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Marie Trintignant
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Born(1962-01-21)21 January 1962
Boulogne-Billancourt, France
Died1 August 2003(2003-08-01) (aged 41)
Neuilly-sur-Seine, France

Marie Trintignant (French pronunciation: [maʁi tʁɛ̃tiɲɑ̃] (Audio file "Fr-Marie Trintignant.ogg " not found); 21 January 1962 – 1 August 2003) was a French actress.[1]

Early life[]

She was born in Boulogne-Billancourt, the daughter of actor Jean-Louis Trintignant and his second wife, the French film director, producer, and screenwriter Nadine Marquand. She first appeared on screen aged four in her mother's film My Love, My Love. When Marie's baby sister Pauline died when Marie was eight, she became withdrawn and virtually stopped speaking. Her parents divorced in 1976. Throughout her early life she was afflicted by severe shyness, but despite this, by her mid-teens she decided to become an actress. She had such a strong affection for animals that she had first dreamt of becoming a veterinarian, but the acting heritage proved too strong. "Cats don't raise dogs", she said succinctly.[2]


Trintignant was the mother of four sons: Roman with drummer Richard Kolinka, Paul with actor François Cluzet, Léon with Mathias Othnin-Girard and Jules with director Samuel Benchetrit.


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Marie Trintignant's grave

Marie Trintignant died aged 41 of a cerebral edema on 1 August 2003 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, as a result of being repeatedly punched by her boyfriend Bertrand Cantat, lead singer with the French rock group Noir Désir.[3]


Marie Trintignant was nominated five times for France's most prestigious acting honor, the César Award for her roles in:

  • Comme elle respire - 1999 (best actress)
  • Le Cousin - 1998 (best supporting actress)
  • Le cri de la soie - 1997 (best actress)
  • Les Marmottes - 1994 (best supporting actress)
  • Une affaire de femmes - 1989 (best supporting actress)

Selected filmography[]

  • Wings of Fame (1990)
  • fr [Nuit d'été en ville] (1990)
  • Alberto Express (1990)
  • Betty (1992)
  • fr [Cible émouvante] (1993)
  • Ponette (1996)
  • Janis et John (2003)
  • Colette, une femme libre (2004) - TV Mini-Series (also writer)

Other information[]

She also appeared in the film noir Série noire of 1979. Not long before her death she sang a duet in the song "Pièce montée des grands jours" on an album with the same title by French folksinger Thomas Fersen in 2003.


  1. Suzanne Moore, "No beautiful Malian music will make Marie Trintignant's death go away", The Guardian, "Comment is free", 6 April 2012.
  2. Paris Match No. 2828, 6 August 2003.
  3. Hugh Schofield (19 November 2013). "French killer Bertrand Cantat's controversial comeback". BBC News. Retrieved 20 November 2013.

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