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Anouk Aimée Poster

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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 27 April 1932Paris, France
Birth NameFrançoise Sorya Dreyfus
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

She is the daughter of the actress Geneviève Sorya. In 1948 she played the part of Juliette in The Lovers of Verona (1949). In the following years (fifties and beginning sixties) she made various films (e.g. Modigliani of Montparnasse (1958) and La Dolce Vita (1960)) but had only with Lola (1961) of Jacques Demy and A Man and a Woman (1966) of Claude Lelouch major success. With the latter she had the chance to establish herself in America but did not use this opportunity. Therefore she was only participating in second row productions in Europe and America.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Volker Boehm

Spouse (4)

Albert Finney (7 August 1970 - 1978) (divorced)
Pierre Barouh (20 April 1966 - 16 March 1969) (divorced)
Nikos Papatakis (12 August 1951 - 1955) (1 child)
Edouard Zimmermann (14 February 1949 - 1950) (divorced)

Trade Mark (3)

Often plays characters named Anouk
Petulant voice
Frequently cast by Claude Lelouch and Jacques Demy

Trivia (23)

Daughter of Henry Murray and Geneviève Sorya
Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#56).
Her manager is Dominique Besnehard.
Has supported Lionel Jospin's 2002 presidential campaign.
Ex-stepmother of Simon Finney.
Was one of several actresses considered for the role of "The Baroness" in the film version of The Sound of Music (1965); the role ultimately went to Eleanor Parker.
Adopted her stage name "Anouk" after playing a character of that name in her debut film, Henri Calef's La maison sous la mer (1947), in 1946. The name "Aimée" was given to her by Jacques Prévert, who penned La fleur de l'âge (1947), where she starred.
Of all the roles she turned down, the one she regrets not accepting the most was the Faye Dunaway role in The Thomas Crown Affair (1968).
Her acting career began when, at age 14, she was walking down the rue Colisée in the eighth arrondissement in Paris with her mother. Director Henri Calef stopped her and asked if she would like to be in a movie.
Mother of Manuella Papatakis (b. September 15th 1951).
Is one of 12 French actresses to have received an Academy Award nomination. The others in chronological order are: Claudette Colbert, Colette Marchand, Leslie Caron, Simone Signoret, Isabelle Adjani, Marie-Christine Barrault, Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche, Marion Cotillard, Bérénice Bejo and Emmanuelle Riva.
She's the first actor to receive an Oscar nomination for a French-language performance.
Both Anouk and Emmanuelle Riva received an Oscar nomination for Best Actress for playing opposite Jean-Louis Trintignant: coincidentally, both actresses were playing a character named Anne.
Jean-Louis Trintignant didn't feel much at ease working with Aimée on the set of A Man and a Woman (1966), stating that he found her behaviour aloof and that he vastly preferred spending time with the child actors.
She never drank alcohol.
She won the 2009 "Prix Henri-Langlois" for her film work.
During the shooting of Justine (1969), she and actor Michael York were very much at odds with director George Cukor (who had replaced Joseph Strick). Aimée used to leave the set quite often- to be with her fiancé Albert Finney- and threaten never to come back, something that slowed down the shooting. Cukor stated in interviews that he felt Anouk's acting inability damaged the movie.
Was engaged to Maurice Ronet in the early 50s.
She won the 1961 'Étoile de cristal' for Best Actress for her performance in La Dolce Vita (1960).
The title role in Mademoiselle (1966) was originally written for her by family friend Jean Genet, who served as best man during her marriage to Nikos Papatakis and handed them the script on that date as a present. While shooting Head Against the Wall (1959), Aimée asked director Georges Franju if he had any interest to helm the project, but, when he mentioned her to the producers, he was told: 'It's not Anouk these days, it's Marie Laforêt'. Other things later factored into Anouk not being cast in the project, such as Genet keeping selling the script to different people when he needed money and Franju having- by the time he had been officially offered the project- grown enamored with the acting skills of his collaborator Emmanuelle Riva and moved on to struggle for the latter being cast. The film was finally directed by Tony Richardson and starred Jeanne Moreau.
Her acting career started at age 14, when director Henri Calef saw her walking in Rue du Colisée with her actress mother Geneviève Sorya and cast her in his movie La maison sous la mer (1947).
She was friends with Jacques Prévert, who wrote the screenplays for her early movies La fleur de l'âge (1947) and The Lovers of Verona (1949). It was through Prévert and his friend Alexandre Trauner that, at age 17, she went on to know some prominent figures of the French cultural and artistic world, such as Alberto Giacometti, Pablo Picasso, Simone Signoret, Jean-Paul Sartre, Jean Genet and her second husband Nikos Papatakis.
Her relationship with Albert Finney ended when she fell in love with Ryan O'Neal.

Personal Quotes (3)

You can only perceive real beauty in a person as they get older.
Oh come on, it hasn't been an unimpressive career. If you look at the number of projects I've been involved in, the people I've worked with ... But it's perhaps true that I haven't always made the right choices. I've taken parts I didn't particularly like because I wanted to work with the director - Altman, for example. But there's very little that I actually regret doing. I had to do most of it, I needed the money. There are one or two things I could have said yes to, though. That's probably true.
It is always better to have a few scenes with a good director, than many scenes with a bad one.

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