Catherine Spaak: The Franco-Italian actress from A Wonderful Family has died aged 77

This Sunday, April 17, the Belgian-Italian actress Catherine Spaak, known for her roles in the films of Jacques Becker, Dino Risi or Dario Argento, but also in the French series Une famille formidable, is aged 7 years died in Rome 77.

She was the character of post-war Italian comedy. brain hemorrhage victim in 2020, Catherine Spaak died this Sunday, April 17, at the age of 77 in a Roman clinic. The Belgian-Italian actress had lived her life between France and Italy, shooting for the greatest filmmakers of both countries. French viewers also knew her for her role as the queen in the series A wonderful familybefore she was replaced by Béatrice Agenin from season 3.

Catherine Spaak, daughter of screenwriter Charles Spaak and niece of former Belgian Prime Minister Paul-Henri Spaak, was screened in the 1960 film The hole, by Jacques Becker. She then went to Italy to shoot in front of the cameras of the greatest directors of the time, including Dino Risi (The boaster), Roger Vadim (Round), Dario Argento (The Cat of Nine Tails) or even Henri Verneuil (Weekend in Zuydcoote). But Catherine Spaak not only took part in 80 films in the cinema and on television also singers : She has in fact interpreted several songs in Italian, in particular an adaptation of All boys and girls by Françoise Hardy in 1963. In the 1980s she decided to become a TV presenter and participated in several Italian reality TV shows in the 2000s.

“A versatile, cultured and elegant artist”

Shortly after Catherine Spaak’s death was announced, many French and Italian personalities decided to take the floor to express their feelings. This is the case, for example, with Pierre Lescure who on Twitter his “youthful and free beauty” as well as “its modernity”. For his part, the writer Henry-Jean Servat recalled “the eternal adolescent of Italian cinema” and add: “Heroine of sparkling comedies, where her wild charm and plump pout worked wonders, she embodies the sparkling epic of dolce vita with pep.” For his part, the Italian Minister of Culture, Dario Franceschini, spoke of “a versatile, sophisticated and elegant artist who had found a home in our country that welcomed and loved her“.

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Victim of a brain hemorrhage in 2020, Catherine Spaak died this Sunday, April 17, at the age of 77 in a Roman clinic.

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The Belgian-Italian actress had lived her life between France and Italy, shooting for the greatest filmmakers of both countries.

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She was also known to French viewers for her role as the Queen on the series A Wonderful Family before being replaced by Béatrice Agenin from Season 3 onwards.

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Catherine Spaak, daughter of screenwriter Charles Spaak and niece of former Belgian Prime Minister Paul-Henri Spaak, was screened in the 1960 film Le Trou by Jacques Becker.

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Catherine Spaak then traveled to Italy to shoot in front of the greatest directors of the time such as Dino Risi (Le Fanfaron), Roger Vadim (La Ronde), Dario Argento (Le chat à neuf queues) or Henri Verneuil (Weekend in Zuydcoote). .

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But in addition to her participation in 80 cinema and television films, Catherine Spaak was also a singer.

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Catherine Spaak has in fact interpreted several songs in Italian, notably a 1963 adaptation of All the boys and the girls by Françoise Hardy.

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In the 1980s she decided to become a TV presenter and participated in several Italian reality TV shows in the 2000s.

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Shortly after Catherine Spaak’s death was announced, many French and Italian personalities decided to take the floor to express their feelings.

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This is the case of Pierre Lescure, for example, who hailed his “youthful and free beauty” as well as “his modernity” on Twitter.

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For his part, Italian Culture Minister Dario Franceschini spoke of “a versatile, cultured and elegant artist who has found a home in our country that has welcomed and loved her”.

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