Simone Valere

  1. Claude Gensac, Oscar, France, 1967.   When setting up the film of his Paris stage triumph, stutter, splutter, mutter, nutter comic Louis de Funès did most of the  casting and asked the stage and  screen actress (notably in Rene Clair’s La Beauté du diable, 1949) to be his wife. Impossible, she said sadly; she was alternating in Flaubert andShakespeare plays in a Paris theatre.  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. 

 Birth year: 1923Death year: 2010Other name: Casting Calls:  1