César Award for Best Actress

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  1. Catherine Deneuve

    Catherine Deneuve


    Catherine Deneuve (born 22 October 1943) is a French actress who gained recognition for her portrayal of aloof, mysterious beauties for various directors, including Luis Buñuel and Roman Polanski. She is a 13-time César Award nominee.

  2. Romy Schneider

    Romy Schneider


    Romy Schneider (23 September 1938 – 29 May 1982) was a film actress born in Vienna and held German and French citizenship. She started her career in the German Heimatfilm genre in the early 1950s when she was 15. From 1955 to 1957 she played the central character of Empress Elisabeth of Austria in the Austrian Sissi trilogy. In 1958 she met Alain Delon and they became engaged; Schneider moved to France where she made successful and critically acclaimed films with some of the most notable film directors of that era. Her engagement to Delon ended in 1963 and Schneider subsequently married twice. The son from her first marriage died in an accident in 1981 when he was 14. In May 1982, aged 43, Schneider was found dead of cardiac arrest in her Paris apartment.

  3. Marion Cotillard

    Marion Cotillard


    Marion Cotillard (born 30 September 1975) is a French actress and singer-songwriter. She is also an environmentalist and spokesperson for Greenpeace. She has garnered worldwide acclaim and awards for her performances in films such as A Very Long Engagement (2004), La Vie en Rose (2007), Nine (2009), Inception (2010), Rust and Bone (2012), The Immigrant (2013), and Two Days, One Night (2014).

  4. Fanny Ardant

    Fanny Ardant


    Fanny Marguerite Judith Ardant (born 22 March 1949) is a French actress. She has appeared in more than eighty motion pictures since 1976. Ardant won the César Award for Best Actress in 1997 for her performance in Pédale douce.

  5. Isabelle Adjani

    Isabelle Adjani


  6. Juliette Binoche

    Juliette Binoche


    Juliette Binoche (born 9 March 1964) is a French actress, artist and dancer. She has appeared in more than 40 feature films, been recipient of numerous international accolades, is a published author and has appeared on stage across the world. Coming from an artistic background, she began taking acting lessons during adolescence. After performing in several stage productions, she was propelled into the world of auteurs Jean-Luc Godard (Hail Mary, 1985), Jacques Doillon (Family Life, 1985) and André Téchiné, who made her a star in France with the leading role in his 1985 drama Rendez-vous. Her sensual performance in her English-language debut The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988), directed by Philip Kaufman, launched her international career.

  7. Jeanne Moreau

    Jeanne Moreau


    Jeanne Moreau (born 23 January 1928) is a French actress, singer, screenwriter and director. She is the recipient of a César Award for Best Actress, a BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actress and a Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Award for individual performances, and several lifetime awards.

  8. Isabelle Huppert

    Isabelle Huppert


    Isabelle Anne Madeleine Huppert (born 16 March 1953) is a French actress of stage and screen. Since her debut in 1971, she has appeared in more than 100 film and television productions. She is the most nominated actress for the César Award, with 14 nominations. She was made a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour in 1999 and was promoted to Officer in 2009.

  9. Carole Bouquet

    Carole Bouquet


    Carole Bouquet (born 18 August 1957) is a French actress and fashion model, who has appeared in more than 40 films since 1977.

  10. Anne Parillaud

    Anne Parillaud


    Anne Parillaud (born 6 May 1960) is a French actress, who has appeared in 30 films since 1977.

  11. Bérénice Bejo

    Bérénice Bejo


    Bérénice Bejo (born 7 July 1976) is a French Argentine actress, who played Christiana in the 2001 film A Knight's Tale and Peppy Miller in the 2011 film The Artist.

  12. Simone Signoret

    Simone Signoret


    Simone Signoret (25 March 1921 – 30 September 1985) was a French cinema actress often hailed as one of France's greatest film stars. She became the first French person to win an Academy Award, for her role in Room at the Top (1959). In her lifetime she also received a César, three BAFTAs, an Emmy, Cannes Film Festival recognition, the Silver Bear for Best Actress awards and a Golden Globe nomination.

  13. Annie Girardot

    Annie Girardot


    Annie Girardot (25 October 1931 – 28 February 2011) was a three-time César Award winning French actress. She often played strong-willed, independent, hard-working, and often lonely women, imbuing her characters with an earthiness and reality that endeared her with women undergoing similar daily struggles.

  14. Sandrine Bonnaire

    Sandrine Bonnaire


    Sandrine Bonnaire (born 31 May 1967) is a French actress and film director, who has appeared in more than 40 films including Hollywood movies.

  15. Nathalie Baye

    Nathalie Baye


    Nathalie Marie Andrée Baye (born 6 July 1948) is a French film, television, and stage actress. After having dance and dramatic education, Baye began acting in 1970. She has appeared in more than 70 films. She won four César Awards for Sauve qui peut (la vie) (1980), Une étrange affaire (1981), La Balance (1982), and Le Petit Lieutenant (2005). She has been nominated a further five times.

  16. Isabelle Carré

    Isabelle Carré


    Isabelle Carré (born 28 May 1971) is a French actress, who has appeared in more than 70 films since 1989. She won a César Award for Best Actress for her role in Se souvenir des belles choses (2001), and has been nominated a further six times, for Beau fixe (1992), Le Hussard sur le toit (1995), La Femme défendue (1997), Les Sentiments (2003), Entre ses mains (2005) and Anna M. (2007).

  17. Élodie Bouchez

    Élodie Bouchez


    Élodie Bouchez-Bangalter (born 5 April 1973) is a French actress. She is best known for her role as Renée Rienne on the fifth and final season of the television show Alias and for playing Maïté Alvarez in the film Wild Reeds.

  18. Sara Forestier

    Sara Forestier


    Sara Forestier (born 4 October 1986) is a French actress and director.

  19. Marina Hands

    Marina Hands


    Marina Hands (born 10 January 1975) is a French stage and film actress.

  20. Emmanuelle Riva

    Emmanuelle Riva


    Emmanuelle Riva (born February 24, 1927) is a French actress, best known for her roles in the films Hiroshima mon amour and Amour.

  21. Miou-Miou



    Miou-Miou (born Sylvette Herry on 22 February 1950) is a French actress. In her career she has worked with a number of international directors, including Michel Gondry, Bertrand Blier, Yves Boisset, Claude Berri, Jacques Deray, Michel Deville, Diane Kurys, Radu Mihăileanu, Patrice Leconte, Joseph Losey, and Louis Malle.

  22. Karin Viard

    Karin Viard


    Karin Viard (born 24 January 1966) is a multi-award-winning French actress. She made her film debut in Tatie Danielle in 1990. Viard is one of the most critically acclaimed French actresses of the past decade.

  23. Emmanuelle Devos

    Emmanuelle Devos


    Emmanuelle Devos (born 10 May 1964) is a French actress. She is the daughter of actress Marie Henriau. She won the César Award for Best Actress in 2002 for her performance in Sur mes lèvres, directed by Jacques Audiard. She has also been nominated further three times for the award. In 2012, she was named as a member of the Jury for the Main Competition at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.

  24. Sylvie Testud

    Sylvie Testud


    Sylvie Testud (born 17 January 1971) is a French actress, writer and film director. Her film career began in 1991 and she has since won two César Awards for highly acclaimed performances.

  25. Sandrine Kiberlain

    Sandrine Kiberlain


    Sandrine Kiberlain (born 25 February 1968) is a French actress and singer. She has often worked with the director Laetitia Masson, and has also worked with Benoît Jacquot.

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