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Dominique Sanda

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Dominique Sanda
Sanda at the Film Museum in Vienna in 2013
Dominique Marie-Françoise Renée Varaigne

(1951-03-11) 11 March 1951 (age 73)
Paris, France
Years active1969–present
Nicolae Cutzarida
(m. 2000)
PartnerChristian Marquand (1970s)

Dominique Marie-Françoise Renée Varaigne (born 11 March 1951) professionally known as Dominique Sanda, is a French actress.

Life and career[edit]

Sanda in The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (1970)
Sanda and Robert De Niro play a married couple in the 1976 film 1900

Sanda was born on 11 March 1951[1] in Paris, to Lucienne (née Pichon) and Gérard Varaigne.[2] She appeared in such noted European films of the 1970s as Vittorio de Sica's Il Giardino dei Finzi-Contini, Bernardo Bertolucci's The Conformist and Novecento, and Liliana Cavani's Beyond Good and Evil. She also appeared in The Mackintosh Man (with Paul Newman) and Steppenwolf (with Max von Sydow). Bernardo Bertolucci originally intended to cast Sanda in Last Tango in Paris; she developed the idea with him. He also wanted to cast Jean-Louis Trintignant. Trintignant refused and, when Marlon Brando accepted, Sanda was pregnant and decided not to do the film.[3]

In the 1970s, she lived with actor/director Christian Marquand, with whom she had a son, Yann Marquand. She won the award for Best Actress at the 1976 Cannes Film Festival for her role in the film The Inheritance.[4]

In 1993 at the Théâtre de la Commune, in Aubervilliers, France, she played Melitta in Madame Klein (Mrs. Klein by Nicolas Wright), directed by Brigitte Jaques-Wajeman. In 1995 in Italy, she played the Marquise de Merteuil in Les liaisons dangereuses, based on Choderlos de Laclos's novel, directed by Mario Monicelli. From 1995 to 1996 in France and Belgium, she has been Lady Chiltern in An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde, directed by Adrian Brine.

In 2000, she married Nicolae Cutzarida, an Argentine philosopher and university professor of Romanian origin. She currently lives in Uruguay and travels back and forth to Paris.[5]



  1. ^ "Dominique Sanda: Une Biographie". Archived from the original on 13 February 2009.
  2. ^ Dominique Sanda Biography.
  3. ^ Taylor, Sophie (4 February 2011). "Last Tango in Paris star Maria Schneider dies at 58". The Week. Retrieved 5 January 2014.
  4. ^ "Festival de Cannes: The Inheritance". festival-cannes.com. Archived from the original on 2 January 2013. Retrieved 8 May 2009.
  5. ^ "Dominique among us", by María Moreno 31 May 2002 - Las12, cultural and feminist section of Pagina/12

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