24 Apr '11, 1pm

Marie-France Pisier found dead in pool: PARIS - FRENCH New Wave cinema muse Marie-France Pisier was found dead

PARIS - FRENCH New Wave cinema muse Marie-France Pisier was found dead in her swimming pool in the south of France on Sunday. She was 66 years old. The investigating magistrate in the Mediterranean city of Toulon, near her villa at Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer, said her husband found her body in the pool at around 4.00 am. The cause of death is being investigated, but foul play is not suspected, the prosecutor said. The actress had been due to travel to the Cannes Film Festival next month for a homage to leading French actor Jean-Paul Belmondo. Pisier's acting career began in 1961 after New Wave director Francois Truffaut saw her in a family photo taken in Nice. She went on to play for renowned filmmakers Luis Bunuel, Jacques Rivette and especially Andre Techine. Pisier won two Cesar awards - the French equivalent of the Oscars - for best supporting actress in Techine films, Cousin, ...

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