|ACTOR, FILM DIRECTOR, FEMINIST (FRANCE)|
BORN 10 May 1932, Beirut - DIED 15 Oct 1990, Paris|
REAL NAME Seyrig, Delphine Claire Belriane
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Montparnasse Cimetière (division 15)
Delphine Seyrig was born in Lebanon as the daughter of the director
of the Beirut Archaeological Institute. Her brother was the
composer Francis Seyrig. She moved to New York with her family
when she was ten years old. She studied acting at the Comédie
de Saint-Étienne and in New York at the Actors Studio.|
Her first movie part was in "Pull my Daisy" in 1958. Her appearance in "Last Year at Marienbad" (1961) made her famous. She played ordinary women as well as femme fatales in movies by Truffaut, Losey and Bunuel. She was a convinced feminist and in 1973 she was one of the 343 women who openly declared they had an abortion, at that time still illegal in France. Also in 1973 she was Colette de Montpelier in "The Day of the Jackal".
In 1982 she was a founding member of the Centre Audiovisuel Simone de Beauvoir in Paris. She died in 1990 in Paris.
Cullen, Catherine, Paris, The Woman's Travel Guide, Virago Press, London, 1993