Maria Casares

Actor, Nurse
A petite, intense, slender, raven-haired Spanish stage actress whose career was focused primarily in France, Maria Casares made only minimal film appearances, but with memorable impact. The daughter of a Republican ... Read more »
Born: 11/21/1922 in Spain

Filmography

other (7)

Someone Else's America 1996 (Movie)

Alonso's Mother (Actor)

Les Chevaliers de la table ronde 1990 (Movie)

(Actor)

De sable et de sang 1989 (Movie)

Dolores Vasquez--Manuel's Mother (Actor)

La Lectrice 1989 (Movie)

The General's Widow (Actor)

Blanche et Marie 1985 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Testament of Orpheus 1961 (Movie)

The Princess (Actor)

Children of Paradise 1945 (Movie)

Nathalie (Actor)

Biography

A petite, intense, slender, raven-haired Spanish stage actress whose career was focused primarily in France, Maria Casares made only minimal film appearances, but with memorable impact. The daughter of a Republican minister, she and her family fled to Paris at the advent of the Spanish Civil War. At that time, Casares spoke no French, yet within three years, she had enrolled at the Paris Conservatoire and by 1942 had her first notable stage triumph in John Millington Synge's "Deirdre of the Sorrows". Based on this success, she was offered the leading role in Albert Camus' "Le Malentendu" which led to a three-year relationship with the author. Even after the couple separated, Casares had played roles in two of his stage plays, "Etat de Siege" (1948) and "Les Justes" (1949). They remained on friendly terms until his death in an automobile accident in January 1960.

Relationships

Albert Camus

Companion
together 1942-45 died in car accident in 1960

Santiago Quiroga

Father
served in Republican government which fought against Franco

EDUCATION

Paris Conservatoire

Paris 1939 - 1942

Milestones

1996

Last stage performance in Michael Ondaatje's "The Complete Works of Billy the Kid"; left the cast a few days before the scheduled end of the show's run due to fatigue from illness

1995

Last film, "Someone Else's America"

1993

Performed the title role in a stage production of "King Lear"

1990

Performed two roles at the same time in two different theaters within the same complex: played Madame Pernelle in a production of Moliere's "Tartuffe" in the theater's main auditorium while dashing off during the middle section to play the Pope in Jean Ge

1985

Began acting more regularly in features with her role in "Blanche et Marie"

1983

Performed in a revival of Genet's "Les Paravents", directed by Patrice Chereau

1974

Made another one-shot return to film acting in "Flavia la monaca mussulmana", an Italian film directed by Gianfranco Mingozzi

1966

Performed in Roger Blin's production of Jean Genet's play, "Les Paravents"

1960

After six years with the Theatre National Populaire, worked primarily as a free agent onstage

1959

Returned to film acting after nearly a decade to reprise her role as the Princess in Jean Cocteau's "The Testament of Orpheus"

1958

Acted on Broadway with the Theatre National Populaire in a program consisting of works by Corneille, Marivaux and Victor Hugo

1956

Performed on the London stage with the Theatre National Populaire

1954

Worked with Jean Vilar at the Theatre National Populaire

1952

Gave an acclaimed performance in the title role of Charles Peguy's "Jeanne d'Arc" with the Comedie-Francaise

1949

Played best-remembered feature film role, as the Princess in "Orphee/Orpheus", directed by Jean Cocteau

1949

Began narrating short films and feature documentaries with her work on Alain Resnais' and Robert Hessens' short, "Guernica"

1944

Release of first films: Marcel Carne's "Les enfants du paradis/Children of Paradise" and Robert Bresson's "Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne"

1941

Worked as a stage actress with the Theatre des Mathurins

1941

First major stage triumph, at the Theatre des Mathurins in a production of Synge's play, "Deirdre of the Sorrows"; was offered the leading role in Albert Camus' play, "Le Maletendu"

1936

Immigrated to France following the advent of the Spanish Civil War

Joined the Comedie-Francaise

Was a member of the stage acting company Theatre de L'Atelier

Acted in Camus' plays, "Etat de Siege" and "Les Justes"

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