Emmanuelle Riva stars in "Amour," directed by Michael Haneke and co-starring Jean-Louis Trintignant, as Anne. The role earned Riva an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.

With a career that spans more than 60 years, French actress Emmanuelle Riva started out performing in local productions as a child. She grew up in the French countryside and worked as a seamstress for several years before deciding to pursue her dream of becoming an actress. Riva went to Paris to study her craft, making
Emmanuelle Riva Amour
Emmanuelle Riva in "Amour" - © Sony Pictures Classics

her stage debut there in 1954.

In 1959, Riva made an international splash in one of her first film roles in "Hiroshima Mon Amour." She plays an unnamed actress who becomes involved with a Japanese man in the film. A classic example of French New Wave cinema, the movie was directed by Alain Resnais and written by Marguerite Duras. Riva made several more films around this time, most notably "Léon Morin, Priest" (1961) and "Therese" (1962).

While she still continued to appear in films, Riva focused largely on theatrical work during the 1970s and 1980s. She also explored interests outside of acting, publishing several collections of poetry over the years. She continued to work sporadically on the big screen into the 1990s. Riva took a small role in "Blue" (1993), the first installment in Krzysztof Kieslowski's critically acclaimed "Three Colors" trilogy. Riva also appeared in another supporting part in "Venus Beauty Institute" (1999) with Audrey Tautou.


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Age: 90 years old
Birthday: February 24, 1927
Height: 5' 5 ½"
Full Name / Real Name: Paulette Germaine Riva
Birthplace: Cheniménil, Vosges, France

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