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One of the most esteemed French actresses of her generation, Sandrine Bonnaire made her name playing complex and often rebellious women for such directors as Claude Chabrol, Maurice Pialat, Agnès Varda, and Patrice Leconte.
Born in Gannta, Allier, France on May 31, 1967, Bonnaire grew up in a large family, the seventh of ten children. She made her entrance into the acting world while still in her early teens, taking parts in such films as "La Boum 2", the 1982 sequel to the popular coming-of-age film starring Sophie Marceau. During this time, one of Bonnaire's sisters introduced her to Pialat, who cast her as the lead in "À Nos Amours". Bonnaire's portrayal of a young girl who uses sex as a substitute for love made her a star in her native country, earning a César Award for Most Promising Young Actress. Two years late...

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