Manon of the Spring
“It was never a dream for me to be an actress. I'd hardly ever been to the cinema or to the theater before I was eighteen years old.” Emmanuelle Beart
French leading actress Emmanuelle Beart came to fame playing Manon in the Claude Berri successful film “Manon des sources” (“Manon of the Spring,” 1986), a role that brought her a Cesar for Best Supporting Actress. She was also nominated for Cesar Awards for her performances in “Un amour interdit” (1984), “L'amour en douce” (1985), “Les enfants du désordre” (1989), “La belle noiseuse” (1991), “Un coeur en hiver” (1992, won a David di Donatello Award), “Nelly & Monsieur Arnaud” (1995) and “Les destinées sentimentales” (2000). She won a Moscow International Film Festival Award for her work in “Une femme française” (1995) and a Cabourg Romantic Film Festival Award for “Le temps retrouvé, d'après l'oeuvre de Marcel Proust” (1999) as well as shared a European Film Award and a Berlin International Film Festival Award for “8 femmes” (2002). More recently, she was nominated for an Audience Award at the 2004 European Film Festival for her starring turn in “Nathalie...” (2003). Beart has also acted in American/British films “Date with an Angel” (1987), “Mission Impossible” (1996) and “Elephant Juice” (1999).
“For the moment, I just put them in a backpack and bring them along with me. I love the fact that they can travel with me. I just decided that I would not put my professional life on hold to raise children. I know that sounds selfish to a lot of people and I don't know if what I'm doing is the right thing, but that's the way I'm doing it.” Emmanuelle Beart
Beart has been married twice. The mother of two, she has a daughter named Nelly with her first husband, actor Daniel Auteuil, and a son named Johan with her former lover, music producer David Moreau, whom she began dating in 1995 after she separated from Auteuil. She later had a two year romance with film producer Vincent Meyer, which ended in May 2003 when Meyer committed suicide. Beart has been married to actor Michaël Cohen, who is seven years her junior, since August 2008.
Beart, who was named one of Empire magazine's “100 Sexiest Stars in Film History” (1995) and one of Femme Fatales magazine's “Sci-Fi's Sexy 50” (1997), is an avid social activist. She is an ambassador for UNICEF and United Nations Children's Fund. Between 1996 and 1997, she made headlines with her arrest in Paris for defending the rights of illegal immigrants.
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Childhood and Family:
Emmanuelle Béhart-Hasson, who would later be popular as Emmanuelle Beart, was born on August 14, 1963, in France to Guy Beart, a French singer and poet who comes from a Jewish family of Swiss, Spanish and Russian lineage, and Geneviève Gale, who is of Greek, Croatian and Maltese extraction. Following her parents' divorce when she was a young child, she and her four siblings (one sister and three brothers) lived with their mother in a remote mountain village in Provence. She left France to study English for a few years in Montreal, Canada. It was in Montreal that she met Robert Altman, from whom she got encouragement to go into acting. Upon returning to France, she attended drama school in Paris.
“After I quit my studies, I was thinking to myself, ‘What can I do? What kind of job is there where I could have money and a life that doesn't seem like all other lives?’ And I just said, 'Actress, why not?'” Emmanuelle Beart
In 1993, Emmanuelle married her long time boyfriend, actor Daniel Auteuil (born on January 24, 1950), but they divorced in 1995. They have one child together, a daughter named Nelly who was born on April 18, 1992. In March 1996, Emmanuelle gave birth to her second child, son Johan Moreau, who was fathered by her then-companion, music producer David Moreau. She married actor Michaël Cohen (born on December 13, 1970) on August 13, 2008.
Emmanuelle Beart had her first taste in front of the film cameras at age 9 when she landed an unaccredited part in “La course du lièvre à travers les champs” (“Hope to Die,” 1972), a movie directed by René Clément and adapted to the screen by Sébastien Japrisot from a novel by David Goodis. Her first significant role arrived four years later when she was hired to portray Lila, one of a group of children attempting to survive after nuclear destruction, in the low budget science fiction movie “Demain les Momes” (“Tomorrow's Children,” 1976), which was directed by Jean Pourtalé.
Beart made her television acting debut as Grive in a 1980 movie called “Le grand Poucet” for director Charles-Henri Lambert. In 1984, she portrayed Hélène in David Hamilton's “Premiers désirs,” opposite Patrick Bauchau, and Judith in the based on novel “Zacharius” (TV). She then appeared as Sonia Mornant in Michel Favart's “Raison perdue” (TV), with Patrick Fierry, but it was her portrayal of Constanza in the drama “Un amour interdit” (“A Strange Passion”) that brought her a 1985 Cesar nomination for Most Promising Actress. She picked up her second Cesar nomination the following year for portraying Samantha Page in Edouard Molinaro's comedy “L'amour en douce” (“Love on the Quiet,” 1985), where she costarred with her future husband Daniel Auteuil.
After working in the TV films “La femme de sa vie” and “Et demain viendra le jour” (both 1986), Beart gained her breakthrough role of Manon, the revengeful daughter of Jean de Florette, in Claude Berri's critically acclaimed and commercially successful drama “Manon des sources” (“Manon of the Spring,” 1986), a sequel to the 1986 historical French drama “Jean de Florette,” which was also directed by Berri and based on a novel by Marcel Pagnol. A reunion with Auteuil, the film brought her a 1987 Cesar for Best Supporting Actress.
Following her Cesar win, Beart made her Hollywood debut with the 1987 comedy “Date with an Angel,” which was written and directed by Tom McLoughlin. Costars of the film included Michael E. Knight, Phoebe Cates and David Dukes. She subsequently returned to French cinema with work in “À gauche en sortant de l'ascenseur” (“Door on the Left as You Leave the Elevator,” 1988), opposite Pierre Richard and Richard Bohringer, and Yannick Bellon's “Les enfants du désordre” (“Children of Chaos,” 1989), from which she was nominated for a 1990 Cesar for Best Actress for her role as a drug junkie named Marie. In between the films, she offered a notable performance on TV as Marie-Antoinette in the 1989 episode “Marie Antoinette, reine dun seul amour” of “Les jupons de la révolution.”
Beart next costarred with Vincent Perez in Ettore Scola's comedy “Il viaggio di Capitan Fracassa” (“The Voyage of Captain Fracassa,” 1990) before receiving notice as Marianne in Jacques Rivette's “La belle noiseuse” (“The Beautiful Troublemaker,” 1991), which won the Grand Prix at the 1991 Cannes Film Festival. Her good acting as an artist's model earned the actress a 1992 Best Actress Cesar nomination. Costars of the film included Michel Piccoli, Jane Birkin and Marianne Denicourt.
In 1992, Beart was reunited with Daniel Auteuil to star in the critically acclaimed drama “Un coeur en hiver,” (“A Heart in Winter”) which was directed and co-written by Claude Sautet. For her acting job as the beautiful Camille, she took home a 1993 Cesar nomination for Best Actress and a 1993 David di Donatello for Best Foreign Actress. Distributed by Koch-Lorber Films, the film was released in the U.S. on June 4, 1993.
Next up, Beart starred in “Rupture(s)” (1993, as Lucie), Claude Chabrol's “L'Enfer” (1994, opposite François Cluzet), “Le dernier chaperon rouge” (1996), “Voleur de vie” (“Stolen Life,” 1998), Raoul Ruiz's “Le temps retrouvé, d'après l'oeuvre de Marcel Proust” (“Marcel Proust's Time Regained,” 1999), where she won the Best Actress Award at the 1999 Cabourg Romantic Film Festival, and Danièle Thompson's “La bûche” (“Season's Beatings,” 1999). She also portrayed Jeanne in “Une femme française” (1995, again with Daniel Auteuil), where she won a Silver St. George for Best Actress at the 1995 Moscow International Film Festival, and starred as Nelly in Claude Sautet's “Nelly and Mr. Arnaud” (1995), in which she was nominated for a 1996 Cesar for Best Actress. After returning to U.S. films with the supporting role of agent Claire Phelps in the Tom Cruise successful vehicle “Mission Impossible” (1996), which was helmed by Brian De Palma, she starred with Penélope Cruz in Jacques Weber's “Don Juan” (1998), which was based on Molière's play “Dom Juan.” She then teamed up with Daniel Lapaine, Daniela Nardini and Mark Strong in the British drama “Elephant Juice” (1999), for director Sam Miller.
Entering the new millennium, Beart portrayed Pauline Pommerel in Olivier Assayas' “Les destinées sentimentales” (“Sentimental Destines,” 2000) and earned a 2001 Cesar nomination for Best Actress. The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on May 17, 2000, where it received a Golden Palm nomination. She followed it up with roles in “Voyance et manigance” (“Fortune Tellers and Misfortune,” 2001) and “La répétition” (“Replay,” 2001) before joining Catherine Deneuve, Isabelle Huppert, Fanny Ardant, Danielle Darrieux, Virginie Ledoyen, Ludivine Sagnier and Firmine Richard to star in the French musical comedy film “8 Femmes” (“8 Women,” 2002), which was directed by François Ozon and based on a play by Robert Thomas. The film gained positive reviews from critics and grossed over $42 million worldwide. It received 12 Cesar nominations, not to mention many other awards and nominations, including a Silver Berlin Bear for Outstanding Artistic Achievement and a European Film for Best Actress, which Beart shared with her costars.
In 2003, Beart worked with Gérard Depardieu and “8 Femmes” costar Fanny Ardant on the Anne Fontaine directed drama “Nathalie...” and was nominated for an Audience Award for Best Actress at the 2004 European Film Awards for her portrayal of a Parisian prostitute. The same year, she also appeared in “Les égarés” (“Strayed”) and “Histoire de Marie et Julien” (“The Story of Marie and Julien”). After playing Irène Larue in “À boire” (2004), she portrayed Milady Winter in “D'Artagnan et les trois mousquetaires” (“D'Artagnan and the Three Musketeers,” 2005), opposite Vincent Elbaz, Lucette in “Un fil à la patte” (2005) and Sophie in “L'enfer” (“Hell,” 2005).
From 2006 to 2008, Beart had roles in such films as Manuel Pradal's “A Crime” (with Harvey Keitel), “Le héros de la famille” (“Family Hero,” with Catherine Deneuve), “Les témoins” (“The Witnesses,” with Michel Blanc), Fabien Onteniente's “Disco” (with Gérard Depardieu), “Mes stars et moi” (“My Stars,” again with Deneuve) and Fabrice Du Welz's “Vinyan” (opposite Rufus Sewell and Julie Dreyfus). Recently, in March 2010, she played Marie in the French drama “Nous trios,” (“Just the Three of Us”) which was co-written and directed by Renaud Bertrand.
Beart has completed filming the romantic film “Ça commence par la fin” (2010), which was written and directed by her husband Michaël Cohen, who also plays the starring role of Jean. She is set to play a role in the upcoming film “Ma compagne de nuit” (2010).
“In France, the public has this image of me as very sexual. I am always fighting against that. This is just one of the faces of me. I want to use all my powers, open all the windows, all the doors.” Emmanuelle Beart
Berlin International Film Festival: Silver Berlin Bear, Outstanding Artistic Achievement, “8 femmes,” 2002
European Film: Best Actress, “8 femmes,” 2002
Cabourg Romantic Film Festival: Best Actress, “Le temps retrouvé, d'après l'oeuvre de Marcel Proust, 1999
Moscow International Film Festival: Silver St. George, Best Actress, “Une femme française,” 1995
David di Donatello: David, Best Foreign Actress (Migliore Attrice Straniero), “Un coeur en hiver/A Heart in Winter,” 1993
César: Best Supporting Actress (Meilleur second rôle féminin), “Manon des sources/Manon of the Spring,” 1987