GISELE CASADESUS La Doyenne du théâtre nous a quittés RIP



Gisèle Casadesus (14 June 1914 – 24 September 2017) was a French actress.[1] She was an honorary member of the Sociétaires of the Comédie-Française, Grand Officer of the Legion of Honor, Officer of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and Grand-Croix of the National Order of Merit. In a career spanning more than 80 years, Casadesus appeared in more than a dozen films after turning 90.[2][3]

Life and career[edit]

Born into a family of artists in the 18th arrondissement of Paris, Gisèle was the daughter of composer and conductor Henri Casadesus and harpist Marie-Louise Beetz. After receiving first prize in acting at French National Academy of Dramatic Arts at the age of twenty, Casadeus joined the Comédie-Française in 1934.[4] The same year, she married the actor Lucien Pascal (born Lucien Probst),[5] with whom she had four children: Jean-Claude (1935), Martine (1939), Béatrice (1942) and Dominique (1954), all artists.[1][6] She became the 400th member of the Comédie-Française 1 January 1939, and honorary member on 15 April 1967.

In cinema, Pierre Billon hired her in 1943 to play the role of Clotilde Grandlieus in Vautrin, adapted from Balzac’s novel, alongside Michel Simon,[7]and in 1946 for the role of Mary in L’Homme au chapeau rond, alongside Raimu.[8]

In 1971 she was Countess Eguzon in La Belle Aventure, participated in Le Mouton enragé by Michel Deville, played the role of Nicole Leguen, wife of Jean Gabin in Verdict (1974) by André Cayatte, and the mother of Claude Jade in Les Robots pensants (1976).[9][10]

Again with Claude Jade, she was Mamie Rose (1976) in the telefilm by Pierre Goutas, and Catherine in Un crime de notre temps (1977) by Gabriel AxelClaude Lelouch engaged her in 1996 for the role of Clara Blanc, mother of Bernard Tapie, in Hommes, femmes, mode d’emploi. In Aïe (2000), she is the mother of André Dussollier, and in Valérie Lemerciers comedy Palais Royal ! (2005) she plays the queen mother. She was Margueritte (“with two ts”) alongside Gérard Depardieu in Jean Becker‘s My Afternoons with Margueritte (2010).[11]

In 2013, aged 99, Casadesus acted alongside Anne Consigny and Marie Kremer in Sous le figuier directed by Anne-Marie Étienne.[12] Casadesus was awarded Grand Officer of the Legion of Honour on 29 March 2013.[13]

She was also an Officer of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and Grand-Croix of the National Order of Merit. She received a Honorary Molière Award in 2003 for her entire career.[14]


Casadesus died in Paris, France, at the age of 103.[15]


At Comédie-Française[edit]

Outside Comédie-Française[edit]





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  1. Jump up to:a b Lafitte,; Stephen Taylor (2008). Qui est qui en France (in French). Jacques Lafitte. p. 478.
  2. Jump up^ Brigitte Salino. “Joyeux centenaire, Gisèle Casadesus !”Le
  3. Jump up^ “AFP: Show goes on for French actress, 98”. Retrieved 2013-10-15.
  4. Jump up^ Edward Forman (27 April 2010). Historical Dictionary of French Theater. Scarecrow Press. pp. 82–. ISBN 978-0-8108-7451-0. Retrieved 15 October 2013.
  5. Jump up^ Jacques Lafitte; Stephen Taylor (2003). Who’s Who in France (in French). J. Lafitte. p. 420.
  6. Jump up^ “80 and Beyond: The Longevity and Grace of French Actors”. Retrieved 2013-10-15.
  7. Jump up^ Jacques Siclier (1981). La France de Pétain et son cinéma (in French). Henri Veyrier. p. 427. ISBN 978-2-85199-229-1.
  8. Jump up^ Paul Olivier (1977). Raimu: ou l’épopée de César (in French). Éditions France-Empire. p. 277.
  9. Jump up^ Positif: revue de cinéma (in French). Nouvelles éditions Opta. 1974. p. 70.
  10. Jump up^ Jean-Marc Doniak (1998). Les fictions françaises à la télévision: 1945-1990, 15000 œuvres (in French). Dixit.
  11. Jump up^ “French Actress Gisèle Casadesus Talks About ‘La Tête en Friche’ and Her Expansive Career”. 12 November 2010. Retrieved 15 October2013.
  12. Jump up^ “Sous le figuier: les dernières vacances d’une vieille dame”. 19 March 2013. Retrieved 15 October 2013.
  13. Jump up^ “Décret du 29 mars 2013 portant élévation aux dignités de grand’croix et de grand officier” (in French). Legifrance. Retrieved 15 October 2013.
  14. Jump up^ Keslassy, Elsa (September 16, 2009). “‘Tete’ a tete for Depardieu”VarietyISSN 0042-2738.
  15. Jump up^ “Gisèle Casadesus, doyenne des actrices françaises, est décédée à 103 ans”(in French). 25 September 2017.

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