Colette Suzanne Dacheville was born in Versailles, France on November 8, 1932. As Stéphane Audran, her first major role was in Claude Chabrol's film “Les Cousins” (1959). She has since appeared in most of Chabrol's films. Some of the more noteworthy of his films Audran has appeared in are “Les Bonnes Femmes” (1960), “La Femme Infidèle” (1968), “Les Biches” (1968), “Le Boucher” (1970), “Juste Avant La Nuit” (1971), and “Violette Nozière” (1978). Audran won the Silver Bear for Best Actress for her role in “Les Biches” at the 18th Berlin International Film Festival.
She has also appeared in the first film of Éric Rohmer “Signe du Lion” (1959), and in films by Jean Delannoy, Gabriel Axel, Bertrand Tavernier and Samuel Fuller. The most celebrated of her non-Chabrol films was Luis Buñuel's Oscar-winning “Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie” (1972) as Alice Senechal. Also appearing in English-language productions, Audran has appeared in American features like “The Black Bird” (1975), and in TV serials like “Brideshead Revisited” (1981), “Mistral's Daughter” (1984) and “The Sun Also Rises” (1984). Audran won a French César Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in “Violette Nozière” (1978) and British Film Academy award for “Just Before Nightfall” (1975). Stéphane has appeared in only one Euro-western “Eagle’s Wing” (1979) as the widow.
She married French director and screenwriter Claude Chabrol [1930- ] in 1964 after a short marriage to the French actor Jean-Louis Trintignant [1930- ] (1954-1960). Her son by her marriage to Chabrol (which ended in 1980) is the French actor Thomas Chabrol (born in 1963).
Today we celebrate Stéphane Audran’s 80th birthday.