Born 1932 as Nicole Françoise Florence Dreyfus in Paris, French film actress Anouk Aimée has appeared in 70 films since 1947, having begun her film career at age 14. In her early years she studied acting and dance besides her regular education. Although the majority of her films were French, she also made a number of films in Spain, Great Britain, Italy and Germany, along with some American productions.
Portrait of young Anouk Aimee
Among her films are Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita (1960), after which Aimée was considered a “rising star who exploded” onto the film world. She subsequently acted in Fellini’s 8½ (1963), Jacques Demy’s Lola (1961), George Cukor’s Justine (1969), Bernardo Bertolucci’s Tragedy of a Ridiculous Man (1981) and Robert Altman’s Prêt à Porter (1994).
Aimée won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama and the BAFTA Award for Best Actress and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her acting in A Man and a Woman (1966), the film brought her international fame.
Aimée also won the Award for Best Actress at the 1980 Cannes Film Festival. In 2002 she received an honorary César Award, France’s national film award.
Take a looke at these glamorous photos to see the beauty of Anouk Aimée from the late 1940s to early 1970s.
Actress Anouk Aimee wearing a cap encrusted with faux jewels by Paulette, photographed by Willy Maywald, 1948
Actress Anouk Aimee, photographed by Willy Maywald, 1948
17-year old Anouk Aimee on the set of ‘The Golden Salamander’ starring Trevor Howard, in Denham Village, England, 1949
Anouk Aimee in the film ‘Les amants de Vérone’, photographed by Cornel Lucas, 1949