Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

DEBATE

Soft on Smacking? France slammed for not banning corporal punishment (part 2)

Read more

FOCUS

French Muslims refuse to be scapegoats for extremists

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'Obama needs to provide real answers to Netanyahu's arguments'

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Hollande: 'We have to tear voters away from the National Front'

Read more

FACE-OFF

French local elections: Far-right National Front in pole position

Read more

ENCORE!

Film Show: 'Citizen Four', 'The Circle' and 'Wolf Totem'

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Tangerine Dream: Afropolitan star Yemi Alade chats to FRANCE 24

Read more

MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Iraq: Islamic State group's child soldiers

Read more

DEBATE

Netanyahu on Capitol Hill: Israeli PM calls for deal breaker with Iran (part 2)

Read more

Culture

Annie Girardot dies in Paris aged 79

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2011-03-01

French actress and 1950s cinematic icon Annie Girardot died peacefully in Paris on Monday after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease, her family said. She was 79.

AFP - French actress Annie Girardot, who performed in more than 100 films from the 1950s on, died in Paris on Monday after a long battle with Alzheimer's, her family said. She was 79.
              
"She left peacefully," her granddaughter Lola Vogel said. "Mom and I were at her side."
              
Born in Paris on October 25, 1931, Girardot trained as a nurse -- her mother was a concierge -- before becoming a stage actress. France's multi-talented artist Jean Cocteau once said Girardot had "the most beautiful post-war dramatic temperament".
              
She joined the prestigious Comedie Francaise theatre in 1954 and quit three years later.
              
Her first silver screen performance was in Andre Hunebelle's "13 at Table" in 1955.
              
In 1969 she starred as a prostitute in Luchino Visconti's "Rocco and His Brothers", playing alongside French star Alain Delon and Italian actor Renato Salvatori, also her future husband and father to daughter Giulia.
              
She performed in dozens of classic French films, in roles including policewoman, lawyer and teacher.
              
In 1977 she won the Best Actress Cesar, France's equivalent to an Oscar, for her role in Jean-Louis Bertucelli's "Doctor Francoise Gailland".
              
Her struggle with Alzheimer's was documented in Nicolas Baulieu's film "Life Is Like That".
              
"I've always gone to the market myself, done my shopping, my housework. I've never been a velvety star," she wrote in 1999.
              
French President Nicolas Sarkozy hailed her as "one of the most unforgettable figures of French cinema of the last 50 years".
              
She was an "actress who radiated across Europe after playing Nadia, the star of 'Rocco and His Brothers'," he said in a statement.
              
Film director Claude Lelouch, who shot "Life for Life" with her in 1967, called Girardot "French cinema's greatest post-war actress".
 

Date created : 2011-02-28

COMMENT(S)