A key figure in French cinema and theater, Jean-Louis Trintignant died Friday at the age of 91, his wife Mariane Hoepfner Trintignant told AFP in a press release. “A man and a woman” and “Love” died “peacefully, of old age, this morning, at his home, in the Gard, surrounded by his loved ones,” said his wife. His funeral will take place in private. Entered the history of cinema with “A man and a woman” by Claude Lelouch, where he plays a racing driver in love with Anouk Aimée, he won an interpretation prize at Cannes for “Z” by Costa Gavras in 1969 and a César for best actor for “Amour” (2012) by Michael Haneke, a film awarded a Palme d’or. His last appearance on the big screen was in 2019 with “Les plus belles years of a life”, where he found his partner Anouk Aimée and the director Claude Lelouch. He had also made an appearance, facing the camera, during the Cesar 2021 ceremony, where he appeared very diminished. His life was marked by several tragedies including the death of his daughter Marie, also an actress, killed in 2003 by her companion, the singer Bertrand Cantat. Drama which had caused a stir in France and highlighted the violence against women. Born on December 11, 1930 in Piolenc in the Vaucluse, this son of an industrialist took comedy lessons from Charles Dullin in Paris, before debut on the boards in 1951.
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