Marthe Mercadier

  1. Martine Carol, Les Carnets de Major Thompson (UK: The Diary of Major Thompson; US: The French, They Are A Funny Race), France, 1955.   Mercadier and the French-Canadian Sophie Desmarets were beaten  by the top (but sliding) French favourite as the very French wife of Jack Buchanan’s very British major  in, alas, the final film of Preston Sturges – slumming in Europe like Robert Aldrich and Vincent Sherman. .The US title perfectly sums up the satire!
  2. Claude Gensac, Oscar, France, 1967.   When casting the film of his stage triumph, the stutter, splutter, mutter, nutter comic Louis de Funès found it difficult to find a wife. Mercadier, Yvonne Clech, Simone Valère were wrong or booked. Then, Mme de Funès was watching a TV whodunnit and  yelled: “Loulou, I think I’ve found  your cinema wife!” And that is exactly what Gensac (an old family friend) became in most of their ten films together, including three of the Gendarme de Saint-Tropez series. 

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