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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 22 March 1949Saumur, Maine-et-Loire, France
Birth NameFanny Marguerite Judith Ardant
Height 5' 8½" (1.74 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Fanny Ardent was the youngest of 5 children born to a cavalry officer and his wife. She was raised in Monte Carlo where she was educated at a convent school. A voracious reader, she discovered Proust at age 15 and felt as though his writings were for her.

When she was 17 her father died and the shock of his loss never left her. Shortly before his death Ardant started acting on stage. However following her father's death she followed his advice and went to university in Aix-en-Provence where she read Political Science. Upon graduation she took a job working for the French embassy in London from which she was sacked for poor time keeping and being dishevelled. The latter was attributed to the social whirl she enjoyed in London.

Ardant continued working odd jobs in London before deciding, almost on a whim, to go to drama school. She returned to France for her studies and before long began acting on stage and then on television. At the age of 31 she was contacted by Francois Truffaut who had spotted her in a television drama and wanted to cast her in his film The Woman Next Door (1981).

While working together Ardant and Truffaut fell in love and in 1983 she gave birth to their daughter Josephine. Truffaut died a year later from a brain tumour.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Trivia (21)

In 1990 gave birth to her third daughter named Baladine. Father is Fabio Conversi.
Learned of François Truffaut's death while filming Les enragés (1985). She refused to stop filming.
On April 4th 1975 gave birth to her first daughter named Lumir. Father is Dominique Leverd.
On September 28th 1983 gave birth to her daughter Joséphine with companion François Truffaut.
Member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1990.
She is fluent in French, Italian, Spanish and learned to speak English while filming Callas Forever (2002).
She is a really passionate reader like her former companion François Truffaut. They both loved Honoré de Balzac, Marcel Proust, Arthur Miller and James and Fanny liked Julien Gracq, Jane Austen, Elsa Morante, and F. Scott Fitzgerald.
French singer Vincent Delerm wrote song "Fanny Ardant Et Moi" ("Fanny Ardant and me").
Grew up in Monaco until the age of 17 when she started studying international relations in Aix-en-Provence.
Made her stage debut in 1974.
The Dutch artist Jan Cremer named a painting of a tulip after her: Tulip Fanny Ardant.
Partner with François Truffaut (1981-1984). François died in 1984.
The daughter of a colonel in the cavalry, she first followed her father in his various missions around Europe. He was once an adviser to Prince Rainer's personal guard.
In her early twenties her interest turned to acting.
Her companion François Truffaut died on October 21, 1984.
Last muse and companion of François Truffaut.
Daughter of Jean-Marie Ardant and N. Lecoq.
Her father Jean-Marie Ardant died in 1976.
Her brother Frédéric Ardant is godfather of her daughter Joséphine (born September 28th 1983), fathered by François Truffaut.
Her brother Frédéric Ardant died from brain tumour on December 15, 2007, at 62 years old.
Sister of Frédéric Ardant and Véronique Ardant.

Personal Quotes (8)

[answering a question about what she wants to do before she passes] I would like to be a hairdresser - a shop in a small village in Italy, Sicily. Sometimes I dream about it. I would cut the hair of everyone - from the priest to the Mafioso, the beautiful lady and the young girl in the wedding. It would be the most important place in the village.
The strength of the French cinema [is that] the director puts the woman in the middle of the story. And if you look at French literature carefully - Balzac, Flaubert, Stendahl - always look for the woman.
I think it will become more and more normal to see older actors because the population is becoming more and more older. It's like wine, cinema.
[on undertaking a role] If you prepare too much, after a while you are not surprised any more by the way the man - the husband or the lover - is going to look at you, to smile at you, to answer you. It's better to be available.
[on François Truffaut] For him, film was a matter of life and death. He used to say, "In films, trains never run late" - I love that. Film was his salvation because in film everything has a meaning. Life is chaotic but in cinema you can stop time. François used to say, "Those who love life, love cinema." That's for sure.
[on Gérard Depardieu] I love him because he has an incredible feminine side, finesse and intelligence - he's not a great crashing macho, even if he is arrogant.
When I read the synopsis of The Woman Next Door (1981) I was completely stunned by the idea that you could die of love. The only thing I've ever believed in, at the risk of seeming sentimental, is love. If I'm at a boring dinner I always ask the man next to me, whether he's an ambassador or the President of the Republic: "Do you love your wife?" It's the only interesting subject.
The reason I never married is because my mother and father really loved each other, so we were a perfect family. Little House on the Prairie (1974) was bullshit compared to us. I think I was afraid of not measuring up to that. For me, a successful marriage is something to be revered. Real closeness between a man and a woman, a real family where you can argue and laugh, that's like Notre dame or Westminster Abbey - a 'chef d'oeuvre'. It's hard to achieve.

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