Delphine SEYRIG

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FrenchBorn Delphine Claire Beltiane SEYRIG

French stage and film actress

Born on April 10, 1932 in Beirut, Lebanon

Died on October 15, 1990 in Paris, France

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Seyrig was the daughter of archaeologist Henry Seyrig and Hermine de Saussure, sister of the composer Francis Seyrig. She grew up in Lebanon and her family moved to New York when she was 10 years old. Later her parents returned to Lebanon and sent her to school in France.



As a young woman, Seyrig studied acting at Comédie de Saint-Étienne, training under Jean Dasté, and at Centre Dramatique de l'Est. She appeared briefly in small roles in TV series Sherlock Holmes. In 1956 she returned to New York and studied at Actors' Studio. In 1958 she appeared in her first film, Pull My Daisy. In New York she met director Alain Resnais who asked her to star in his film, L'Année dernière à Marienbad. Her performance brought her international recognition and she moved to Paris. Among her roles of this period is the older married woman in Francois Truffaut's Baisers volés (1968).

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During the sixties and seventies, Seyrig worked with such directors as François Truffaut, Luis Buñuel, Marguerite Duras, Fred Zinnemann and Alain Resnais. She achieved recognition for both her stage and film work, and was named best actress at the Venice Film Festival for her role in Resnais' Muriel ou Le temps d'un retour (1963). She played many diverse roles, and because she was fluent in French, English and German, she appeared in films in all three languages, including a number of Hollywood productions. She may be most widely known for her role as Colette de Montpelier in Zinnemann's 1973 film Day of the Jackal. In turn, perhaps Seyrig's most demanding role was in Chantal Akerman's 1976 film Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles, in which she was required to adopt a highly restrained, rigorously minimalistic mode of acting to convey the mindset of the title character.



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