Stéphane Audran is a French film and television actress, known for her performances in award-winning movies such as Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie and Babette's Feast and in critically acclaimed films like The Big Red One and Violette Nozière.
She married French director and screenwriter Claude Chabrol in 1964, after a short marriage to the French actor Jean-Louis Trintignant. Her son by her marriage to Chabrol is the French actor Thomas Chabrol.
Her first major role was in Chabrol's film Les Cousins. She has since appeared in most of Chabrol's films. Some of the more noteworthy of his films Audran has appeared in are Les Bonnes Femmes, La Femme Infidèle, Les Biches as a rich lesbian who becomes involved in a ménage à trois, Le Boucher as a school teacher who falls in love with a murderous butcher, Juste Avant La Nuit, and Violette Nozière. She won the Silver Bear for Best Actress for her role in Les Biches at the 18th Berlin International Film Festival.
She has also appeared in the first film of Éric Rohmer, and in films by Jean Delannoy, Gabriel Axel, Bertrand Tavernier and Samuel Fuller. The most celebrated of her non-Chabrol films was Luis Buñuel's Oscar-winning Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie as Alice Senechal.