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French film actress Valérie Benguigui dies aged 47

media French actress Valerie Benguigui receiving her César, Feb 2013 Reuters/Charles Platiau

The French actress Valérie Benguigui, who won a César award for best supporting role in last year’s cinema hit Le Prénom, has died at the age of 47.

She played the role of Babou in the film which was an adaptation of a highly successful theatre show with the same title.

She died on Monday from breast cancer following a three year battle.

French singer and actor Patrick Bruel, who starred with her in the film described himself as “overwhelmed” and “dreadfully sad”.

“Valérie was very brave." he said, "We waited so that she could be in the film. She showed great strength [during filming]."

Valérie Benguigui was also a theatre director.

A life in dates:

1965: 6 November, born in Paris

1986: First film role in Francis Huster's film On a volé Charlie Spencer!

1989: Joins Ecole du théâtre national de Chaillot

1992: Role in Molière's La Princesse d'Elide

1997: Role of Elie in box office hit La vérité si je mens (Thomas Gilou)

2005: Eva in Je péfère qu'on reste amis (Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache)

2006: Alice in Comme t'y es belle (Liza Azuelos)

2010: Karine in Les invités de mon père (Anne Le Ny)

2012: Elisabeth in Le Prénom (Alexandre de la Patellière and Matthieu Delaporte)


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