Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Happy 90th Birthday Michelene Presle

Micheline Nicole Julia Emilienne Chassagne was born in Paris, France on August 22, 1922. Known as Micheline Presle, she made her screen debut in 1937. She had small roles in Pierre Caron's “La Fessée” (1937), Jean de Limur's “Petite peste” (1938), and Christian Stengel's “Je Chante” (1938) before being "discovered" by director Georg Wilhelm Pabst, who cast her in a leading role in his film “Jeunes filles en détresse” (1939). Presle went on to appear in more than one hundred films after that, including films on both sides of the Atlantic. She has also worked extensively in television. She is one of the most prolific actresses ever to have worked in French cinema.

During the late 1970s and 1980s, Presle worked predominantly in television. Those film roles she had were in fairly insignificant films. ). Presle has acted in a fair number of films in the last two decades. Among her other roles, she has appeared in Alexandre Jardin's “Fanfan” (1993), her daughter Tonie Marshall's “Pas très catholique” (1994), “Enfants de salaud” (1996), “Vénus beauté (institut)” (1999), and “France boutique” (2005), Claude Lelouch's “Les Misérables” (1995), Danièle Dubroux's “Le Journal du séducteur” (1996), Gérard Jugnot's “Fallait pas!” (1996), Francis Girod's “Mauvais genre” (2001), and Merzak Allouache's “Chouchou” (2003). Presle has acted in a wide variety of genres, but she is a particularly good comic actress. Among her many films was one Euro-western “The Legend of Frenchie King” (1971) as Aunt Amelie. Presle was married to director, actor William Marshall [1917-1994] from 1950-1954 and is the mother of director, screenwriter and actress Tonie Marshall.

Today we celebrate Micheline Presle’s 90th birthday.

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