French actress Emmanuelle Béart was born on August 14, 1963. Béart was born on the French Riviera to a singer/poet and former model. She’s best known for her role in Manon des Sources (Manon of the Spring), based on the book by Marcel Pagnol, for which she won a César for Best Supporting Actress in 1986. Her biggest English-language film was Mission Impossible, which also featured another French actor, Jean Reno. Although she has made over 50 movies and been nominated for 7 more Césars, she prefers the stage, where there is less pressure on women to simply be beautiful, but where their lumière, or light, is what is important. In March 2012, the beautiful actress came out publicly against plastic surgery, based on work that she had done to re-shape her mouth when she was 27. When not appearing professionally, Béart is an ambassador for UNICEF and an activist against France’s immigration policies. In 1996, she was forcibly removed from a Paris church that her group had occupied in support of sans-papiers (sahn pap-e-ay), which means “without papers” or illegal immigrants.

Jean de Florette / Manon des Sources

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Patricia Gilbert is a French teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France. Follow her on Instagram @Onequalitythefinest and on Twitter @1qualthefinest.
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