The actress Maria Pacôme, one of the most well-known of the theatre of the boulevard, where she excelled in roles of middle-class exuberant, died Saturday at the age of 95 years, following a long illness, was announced by his son François to the AFP. “My mother died on Saturday at 16H00, of the continuations of a long disease,” said François Pacôme, who did not know yet where and when it would take place at his funeral.
The actress was also a familiar face in the cinema, most often in comedies such as The tribulations of a Chinese in China (Philippe de Broca, 1965), The under-gifted (Claude Zidi, 1980) or The crisis (Coline Serreau, 1992).
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Born Simone Pacôme on July 18, 1923, she entered the course Simon, one of the oldest schools of theatre training in France, at 18 years old. There, she meets Michèle Morgan ( Le Quai des brumes , pastoral Symphony ), Danièle Delorme ( An elephant that misleads enormously ) and actor Maurice Ronet ( Lift to the scaffold , Pool ). She married the latter in 1950.
“with Your problems, I don’t care”
It was in 1958 that Maria Pacôme started actually started his career in theatre in Oscar alongside Pierre Mondy and Jean-Paul Belmondo, she will find it again in 1965 in the cinema in The tribulations of a Chinese in China by Philippe de Broca. It will alternate with success in the 60’s and 70 theatre performances and films, where in both cases he is entrusted with the most often roles of middle-class eccentrics. Don’t listen, Ladies (1962), Thy wife deceives us (1965-1967), The big heads (1969), The black goes you so well (1972), Happy Easter (1980) are his reputation on the boards.
But in front of the camera his face is just as familiar and appreciated, there also more often in comedies such as Tender hooligan (Jean Becker, 1966), The distracted (Pierre Richard, 1970), or The under-gifted (Claude Zidi, 1980).
In 1992, she made a comeback to the 7th art in The crisis by Coline Serreau, where, playing the mother of Vincent Lindon, it shines in a memorable scene where she is angry with him (“with Your problems, I don’t care”). A dialogue developed a cult following which captures also a voice now recognizable. Less present in recent years, it has published in 2007 an autobiography Maria without Pacôme .
On the social networks, the world of cinema was quick to pay tribute to this “bike” to the “wondrous talent”, as Gilles Jacob. His successor at the head of the Cannes film Festival, Pierre Lescure has hailed “a woman beautiful and captivating”. “She was the perfect replica of the best musicals”, he tweeted, noting his “wonderful sense of humor” as well as”a sense of the formula pest”. The actor Pierre Richard, said he is “very sad to learn the demise” of “the one who has had the kindness to accept to play his mother in his first film The Distracted . The minister of Culture, Franck Riester has sent its sincere condolences to his family and to his loved ones.