Delphine Seyrig

Born Aug 10, 1932

Delphine Claire Beltiane Seyrig was a stage and film actress and a film director.

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1932 Birth Born on April 10, 1932.
1938 6 Years Old Delphine was the sister of composer Francis Seyrig. Her family moved from Lebanon to New York when she was ten. When the family returned to Lebanon in the late 1940s, she was sent to school at the Collège Protestant de Jeunes Filles, which had been founded by Protestant pacifists and social justice activists in 1938.


1947 15 Years Old She attended the school from 1947 to 1950.


1954 22 Years Old As a young woman, Seyrig studied acting at the Comédie de Saint-Étienne, training under Jean Dasté, and at Centre Dramatique de l'Est. She appeared briefly in small roles in the 1954 TV series Sherlock Holmes. … Read More
1958 26 Years Old In 1958 she appeared in her first film, Pull My Daisy. … Read More


1973 41 Years Old Seyrig may be most widely known for her role as Colette de Montpelier in Zinnemann's 1973 film The Day of the Jackal.
1976 44 Years Old In turn, perhaps her most demanding role was in Chantal Akerman's 1976 film Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles, in which she was required to adopt a highly restrained, rigorously minimalistic mode of acting to convey the mindset of the title character.
1977 45 Years Old Throughout her career, Seyrig used her celebrity status to promote women's rights. The most important of the three films she directed was the 1977 Sois belle et tais-toi (Be Pretty and Shut Up), which included actresses Shirley MacLaine, Maria Schneider, and Jane Fonda, speaking frankly about the level of sexism they had to deal with in film industry.


1982 50 Years Old In 1982 Seyrig was the key member of the group that established the Paris-based "Centre Audiovisuel Simone de Beauvoir", which maintains a large archive of women's filmed and recorded work and produces work by and about women.
1989 57 Years Old In 1989, Seyrig was given a festival tribute at Créteil International Women's Film Festival, France. … Read More
1990 59 Years Old Seyrig died in Paris in 1990, aged 58, from ovarian cancer (although some sources simply state "lung disease" or "following a long illness"). … Read More
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