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French Nouvelle Vague actress Bernadette Lafont dies at 74

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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2013-07-25

French Nouvelle Vague actress Bernadette Lafont, who starred in films by Claude Chabrol, François Truffaut and Nelly Kaplan among others, died on Thursday at 74.

Acclaimed French actress Bernadette Lafont died on Thursday at 74 in the southern city of Nîmes, the local hospital said. The Nouvelle Vague muse had been taken to the hospital at the beginning of the week with complaints of heart trouble.

Lafont starred in over 100 films but remained mostly famous for her roles in the French Nouvelle Vague films of the late 50s and early 60s, when she starred in the films of of Claude Chabrol, François Truffaut and Nelly Kaplan. It was indeed Truffault who gave her very first role at the age of 18 in his short film, Les Mistons.

In 2003, she received a “César d’honneur,” a French lifetime achievement award. Lafont also had a career in theatre, as well as starring in a number of tv movies.

Last winter, she starred in the succesfull French comedy, “Paulette”, about a granny drug-dealer.

She is survived by two children from her second marriage to Hungarian sculptor, Diourka Medveczky.

 

Date created : 2013-07-25

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