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Juliette Binoche

Real name: Juliette Binoche
Birthdate: March 9, 1964
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Juliette Binoche (French IPA: ; born March 9, 1964) is an Academy Award-winning and Golden Globe-nominated French film actress. Affectionately nicknamed "La Binoche" by the French press, Binoche is well known worldwide for her roles in popular, award-winning films such as The English Patient (1996) and Chocolat (2000).

Binoche's early films saw her firmly established as a French star of some renown. The recurring themes of these films were of contemporary young women exploring their lives and their sexuality. Small roles in Les Nanas (1984) and Adieu blaireau (1985) led to more significant exposure in Jean-Luc Godard's Je Vous Salue, Marie and Jacques Doillon's La Vie de Famille which cast her as the teenage step-daughter of Sami Frey's character. This film was to set the theme and tone of the early career.

In August 1986 she portrayed Tereza in Philip Kaufman's The Unbearable Lightness of Being based on the Milan Kundera novel. This was Binoche's first English language role and was a worldwide success with critics and audiences alike. After this success, Binoche decided to return to France rather than pursue an international career.

In 1996, Binoche appeared in A Couch in New York by Chantal Akerman. The film was a flop, but another 1996 film, The English Patient, based on the acclaimed novel and directed by Anthony Minghella, was a worldwide hit. It garnered nine Academy Awards, including Best Supporting Actress for Binoche.

After this international hit, Binoche returned to France and began work on Claude Berri's Lucie Aubrac opposite Daniel Auteuil, which was based on a true story. Binoche was released from the movie six weeks into the shoot, however, over differences with Berri regarding the authenticity of his script. Next she worked again with André Téchiné for Alice et Martin (1998) followed in 1999 by Children of the Century in which Binoche played the role of 19th-century French writer George Sand.

Between 1995 and 2000, Binoche was the advertising face of the Lancôme scent Pôeme, her image adorning print campaigns and a TV advertising campaign. There were three commercials featuring Binoche for the perfume, including an advert directed by Anthony Minghella and scored by Gabriel Yared.

2007 marks one of Juliette Binoche's busiest years. The Cannes Film Festival saw the premiere of Le Voyage du Ballon Rouge by the Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-Hsien. The film was well received by international critics and will debut around the world throughout 2007. Currently awaiting release are Dan in Real Life with Steve Carell, Paris by Cédric Klapisch and Désengagement by Amos Gitai. As of July 2007 Binoche is busy at work on L'Heure D'été by Olivier Assayas. Following that Binoche will star in Certified Copy for Abbas Kiarostami and The Other Man for Richard Eyre opposite Liam Neeson. In the July 2007 issue of Cahiers du Cinema Binoche mentioned that she would be auditioning for the Rob Marshall musical Nine, currently in pre-production.

Binoche is involved with a number of charities, including being a patron of the Cambodian charity Aspecta since 1992. She is also godmother to nine Cambodian orphans.


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