Fast Facts

  • Worked as a seamstress before becoming an actress.
  • Took photographs of Hiroshima while filming Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959) that were eventually published and released in both Japan and France.
  • Published several books of poetry, beginning with Les Feu des miroirs in 1975.
  • With her nomination for Amour (2012), she became the oldest woman to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress, surpassing Jessica Tandy (who won for Driving Miss Daisy at age 80).


  • 1961, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Foreign Actress: Nominee
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  • 2012, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2013, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Leading Actress: Winner
  • 2012, European Film Awards — European Actress: Winner
  • 1962, Venice Film Festival — Best Actress: Winner
  • 2013, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Actress: Nominee


  • Birth Name: Paulette Riva
  • Birth Place: Cheniménil, France
  • Died: January 27, 2017
  • Profession: Actor, Poet

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