Girardot had suffered since 2006 from Alzheimer’s disease, and died today in a Paris hospital.
With an enthusiastic nature that never seemed to fail, Girardot captured the hearts of French lovers of cinema and theatre. Former Culture Minister Jack Lang called her a “legend” and film director Claude Lelouch said she was the equivalent on stage of singing great Edith Piaf.
She starred with Alain Delon in Luchino Visconti’s “Rocco e i suoi fratelli” (“Rocco and His Brothers”) in 1960 and during her career performed in over 100 films. In 1962 she married Italian actor Renato Salvatori who co-starred with her in Visconti’s film.