Stéphane Audran  

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Stéphane Audran (born on November 2 1932 and christened Colette Suzanne Dacheville in Versailles, France) is a film and television actress, known for her performances in Oscar winning movies like Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie (1972) and Babette's Feast (1987) and in critically acclaimed films like The Big Red One (1980) and Violette Nozière (1978).

She married French director and screenwriter Claude Chabrol in 1964, after a short marriage to the French actor Jean-Louis Trintignant. Her son by her marriage to Claude Chabrol (which ended in 1980) is the French actor Thomas Chabrol.

Audran's first role was in Chabrol's acclaimed film Les Cousins (1959). She has since then appeared in most of Chabrol's films. Some of the more noteworthy Chabrol films she appeared in are La Femme Infidèle (1968), Les Biches (1968) as a rich lesbian who becomes involved in a ménage à trois (she first gained notice in this), Le Boucher (1970) as a school teacher who falls in love with a murderous butcher, Juste Avant La Nuit (1971), and Violette Nozière (1978).

She has also appeared in the movies of Éric Rohmer (Signe du Lion), Jean Delannoy (La Peau de Torpedo), Gabriel Axel (Babette's Feast, as the mysterious cook, Babette), Bertrand Tavernier (Coup de Touchon, as the wife of the cop turned serial killer, Lucien Cordier) and Samuel Fuller (The Big Red One). The most celebrated of her non-Chabrol films was Luis Buñuel's Oscar-winning Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie (1972) as Alice Senechal. Active in English-language productions, Audran has appeared in American bombs like The Black Bird (1975), and in TV movies like Brideshead Revisited (1982), Mistral's Daughter (1984) and The Sun Also Rises (1984).

Audran won a France's César Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in Violette Nozière and British Film Academy award for Just Before Nightfall (1975).

Her real name is occasionally listed as Colette Suzanne Jeannine Dacheville.


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