Elle me dit

fanny-ardant3I got t-h-i-s close to Fanny Ardant a couple of years ago. She was sitting outside at a café on St. Germain de Prés and I was helping an American tourist find his hotel.

“That’s Fanny Ardant!” I whispered, scarcely believing my eyes.

“Who?” he replied.

Who, indeed.

Fanny Ardant is one of France’s premier actresses. She was born on March 22, 1949, which makes this her 65th birthday. This may make her a senior citizen, but she’s showing no signs of slowing down.

Fanny-ArdantArdant was born in Saumur, in the Loire Valley, but she lived in Monaco until it was time for university. She was studying politics until the acting bug bit. Ardant became a fixture in French films, winning a César for Best Actress in 1997 for Pédale Douce. She’s a language teacher’s dream, as her fluency in English and Italian has allowed her to star in non-French films, most notably as opera singer Maria Callas in Forever Callas . My favorite Ardant role, however, is her joyous appearance in the Mika music video Elle me dit (ell muh dee), which means “She Told Me.” Teaching indirect object pronouns has never been so much fun.

F-A2My students would have known Fanny Ardant if they’d passed that café. Maybe she would have joined them in an impromptu dance on the sidewalk in her swirling red chiffon skirt.

41PDizcqgvL__SL75_Forever Callas

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About Patricia Gilbert

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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4 Responses to Elle me dit

  1. What a beautiful woman. I did not know her until you mentioned the movie _Forever Callas_. That, I remember!

  2. I first registered who she was in ELIZABETH (1998) where she played Mary of Guise. After that, she seemed to appear everywhere, including the video for <>, a song I LOVE! Yay for spreading the fun!
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