Monday, January 13, 2014

Remembering Francoise Prevost

Françoise Denise Prévost was born on January 13, 1929 in Paris, France. Her father, Jean Prévost, was a writer and author, among other Bouquinquant Brothers. During the World War II Resistant, he was killed in the maquis of Vercors in 1944. Her mother, Marcelle Auclair, was co-founder of Elle magazine with Hélène Lazareff.
Françoise began her acting career in the theater: in repertory plays of classics and contemporary pieces. Her film debut was discreet and usually uncredited until the arrival of the New Wave in 1950. She was part of the muses of Pierre Kast and appears inLe Bel Âge” (1960), “La Morte saison des amours” (1961) and “Vacances portugaises” (1963). In 1968 she appeared in her only Euro-western as Gertie in “The Wild and the Dirty” (aka Johnny Hamlet).
Diagnosed in the early 1970s with breast cancer, she wrote her autobiography Ma vie en plus. Her last appearance was in the 1985 TV film “Vive la mariée” She died in Paris November 30, 1997 as a result of her illness.
Today we remember Francoise Prevost on what would have been her 85th birthday.

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