Born in Paris, June 24, 1930. Educated at the University of Paris, Ecole Libre des Sciences Politiques.
As a film critic, Chabrol was published in Arts and wrote for Cahiers du Cinéma from 1953 to 1957, publishing under his own name and as “Charles Eitel” and “Jean-Yves Goute” (see: bibliography). He directed his first film, Le Beau Serge, in 1958 (see: filmography).
Golden Bear, Berlin Festival, for Les Cousins, 1959
D. W. Griffith Award, National Board of Review, and New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Foreign Film, for Story of Women, 1989
Metro Media Award, Toronto International Film Festival, 1995, and Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Foreign Language Film, National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Foreign Language Film, both 1996, for La Cérémonie
Golden Seashell and Silver Seashell, San Sebastián International Film Festival, for Rien ne va plus, 1997
Chabrol has been married three times. His first marriage was to Agnes Goute, from 1952 to 1964. Their son is Matthieu Chabrol (b. 1956), a composer who has scored most all of his father’s films since Les Fantômes du shapelier (1982). His second marriage, to the actress Stéphane Audran, was from 1964 to 1980. Their son, Thomas Chabrol (b. 1963), is an actor who appears in many of his father’s films, beginning in Alice ou la dernière fugue (1977). Claude Chabrol has been married to Aurore Pajot since 1981. Under the name Aurore Paquiss, she began as an actress in Guy Lefranc’s La Bande à papa (1956) and as script girl on Agnès Varda’s Cléo de 5 à 7 (1961). Alternating between the names Aurore Paquiss, Aurore Maistre and finally Aurore Chabrol, she has been script girl on nearly all of Chabrol’s films since Les Biches (1968).