Irene Marie Jacob
Date of Birth: Jul 15, 1966
Birthplace: Suresnes, Hauts-de-Seine, France
This beautiful, dark-haired Swiss actress made a hit with a supporting role in her first film, as the piano teacher in Louis Malles Au revoir, les enfants (1987). Educated in London and Geneva, and a Paris resident since the age of 18, Jacob became a promising starlet with her Malle success and followed up with another small role in Jacques Rivettes La bande des quatre/The Gang of Four (1989). 5Stardom (and a Cannes Film Festival Best Actress award) arrived with Jacobs dual role as two women whose lives are mysteriously linked in Krzysztof Kieslowskis psychological drama The Double Life of Veronique (1991). She ventured to the US for a ronantic comedy, Trusting Beatrice (1991), fittingly, about a young French womans arrival in the US. After the small film The Van Gogh Wake (1993), she played the ill-fated mother in Agnieszka Hollands touching and acclaimed The Secret Garden (1993).