Annie Girardot (Paris, 1931) starts her professional acting career with the celebrated theatre troupe La Comédie Française. In 1955 she makes her film debut in André Hunnebelle’s Treize à Table. After her awarded performance in Léo Joannon’s L’homme aux clés d’or (1956), she starts to concentrate on film alone. Annie Girardot’s natural charisma and cheerfulness turn her into a popular and valued actress. Parts in movies by Luchino Visconti (Rocco e i suoi fratelli, 1960), Roger Vadim (Le vice et la vertu, 1962), Marcel Carné (Trois Chambres à Manhattan, 1965) and Claude Lelouch (Vivre Pour Vivre, 1967) assure her a place among Europe’s best actresses. In the seventies she has lots of success with comedies like La zizanie (Claude Zidi, 1977) and On a volé la cuisse de Jupiter (Philippe de Broca, 1979). Annie Girardot returns to her first love, theatre, but she remains active on the big screen. Some of her most recent films are Bertrand Blier’s Merci La Vie (1991), Claude Lelouch’s Les Misérables, 1995) – for which she received a César – Serge Korber’s Les Bidochon (1996) and Grégoire Delacourt’s Préférence (1998). This icon of French cinema is a member of our International Jury.