Marie Trintignant

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Marie Trintignant
Marie Trintignant 1962-2003.JPG
Born(1962-01-21)21 January 1962
Died1 August 2003(2003-08-01) (aged 41)
Years active1967–2003
Samuel Benchetrit
(m. 1998)
Parent(s) Jean-Louis Trintignant
Nadine Marquand

Marie Trintignant (French pronunciation:  [maʁi tʁɛ̃tiɲɑ̃] ( Loudspeaker.svg listen ); 21 January 1962 – 1 August 2003) was a French actress. [1]

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Early life

Trintignant was born in Boulogne-Billancourt, the daughter of actor Jean-Louis Trintignant and his second wife, 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 When Marie's baby sister Pauline died when Marie was eight, she became withdrawn and virtually stopped speaking.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 by her mid-teens, she decided to become an actress. She had a strong affection for animals and considered becoming a veterinarian, but in the end pursued a career in acting. [2]

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Jean-Louis Trintignant French actor

Jean-Louis Xavier Trintignant is a French actor. He won the Best Actor Award at the 1969 Cannes Film Festival as well as the Best Actor Award at the César Awards 2013.

My Love, My Love is a 1967 French drama film directed by Nadine Trintignant. It was entered into the 1967 Cannes Film Festival.


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 her husband, director Samuel Benchetrit. [1]

François Cluzet French actor

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Samuel Benchetrit French actor and film director

Samuel Benchetrit is a French writer, actor, scenarist and director. He is of Moroccan-Jewish descent.


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Marie Trintignant's grave

Marie Trintignant was severely injured in a beating on 26 July 2003 in Vilnius, Lithuania by her then-boyfriend Bertrand Cantat, lead singer with the French rock group Noir Désir. Cantat repeatedly punched Marie Trintignant in the head, leading to her death six days later in a clinic in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France by cerebral edema. She was 41. [3] Cantat was convicted of murder ("murder with indirect intent" - dolus eventualis) and served four years in prison. [1]

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Bertrand Cantat French rock singer

Bertrand Cantat is a French musician and former frontman of rock band Noir Désir. In 2003, he was convicted of murder of French actress Marie Trintignant. He returned to Noir Désir after his release from prison in 2007, playing with the group until it disbanded in 2010.


Though she never received France's most prestigious acting honor, the César Award, Trintignant was nominated for it five times, for her roles in:

César Award French film award

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Partial filmography

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.

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  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.