Real name, weddings, children, bereavement, flea market, cats…

Sophie Desmarets will forever remain an icon of comedy in France. But do you really know the actress who would have celebrated her 100th birthday in 2022? Big Heads, “Prophetic Words”, titles from “Marquise de Baroncelli-Javon”, “Dirty Newspapers”… and other mysteries.

Sophie Desmarets would have celebrated her 100th birthday on April 7, 2022, but her life ended 10 years ago, on February 13, 2012. Charismatic, outspoken and far from being a pretentious actress, she shaped an entire generation and was the first woman to express herself in the world prevailed size heads, late 70s But what do you know about the actress? mysteries and journeys.

Sophie Desmarets: Her real name

Sophie Demarets, Real name Jacqueline Desmarets, was born in Paris on April 7, 1922. She is the daughter of Bob Desmarets, director of the Vél d’Hiv and creator of the cycling event Les Six jours de Paris.

Sophie Desmarets, forgotten by her father

One day when she was a child, her father forgotten in the changing rooms of a swimming pool, since he goes swimming for several hours. “I was expecting dad and I read dirty newspapers‘ she said with humor on the show We have tried everything. A sacred memory!

Sophie Desmarets: the “prophetic words” that changed her life

At the age of 16, the young woman’s life changed thanks to a single encounter. The Comedian Louis Jouvetwho had come to visit a villa in Saint-Cloud belonging to his parents, saw Sophie Desmarets and said to her: “you, you have a theatrical character. If you want to play one day, come to me“.

Words that change everything in the mind of the future actress. “Without those prophetic words, I probably wouldn’t have thought of pursuing a career that seemed destined for me. For me, acting was never a calling, but a profession like any other, which I tried with all my heart to do my best without sacrificing my life as a woman.” she confided in her memoir in 2002.

She then decided to join her class at the conservatory as a free listener, and then studied at the theater of the Athénée, where Louis Jouvet was the teacher.

Sophie Desmarets: Why she changed her first name

She was at the very beginning of her career decides to change his stage nameJacqueline and her name is Sophie. The reason? At the time, she felt that the first name Jacqueline was too common, in contrast to Sophie, which was less common at the time…

Sophie Desmarets was awarded under Pétain

In the early 1940s she received them first film rolein First date, by Henri Decoin. In June 1944, Sophie Desmarets won first prize for modern comedy in the Conservatory Exit Competition. If later criticized for being rewarded while World War II raged and the Marshal Petain was in power, she didn’t care. “It is better than having had it under Fallières‘ she would have answered loudly TV 7 daysin reference to the former President of the Republic, Armand Fallières, who ruled France from 1906 to 1913.

Sophie Desmarets: the place of her refuge (and marriage)

During World War II she found refuge in Blackland, a commune of Deux-Sèvres and married René Froissant there. After his death in 2014, the Bressuire municipal council renamed the Place de Noirterre station to Place Sophie Demaretsin order to celebrates his memory.

Sophie Desmarets: Second marriage and children

With René Froissant she gives birth to a daughter named Catherine, who was born in 1946. In 1949, Sophie Desmarets divorced and married the writer and film critic Jean de Baroncellison of Filmmaker Jacques de Baroncelli. With him she became Marquise de Baroncelli-Javon, since her husband’s grandfather was Count Hippolyte Alexandre Marie Augustin Raymond Baroncelli de Javon. Jean de Baroncelli and Sophie Desmarets give birth to a daughter named Caroline.

Sophie Desmarets, first female member of the Big Heads

In addition to his roles in the theater and in the cinema, it is television that she becomes better known to the general public, especially through her appearances on the shows The big kids Where from number 1, presented by Maritie and Gilbert Carpentier. She is also the first woman to win in the size heads, Next Philip BouvardLate ’70s, and excels at short television sketches with her friend Jacqueline Maillan.

Sophie Desmarets held a flea market in Paris

Back then, this deco enthusiast had one too antique shop, is located in Passage Choiseul, in the 2nd arrondissement of Paris. If she hadn’t been an actress, she would have tried take up studies to become an architect.

Sophie Desmarets, “distraught” at her husband’s death

Unfortunately, Her husband Jean de Baroncelli died in 1998. A deep sadness for the actress. “I had the pain of losing my husband I was very very desperate“, She confided in the show We have tried everything. His friend, the playwright Pierre Barillet, then advised him to put his pain on paper. “He said to me, ‘If we have a problem, we write or we go to one Psychiatrist’. Psychiatrists aren’t really my thing, so I wrote!“, she told. Four years after the death of her husband, she publishes Sophie’s memories… in which she tells much more happiness than unhappiness!

Sophie Demarets, cat fan

Did you know that Sophie Desmarets had one all-consuming passion for cats? The actress has lived with several cats, known by the names of Muslin, Cosette and D’Artagnan.

Death of Sophie Demarets

More than fifteen years after the import his last movie Should not!…by Gerard Jugnot Sophie Demarets dies in 2012. His ashes are buried in the family vault at Montparnasse Cemetery in Paris, near Serge Reggiani’s tomb.

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