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|| 30 March 2018

Stéphane Audran

We have lost another of the exceptionally talented French actresses that made 20th century French film so wonderful. The death of Stéphane Audran was recently reported. Merci to reader Penelope who sent a link to the actress’ obituary in The Times UK. With no subscription, I was only able to read the introduction there. In it, the Times said: It was said that if Paris was a woman, the city would probably look and sound like Stéphane Audran.

There are also in-depth articles about the actress’ life and career in The New York Times and The Guardian. Links are below.

The film role in which I best remember Stéphane Audran was in Babette’s Feast based on a story by Out of Africa author Isak Dinesen. Stéphane Audran’s performance as Babette Hersant, French cook in exile, and her preparation of a elaborate dinner conveys perfectly the story’s point about the motivation of true artists in creating their art. And demonstrates beautifully that French cuisine prepared by a talented cook is an art. Just as acting by a talented actress is an art.

Stéphane Audran obituary in The Times UK

Stéphane Audran obituary in The Guardian

Stéphane Audran obituary in The New York Times

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