed Odile André Téchiné
The Story of Marie and Julien Marie Delambre Jacques Rivette
Nathalie... Nathalie / Marlène Anne Fontaine
2005 Hell Sophie Danis Tanović
2006 A Crime Alice Parker Manuel Pradal
2007 The Witnesses Sarah André Téchiné
2008 Disco France Navarre Fabien Onteniente
Vinyan Jeanne Bellmer Fabrice Du Welz
2010 Nous Trois Marie Renaud Bertrand
Ça commence par la fin Gabrielle Michaël Cohen
2011 Ma compagne de nuit Julia Isabelle Brocard
2012 Bye Bye Blondie Frances Virginie Despentes
Télé gaucho Patricia Gabriel Michel Leclerc
2013 Par exemple, Électre Chrysothémis Jeanne Balibar, Pierre Léon
2014 My Mistress Maggie/ The Mistress Stephen Lance
Les Yeux jaunes des crocodiles Iris Dupin Cécile Telerman
2017 Beyond the Known World Louise Pan Nalin
2022 L'étreinte Margaux Hartmann Ludovic Bergery
2023 The Passengers of the Night Vanda Dorval Mikhaël Hers

Television edit

  • Le grand Poucet (1980)
  • Zacharius (1984)
  • Raison perdue (1984)
  • La femme de sa vie (1986)
  • Et demain viendra le jour (1986)
  • Les jupons de la révolution (1 episode, 1989)
  • D'Artagnan et les trois mousquetaires (2005)

Awards and nominations edit

Year Award Work Result
César Awards
1985 A Strange Passion Most Promising Actress Nominated
1986 Love on the Quiet Nominated
1987 Manon des Sources Best Supporting Actress Won
1990 Children of Chaos Best Actress Nominated
1992 La Belle Noiseuse Nominated
1993 A Heart in Winter Nominated
1996 Nelly and Mr. Arnaud Nominated
2001 Sentimental Destinies Nominated
Other awards
1993 A Heart in Winter David di Donatello Award for Best Foreign Actress Won
1995 A French Woman Moscow International Film Festival Award for Best Actress Won
2002 8 Women European Film Award for Best Actress (shared) Won
2002 Silver Bear (Berlin) for Outstanding Artistic Contribution for 8 Women (shared) Honored
2010 Stanislavsky Award (Moscow) Honored
2012 Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters[19] Honored
2015 Chevalier of the Legion of Honour[20] Honored

References edit

  1. ^ Emmanuelle Béart. Tecinema.jeuxactu.com. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
  2. ^ "Emmanuelle Beart Biography (1965–)". Film Reference. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
  3. ^ Binder, Carol (16 September 2015). Guy Béart: «Ma mère m'a enseigné les rituels juifs que je connais très bien». ActualitéJuive (in French). Retrieved 21 April 2020.
  4. ^ "Emmanuelle Beart". Gossiprocks.com. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
  5. ^ Bu, Peter (24 August 2018). "Ces migrants qui abîment l'image de la France". Mediapart.fr (in French). Retrieved 21 April 2020.
  6. ^ Kerlereux, Pierre (January 2019) [2019]. "Les chrétiens d'Orient" [Eastern Christians]. Besancon.fr (in French). Retrieved 21 April 2020.
  7. ^ Salameh, Franck (2018). Lebanon's Jewish Community: Fragments of Lives Arrested. Springer. p. 52. ISBN 978-3-319-99667-7. Guy Béart, sing-songwriter and father of French actress Emmanuelle Béart, whose passion for music was nurtured in the Lebanon of his childhood where his parents had taken refuge after their expulsion from Egypt
  8. ^ Média, Prisma. "Emmanuelle Béart - La biographie de Emmanuelle Béart avec Gala.fr". Gala.fr (in French). Retrieved 30 October 2020.
  9. ^ Arlin, Marc (12 August 2020). "Emmanuelle Béart : qui est sa soeur aînée, Eve Béart ?". www.programme-tv.net (in French). Retrieved 30 October 2020.
  10. ^ a b c "Emmanuelle Beart". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 16 January 2010.
  11. ^ "19th Moscow International Film Festival (1995)". MIFF. Archived from the original on 22 March 2013. Retrieved 20 March 2013.
  12. ^ a b "Actress Conceals Grief At Cannes". Contactmusic.com. World Entertainment News Network. 25 May 2003. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
  13. ^ Mottram, James (20 June 2009). Emmanuelle Béart: 'Sometimes you feel more naked when you're totally dressed than the other way round'. The Independent. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
  14. ^ "Manon of the Spring". SuperiorPics.com. 2009. Retrieved 19 June 2010.
  15. ^ "PHOTOS – Emmanuelle Béart and her lover Frédéric Chaudier accomplices for a glamorous evening Gala". The Siver Times. 16 January 2018. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
  16. ^ Emmanuelle Béart : la chirurgie esthétique, "ça a été effroyable". Le Monde (in French). 2 March 2012. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
  17. ^ World Entertainment News Network (12 March 2012). "Emmanuelle Beart Scared Of Needles After Botched Lip Job". ContactMusic.com. Retrieved 6 December 2021. French actress Emmanuelle Beart has been left terrified of needles after undergoing a botched operation to plump up her lips.....In an interview with French newspaper Le Monde, she says, "I had my mouth done when I was 27. It was a botched job." "It is a grave act in which you don't necessarily foresee all the consequences. Just the idea of an injection these days devastates me."
  18. ^ Saunders, Emma (5 September 2023). "Emmanuelle Béart: French actress says she was victim of incest". BBC News. Retrieved 5 September 2023.
  19. ^ "Les Arts et Lettres pour E. Béart". FIGARO. 27 November 2012.
  20. ^ « Ordre National de la légion d'honneur - Décret du 31 décembre 2015 portant promotion et nomination » (page 22). Grand Chancellory of the Order of the Legion of Honour (in French). 1 January 2016. Retrieved 21 April 2020.

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