French actress, singer Marie Laforêt dies age 80
The singer and actress Marie Laforêt, nicknamed “the girl with golden eyes” after one of her best known films, has died aged 80. She acted in 35 films and sold more than 35 million albums.
She became famous as a singer releasing her first single Vendanges de l’amour in 1963. Singing in French and Spanish, she opened up French pop music and chanson française, drawing inspiration from American and European folk music.
As an actress she starred in films by René Clement, Georges Lautner, Henri Verneuil and Pierre Granier-Deferre, Michel Deville and Jean-Pierre Mocky. One of the most notable was the La fille aux yeux d’Or (The Girl with the Golden Eyes), by Jean-Gabriel Albicocco, whom she married after the shoot in 1961.