Top Ten Working Actresses

#2 Isabelle Huppert

by Matt Mazur

27 July 2010


First Film: The French actresses’ first international breakthrough success was in Claude Gorgetta’s 1977 The Lacemaker, but she had been working steadily since 1971

Must-see: A trio of amazing work with Claude Chabrol: The Story of Women (1998); Madame Bovary (1991); and La ceremonie (1995)

Star Turn: Huppert’s complex, depraved Erika Kohut in The Piano Teacher for Michael Haneke was unanimously voted Best Actress at Cannes in 2001.

Underrated: Violette, another Chabrol film, this time from 1978, which tied Huppert for the Best Actress prize at Cannes with Jill Clayburgh’s iconic turn in An Unmarried Woman (Paul Mazursky)

Upcoming, Current and/or Recent: Huppert just appeared, of all places, on Law and Order: Special Victims Unit opposite Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni and Sharon Stone. Think about that. Her next film is White Material for French auteur Claire Denis (Beau Travail)

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