Emmanuelle Riva (1927–2017)

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An only child, Emmanuelle was born Paulette Germaine Riva in Cheniménil, but eventually grew up in Remiremont. Her mother, Jeanne Fernande Nourdin, was a seamstress. Her father, René Alfred "Alfredo" Riva, was a sign writer. Her paternal grandfather was Italian. She dreamed of becoming an actress since she was six, so that the entire world would ... See full bio »


(age 89) in Paris, France

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Amour Anne
Therese Thérèse Desqueyroux


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 2021/IV Alma
 2016 Lost in Paris
 2016 Marie and the Misfits
 2012 A Greek Type of Problem
 2012 Amour
 2011 Skylab
Mme Prévost dite Mémé - la mère d'Anna
 2009 Can't Say No
Mme Revison
 2008 A Man and His Dog
Femme église
 2008 The Great Alibi
Geneviève Herbin
 2006 My Son
Grandmother / La grand mère
 2005 Venus and Apollo (TV Series)
Mme Galinet
- Soin renaissance (2005) ... Mme Galinet
- Soin thanatos (2005) ... Mme Galinet
- Soin secret (2005) ... Mme Galinet
 2004 Eros Therapy
 2003 Vert paradis
La mère de Lucas
 2001 C'est la vie
 2001 Médée (TV Movie)
Le choeur
 1999 Venus Beauty Institute
Tante Lyda
 1997 XXL
Sonia Stern
 1996 Capitaine au long cours
Clémentine / Calypso
 1995 L'homme aux semelles de vent (TV Movie)
La mère de Rimbaud
 1994 A che punto è la notte (TV Movie)
Professoressa Chaldiny
 1994 Éclats de famille (TV Movie)
 1993 L'ombre du doute
 1993 Three Colors: Blue
La mère
 1992 Langer Samstag
Frau Dünskoven
 1992 Far from Brazil
 1991 For Sasha
Mrs. Malka
 1990 Grand beau (TV Movie)
La Piou
 1990 The Passion of Bernadette
Mère Marie-Thérèse Vauzou
 1989 Les dossiers de l'écran (TV Series)
Jeanne d'Albert
- Catherine de Médicis (1989) ... Jeanne d'Albert
 1987 Funny Boy
Micky's mother
 1984 Un delitto (TV Movie)
Madame Louise
 1984 Liberté, la nuit
Mouche, the wife
 1983 Emmenez-moi au théâtre (TV Series)
Geneviève De Presles
- L'exil (1983) ... Geneviève De Presles
 1983 The Heiress (segment "Flüchtige Umarmungen")
 1983 Un homme à ma taille
Lisa Leibovitch
 1982 The Eyes, the Mouth
 1982 Ralentir école (TV Movie)
 1982 Is There a Frenchman in the House?
Adélaïde Tumelat
 1982 Le piano des songes (TV Movie)
La mère de Claire
 1981 Le roman du samedi (TV Series)
- Un prêtre marié (1981) ... Malgaigne
 1981 The Games of Countess Dolingen
Une invitée
 1980 Le règlement intérieur
La prof de journalisme
 1978 Madame Ex (TV Movie)
Aline Davermelle
 1978 Les jeunes filles (TV Movie)
Andrée Hacquebaut
 1976 Au théâtre ce soir (TV Series)
- Un mois à la campagne (1976) ... Natalia
 1976 The Devil in the Heart
Madame Bouvier, la mère
 1975 La mort du pantin (TV Movie)
Marianne Morel
 1975 Léopold le bien-aimé (TV Movie)
 1975 La mort de l'utopie
La tragédienne
 1975 La dame de l'aube (TV Movie)
La pèlerine
 1975 Along the Fango River
 1974 Ariane
 1973 I Will Walk Like a Crazy Horse
La mère d'Aden
 1972 Le cygne (TV Movie)
Dame Gritie
 1972 Gates of Fire
La baronne
 1970 The Modification
 1970 Man of Desire
 1969 Je voudrais parler à monsieur Moratti (TV Movie)
 1969 Safari 5000
 1968 La forêt noire (TV Movie)
Maria Richter
 1967 Risky Business
Suzanne Doucet
 1967 Bitter Fruit
 1966 Voilà l'ordre (Short)
 1966 La fin de la nuit (TV Movie)
Thérèse Desqueyroux
 1966 L'or et le plomb
La femme du monde
 1965 Le coup de grâce
 1965 Thomas the Impostor
La princesse de Bormes (as Emmanuèle Riva)
 1965 I Kill, You Kill
Lucia Rossi Perozzi (segment "La donna che viveva sola")
 1964 Le gros coup
Clémence Grandval
 1963 Caterina (TV Movie)
 1963 The Hours of Love
 1962 Therese
Thérèse Desqueyroux (as Emmanuele Riva)
 1962 Climates of Love
 1961 Léon Morin, Priest
Barny (as Emmanuele Riva)
 1960 Kapo
 1960 Hungry for Love
Marilina (as Emmanuele Riva)
 1960 Recourse in Grace
Germaine Tourier
 1960 The Eighth Day
 1959 Hiroshima Mon Amour
Elle (as Emmanuele Riva)
 1959 La Confession (TV Movie)
 1958 The Possessors
La secrétaire (uncredited)
 1957 Énigmes de l'histoire (TV Series)
Sophie Charlotte
- Le chevalier d'Éon (1957) ... Sophie Charlotte
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Other Works:

Collection of Poems: "Le Feu des miroirs". Paris: Librairie Saint-Germain-des-Prés. ISBN 9782243000740 See more »

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2 Articles | 1 Pictorial | See more »

Alternate Names:

Emmanuele Riva | Emmanuèle Riva


5' 5½" (1.66 m)


Nourdin, Jeanne

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Our little cinema and theatre projects are tiny, tiny, compared to the enormous threats to the world. But one continues one's life, nonetheless. I thank heaven for the child that's still in me. I love freshness, the surprise of waking up alive every morning, the wonderment of simple things. This still exists, despite our stubborn, insolent attempts to destroy this beautiful, beautiful planet. See more »


She was one of Georges Franju's three muses, the other two being Edith Scob and Francine Bergé. See more »


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