French actress Audran passes away

MNA Entertainment Desk: French actress Stephane Audran, best known for her leading role in the Oscar-winning “Babette’s Feast”, died Tuesday at the age of 85, reported news agency.

Although she also starred in Luis Bunuel’s 1972 classic “The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie”, it was only in middle age that the great beauty became a big name internationally.

As well as winning the best foreign film Oscar in 1989, “Babette’s Feast” — the story of a French refugee who introduces an uptight Danish community to the sensual joys of food — also won a Golden Globe and Audran a Bafta best actress nomination.

But it was her two-decade-long partnership with French director Claude Chabrol, whom she later married, that made Audran a household name in France.

She won best actress at the Berlin film festival in 1968 for playing a bisexual woman in “Les Biches” (The Hinds) and her first Bafta nomination for her repressed schoolteacher in another Chabrol thriller, “Le Boucher” (The Butcher).


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