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Emmanuelle Béart

Emmanuelle Béart (born August 14, 1965) is a French actress.

Béart was born in Gassin Var, not far from St. Tropez, on the French Riviera. She is the daughter of the French singer and poet Guy Béart, and an Italian-Greek mother, Geneviève Galea.

As an eleven-year-old she obtained an acting role in the 1976 film "Demain les Momes." In her teens she appeared in bit parts in television then went to Montreal, Quebec, Canada to work as a nanny before returning to France the following year to attend drama school in Paris. A short time later she was cast in her first adult role in a film, and in 1986 she skyrocketed to fame with her role opposite Yves Montand, in the film "Manon des Sources." For her performance, she won the 1987 Cesar Award for "Best Supporting Actress." She also won a "Best Actress" award at the Moscow International Film Festival for her starring role in the 1995 film, "Une Femme Française."

In addition to her award for Best Supporting Actress, she has also been nominated for a Cesar Award for her roles in the following years:

In addition to her screen work, Ms. Béart is also known for her social activism. She is an ambassador for UNICEF, and has made news for her opposition to France's anti-immigration legislation. In 1996, she made headlines when, defending the rights of the "sans-papiers" (black illegal immigrants), she was forcibly removed after her group’s occupation of a Paris church.

Partial Filmography: