Emmanuelle Béart

Mauritius Cinema Week Outstanding Contribution to Cinema Award

One of the greatest stars in film history, Emmanuelle Béart was initially engaged to act in a film by the great American filmmaker Robert Altman, but that film was never made. She debuted with Demain les mômes (1976). She made her television debut with Premiers desires (1984). At the César Awards she was nominated in successive years in 1985 and 1986 in the Most Promising Actress category for Un amour interdit and L'amour en douce. Her breakthrough performance was in Manon des Sources (1986), for which she won the César for best supporting actress. She made her Hollywood debut with Date with an Angel (1987) and since then she has enjoyed a glittering career laced with awards and defining performances in films such as Les enfants du désordre (1989), La belle noiseuse (1991), Un Coeur en Hiver (1992), Nelly & Monsieur Arnaud (1995), Les destinées (2000) and 8 femmes (2002). In 2012 the French government accorded her the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and followed that up in 2015 by honouring her with the Ordre national de la Légion d'honneur.