French theater, TV actress Rosy Varte dies at 88

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Rosy Varte

Rosy Varte

French actress Rosy Varte, a vet­eran of 50 fea­ture films over nearly 40 years, died Fri­day night in the Amer­i­can Hos­pi­tal in Paris. She was 88.

She was a voice actress in the car­toon West­ern movies Daisy Town (1971, as Lulu Cara­bine) and La Bal­lade des Dalton(Lucky Luke, The Bal­lad of the Dal­tons) (1978, as Miss Worthlesspenny).

Varte died after fight­ing bron­chi­tis, which degen­er­ated into a lung infec­tion, said her hus­band, direc­tor Pierre Badel.

She appeared in over 100 plays in sev­eral Paris the­aters, includ­ing the Champs-Elysées Com­edy, The­atre Edouard VII and Vieux Colom­bier The­atre Work­shop. She was part of Jean Vilar’s the­ater, where she was seen in Ubu Roi in 1958.

An eth­nic Armen­ian, she was born Nevarte Manouélian in Istan­bul, Turkey on Novem­ber 22, 1923 (some sources say 1927).

Varte often appeared in come­dies. From 1985 to 1993, she had the title role in 333 episodes of the hit TV series MaGuy, co-starring with Jean-Marc Thibault in the hit tele­vi­sion series of the same name on Antenne 2. In 2007, she won the 2007 7 d’Or award for best actress for her role.

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