- Her first novel, L'homme facile, was banned in France for readers under 18 due to its graphic sexual content; Breillat was actually 17 when she wrote the book.
- Made her acting debut in Last Tango in Paris (1972), which also featured her sister, actress Marie-Hélène Breillat.
- Made her directorial debut with a 1975 film about sexual awakening, Une vraie jeune fille. Based on one of her novels, the film wasn't released for some 25 years due to financial and censorship issues.
- Her works (both novels and films) have often been subject to censorship due to their mature themes.
- Suffered a stroke in 2004 and was confined to a hospital for five months.
- Has worked as a professor of auteur cinema at the European Graduate School in Switzerland.
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