Claude Gensac

Claude Gensac (1 March 1927 – 27 December 2016) was a French actress. She appeared in more than 70 films and television productions since 1952. Gensac is the oldest nominee to date in the category César Award for Best Supporting Actress, nominated in 2015 for her role as Marthe in the film Lulu femme nue.

Claude Gensac
Claude Gensac in 1993
Born(1927-03-01)1 March 1927
Died27 December 2016(2016-12-27) (aged 89)
OccupationActress
Years active1952–2016
Notable work
Oscar
Les grandes vacances
Le gendarme se marie
Jo (film)

Career

In 1952, Gensac portrayed the character of Evelyne in her first feature film, La Vie d'un homme honnête.[1] She collaborated on a number of films with Louis de Funès, often playing his wife, to international acclaim.[2] She appeared in the series of movies "Les Gendarmes" with Louis de Funès. She played De Funès' wife, Josepha Cruchot. After De Funès's death in 1983, Gensac was rarely involved in film, but was active as a theater actress.[3] In 2001 she returned to film in the French version of Absolutely Fabulous, her first film role since 1983. Gensac appeared in over 100 cinema and television films, as well as numerous theater roles.[3] In 2011 she was awarded the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres at the officer grade.[4]

Personal life

Claude Gensac was married twice: from 1952 to 1954 with the actor Pierre Mondy and from 1958 to 1977 with Henri Chemin, a racer and PR Manager of Ford France with whom she had a son. She died in her sleep on 27 December 2016. She was 89 years old.[3]

Filmography

Year Title Role Director Notes
1953 La Vie d'un honnête homme Evelyne Sacha Guitry
1958 Monsieur de Saint-Germain Gloria Philippe Ducrest TV movie
Adélaïde Madame Elisabeth Philippe Ducrest (2) TV movie
1959 Coquin de printemps Anatoline André Leroux TV movie
La caméra explore le temps Mme de Montespan / La comtesse Platen / Marie-Louise Stellio Lorenzi TV Series (3 Episodes)
1960 La terre est ronde Faustina Philippe Ducrest (3) TV movie
1962 L'inspecteur Leclerc enquête Caroline Jean Laviron TV Series (1 Episode)
1963 L'esprit et la lettre The Marquise of Pommeray Pierre Cardinal TV movie
1964 Les Cinq Dernières Minutes Françoise Vérac Bernard Hecht TV Series (1 Episode)
Comment épouser un premier ministre Madame Grandbourg Michel Boisrond
Christine ou La pluie sur la mer Hélène Maurice Chateau TV movie
1965 A Woman in White Mlle Virolleau Claude Autant-Lara
Le legs The Countess Jean-Paul Sassy TV movie
1966 The Sultans Marcelle Jean Delannoy
1967 Oscar Germaine Barnier Édouard Molinaro
Les grandes vacances Isabelle Bosquier Jean Girault
The Flashing Blade Mireille Yannick Andréi TV Series (12 Episodes)
1968 Le gendarme se marie Josépha Cruchot Jean Girault (2)
1969 Hibernatus Edmée de Tartas Édouard Molinaro (2)
1970 The Ball of Count Orgel Mademoiselle d'Orgel Marc Allégret
Le gendarme en balade Josépha Cruchot Jean Girault (3)
1971 Jo Sylvie Brisebard Jean Girault (4)
1973 La dame de trèfle Madame Prascovic Pierre Cavassilas TV movie
1974 Le plumard en folie Adrienne Jacques Lemoine
1975 Au théâtre ce soir Various Pierre Sabbagh TV Series (2 Episodes)
1976 La folle de Chaillot Constance Gérard Vergez TV movie
The Wing or the Thigh Marguerite Claude Zidi
Le chasseur de chez Maxim's Germaine Claude Vital
1977 Moi, fleur bleue School headmaster Éric Le Hung
Les folies Offenbach Céleste Baroche Michel Boisrond (2) TV Mini-Series
1978 Gaston Phébus The Queen Bernard Borderie TV Mini-Series
Au théâtre ce soir Madeleine Pierre Sabbagh (2) TV Series (1 Episode)
1980 L'avare Frosine Louis de Funès & Jean Girault (5)
Georges Dandin Madame de Sotenville Yves-André Hubert TV movie
1981 La Soupe aux choux Amelie Poulangeard Jean Girault (6)
Les fugitifs Madame Levroux Freddy Charles TV movie
Les fiancées de l'empire Madame de Croissy Jacques Doniol-Valcroze TV Mini-Series
Les amours des années grises Madame de Mirval Gérard Espinasse TV Series (1 Episode)
Au théâtre ce soir Fernande Pierre Sabbagh (3) TV Series (1 Episode)
1982 Le gendarme et les gendarmettes Josépha Cruchot Tony Aboyantz & Jean Girault (7)
Au théâtre ce soir Simone Pierre Sabbagh (4) TV Series (1 Episode)
1984 Amphitryon 38 Ecclisé Claude Barma TV movie
Le sexe faible Isabelle Lazare Iglesis TV movie
Au théâtre ce soir The Countess Pierre Sabbagh (5) TV Series (1 Episode)
Le gendarme et l'empereur Josépha Cruchot Tony Aboyantz
1985 Les amours des années 50 Baroness Philippe Galardi TV Series (1 Episode)
Le gaffeur Lucienne Serge Pénard
Le crime de Mathilde Jean-Paul Carrère TV Mini-Series
1986 Madame et ses flics Roland-Bernard TV Series (2 Episodes)
Le dindon Clotilde Pontignac Pierre Badel TV movie
L'étiquette Gabrielle Caporet André Flédérick TV movie
1987 Cloud Waltzing Madame Hibbert Gordon Flemyng TV movie
Poule et frites Françoise Luis Rego
1987-1991 Marc et Sophie Grenelle Jean-Pierre Prévost, Georges Bensoussan, ... TV Series (6 Episodes)
1991 Quiproquos! Alice Girardon Claude Vital (2) TV movie
1992 Tout ou presque Claude Vital (3) TV movie
1994 Tout feu, tout femme Henriette Marion Sarraut & Pierre Sisser TV Series (1 Episode)
1998 Changement de cap Dora Patrick Malakian TV movie
2001 Absolutely Fabulous Mamie Mousson Gabriel Aghion
2003 Le Squat Jean-Pierre Dravel, Olivier Macé, ... TV movie
Un été de canicule Mamette Sébastien Grall TV Mini-Series
Docteur Claire Bellac Madame Lherminier Denis Malleval TV Series (2 Episodes)
2004 Le grand patron Rose Claudio Tonetti TV Series (1 Episode)
2005 Papa est formidable Paulette Dominique Baron TV movie
Vénus & Apollon Mouche Pascal Lahmani TV Series (1 Episode)
Sous le soleil Aunt Clarissa Christian Vandelet & Alain Smitti TV Series (4 Episodes)
2007 La prophétie d'Avignon Odette Esperanza David Delrieux TV Mini-Series
2010 Coursier The Dutch Hervé Renoh
22 Bullets Madame Fontarosa Richard Berry
2011 La grève des femmes Madame Deschamps Stéphane Kappes TV movie
De l'huile sur le feu Madame Lavignasse Nicolas Benamou
2012 Scènes de ménages Yvonne Karim Adda & Francis Duquet TV Series (2 Episodes)
2013 On My Way Annie Emmanuelle Bercot
Lulu femme nue Marthe Sólveig Anspach Nominated - César Award for Best Supporting Actress
2014 Les fées du logis Madame Berto Pascal Forneri TV movie
2015 Mon cher petit village Adèle Gabriel Le Bomin TV movie
Nos chers voisins Doctor Derek's Grandma Emmanuel Rigaut TV Series (1 Episode)
2016 Baden Baden Odette Rachel Lang
2017 Nos années folles André Téchiné

References

  1. lefigaro.fr (27 December 2016). "Mort de Claude Gensac, "la Biche" de Louis de Funès". Le Figaro (in French). ISSN 0182-5852. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
  2. Vincendeau, Ginette (2000). Stars and Stardom in French Cinema. Continuum. p. 139.
  3. "Mort de la comédienne Claude Gensac, épouse à l'écran de Louis de Funès". Le Monde.fr (in French). 27 December 2016. ISSN 1950-6244. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
  4. "Nomination ou promotion dans l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres juillet 2011 - Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication". www.culturecommunication.gouv.fr. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
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