Birth Date: March 9, 1964
Birth Place: Paris, France
Claim to Fame: Three Colors trilogy, 1993-94
Hair: Dark Brown
Juliette Binoche was born in Paris, France, on March 9, 1964 and studied at the National School of Dramatic Art of Paris. The daughter of an actress and a sculptor, she first starred as a modern-day Virgin Mary in Jean-Luc Godard's controversial film Je vous salue, Marie / Hail Mary (1985). Binoche was 23 when she first attracted the attention of international film critics for her portrayal of Tereza to Daniel Day Lewis's Tomas in 1988's The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988). Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert commented on her "almost ethereal ... beauty and innocence".
That innocence was gone by the time Binoche completed Louis Malle's Fatale (1992). In an interview after the film was released, Binoche said: "Malle was trying to change my image! He considered it too direct and wanted something more sophisticated". A year later Krzysztof Kieslowski's Trois couleurs: Bleu (1993) was added to her film credits and Ebert had this to say: "Binoche has a face that is well-suited to this kind of role. Because she can convince you that she is thinking and feeling, she doesn't need to 'do' things in an obvious way". After taking time to have a child in 1994, Binoche was selected as the heroine of France's most expensive movie ever: Le Hussard sur let toit (1995). New York Times film critic Stephen Holden wrote: "Binoche... conveys a mercurially eruptive spirit that makes Pauline mysterious and utterly captivating".
Binoche won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as a compassionate wartime nurse in The English Patient (1996).
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