Bernadette Lafont

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Bernadette Lafont
Bernadette Lafont.jpg
Born(1938-10-28)28 October 1938
Nîmes, Gard (France)
Died25 July 2013(2013-07-25) (aged 74)
Nîmes, Gard (France)
Years active1957-2013

Gérard Blain (1957-1959)

Diourka Medveczky (1959-1973)
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Bernadette Lafont
Bernadette Lafont.jpg
Born(1938-10-28)28 October 1938
Nîmes, Gard (France)
Died25 July 2013(2013-07-25) (aged 74)
Nîmes, Gard (France)
Years active1957-2013

Gérard Blain (1957-1959)

Diourka Medveczky (1959-1973)

Bernadette Lafont (28 October 1938 – 25 July 2013) was a French actress who appeared in more than 120 feature films.[1] She has been considered "the face of French New Wave".[2][3][4][5][6] In 1999 she told The New York Times her work was "the motor of my existence".[7]


Bernadette Lafont had her debut in Les Mistons ("The Mischief Makers") in 1958 and became part of the "Nouvelle Vague" in the 60's due to her following films with François Truffaut and Claude Chabrol.[8][9] In 1986 Lafont was awarded a César Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for An Impudent Girl (L'Effrontée).[4][9] In the following year she was again nominated, this time for Masques (1987).[10] For her long service to the French motion picture industry, in 2003 she was awarded an Honorary César.[3][6][11] In May 2007, she chaired the jury for the fifth edition of the Award for Education presented at the 60th Cannes Film Festival.[5] She was made an Officer of the Legion of Honor on 14 July 2009.[5][12]

Her complete filmography includes TV shows too.[3][4][13] She also worked successfully as a stage actress.[9]

Her last film Paulette, released in 2013, was a success in and outside France.[4][9]

Paulette movie poster displayed by a German cinema

Private life[edit]

She had three children with her husband Diourka Medveczky: David, Elisabeth and Pauline (1963–1988).[3][4][9][14][15]

Selected filmography[edit]

1958Les MistonsBernadette JouveFrançois Truffaut
Le Beau SergeMarieClaude Chabrol
La Tour, prends garde !uncreditedGeorges Lampin
1959Web of PassionJulie, the waitressClaude Chabrol
1960Les Bonnes FemmesJaneClaude Chabrol
1961Wise GuysAmbroisineClaude Chabrol
1962Un clair de lune à MaubeugeCharlotteJean Chérasse
1965Compartiment tueursGeorgette's sisterConstantin Costa-Gavras
Les Bons VivantsSophieGeorges Lautner
Pleins feux sur StanislasRosine LenobleJean-Charles Dudrumet
1967LamielPaulineJean Aurel
The Thief of ParisMarguerite, the waitressLouis Malle
1968Le Révélateurthe motherPhilippe Garrel
The Lost GenerationMarieAndrás Kovács
1969La Fiancée du pirateMarieNelly Kaplan
1970Elise, or Real LifeAnnaMichel Drach
1971To Catch a SpySimoneDick Clement
Out 1SarahJacques Rivette and Suzanne Schiffman
1972Such a Gorgeous Kid Like MeCamille BlissFrançois Truffaut
Trop jolies pour être honnêtesBernadetteRichard Balducci
1973The Mother and the WhoreMarieJean Eustache
The Edifying and Joyous Story of ColinotRosemondeNina Companeez
1975A Happy DivorceJacqueline, the nurseHenning Carlsen
1976NoroîtGiuliaJacques Rivette
1978Violette NozièreVioletta's cellmateClaude Chabrol
Surprise SockBernadetteJean-François Davy
1979Il ladroneAppulaPasquale Festa Campanile
La Gueule de l'autreGisèle BrossardPierre Tchernia
1983Cap CanailleMireille KebadjanJuliet Berto and Jean-Henri Roger
1984CaniculeSégolèneYves Boisset
The Perils of Gwendoline in the Land of the Yik-Yakthe QueenJust Jaeckin
1985An Impudent GirlLéoneClaude Miller
1986Inspecteur LavardinHélène MonsClaude Chabrol
1987Waiting for the MoonFernande OlivierJill Godmilow
Masquesthe masseuseClaude Chabrol
1991DingoAngie CrossRolf de Heer
1996Le Fils de GascogneherselfPascal Aubier
1997Genealogies of a CrimeEstherRaoul Ruiz
2006Prête-moi ta mainGeneviève CostaÉric Lartigau
2007Les Petites vacancesDanièleOlivier Peyon
2007Broken EnglishMadame GrenelleZoe Cassavetes
Nos 18 ansAdèleFrédéric Berthe
2012PaulettePauletteJérôme Enrico
2013Attila Marcel


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  2. ^ "France: Actress Lafont dies in hospital". 2013-07-26. Retrieved 2013-07-27. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Actress Bernadette Lafont, face of French New Wave, dies at 74". Retrieved 2013-07-27. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Snitzer, Barbie (2013-07-25). "Adieu Bernadette Lafont". Retrieved 2013-07-27. 
  5. ^ a b c Naderzad, Ali (2013-07-26). "A French icon dies". Retrieved 2013-07-27. 
  6. ^ a b Tartaglione, Nancy (2012-07-25). "R.I.P. Bernadette Lafont". Retrieved 2013-07-27. 
  7. ^ Knorr, Katherine (1997-11-15). "Bernadette Lafont:Unwinding the Reels". New York Times. Retrieved 2013-07-27. 
  8. ^ "Bernadette Lafont". Retrieved 2013-07-27. 
  9. ^ a b c d e Bergan, Ronald (2013-07-26). "Bernadette Lafont obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-07-27. 
  10. ^ "Bernadette Lafont Biography". Retrieved 2013-07-27. 
  11. ^ "French Nouvelle Vague actress Bernadette Lafont dies at 74". Retrieved 2013-07-27. 
  12. ^ "Bernadette Lafont". Retrieved 2013-07-27. 
  13. ^ "Bernadette Lafont". Retrieved 2013-07-27. 
  14. ^ "Bernadette Lafont Biography". Retrieved 2013-07-27. 
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