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-ElysĂ©es 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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