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