8 November 1938 |
Bergen op Zoom, Netherlands
Pleuni Touw (born 8 November 1938) is a Dutch film, television and theatre actress best known for her role in the 1974 miniseries De Stille Kracht, which featured the first televised nude scene in Dutch history.
Life and career
In 1962, Touw signed with the Arnhem School of Theatre. She began her film career in 1968, shortly after divorcing her first husband, working in comedies; she had found few opportunities in theatre, complaining that older actresses were able to play young characters for more than fifty years. Touw worked for the media tycoon Joop van den Ende several times.
In 1974, Touw starred in De Stille Kracht, a drama based on the novel of the same name by Louis Couperus. The series had a nude scene, the first in Dutch television,[a] which showed Touw bathing while betel spit ("blood" in other sources) spontaneously appears on her body. The scene remained controversial afterwards, and although Touw gained popular recognition she was passed over for later roles; she later commented that, had she been in the United States, producers would have said "grab that girl, she will be good for the box office"[b] and hire her. Afterwards she found herself typecast as playing seductive women.
During the 1980s, Touw worked as a director and established her own production company, BV Polona. She attempted to adapt Howard Ashman's 1982 play Little Shop of Horrors and produced a Dutch version of Edward Albee's 1962 work Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. She also modelled, being featured on the cover of the Dutch edition of Playboy in December 1986. In the early 1990s she was inactive, following a reduction in the number of subsidies given to theatrical productions. By the end of the decade she had returned to the theater, acting in a production of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull. She also took a role in Oud Geld (Old Money).
Touw had a small role in the 2008 film Bride Flight, and in 2012 she starred in the medical drama Doctor Deen, playing the mentally unstable mother of Monique van de Ven's character. Later that year she acted in the Dutch adaptation of the 1985 American sitcom The Golden Girls, which was seen by 1.2 million viewers on its 25 August debut.
- de Volkskrant 1999, Pleuni Touw.
- Beeld en Geluid, Pleuni Touw.
- Algemeen Dagblad 2008, Zwarte humor.
- Beeld en Geluid, De Stille Kracht.
- de Telegraaf 2010, Carice van Houten.
- Playboy 1986, front cover.
- Atsma 2012, Monique van de Ven.
- Omroep Brabant 2012, Monique van de Ven.
- Televizier 2012, De Stille Kracht.
- Niews.nl 2011, Eerste naaktscène televisie.
- Atsma, Pieter (28 January 2012). "Monique van de Ven dankt haar duim aan dokter" [Monique van de Ven Owes Her Finger to a Doctor]. Friesch Dagblad (in Dutch). Archived from the original on 7 September 2012. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
- "Carice van Houten in de ban van 'Stille Kracht'" [Carice van Houten Spellstruck by 'Stille Kracht']. de Telegraaf (in Dutch). 1 September 2010. Archived from the original on 7 September 2012. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
- "De Stille Kracht". beeldengeluidwiki.nl (in Dutch). Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision. Archived from the original on 7 September 2012. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
- "Eerste naaktscène televisie online te bekijken" [A Nude Scene Online]. Niews.nl. 23 December 2011. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
- "Monique van de Ven huisarts in MAX-serie" [Monique van de Ven Stars in MAX series] (in Dutch). Omroep Brabant. 15 February 2011. Archived from the original on 7 September 2012. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
- Playboy Nederland (Haarlem: Spaarnestad). December 1986. ISSN 0168-1184. Missing or empty
- "Pleuni Touw". beeldengeluidwiki.nl (in Dutch). Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision. Archived from the original on 7 September 2012. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
- "'Sterren Springen' winnaar op zaterdag" ['Sterren Springen' the leader]. televizier.nl (in Dutch). Televizier. 26 August 2012. Archived from the original on 7 September 2012. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
- "Pleuni Touw 'Pleuni zegt precies wat 'r voor de bek komt'" [Pleuni Touw 'Pleuni Says Exactly what Her Mouth is For]. de Volkskrant (in Dutch). 29 January 1999. Archived from the original on 7 September 2012. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
- "'Zwarte humor heeft me gered'" ['Black Humour Saved Me']. Algemeen Dagblad (in Dutch). 17 October 2008. Archived from the original on 7 September 2012. Retrieved 7 September 2012.