Annie Girardot, a versatile French actress who played the doomed Milanese streetwalker in Luchino Visconti’s “Rocco and His Brothers” and, moving easily from drama to comedy, became France’s most popular actress of the 1970s, died on Monday in Paris. She was 79.
Girardot performed in more than 100 films and won France’s coveted Cesar award three times — in 1976 for best actress for her role in Jean-Louis Bertuccelli’s “Doctor Francoise Gailland,” for supporting actress for “Les Miserables” in 1995 and for supporting actress for her role as the possessive mother of a musician in Michael Haneke’s “Le Pianiste” in 2001.
Ms. Girardot had been treated for Alzheimer’s disease for nearly a decade and for the last two years had lived in a Paris nursing home. In France, she became the public symbol of the disease, and her daughter and granddaughter kept the public informed of her decline.
Many thanks to Nnikolle for sending this link to a video of news coverage of the funeral.
Lainconnu created this beautiful, poignant tribute to Annie.
Lainconnu also created this powerful homage.