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Delphine Seyrig
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Actress
    (April 10, 1932-October 15, 1990)
    Born in Beirut, Lebanon
    Appeared in the films 'Pull My Daisy' (1958), 'Last Year at Marienbad' (1961), 'Muriel' (1963), 'Stolen Kisses' (1968), 'Daughters of Darkness' (1971), 'The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie' (1972), 'The Day of the Jackal' (1973), 'A Doll's House' (1973), 'Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles' (1976), 'Freak Orlando' (1981) and 'Johanna D'Arc of Mongolia' (1989)
    Directed the documentary 'Be Pretty and Shut Up' (1981)
    She said she went into acting 'Because I couldn't think of anything else. I was 17 years old, I wasn't clever at school, and I had to do something.'
    She chain smoked.
    She said, 'Usually I am afraid of my directors.'
    She refused to attend the ceremonies for the Cesars (the French equivalent of the Oscars), despite multiple nominations.
    She considered herself 'a feminist who is additionally socialist,' as opposed to her friend Jane Fonda who she said was 'a socialist who is additionally feminist.'
    She was fluent in French, English and German, and appeared in films in all three languages.
    She won Best Actress at the 1963 Venice Film Festival.
    Marguerite Duras called her 'the greatest actress in France and possibly in the whole world.'
    She campaigned to modernize France's antiquated rape laws.
    Tilda Swinton said, 'She knew she was beautiful and she'd stare at you as if to say, 'Alright, have a look,' but then she drew you in much, much deeper.'

Credit: C. Fishel


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