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Clotilde Courau

Clotilde Courau
File:Clotilde Courau Cannes 2010.jpg
Princess Clotilde at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival
Born (1969-04-03) 3 April 1969 (age 46)
Hauts-de-Seine, France
Nationality French
Occupation Film Actress; Princess-in-exile (Royal Highness)
Religion Roman Catholic
Spouse(s) Emanuele Filiberto, Prince of Venice and Piedmont
Children Princess Vittoria of Savoy
Princess Luisa of Savoy
Parent(s) Jean-Claude Courau
Catherine du Pontavice des Renardières
Italian Royal Family

HRH The Prince of Naples
HRH The Princess of Naples

HRH Princess Maria Pia
HRH Princess Maria Gabriella
HRH Princess Maria Beatrice

pt:Predefinição:Família Real Italiana (Aosta)

Clotilde Courau, also known as Princess Clotilde of Savoy, Princess of Venice and Piedmont (née Clotilde Marie Pascale Courau; 3 April 1969), is a French actress, the wife of Emanuele Filiberto, Prince of Venice and Piedmont, a member of the House of Savoy and the grandson of Umberto II, the last King of Italy. Professionally, she is known by her maiden name.


Clotilde Courau was born on 3 April 1969 in Levallois-Perret, Hauts-de-Seine, France, the daughter of Jean-Claude Courau (b. 1942) and Catherine du Pontavice des Renardières (b. 1948). She has three sisters named Christiane, Camille, and Capucine Courau.

Clotilde was brought up in the Roman Catholic religion.

Acting career

In 1991, Clotilde was nominated for a César, for Most Promising Actress (Meilleur espoir féminin), and won an European Film Award for Best Actress, both for the film Le petit criminel (1990). In 1995, she won the Prix Suzanne Bianchetti at the SACD Awards. She was nominated again for a César twice in 1996 for Best Supporting Actress (Meilleur second rôle féminin) and Most Promising Actress (Meilleur espoir féminin) both for the film Élisa. In 1998 she was named as one of European cinema's Shooting Stars by European Film Promotion and in 2000 she won the Prix Romy Schneider. She was also created a Dame of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France on 7 February 2007.

She had a featured role in Deterrence, an American film about nuclear war that marked the directing debut of Rod Lurie.


Clotilde Courau announced her engagement on 10 July, and on 25 September 2003 at the Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri in Rome, she married Prince Emanuele Filiberto Umberto Reza Rene Maria of Savoy, the Prince of Venice and Piedmont. At the ceremony she wore a wedding gown designed by Valentino. Six months pregnant at the time of the wedding, she was seen as a controversial royal bride because of her left-wing views.[1]

The couple have two daughters:

  • Princess Vittoria of Savoy, born on 29 December 2003.
  • Princess Luisa of Savoy, born on 16 August 2006.

Royal role

After her marriage Clotilde became Princess Clotilde of Savoy, the Princess of Venice & Piedmont (Italian: Principessa Clotilde di Savoia, Principessa di Venezia e Piemonte). Although the titles and distinctions of the Italian royal family have been abolished, she is referred to by courtesy, as Princess of Savoy, Princess of Venice and Piedmont.

Although not a member of a ruling royal house, Princess Clotilde and her husband are regularly guests at royal events such as the wedding of Albert II and Charlene, Princes of Monaco,[2] and the wedding of Guillaume and Stephanie, Hereditary Grand Dukes of Luxembourg.[3]


In 2009, she gave her name to a rose created by the rose grower Fabien Ducher to mark the 500000th visitor to the Jardins de l'Imaginaire, Terrasson.[4]




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