Madeleine Milhaud

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Madeleine Milhaud
Born (1902-03-22)22 March 1902
Paris, France
Died 17 January 2008(2008-01-17) (aged 105)
Paris, France
Occupation Stage actress and reciter

Madeleine Milhaud (22 March 1902 – 17 January 2008)[1] was a French actress and librettist. She was both a cousin and the wife of the French composer Darius Milhaud.[2]

Madeleine Milhaud was born in Paris.[3] Her father, Darius' uncle, was from Aix-en-Provence,[3] and her mother from Brussels. She began acting at a young age, and had a long career as an actress and reciter.

Darius and Madeleine Milhaud were married in 1925;[3] they had one son,[2][3] Daniel (born 1930), a painter. Darius' piano suite La Muse Menagère (The Household Muse) is dedicated to her,[4] and depicts their daily life together.[5] She wrote the libretti for his operas Médée, Bolivar, and La Mère coupable.[1]


  1. ^ a b Nichols, Roger (16 April 2008). "Obituary: Madeleine Milhaud". London: Retrieved 2008-10-20. 
  2. ^ a b "Madeleine Milhaud". IMDB. Retrieved 2008-10-20. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Madeleine Milhaud: Actress wife of the composer". The Independent. 31 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-20. 
  4. ^ "Madeleine Milhaud - Times Online Obituary". London: Times Online. 6 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-20. 
  5. ^ "The Boeuf Chronicles - Sitting out the War: Milhaud at Mills College". 11 June 2005. Retrieved 2008-10-20. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Milhaud, Madeleine & Clary, Mildred (2002). Mon XXème siècle. Paris: Bleu Nuit Editeur.
  • Nichols, Roger (1996). Conversations with Madeleine Milhaud. London: Faber and Faber Limited.