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Darling Légitimus
Darling Légitimus
(born Mathilda (Marie-Berthilde) Paruta on 21 November 1907 at Le Carbet, died 7 December 1999 at Kremlin-Bicetre) was a Caribbean-born French actress. She was the mother of Gesip Légitimus (1930–2000) artist and television producer, Theo Légitimus, and Grand mother to actor, Pascal Légitimus comedian in the "Inconnus" troupe, Diana Légitimus artist, Samuel Légitimus, actor, and David Légitimus, French singers and Billie Richardson, also a musician and psychotherapist.

Contents

1 Biography 2 Death 3 Public tribute 4 Filmography

4.1 Cinema 4.2 Television 4.3 Theater

5 References

Biography[edit] Born on 21 November 1907 at Le Carbet
Le Carbet
in Martinique, she spent her early years in Caracas, Venezuela. Mathilda Paruta arrived in Paris, France, at age of 16, wanting to become a dancer. She met Victor-Etienne Légitimus, son of the government deputy, Hegesippe Jean Légitimus, and went on to become his lifelong companion and bear him five children. Known for a long time as Miss Darling, she later chose to go by the name of Darling Legitimus. She performed as a dancer in La Revue Nègre (1925) with Josephine Baker,[1] and posed for Picasso
Picasso
as well as for sculptor Paul Belmondo, father of Jean-Paul Belmondo, the actor. During the 1930s, Darling wrote, composed and sang numerous Caribbean songs such as Biguine and Mazurka. She often performed alongside known musicians of the era, including "Pe En Kin Sosso" and his band. She also performed in plays by Jean Genet
Jean Genet
(Les Nègres) and Aimé Césaire. She was directed on the big screen by Raymond Rouleau in Les Sorcieres de Salem (The Crucible) alongside Simone Signoret
Simone Signoret
and Yves Montand, and Le Salaire de la Peur
Le Salaire de la Peur
(Wages of Fear) by Henri Georges Clouzot, with Sacha Guitry, Jean-Claude Brialy
Jean-Claude Brialy
and Bernardo Bertolucci. In 1983, at the age of 76, she won the Volpi Cup
Volpi Cup
for the best female interpretation of "The Mostra of Venise", also for her role in La Rue Cases-Nègres (Sugar Cane Alley), directed by her compatriot Euzhan Palcy. During her long life, she was acquainted with a great number of famous actors, among them Arletty, Fernandel, Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando
and Pierre Brasseur. She also took part in numerous ORTF
ORTF
(Office de Radio-diffusion de la Television Française) productions, of which a telefilm by Jean-Christophe Averty, Les verts Paturages (The Green Pastures, written by Marc Connelly), was produced. Death[edit] She died on 7 December 1999 at Kremlin-Bicetre
Kremlin-Bicetre
in the Val de Marne near Paris, in France, without any more acting roles after Sugar Cane Alley in spite of hopes of her nomination and rewards. Public tribute[edit] The writer, Calixthe Beyala[2] and Caribbean actor Luc Saint-Eloy,[3] representatives of "Liberté" collective came up on stage at the César ceremony in 2000, to claim one of the largest presence on French television screens and to pay her a public tribute, since the organizers had "forgotten" to name Darling as one of the previous year's great losses. Filmography[edit] Cinema[edit]

1933 : Bouboule 1er, roi nègre - Léon Mathot 1937 : Les Perles de la couronne
Les Perles de la couronne
- Sacha Guitry
Sacha Guitry
and Christian Jaque 1946 : Un ami viendra ce soir - Raymond Bernard 1947 : Le Bateau à soupe - Maurice Gleize 1947 : Les Trois cousines - Jacques Daniel-Norman 1950 : Casimir - Richard Pottier 1952 : Le Chemin de Damas - Max Glass 1953 : Le Salaire de la peur
Le Salaire de la peur
(Wages Of Fear)- Henri-Georges Clouzot 1953 : Tourbillon (film) - Alfred Rode 1954 : Flesh and the Woman
Flesh and the Woman
- Robert Siodmak 1955 : Napoléon
Napoléon
- Sacha Guitry
Sacha Guitry
and Eugène Lourié : the nanny 1955 : Le Port du désir
Le Port du désir
- Edmond T. Gréville 1955 : A Missionary - Maurice Cloche 1957 : Les Sorcières de Salem
Les Sorcières de Salem
(The Crucible)- Raymond Rouleau 1960 : Comment qu'elle est - Bernard Borderie 1962 : La Poupée
La Poupée
- Jacques Baratier 1963 : Le Feu follet - Louis Malle 1971 : Le Cri du cormoran le soir au-dessus des jonques - Michel Audiard 1971 : Églantine - Jean-Claude Brialy : Lolo 1971 : Boulevard du rhum - Robert Enrico 1972 : Le Dernier Tango à Paris ( Last Tango in Paris
Last Tango in Paris
) de Bernardo Bertolucci : concierge 1973 : La dernière bourrée à Paris - Raoul André 1976 : Les vécés étaient fermés de l'intérieur - Patrice Leconte 1979 : O Madiana - Constant Gros-Dubois : Mme Jonas 1980 : La Bande du Rex -108-13 / Jean-Henri Meunier 1980 : 5% de risques - Jean Pourtalé 1983 : Rue Cases-Nègres (Sugar Cane Alley) - Euzhan Palcy : M'Man Tine

Television[edit]

La Case de l'oncle Tom (Uncle Tom's Cabin), written by Harriet Beecher Stowe(1963) .... Dinah Les Verts Pâturages (The Green Pastures), written by Marc Connelly Christmas 1964* La Redevance du fantôme (1966), adapted from a Henry James
Henry James
novel by Jean Gruault and realised by Robert Enrico.... Belinda Noëlle aux quatre vents, (1965 to 1969) realised by Henri Colpi. TV Face aux Lancaster (1971) realised by Adonis Kyrou TV François Gaillard : La Vie des autres - France, by Jacques Ertaud (1971) TV .... Datifa (segment Pierre)

Theater[edit]

Les Sorcières de Salem
Les Sorcières de Salem
by Raymond Rouleau, adapted by Jean-Paul Sartre from Arthur Miller's novel The Crucible, in the Sarah Bernhardt Theater La Tragédie du Roi Christophe (fr): created 4 August 1964, presented at the Salzburg Festival, and in France the next year, at the Odéon
Odéon
theater in Paris, by the Dramatic Art Company: Europa Studio. It was a success in Berlin, Brussels, and the Venice Biennale; in the 1966 Festival Mondial des Arts Nègres (World Festival of Black Arts) in Dakar, where the Théâtre national Daniel-Sorano (fr) was built for the occasion;[4] for Expo 67, the Montreal World's Fair;[5] in Yugoslavia, and in the Piccolo Teatro of Milan. Une Saison au Congo, created on 4 October 1967 in Théâtre de l'Est Parisien by the Jean-Marie Serreau-Perinetti company. Équateur Funambule, juillet 1975, in the municipal theater of Fort-de-France
Fort-de-France
in Martinique. À la rencontre du petit matin, March 1976, filmed in Guadeloupe
Guadeloupe
and in Martinique. November 1976, the "Nouveau Carré" Sylvia Montfort. May 1976, "Ciné royal" in Boulogne-Billancourt. February 1977,in Vesinet (near Paris). December 1990, Biennale of Dakar
Dakar
(Senegal) 1st part of "Aventure ambiguë" filmed in Senegal
Senegal
for Memory of South. Gouverneur de la rosée written in 1944, by Jacques Roumain, paru en 1944, adapted for the "Théâtre Noir" (Black Theater), Paris, 1975. Vous ne l'emporterez pas avec vous (You Can't Take It with You) (1978) by Moss Hart
Moss Hart
and George S. Kaufman, produced and directed by Jean-Luc Moreau by Pierre Sabbagh (Au théâtre ce soir) ... Rébad Le Diable aux collants verts

References[edit]

^ Mark Slobin (ed.), Global Soundtracks: Worlds of Film Music, Wesleyan University Press, 2008, p. 305. ^ DELIRIUM Interview Calixte Beyala ^ Afrocine - Le cinéma dans toutes ses couleurs ^ "Continuo". " Dakar
Dakar
1966 – 1er Festival Mondial des Arts Nègres". Continuo's weblog Reassessed aural delicacies.  ^ Yves Jasmin (27 April 2013). "Day 039 — Monday, 5 June 1967". Expo 67 — Day by Day. Fondation Expo 67. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. A third premiere, La Tragédie du roi Christophe by Aimé Césaire
Aimé Césaire
is performed in the Port Royal by the Paris-trained Toucan Noir group from Africa. 

v t e

Volpi Cup
Volpi Cup
for Best Actress

1934–1968

Katharine Hepburn
Katharine Hepburn
(1934) Paula Wessely
Paula Wessely
(1935) Annabella (1936) Bette Davis
Bette Davis
(1937) Norma Shearer
Norma Shearer
(1938) Luise Ullrich
Luise Ullrich
(1941) Kristina Söderbaum
Kristina Söderbaum
(1942) Anna Magnani
Anna Magnani
(1947) Jean Simmons
Jean Simmons
(1948) Olivia de Havilland
Olivia de Havilland
(1949) Eleanor Parker
Eleanor Parker
(1950) Vivien Leigh
Vivien Leigh
(1951) Ingrid Bergman
Ingrid Bergman
(1952) Lilli Palmer
Lilli Palmer
(1953) Maria Schell
Maria Schell
(1956) Dzidra Ritenberga (1957) Sophia Loren
Sophia Loren
(1958) Madeleine Robinson (1959) Shirley MacLaine
Shirley MacLaine
(1960) Suzanne Flon
Suzanne Flon
(1961) Emmanuelle Riva
Emmanuelle Riva
(1962) Delphine Seyrig
Delphine Seyrig
(1963) Harriet Andersson
Harriet Andersson
(1964) Annie Girardot
Annie Girardot
(1965) Natalya Arinbasarova
Natalya Arinbasarova
(1966) Shirley Knight
Shirley Knight
(1967) Laura Betti
Laura Betti
(1968)

1983–present

Darling Légitimus
Darling Légitimus
(1983) Pascale Ogier
Pascale Ogier
(1984) Valeria Golino
Valeria Golino
(1986) Kang Soo-yeon (1987) Isabelle Huppert/ Shirley MacLaine
Shirley MacLaine
(1988) Peggy Ashcroft/ Geraldine James (1989) Gloria Münchmeyer
Gloria Münchmeyer
(1990) Tilda Swinton
Tilda Swinton
(1991) Gong Li
Gong Li
(1992) Juliette Binoche/ Anna Bonaiuto
Anna Bonaiuto
(1993) Maria de Medeiros/ Vanessa Redgrave
Vanessa Redgrave
(1994) Sandrine Bonnaire/Isabelle Huppert/ Isabella Ferrari
Isabella Ferrari
(1995) Victoire Thivisol (1996) Robin Tunney
Robin Tunney
(1997) Catherine Deneuve
Catherine Deneuve
(1998) Nathalie Baye
Nathalie Baye
(1999) Rose Byrne
Rose Byrne
(2000) Sandra Ceccarelli (2001) Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore
(2002) Katja Riemann
Katja Riemann
(2003) Imelda Staunton
Imelda Staunton
(2004) Giovanna Mezzogiorno
Giovanna Mezzogiorno
(2005) Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
(2006) Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett
(2007) Dominique Blanc
Dominique Blanc
(2008) Kseniya Rappoport
Kseniya Rappoport
(2009) Ariane Labed
Ariane Labed
(2010) Deanie Ip (2011) Hadas Yaron
Hadas Yaron
(2012) Elena Cotta
Elena Cotta
(2013) Alba Rohrwacher
Alba Rohrwacher
(2014) Valeria Golino
Valeria Golino
(2015) Emma Stone
Emma Stone
(2016) Charlotte Rampling
Charlotte Rampling
(2017)

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