Andrée Tainsy

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Andrée Tainsy
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Andrée Tainsy (Beau Masque,1972)
Born (1911-04-26)26 April 1911
Etterbeek, Belgium
Died 19 December 2004(2004-12-19) (aged 93)
Paris, France
Occupation Actor

Andrée Micheline Ghislaine Tainsy (26 April 1911 – 19 December 2004)[1] was a Belgian actress. She worked with several notable actors like Philippe Noiret, Jean Louis Trintignant, Charlotte Rampling and famous directors like Claude Chabrol, Costas Gavras and François Ozon.[2] Tainsy began her career with theater plays and her first film debut was in 1945,[3] followed by over 80 different cinema and TV works as co-star.[3] She worked until the day of her death.[3]

Early life[edit]

She was born in Etterbeek, Belgium.


Andrée Tainsy attended Brussels' Conservatory, where she trained to become a theater performer in the early 1930s. She moved to Paris and made her debut with the Georges Pitoëff theatrical company in Les Voyageurs Sans Bagage (1937). Her film debut was ready in 1939 however, as World War II started, she fled to South America, where she reconnected with other artists who had also left. Her first experience in front of was in Chile a movie camera and in 1945 her movie career began starring in Jacques Remy's Le Moulin des Andes (Released in Chile as La Fruta Mordida).[3]

Upon her return to France, after the end of the war, she resumed her theatrical activity with Les Amants de Noël and Joyeux Chagrins, both in 1948. Tainsy's career as an actress and comedian went on until the very end of her life. She worked until the day of her death.[3] She appeared in a small role in Arnaud Desplechin's Rois et Reine on 22 December 2004, just three days after she died.[3] Her cinema endeavors comprised works with several directors like Bertrand Tavernier, Woody Allen, Claude Chabrol, François Ozon and Arnaud Desplechin.

Later life[edit]

On 19 December 2004, after attending a presentation of a play by Pierre Desproges, she suffered a heart attack at her Parisian apartment.[3] She was buried at Père-Lachaise Cemetery in Paris.[4]

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Andrée Tainsy" (in French).  (subscription required)
  2. ^ a b "L'Horloger de Saint Paul" (in French). Le Figaro. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Andrée Tainsy" (in French). 
  4. ^ "Andrée Tainsy" (in French). 
  5. ^ a b "Sous le Sable" (in French). Le Figaro. 
  6. ^ "Andrée Tainsy" (in French). L' 

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