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French actress Marie-France Pisier found dead


French actress Marie-France Pisier has been found dead in the swimming pool at her home in the south of France.

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The 66-year-old's body was discovered in the early hours of Sunday by her husband, Thierry Funk Brentano.

Officials in Toulon, near the couple's villa in Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer, have launched an investigation to determine the cause of death, but foul play is not suspected.

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Pisier began a career as an actress in 1961 when she was cast by director François Truffaut in short film "Antoine and Colette."

She shot to fame and became recognized as a star of the New Wave era, going on to work with filmmakers such as Luis Buñuel and André Téchiné.

The star scooped two best supporting actress honors at the prestigious Cesar awards -- the French equivalent of the Oscars -- for her work with Techine in "Cousin, Cousine" (1976) and "Barocco" (1977).

Her other notable films included 1982 comedy "L'as des as" and 1978 romantic thriller, "The Other Side of Midnight."

Pisier was due to appear at the Cannes Film Festival in May to honor top French actor Jean-Paul Belmondo, her co-star in "L'as des as."

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has paid tribute to Pisier, hailing her as "a supreme elegance born from the most perfect simplicity".

Apr 27, 2011 9:14AM
A couple of years ago i was flipping thru the channels on a lazy saturday...ran across the movie "The Other Side of Midnight" i had never even heard of this movie? And there she was...Marie-France Pisier...Wow! I was stunned and amazed by her beauty i must say that she is the most beautiful woman i have ever seen. My condolences to her family.
Apr 25, 2011 1:14PM
Chanel Solitaire, that was a fun 80's miniseries. She was stunning. RIP MFPRed rose
Apr 25, 2011 10:04AM
Etius57, you are right.  She was gorgeous.  RIP, beautiful lady.  My condolences to her family.
Apr 25, 2011 12:16PM
Axlegrease:  Are you an owl?  Or just illiterate?
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