French Actress Marie-France Pisier (10 May 1944 – 24 April 2011)
On Sunday April 24th, we lost the French actress Marie-France Pisier, she was only 66. Her husband found her in their home swimming pool in Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer, in the South of France. Although the French authorities are still investigating, they suspect it was an accident. Discovered by legendary French director Francois Truffaut at 17, she has been part of French cinema for almost 50 years. Although less known in the US, she got noticed after winning a César (French Oscar) for her supporting role in “Cousin, Cousine,” a French movie that became popular in the US in the 70’s. She made a few english speaking movies — Roger Ebert said in one of his reviews “Marie France Pisier, her jet black hair framing her startling red lipstick, is the kind of dark Gallic woman-of-a-certain-age who knocks your socks off.”
You will find below a well made video tribute where her sophisticated beauty shines through. You see her as a French cinema new wave muse in her early years with the jet black hair Mr. Ebert talked about. You can also see her in her 40’s, less glamour and more relaxed, yet still sophisticated. The video also includes more recent pictures of a mature Marie-France Pisier in here 60’s, elegant and trendy, ready to start a new chapter. In fact, she was heading up for the 64th annual Festival de Cannes (Cannes International Film Festival) to start on May 11th on the French Riviera to honor one of her co-stars Jean-Paul Belmondo.
If you are interested in finding out more about Marie-France Pisier’s movies, you can enjoy some of her English speaking performances such as:
- Chanel Solitaire: Marie-France Pisier plays the elegant Coco Chanel during her early years in this French-British Coco Chanel biography.
- The Other Side of Midnight: in a melodramatic adaptation of Sidney Sheldon’s novel “The Other Side of Midnight,” Marie-France Pisier plays Noëlle Page, a French femme fatale.
- French Postcards: In this romantic comedy movie with Debra Winger, Marie-France Pisier plays an audacious French teacher.
“Marie-France Pisier, c’était cela: la suprême élégance qui naît de la plus parfaite simplicité.” — “Marie-France Pisier was this: the supreme elegance born out of a perfect simplicity.”
Nicolas Sarkozy, French President
“C’est une femme d’une énergie absolument solaire, c’était une femme curieuse de tout, qui ne se reposait jamais sur ses lauriers d’actrice.” — “She has a solar-like energy, she was curious about everything and she never rested on her laurels.”
Kristin Scott Thomas, British Actress
“Marie France Pisier était une femme libre, engagée politiquement, profondément attachée aux interrogations de notre temps.” — “Marie France Pisier was a free woman, politically involved, deeply concerned with contemporary issues.”
François Fillon, French Prime Minister