French actor, novelist and director who starred in films by Truffaut and Buñuel
Those who followed the adventures of Antoine Doinel (played by Jean-Pierre Léaud
) in a series of lyrical and semi-autobiographical films directed by François Truffaut
– incorporating adolescence, marriage, fatherhood and divorce – will know that Doinel's first and (perhaps) last love, Colette Tazzi, was played by the stunningly beautiful Marie-France Pisier
, who has been found dead aged 66 in the swimming pool of her house near Toulon, in southern France.
Doinel and audiences first caught sight of Pisier in Antoine et Colette
, Truffaut's enchanting 32-minute contribution to the omnibus film L'Amour à Vingt Ans
(Love at Twenty
, 1962), during a concert at the Salle Pleyel in Paris of Hector Berlioz
's Symphonie Fantastique. She is conscious of Antoine's stares, and pulls down her skirt. We soon realise that Colette is going to break Antoine's heart.
Léaud and Pisier were born in