Maria Pacôme

Maria Pacôme (18 July 1923 – 1 December 2018) was a French actress and playwright.[1]

Maria Pacôme
Born18 July 1923
Died1 December 2018(2018-12-01) (aged 95)
NationalityFrench
Other namesSimonne Maria Pacôme
OccupationActress
Playwright

Biography

Born on 18 July 1923 in Paris, Maria Pacôme was the daughter of Maurice Pacôme and Germaine Hivonait.[2] Her father was deported to Buchenwald concentration camp and her brother was shot for being a Communist.[3] When her father came back, Pacôme often found herself defending her mother against her father's violence.[4][5]

Maria began her higher education at Le Cours Simon in 1941, when she was 18.[6] She was classmates with Michèle Morgan, Danièle Delorme, and her future spouse, Maurice Ronet. Pacôme married Ronet in 1950. She would set aside her career until their divorce in 1956.[7]

Theatre

She began her stage acting career in 1956 withLa Reine et les Insurgés, written by Ugo Betti and directed by Michel Vitold. In 1958, she acted in Oscar, written by Claude Magnier. She acted alongside Pierre Mondy and Jean-Paul Belmondo in the play.[8] Pacôme also appeared in N'écoutez pas, mesdames ! by Sacha Guitry in 1962, Les Grosses Têtes by Jean Poiret and Michel Serrault in 1969, and Joyeuses Pâques by Poiret in 1981.

Movies

Pacôme's first appearance on the big screen came in 1959 with Voulez-vous danser avec moi ? (Come Dance with Me), directed by Michel Boisrond. She later took on numerous supporting roles, most notably in The Troops of St. Tropez, Up to His Ears, and Le Distrait. Afterwards, she achieved leading roles in La situation est grave… mais pas désespérée by Jacques Besnard, Les Sous-doués by Claude Zidi, and The Crisis (La Crise) by Coline Serreau.

Author and Playwright

Pacôme wrote seven plays: Apprends-moi Céline, Le Jardin d'Éponine, On m'appelle Émilie, Les Seins de Lola, Et moi et moi, Les Désarrois de Gilda Rumeur, and L'Éloge de ma paresse.[9]

She wrote her memoirs, titled Maria sans Pacôme, in 2007.

Television

Pacôme appeared in several TV movies, most notably starring in Docteur Sylvestre.

In 2006, she played the role of Hortense Bertin in the drama Les Secrets du volcan, directed by Michaëla Watteaux.

In 2011, she was the voice actor for the character "Granny" in the movie Titeuf.[10]

Death

Maria Pacôme died on 1 December 2018 in Ballainvilliers, France following a tumor near the amygdala.[11][12][13][14][15]

Her burial at the Père Lachaise Cemetery on 10 December 2018 was attended by celebrities such as Daniel Auteuil and Bernard Le Coq.[16][17]

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1959Come Dance with MeDaisy
1960The Love GameUne cliente
1961Le TracassinMadame Gonzalès
1962Un clair de lune à MaubeugeLa journaliste
1964Constance aux enfersMarie-Cecile
1964Rien ne va plusLa comtesse
1964Une souris chez les hommesTante Emma
1964Que personne ne sortePauline - la cuisinière
1964The Troops of St. TropezMme Lareine Leroy
1964The GorillasJosépha Dépelouze
1965Up to His EarsSuzy Ponchabert
1966Les combinardsLucienne
1966Tender ScoundrelGermaine
1968A Strange Kind of ColonelAurélia
1969La maison de campagneVéronique
1970DistractedGlycia Malaquet
1974Bons baisers... à lundiMyrette
1975Pas de problème!Madame Michalon
1976La situation est grave... mais pas désespéréeVicomtesse Sophie de Valrude
1976Silence... on tourneLa mère d'Elisabeth
1977Le dernier baiserL'inconnue
1980Les sous-douésLucie Jumaucourt
1992La CriseMme Barelle
1996Le bel été 1914Maria
1997Une femme très très très amoureuseEmma
2003Mauvais espritBelle-maman
2011TiteufMéméVoice
2012Arrête de pleurer PénélopeLise(final film role)

References

  1. "Maria Pacôme, mort d'une exubérante". Le Journal du Dimanche (in French). 1 December 2018.
  2. "Maria Pacôme". CinéArtists.com (in French). 18 July 1923.
  3. "Maria Pacôme, une comédienne à l'exubérance hors du commun". Le Point (in French). 1 December 2018.
  4. "Maria Pacôme, une comédienne à l'exubérance hors du commun". Liberation.fr (in French). 1 December 2018.
  5. Pacôme, Maria (2007). Maria sans Pacôme. Le Cherche Midi.
  6. "La comédienne Maria Pacôme s'est éteinte". LeParisien (in French). 1 December 2018.
  7. "Maurice Ronet, une hésitation devant la vie". LE Journal du Dimanche (in French). 21 October 2013.
  8. "La mort de Maria Pacôme". Le Monde (in French). 3 December 2018.
  9. "Maria Pacôme : " Je mourrai révoltée ! "". LeParisien (in French). 5 November 2003.
  10. ": le film d'animation "Titeuf", réalisé par Zep, avec les voix de Donald Reignoux, Maria Pacôme, ..." Le Républicain Lorrain (in French). 22 July 2011.
  11. "Maria Pacôme : " Je m'échappe au grand air "". LeParisien (in French). 14 May 2000.
  12. "Entre Maria Pacôme et Ballainvilliers, c'est l'amour !". LeParisien (in French). 8 October 2007.
  13. "La comédienne Maria Pacôme est morte à l'âge de 95 ans". franceinfo.fr (in French). 1 December 2018.
  14. "" Oscar ", " La Crise " : Maria Pacôme, figure du théâtre et du cinéma populaires, est morte". Le Monde (in French). 1 December 2018.
  15. "Maria Pacôme : seuls deux acteurs célèbres se sont rendus aux obsèques de la comédienne". Télé-Loisirs (in French). 12 December 2018.
  16. "Obsèques de Maria Pacôme : Cruelle absence des stars du show-business..." Purepeople (in French). 11 December 2018.
  17. "Obsèques de Maria Pacôme sans stars : quand la comédienne se disait " oubliée " et évoquait sa solitude". Gala (in French). 12 December 2018.
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