Born in Paris on 16 March 1953, she was encouraged to act by her English teacher mother and went to study at the prestigious Conservatoire d'Art Dramatique. A glowing theatre career saw her graduate to a movie debut in 1971. She soon established herself as one of France's most respected and famous actresses, starring in classic features like Claude Goretta's The Lacemaker and Jean-Luc Godard's Slow Motion.
Her Hollywood debut was in Michael Cimino's epic flop Heaven's Gate, and she has acted in a good few other English movies like I Heart Huckabees. Her focus, however, has always remained working in her native French. She has never shunned controversy nor, luckily for us, nudity through her career. Now a doyenne of French cinema, Isabelle continues to put in some great acting performances.