French actress Valerie Benguigui, winner of the 2013 Cesar Award for Best Supporting Actress for her work in the comedy "Le Prenom," has died of cancer, media reports said Tuesday. She was 47.
Benguigui, born in Paris of a French family that lived in Algeria before its independence, died on Monday night.
The actress called herself a "true epicure" who liked to "laugh, eat, dance, behave like an idiot and smoke," the weekly Paris Match reported.
A student at the Cours Florent, one of the most prestigious theater academies in Paris, and also at the National Chaillot Theater School, the actress played her first movie part under director Francis Huster in the 1986 film "On a Vole Charlie Spencer!" (1986).
Her success in the seventh art, almost always in supporting roles, was taken to another level in 1997 with her acting in the Thomas Gilou film "La Verite si Je Mens!"
Besides "Le Prenom," a work of Alexandre de La Patelliere and Matthieu Delaporte, she acted in other famous movies like "Safari" by Olivier Baroux, "La Famille Wolberg" by Axelle Ropert, and "Comme T'y Es Belle!" by Lisa Azuelos.
The mother of two children and married to actor and restaurant manager Eric Wapler, she loved being part of a theater company, an activity she never entirely gave up. She began her stage career with director Jean-Luc Revol.
As a director, she put on several shows featuring comedic actress Valerie Lemercier.
She also took part in popular television series like "Palace," "Avocats et Associes" and "Kaamelott." EFE