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Raised in a family of artists (her mother was an actress and her father a sculptor), JULIETTE BINOCHE began taking acting lessons from her mother at a very young age. After performing in several stage productions, she was propelled into the world of Godard (Hail Mary, 1984), Doillon (Family Life, 1984) and Téchiné (Rendez-vous, 1985). She met director Leos Carax in 1986 on the set of Bad Blood and became romantically involved with him. She began work on his The Lovers on the Bridge, a love story involving two vagabonds. The film was beset by problems and took three years to finish. The completion of the film marked the end of their relationship.

Binoche's unabashed ability to portray any character, willingness to try new genres and ability to use many degrees of her own personality in performances is why she remains one of the world's favorite actresses.

Her strong and sensual performances in the English-language films The Unbearable Likeness of Being (1987), directed by Philip Kaufman and starring Daniel Day-Lewis, and Damage (1992), directed by Louis Malle and starring Jeremy Irons, inspired Hollywood to take an interest in her. Affectionately called "La Binoche" by the French press, she also piqued the interest of Steven Spielberg, who offered her the role of Dr. Ellie Sattler in Jurassic Park. She declined the offer, choosing instead to join Krzysztof Kieslowski on the set of Blue (1993), a performance for which she won the César for Best Actress.

She shines as a romantic heroine in Jean-Paul Rappeneau's The Horseman on the Roof (1995) and Anthony Minghella's The English Patient (1997), for which she was awarded an Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actress, thirty-seven years after Simone Signoret, the first French actress to win an Academy Award®. Binoche was nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Actress three years later for her performance in Lasse Hallström's romantic comedy Chocolat, starring Johnny Depp.

In 2000, Juliette made her Broadway debut in Harold Pinter's "Betrayal” for which she was nominated for a Tony Award.

More recently, she starred in Paris, Je T'Aime (section directed by Nobuhiro Suwa), Peter Hedges' Dan in Real Life, Hou Hsiao-hsien's Flight of the Red Baloon , and Abbas Kiarostami's Certified Copy.

Juliette Binoche is also a spokesperson for Lancome's Rénergie skin care line.

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