Thursday, August 14, 2008

Musette Beauty File: Anouk Aimee

"I feel that anything can happen" - Anouk Aimee
During a time when cinema favoured classically beautiful actresses such as Brigitte Bardot and Faye Dunaway, Anouk Aimee stood strong on her own, individual ground. With a less than typical, slightly haunting look, she soon became known simply as, 'Anouk.'
Anouk could have been one of the biggest stars of her time, but always chose to stay out of the mainstream spotlight. From age 14 she was offered a multitude of film offers, yet was quick to turn many of them down-namely the role to play opposite Steve McQueen in the original Thomas Crown Affair.
That's not to say Anouk didn't shine in many memorable pictures. Fellini directed her in La Dolce Vita and 8 1/2, and she took home a Golden Globe for her captivating performance in 1966's A Man and a Woman. She may have been considered aloof, but when it came to acting, Anouk gave it her all.
Since then, Anouk has been directed by Robert Altman, played herself in fashion's favourite cult documentary Pret-a-Porter, and been married a total of four times. With her refusal to sell out and a look that can never be duplicated, Anouk Aimee has earned a repuation as one of Hollywood's most mysterious beauties.