A key figure in French cinema and theater, Jean-Louis Trintignant died Friday at the age of 91, his wife Mariane Hoepfner Trintignant announced to AFP via a press release sent by his agent. The actor of “And God … created woman” and “Love” died “peacefully, of old age, this morning, at his home, in the Gard, surrounded by his loved ones”, said his wife. His funeral will take place privately.
The journey of a monument of cinema
Born on December 11, 1930 in Piolenc in the Vaucluse, this son of an industrialist took Charles Dullin’s comedy lessons in Paris, before starting on the boards in 1951.
Entered the history of cinema with “A man and a woman” by Claude Lelouch, where he plays a racing driver in love with Anouk Aimée, he won an interpretation prize at Cannes for “Z” by Costa Gavras in 1969 and a César for best actor for “Amour” (2012) by Michael Haneke, a film that won a Palme d’or.
His last appearance on the big screen dates from 2019 with “The most beautiful years of a life”, where he found his partner Anouk Aimée and the director Claude Lelouch.
He also made an appearance, facing the camera, during the Cesar 2021 ceremony, where he appeared very diminished.
The tragic death of her daughter
His life was marked by several tragedies including the death of his daughter Marie, also an actress, killed in 2003 by her companion, the singer Bertrand Cantat. Drama which had caused a stir in France and highlighted the violence against women.