Icon of the new wave, multi-award winning actress, muse of Claude Chabrol, Stéphane Audran died in March 2018. She was 85 years old.
His face is unmistakably one of 1970s French cinema. Muse of Claude Chabrol, actress Stéphane Audran died on March 27, 2018 at the age of 85. “My mother had been unwell for some time. She was hospitalized for ten days and had returned home. She left peacefully that night around 2 a.m.”, explained his son, Thomas Chabrol. It was first on the boards that Stéphane Audran became known in the 1950s. At the end of this decade, her life took a decisive turn when she crossed paths with Claude Chabrol. Married to the filmmaker, she had become his muse. A very long collaboration followed, which began that year with the feature film The cousins.
For decades, Stéphane Audran has played the main roles in Claude Chabrol’s films many times. It has been seen in particular in The Hinds, in 1968, which earned him a Silver Bear at the Berlin festival. Subsequently, the actress shot in The butcherLes Red Wedding, Violette Noziere for which she received the César for Best Supporting Actress in 1979, Chicken In Vinegar or Quiet days in Clichy to recite nobody else but them. Stéphane Audran has also toured with Luis Buñuel, in The discreet charm of the bourgeoisiewinner of the Oscar for best foreign language film in 1973. Stéphane Audran then affected a short-lived return to the fore in the 1980s with Babette’s Feast, by Dane Gabriel Axel, winner of the best foreign language film at the Oscars in 1988.
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His last appearance on the big screen was in 2008 in Anne Fontaine’s film, The Girl from Monaco, notably with Fabrice Luchini and Louise Bourgoin. On the private side, Stéphane Audran shared the life of Jean-Louis Trintignant between 1954 and 1956 before the latter met Brigitte Bardot. She was then married to Claude Chabrol between 1964 and 1980. In 1963, she gave birth to her only child, Thomas. Despite their separation, Stéphane Audran and Claude Chabrol continued to collaborate on the big screens. “We had seventeen years of total fun and good food together. I don’t know what I would have done without him”, she confided. The fetish actress of the new wave rests in Tolla, in Corsica, the city of origin of her maternal family.
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