I tramped through the puddles and under the showery trees, mourning for Marguerite Gauthier as if she had died only yesterday, sighing with the spirit of 1840, which had sighed so much, and which had reached me only that night, across long years and several languages, through the person of an infirm old actress. The idea is one that no circumstances can frustrate.
We had neither of us read the play, and we did not know what it was about--though I seemed to remember having heard it was a piece in which great actresses shone.
"But I really don't know which of my actions is the worst," said the lively actress
Everybody felt that the difficulty lay here -- everybody saw the difficulty conquered -- everybody echoed the manager's enthusiasm at rehearsal, which had hailed her as a born actress
We are going to try and persuade Madame to tell us about her new play," she concluded, smiling at the French actress
, "and there are so many of my friends on the French stage whom I must hear about."
The victim was a popular actress
; the accused was a popular actor; and the accused had been caught red-handed, as it were, by the most popular soldier of the patriotic season.
In an Oscar "recall" asking Hollywood's elite to cast votes for their favorite film, actor, actress
and director in hindsight, Shohreh Aghdashloo was named as Best Supporting Actress
in 2003 for her role in "House of Sand and Fog,"
But it's played more than 40 festivals, earning an armful of awards along the way, including Gaidry's Outstanding Actress
honor at Outfest, the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.
After several crossed wires, attempts to reschedule and hopes almost dashed, one can't be faulted for thinking that the acclaimed actress
would really rather not talk today.
But if the premise of Portrait of an Image was to capture an assortment of major characters Huppert has portrayed on screen--Erika Kohut in Michael Haneke's Piano Teacher (2001), Marie in Claude Chabrol's Story of Women (1988), Beatrice in Claude Goretta's The Lacemaker (1977), to name only three--the parenthetical credit the actress
receives suggests that Horn views her participation as something of a cameo performance, a "cameo" perhaps in the sense that she lends only the gemlike relief through which the otherwise invisible and therefore external personae enter into the picture.
Next time you spot your favorite actor, actress
or professional athlete in the media, take a closer look at his or her best features--chances are they're insured.
She has a playful side, but she only shows it after she's sure you understand she's an actress