This Sunday, April 17, the Belgian-Italian actress Catherine Spaak, who became known for her roles in the films of Jacques Becker, Dino Risi or Dario Argento, but also in the French series Une famille formidable, died in Rome at the age of from 77.
It was the figure of post-war Italian comedy. Victim of a cerebral hemorrhage in 2020, Catherine Spaak died this Sunday, April 17, in a Roman clinic, at the age of 77. The Belgian-Italian actress had spent her life between France and Italy, where she shot for the greatest filmmakers of both countries. French viewers were also known for her queenly role in the series. a wonderful familybefore being replaced by Béatrice Agenin beginning in season 3.
Daughter of screenwriter Charles Spaak and niece of former Belgian Prime Minister Paul-Henri Spaak, Catherine Spaak revealed herself to the cinema in 1960 in the film The holeby Jacques Becker. He then left for Italy to shoot in front of the cameras of the greatest directors of the time, such as Dino Risi (the braggart), Roger Vadim (Round), Dario Argento (The cat with nine tails) or even Henri Verneuil (Weekend in Zuydcoote). But in addition to having participated in 80 films on film and television, Catherine Spaak was also singer : in fact he has performed several songs in Italian, in particular an adaptation of All the boys and the girls by Françoise Hardy, in 1963. In the 1980s she decided to become a television presenter and during the 2000s she participated in several Italian reality shows.
“An eclectic, cultured and elegant artist”
Shortly after the announcement of the death of Catherine Spaak, numerous French and Italian personalities decided to take the floor to express their emotion. This is for example the case of pierre lescure who praised on Twitter his “youthful and free beauty” as well as “its modernity”. For his part, the writer Henry-Jean Servat recalled “the eternal adolescent of Italian cinema” and add: “Heroine of racy comedies where her wild charm and plump pout worked wonders, she energetically embodies the sparkling epic of the Dolce Vita.” The Italian Minister of Culture, Dario Franceschini, for his part spoke of “an eclectic, cultured and elegant artist that she had found in our country a home that welcomed her and loved her“.