Mag Bodard

Mag Bodard (3 January 1916 - 26 February 2019) was an Italian-born French film producer, best known for The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Donkey Skin, and The Young Girls of Rochefort.


Mag Bodard was born in Turin as Margherita Maria Renata Perato.[1] In 1962 she married the reporter Lucien Bodard, with whom she moved to Paris. Through his contacts she became an editor for the newspaper France-Soir.[2]

Bodard's first film was The Dance in 1962. Two years later she produced the musical The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, which won the Palm d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. The film was also nominated for two Academy Awards, a Golden Globe, and a Grammy.

Bodard would go on to produce several dozen more films. She promoted the careers of actors such as Maurice Pialat, Nina Companeez, and Claude Miller. In 1977 she shifted from cinema to television. She produced her last television film, Inconnue de la départementale, in 2006 at the age of ninety.

In 2005, a documentary about her life, Mag Bodard, un destin, was directed by Anne Wiazemsky. She celebrated her hundredth birthday in 2016. She died in Neuilly-sur-Seine at the age of 103.[3][4]

Selected filmography


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