Tsilla Chelton

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Tsilla Chelton
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Born Tsilla Schilton
(1919-06-21)21 June 1919
Jerusalem, British Mandate of Palestine
Died 15 July 2012(2012-07-15) (aged 93)
Brussels, Belgium
Occupation Actress

Tsilla Chelton (21 June 1919[2] – July 15, 2012) was a French actress, famous for the main role of Tatie Danielle.[3]


Tsilla Schilton was born in Jerusalem but spent her childhood in Belgium. The daughter of French parents of Jewish heritage, she lost her mother at the age of 6, and followed her father to Antwerp.[4] She moved to Switzerland during World War II before settling in Paris.[5] Married to decorator Jacques Noël, she had 4 children.[6]

Attracted by theatre, she started acting in Marcel Marceau's troupe.[5]

Her career was mainly in theatre, where she acted in the eleven works of Eugène Ionesco, earning a Molière Award for best comedian in Ionesco's The Chairs.[6] She premiered the plays of Bertold Brecht in France, with Michel Serrault, Michel Piccoli and Laurent Terzieff.[5]

On the big screen, she became famous at 71[3] for her work in the 1990 Étienne Chatiliez film Tatie Danielle, where she played the title role as a hateful and cantankerous old lady. She taught comedy from 1964 onwards and was the teacher of the actors of the Splendid troupe, including Gérard Jugnot, Michel Blanc, and Thierry Lhermitte.[4]


Chelton died at 93 in Brussels, Belgium.[5][7]









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