Death of Caroline Cellier, subtle beauty of French cinema, at 75

The actress, widow of Jean Poiret, died today Wednesday, December 16. She received the César for Best Supporting Actress in 1985 for her composition in Year of the Jellyfish.

She could play the cold seductresses like the pure ingenuous with a disconcerting naturalness. Actress Caroline Cellier died after a long illness of 75 years announced the screenwriter Nicolas Poiret, the son she had with Jean Poiret, the author of The crazy cage and of so many boulevard rooms.

The message of love to his mother posted on Instagram by Nicolas Poiret is particularly touching: “Today, we leave each other for a few minutes but you will have been and you will remain eternally my strength, my laughter, my anguish, my derision, my bloodshot, my signet ring of injustices, my detector of hypocrisy, my moon , my Moune, my mother, my battle! “

Gifted actress, in the cinema and on the boards, Caroline Cellier was crowned with the César for best supporting actress in 1985 for her character of seductive mother in Year of the Jellyfish by Christopher Frank.

From Shakespeare to Tennessee Williams

Caroline Cellier was born on August 7, 1945 in Montpellier. Attracted from an early age by comedy, she will follow René Simon’s drama lessons from the age of 18.

A year later, the general public discovered her on television alongside Bernard Noel in an adaptation of The Tamed Shrew by Shakespeare. Also in 1964, she received her first distinctions at the theater for her compositions in Croque-monsieur (the Suzanne Bianchetti Prize) by Marcel Mithois and Wind in the branches of Sassafras by René de Obaldia (the Suzanne Bianchetti Prize).

In 1965, she played with Francis Blanche, Michel Serrault and Jean Poiret in The Client’s Head by Jacques Poitrenaud. 1968 was a pivotal year in his career. She will work with directors who have the wind in their sails such as Claude Lelouch (Life, Love, Death) and of course Claude Chabrol who entrusted him with a dramatic role alongside Jean Yanne in Let the beast die. In 1992, Jean Poiret gave him a prominent role in Zebra, where she shares the poster with Thierry Lhermitte.

After the César of 1985, Caroline Cellier will play as well for the cinema, the television as on the boards. In 1999 his wonderful performance in the role of Blanche Dubois in A Tram called Desire will earn him a deserved nomination to Molières.

I am full of women at the same time. My roles help me advance both in my job and in what I am …», Confided in 2010 to Figaro the actress, always intense and magnetic on the screen.
That year, she embodied a fifty-something who was both fragile and determined in Thelma, Louise and Chantal, the first film by Benoît Pétré. “We can be afraid of illness, of being disabled, but we cannot be afraid of death. Since I was very little, I tell myself that we are going to die tomorrowShe added. “I have always had this lucidity. So, let’s take advantage, let’s move forward … You have to have an appetite for things“.

Tennessee Williams, Shakespeare, comedies with Jean Poiret, the new wave with Chabrol … such was the formidable career of Caroline Cellier who did not like to be reduced to her roles of femme fatale, compositions for which she will remain unforgettable.

In tribute to the talent of Caroline Cellier Le Figaro present, hereinafter in pictures, Let the beast die de Chabrol and Year of the Jellyfish by Frank, two of the most important films of his career.

Let the beast die by Claude Chabrol, in 1969, with Michel Duchaussoy, Caroline Cellier, jean Yanne, Anouk Ferjac …

Year of the Jellyfish by Christopher Frank in 1985 with Valérie Kaprisky, Caroline Cellier, Bernard Giraudeau …


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