Tsilla Chelton

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BornTsilla Schilton
(1919-06-21)21 June 1919
Jerusalem, British Mandate of Palestine
Died 15 July 2012(2012-07-15) (aged 93)
Brussels, Belgium
Occupation Actress

Tsilla Chelton (21 June 1919 [1] – 15 July 2012) was a French actress of theatre and film, famous for playing the main role in 1990 film Tatie Danielle, in which she was nominated for a Cesar award and as an elderly Dominican in Soeur Sourire. [2]

<i>Tatie Danielle</i> 1990 film by Étienne Chatiliez

Tatie Danielle is a 1990 French black humor film directed by Étienne Chatiliez. It features Tsilla Chelton as Auntie Danielle Billard.



Tsilla Schilton was born in Jerusalem but spent her childhood in Belgium. The daughter of French parents of Jewish heritage, she lost her mother at the age of 6, and followed her father to Antwerp. [3] She moved to Switzerland during World War II before settling in Paris. [4] Married to decorator Jacques Noël, she had 4 children. [5]

Jerusalem City in the Middle East

Jerusalem is a city in the Middle East, located on a plateau in the Judaean Mountains between the Mediterranean and the Dead Sea. It is one of the oldest cities in the world, and is considered holy to the three major Abrahamic religions—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Both Israel and the Palestinian Authority claim Jerusalem as their capital, as Israel maintains its primary governmental institutions there and the State of Palestine ultimately foresees it as its seat of power; however, neither claim is widely recognized internationally.

Antwerp Municipality in Flemish Community, Belgium

Antwerp is a city in Belgium, and is the capital of Antwerp province in Flanders. With a population of 520,504, it is the most populous city proper in Belgium, and with 1,200,000 the second largest metropolitan region after Brussels.

Switzerland federal republic in Western Europe

Switzerland, officially the Swiss Confederation, is a country situated in western, central and southern Europe. It consists of 26 cantons, and the city of Bern is the seat of the federal authorities. The sovereign state is a federal republic bordered by Italy to the south, France to the west, Germany to the north, and Austria and Liechtenstein to the east. Switzerland is a landlocked country geographically divided between the Alps, the Swiss Plateau and the Jura, spanning a total area of 41,285 km2 (15,940 sq mi). While the Alps occupy the greater part of the territory, the Swiss population of approximately 8.5 million people is concentrated mostly on the plateau, where the largest cities are to be found: among them are the two global cities and economic centres Zürich and Geneva.

Attracted by theatre, she started acting in Marcel Marceau's troupe. [4]

Marcel Marceau French mime and actor

Marcel Marceau was a French actor and mime artist most famous for his stage persona as "Bip the Clown". He referred to mime as the "art of silence", and he performed professionally worldwide for over 60 years. As a youth, he lived in hiding and worked with the French Resistance during most of World War II, giving his first major performance to 3000 troops after the liberation of Paris in August 1944. Following the war, he studied dramatic art and mime in Paris.

Her career was mainly in theatre, where she acted in the eleven works of Eugène Ionesco, earning a Molière Award for best comedian in Ionesco's The Chairs . [5] She premiered the plays of Bertold Brecht in France, with Michel Serrault, Michel Piccoli and Laurent Terzieff. [4]

Eugène Ionesco French Romanian playwright

Eugène Ionesco was a Romanian-French playwright who wrote mostly in French, and one of the foremost figures of the French Avant-garde theatre. Beyond ridiculing the most banal situations, Ionesco's plays depict the solitude and insignificance of human existence in a tangible way.

Molière Award award

The Molière Award recognises achievement in live French theatre and is the national theatre award of France. The awards are presented and decided by the Association professionnelle et artistique du théâtre (APAT) and supported by the French Ministry of Culture at an annual ceremony, called the Nuit des Molières in Paris. The awards are given for French productions and performances.

<i>The Chairs</i> one-act play written by Eugène Ionesco

The Chairs is an absurdist "tragic farce" play by Eugène Ionesco. It was written in 1952 and debuted the same year.

On the big screen, she became famous at 71 [2] for her work in the 1990 Étienne Chatiliez film Tatie Danielle, where she played the title role as a hateful and cantankerous old lady. She taught comedy from 1964 onwards and was the teacher of the actors of the Splendid troupe, including Gérard Jugnot, Michel Blanc, and Thierry Lhermitte. [3]

Étienne Chatiliez is a French film director. He was born in Roubaix, France.

Comedy genre of dramatic works intended to be humorous

In a modern sense, comedy refers to any discourse or work generally intended to be humorous or amusing by inducing laughter, especially in theatre, television, film, stand-up comedy, or any other medium of entertainment. The origins of the term are found in Ancient Greece. In the Athenian democracy, the public opinion of voters was influenced by the political satire performed by the comic poets at the theaters. The theatrical genre of Greek comedy can be described as a dramatic performance which pits two groups or societies against each other in an amusing agon or conflict. Northrop Frye depicted these two opposing sides as a "Society of Youth" and a "Society of the Old." A revised view characterizes the essential agon of comedy as a struggle between a relatively powerless youth and the societal conventions that pose obstacles to his hopes. In this struggle, the youth is understood to be constrained by his lack of social authority, and is left with little choice but to take recourse in ruses which engender very dramatic irony which provokes laughter.

Le Splendid Parisian café-théâtre company founded in the 1970s

Le Splendid is a café-théâtre company founded by a collection of writers and actors in the 1970s - Christian Clavier, Michel Blanc, Gérard Jugnot, Thierry Lhermitte, Josiane Balasko, Marie-Anne Chazel, Bruno Moynot and Claire Magnin. The members of the company went on to become some of the most significant actors and directors in French cinema from the 1980s onwards and have collectively won many César awards.


Chelton died at 93 in Brussels, Belgium. [4] [6]


Jean Tardieu French writer

Jean Tardieu was a French artist, musician, poet and dramatic author.

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1982L'épreuveMadame Argante Claude Santelli TV Movie
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1984Le châteauJean Kerchbron (3)TV Movie
1985Hôtel du siècleHonorineJean Kerchbron (4)TV Series
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1986L'ami MaupassantCharlotte CachelinAlain DhénautTV Series (1 Episode)
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Mademoiselle BMademoiselle ToutardBernard QueysanneTV Movie
1987Les fortifsLady in blueMarco Pico (2)TV Movie
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1988La sonate pathétiqueMadame TchourikovaJean-Paul CarrèreTV Series
1989La grande cabrioleDelphine de Nocé Nina Companeez TV Mini-Series
Le saut du litMarie-Odile Dumur des RosiersPierre CavassilasTV Movie
1990 Tatie Danielle Tatie Danielle Étienne Chatiliez Nominated - César Award for Best Actress
Marie PervencheMadame Dubois-Joubert Serge Korber TV Series (1 Episode)
1992Les eaux dormantesAuntJacques Tréfouel
1993 La Soif de l'or Mémé Zézette Gérard Oury
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2000 Family Pack LeaChris Vander Stappen
2001 The Musketeer Madame Lacross Peter Hyams
2003Le pacte du silenceMother JosephGraham Guit
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2007Zone libreMadame Schwartz Christophe Malavoy
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Notes and references

  1. "Antwerp police immigration index entry" . Retrieved 21 July 2012.
  2. 1 2 "Tatie Danielle est décédée" (in French). La Libre Belgique.
  3. 1 2 "Mort de Tsilla Chelton, tête d'affiche de "Tatie Danielle"" (in French). Le Monde.
  4. 1 2 3 4 "L'actrice française Tsilla Chelton, "Tatie Danielle", est décédée" (in French). RTBF. Other sources, such as Le Monde, list 1918 as the birth date and 94 years old when she died.
  5. 1 2 "Tsilla Chelton, alias "Tatie Danielle", est morte" (in French). Libération.
  6. Tsilla Chelton obituary

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