Stéphane Audran  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
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Stéphane Audran (born Colette Suzanne Dacheville; 8 November 1932 – 27 March 2018) was a French actress, known for her performances in award-winning movies such as The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972) and Babette's Feast (1987) and in critically acclaimed films like The Big Red One (1980) and Violette Nozière (1978). A well-known photo of the actress shows her sitting at a dressing table doing her toenails in the film from the film La Femme Infidèle (1968).



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 Chabrol (which ended in 1980) is the French actor Thomas Chabrol (born in 1963).

Her first major role was in Chabrol's film Les Cousins (1959). She later appeared in most of Chabrol's films. Some of the more noteworthy of his films Audran appeared in were Les Bonnes Femmes (1960), La Femme Infidèle (1968), Les Biches (1968) as a wealthy bisexual who becomes involved in a ménage à trois (she first gained notice in this), Le Boucher (1970) as a school teacher in rural France, Juste Avant La Nuit (1971), and Violette Nozière (1978). She won the Silver Bear for Best Actress for her role in Les Biches at the 18th Berlin International Film Festival.

She also appeared in the first film of Éric Rohmer (Signe du Lion), and in films by Jean Delannoy (La Peau de Torpedo), Gabriel Axel (Babette's Feast, as the mysterious cook, Babette), Bertrand Tavernier (Coup de Torchon, as the wife of the cop turned serial killer) and Samuel Fuller (The Big Red One). The most celebrated of her non-Chabrol roles was as Alice Senechal in Luis Buñuel's Oscar-winning film Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie (1972).

Also appearing in English-language productions, Audran appeared in American features including The Black Bird (1975), and in TV serials including Brideshead Revisited (1981), Mistral's Daughter (1984) and The Sun Also Rises (1984). She starred in the 1974 film version of Agatha Christie's mystery, And Then There Were None.

Audran won a French César Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Violette Nozière (1978), and a British Film Academy award for her part in Just Before Nightfall (1975).

Her son Thomas told the AFP news agency that his mother had died early on 27 March 2018, following a long illness, saying: "She had been in hospital for 10 days and she had returned home. She died peacefully at around 2 am."



Year Title Genre Notes / (English title)
1957 Le Jeu de la nuit
1958 La Bonne tisane
Les Amants de Montparnasse (The Lovers of Montparnasse)
1959 Le Signe du lion (The Sign of Leo)
Les Cousins
1960 Présentation ou Charlotte et son steak short
Les Bonnes Femmes
1961 Saint Tropez Blues short
Les Godelureaux (Wise Guys)
1962 L'Œil du malin (The Third Lover / The Eye of Evil)
1963 Landru (Bluebeard)
1964 Les Durs à cuire ou Comment supprimer son prochain sans perdre l'appétit
Le Tigre aime la chair fraiche (Code Name: Tiger))
1965 Paris vu par... (segment La Muette) (Six in Paris)
Marie-Chantal contre le docteur Kha (Blue Panther)
1966 La Ligne de démarcation (Line of Demarcation)
1967 Le Scandale (The Champagne Murders)
1968 Les Biches (The Does)
1969 La Femme infidèle (The Unfaithful Wife)
1970 Le Boucher (The Butcher)
La Peau de torpedo
La Rupture (The Breach )
The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun (The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gu)
1971 Juste avant la nuit (Just Before Nightfall)
Sans mobile apparent
Aussi loin que l'amour
1972 Template:Interlanguage link multi
Le Charme discret de la bourgeoisie (The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie)
1973 Les Noces rouges (Wedding in Blood)
1974 Comment réussir quand on est con et pleurnichard (How to Do Well When You are a Jerk and a Crybaby)
Le Cri du cœur (The Heart's Cry)
And Then There Were None
Vincent, François, Paul... et les autres
1975 Hay que matar a B.
The Black Bird
1976 Chi dice donna, dice donna (segment Donne d'affari)
The Twist
1977 Des Teufels Advokat (The Devil's Advocate)
Mort d'un pourri (Death of a Corrupt Man)
1978 Les Liens de sang
Silver Bears
Violette Nozière César Award for Best Supporting Actress
1979 Eagle's Wing
Le Gagnant
1980 The Big Red One
Le Cœur à l'envers
La Cage aux folles 2
1981 Les Plouffe (The Plouffe Family )
Coup de torchon
1982 Boulevard des assassins
Le Choc (The Shock)
Paradis pour tous
1983 La Scarlatine
Mortelle randonnée (Deadly Circuit)
1984 Les Voleurs de la nuit (Thieves After Dark)
The Blood of Others
The Bay Boy
1985 Chicken with Vinegar
Night Magic
La Cage aux folles 3: Elles se marient
1986 La Gitane
Suivez mon regard
1987 Babette's Feast (Babettes gæstebud)
Cinématon #926
1988 Les Saisons du plaisir
Corps z'a corps
Il Nido del ragno
1989 Sons
Manika, une vie plus tard
1990 La Messe en si mineur
Jours tranquilles à Clichy (Quiet Days in Clichy)
1992 Betty
1994 The Turn of the Screw
1995 Le Fils de Gascogne ((Gascogne's Son)
Au petit Marguery
1996 Maximum Risk
1997 Arlette
1998 Madeline
1999 Belle maman
2000 Le Pique-nique de Lulu Kreutz
2001 J'ai faim !!! comedy (I'm Hungry)
2002 Ma femme s'appelle Maurice (My Wife's Name Is Maurice)
2008 The Girl from Monaco


Year Title Genre Notes
1973 Tatort Tote Taube in der Beethovenstraße
1979 Orient-Express (segment Maria)
1981 Les affinités électives
Le Marteau piqueur
Le Beau monde
Brideshead Revisited
1982 La Marseillaise
1984 Mistral's Daughter
The Sun Also Rises
1985 Isola, Un
1987 Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story
1989 Champagne Charlie
1990 TECX
1992 Weep No More, My Lady
Le Droit à l'oubli
1994 L'Évanouie
1996 Petit
1997 Un printemps de chien
2000 La Bicyclette bleue
2004 Sissi, l'impératrice rebelle
2005 La Battante
Trois femmes… un soir d'été

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