Isabelle Huppert

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Birth Name: Isabelle Anne Madeleine Huppert

Place of Birth: Paris, France

Date of Birth: 16 March, 1953

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*French (mother)

Isabelle Huppert is a French actress.

She is the daughter of Annick (Beau) and Raymond Huppert. Her father was from a Jewish family (from Slovakia and Alsace-Lorraine), and hid in North Africa during the Holocaust. Her mother was of French descent, and Catholic; Isabelle was raised in her mother’s faith.

Her sister is director and writer Caroline Huppert.

Isabelle is married to writer, director, and producer Ronald Chammah (Ronald is a Lebanese Jew). Their daughter is actress Lolita Chammah.

Isabelle’s sister Caroline has said:

My father, of Jewish origin… married my Catholic mother during the occupation. With the war, he was obliged to silence his origins, then he continued [to do so after the war] and we were brought up in the religion of my mother. My father never spoke of it.

Isabelle’s paternal grandparents were Louis-Charles Huppert and Jeanne Lehmann. Louis-Charles was born in Prešov, now Slovakia, the son or grandson of Samuel Huppert and Cécile Wald. Jeanne was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to parents from Colmar and Schaffhouse-sur-Zorn, Bas-Rhin, Alsace-Lorraine.

Isabelle’s maternal grandfather was Jean-Marcel Beau (the son of Emile Joseph Beau and Marie Lebrun). Emile was the son of Jean-Luc Beau and Françoise Louise Eugénie Pingat.

Isabelle’s maternal grandmother was Marie-Clémence Bertrand (the daughter of André Eloi Bertrand and Jeanne Rosalie Marthe Callot). André was the son of Pierre Louis Bertrand and Marie Reine Théodore Jeannot. Isabelle’s great-grandmother Jeanne, known as Marthe Callot Bertrand, was one of the four Callot sisters, who founded Callot Soeurs, one of the leading fashion design houses of the 1910s and 1920s. Jeanne was the daughter of Jean Baptiste Callot and Marie Julie Rival.

Sources: Interview with Isabelle about her Jewish background –

Family history of Isabelle Huppert –

Genealogy of Isabelle Huppert –

Genealogy of Isabelle Huppert (focusing on her mother’s side) –

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6 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    Isabelle’s paternal grandfather Louis Charles Huppert (the son or grandson of Samuel Huppert and Cécile Wald) was born in Prešov (now Slovakia). I am not sure that he was Jewish.

    Isabelle’s maternal grandmother, Jeanne Lehmann, was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to Alsatian parents from Colmar and Schaffhouse-sur-Zorn, Bas-Rhin.

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