Jacques Martin (TV host)
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Jacques Martin at the 1992 Cannes Film Festival
22 June 1933|
14 September 2007 (aged 74)|
|Resting place||Guillotière Cemetery, Lyon|
Jacques Martin (22 June 1933 – 14 September 2007) was a French TV host and producer.
Life and career
In the early 1970s, he was the sidekick of Danièle Gilbert, the host of Midi Première. Martin created and hosted such popular satirical TV shows such as Le Petit Rapporteur ("The Little Snitch, 1975 - 1976, TF1) and La Lorgnette ("The Opera Glasses", 1976 - 1977, Antenne 2). He also tried a film career, writing and directing one film (Na !, 1973) and playing in others such as La Passante du Sans-Souci, without great success.
An operetta fan, he enjoyed presenting TV shows mixing popular and classical music, such as Musique and music, which he prepared with the help of French composer Pierre Porte, invariably singing himself a few operetta arias himself during the show.
He was a great discoverer of talents throughout his career, with future successes such as Pierre Desproges, Stéphane Collaro, Laurent Ruquier or Laurent Gerra. He was also good at creating new concepts for television shows, the most famous being Le Petit Rapporteur and L'École des Fans. He was particularly apt at interacting with small children on television, which was the reason of the success of L'École des Fans. On a side note, L'École des Fans was the first television appearance of French singer Vanessa Paradis, in 1980; she was 7 years old.
Until 1998, he hosted the entire afternoon of France 2 on Sundays, with a show called Dimanche Martin.
Family and children
He had eight children from four different women all of whom survived him:
- with his first wife Anne Lefèvre, he had two children: David Martin, cook and television host and Élise Martin.
- with actress Danièle Évenou, he had two sons: Frédéric Martin, a radio host, and Jean-Baptiste Martin, actor.
- with his second wife Cécilia Ciganer-Albéniz, he had two daughters: Judith Martin and Jeanne-Marie Martin.
- with his last wife, Céline Boisson, he had two children: Juliette Martin and Clovis Martin.
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