French actress born in Boulogne-Billancourt, she began her career in dinner-theatre where she met the director Marc’O, with whom she worked from 1961 to 1967.While working in theatre she met Jacques Rivette, going on to act over a period of twenty years in five of his films, from L’amour fou in 1967 to La bande des quatre in 1988. All of her professional life she has been linked to art house films made by young European directors, working among others on Paulina s’en va by André Techiné, 1969, La salamandre, by Alain Tanner, 1971, La vallée, by Barbet Schroeder, 1972, with whom she was to work on two further occasions, Des journées entières dans les arbres, by Marguerite Duras, 1976, and Mon cas, by Manoel de Oliveira, 1987.
In the nineties, Bulle Ogier continued to collaborate on projects by young directors, supporting daring propositions such as Nord, by Xavier Beauvois, 1991, Irma Vep, by Olivier Assayas, 1996, or Vénus beauté (institut), by Tonie Marshall, 1999. As a scriptwriter she has worked on two projects with Jacques Rivette, Céline et Julie vont en bateau (1973) and Le Pont du Nord (1982). Her latest appearances have been in Bord de mer, by Julie Lopes- Curval, winner of the Caméra D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2002, Merci...Docteur Key!, by Andrew Litvack, 2003, Bienvenue au gîte, by Claude Duty, 2003, and Jean-Paul Civeyrac’s Toutes ces belles promesses (Prix Jean Vigo 2003).