Christine Pascal
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Born(1953-11-29)29 November 1953
Died30 August 1996(1996-08-30) (aged 42)
OccupationActress, screenwriter, director
Years active1974–1995
Spouse(s)Robert Boner (1982–1996)

Christine Pascal (29 November 1953 – 30 August 1996) was a French actress, writer and director.

Biography

Born in Lyon, Rhône, Pascal made her film debut at 21 in Michel Mitrani's Les Guichets du Louvre (1974), and began an association with Bertrand Tavernier with her next film, L'Horloger de Saint-Paul (1974). Other films with Tavernier include Que la fête commence (1975), for which she received a César nomination for Best Supporting Actress; The Judge and the Assassin (1976); Des enfants gatés (1977), which she co-scripted; and Round Midnight. Other film appearances include Black Thursday (1974), La Meilleure façon de marcher (1976), The Maids of Wilko (1979), Entre Nous (1983), and Le Grand Chemin (1987). She made her directorial debut with Félicité, and also directed La Garce, Zanzibar, Le Petit prince a dit (which won the Louis Delluc Prize) and Adultère, mode d'emploi.[1]

Pascal had contemplated suicide at various times in her life, and Félicité, the first film she directed, opens with a suicide scene. In 1984, when asked how she would like to die, she reputedly said, "En me suicidant, le moment venu." ("By killing myself, when the time comes.")[citation needed]

In 1996, while staying in a psychiatric hospital in the Paris suburb of Garches, Pascal committed suicide by jumping out of a window.[2][3] She is buried in Cimetière du Père Lachaise in Paris. In 2003, the psychiatrist who was caring for Pascal was sentenced to one year in prison for failing to take appropriate action to prevent her suicide.[4]

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1974 L' Horloger de Saint-Paul Liliane Torrini
Les Guichets du Louvre Jeanne
1975 Que la fête commence... Emilie
Cécile ou La Raison des femmes: Vivre à deux Cécile TV mini-series
Le docteur noir Pauline TV movie
1976 La meilleure façon de marcher Chantal
The Judge and the Assassin one of the strikers Uncredited
1977 Rendez-vous en noir the fiancée TV Mini-Series
Les Indiens sont encore loin Lise
L'imprécateur Betty Saint-Ramé
Des enfants gâtés Anne Torrini
1978 Chaussette surprise Juliette
1979 On efface tout Anne Glizer
The Maids of Wilko Tunia
Félicité Félicité
Paco l'infaillible Maria
1980 Le Chemin perdu Liza
1981 Au bon beurre Josette TV Series
Das Haus im Park Simone TV movie
1982 Bonbons en gros Jeannette TV movie
1983 Entre Nous Sarah
Cinéma 16 Isabelle TV Series
Faux fuyants the filmmaker
Elle voulait faire du cinéma Alice Guy-Blaché TV movie
1985 Train d'enfer Isabelle
Signé Charlotte Christine
Elsa, Elsa the "true" Elsa
1986 Round Midnight Sylvie
1987 Le grand chemin Claire (Louis' mother)
Promis... juré! Madeleine
1988 La travestie Christine
La couleur du vent Hélène Plazy
1989 Série noire Corinne Episode: "Main pleine"
Pause-café Josiane Vernon Episode: "La traverse"
1990 Navarro Sylvie Rivette Episode: "Fils de périph"
L'ami Giono: Le déserteur Marie-Jeanne TV movie
Le sixième doigt Viviane
A Ilha Linda Walsh Short
1991 Rien que des mensonges Lise
1992 La femme de l'amant Laetitia TV movie
1994 Regarde les hommes tomber Sandrine
Les patriotes Laurence
Le sourire Chantal (final film role)

Awards and nominations

Year Result Award Category Film or series
1976 Nominated César Awards Best Supporting Actress Que la fête commence
1993 Nominated Best Film Le Petit prince a dit
Nominated Best Director Le Petit prince a dit
1992 Won Louis Delluc Prize Prix Louis Delluc Le Petit prince a dit
Montréal World Film Festival Best Screenplay Le Petit prince a dit (Shared with Robert Boner)

References

  1. ^ Christine Pascal, 42, A French Actress And Film Director New York Times. 4 September 1996
  2. ^ Kirkup, James (September 3, 1996). "Christine Pascal: Obituary". The Independent.
  3. ^ Lefort, Gérard. "Christine Pascal nous abandonne.L'actrice de "Que la fête commence" et réalisatrice du "Petit Prince a dit" s'est suicidée vendredi. Elle avait 42 ans". Libération. Retrieved 11 December 2011.
  4. ^ "Le psychiatre condamné après le suicide de l'actrice". Le Parisien. 7 July 2003. Retrieved 11 December 2011.