The luscious Anouk Aimée turns 78 today.
If you ask me, too few people love her nowadays, heck most don't even seem to know who she is, despite the fact she has worked with some of the greatest filmmakers of all time.
So for those of you who don't know her well.
If you're into auteurs...Anouk's the femme for you!
She has worked with Federico Fellini, Alberto Lattuada, Anatole Litvak, Vittorio de Sica, Jacques Demy & Agnes Varda, Marco Bellocchio, Robert Altman and of course Claude Lelouch.
If you're an actressexual...Anouk's the femme for you!
She was nominated for an Oscar for A Man and a Woman for which she also won a Golden Globe and BAFTA.
Plus if you think Diane Lane's train scene in Unfaithful was all sorts of brilliant, you have to see how Anouk invents the whole "amazing display of emotions in seconds while riding a train" in the Oscar winning movie.
Also if you liked Marion Cotillard in Nine (one of the few things people agreed on liking about the movie) then you're going to love Anouk's original portrayal of Luisa in Fellini's 8½.
So there you have it, more than enough reasons to seek her if you don't know her and for those of us who already love her to celebrate her existence even more.
Joyeux anniversaire to her.