The actress Charlotte Valandrey, consecrated by the film “Rouge Baiser” in 1985 and who had made public her HIV status and her heart transplant problems, died Wednesday at the age of 53, her agent told AFP. She had revealed to be HIV-positive in 2005 in her autobiography “Love in the blood”, a big bookstore success (180,000 sales) then adapted into a TV movie. Her triple therapy had exhausted her heart and she had to undergo a transplant in 2003, which made her the first HIV-positive heart transplant patient in France.
Recently, she had announced on social networks that her second heart was coming to an end and that she needed a new transplant. “Waiting for my 3rd”she wrote on Instagram on June 8. “On June 14, Charlotte had to have emergency surgery to replace her ‘second-hand heart’ as she called it, but this new transplant did not take, this third heart did not live”explained his daughter, his sister and his father in a statement sent to AFP.
A destiny shattered by AIDS
Born on November 29, 1968 in Paris, daughter of a calculation software developer father and a pianist mother, Anne-Charlotte Pascal, whose real name was, started out in cinema at the age of 16, in the film “Rouge Baiser” (1985 ) by Vera Belmont. The role of Nadia, a young rebellious militant in the Young Communists and seeing her ideal waver after a romantic encounter (Lambert Wilson) in France during the Cold War, had earned her the Silver Bear for Best Actress in Berlin.
She is not 18 when she discovers that she has caught HIV after a relationship with a “gothic prince”, a member of a well-known rock band, she would say. The one for whom a Sophie Marceau destiny was predicted will bounce back on television by playing from 1991 to 2000 in the series “Les Cordier, magistrate et flic” (up to 11.4 million viewers) or in “Tomorrow we belongs” (2017-2019).
Tribute from associations fighting against AIDS
“We learn with emotion of the death of Charlotte Valandrey, who has many times contributed alongside us to fight against HIV and the discrimination suffered by people who live with it”, reacted the support association for AIDS patients, Aides. Charlotte Valandrey has “Been a great and tireless witness to life with HIV and thus helped to advance the fight against stigma”welcomed the Sidaction association.
The actress will beburied in private at Pléneuf-Val André”, a Breton town which had inspired its artist name. A religious ceremony will take place in September in Paris.
Tribute to TF1 and cinema
The TF1 group, broadcaster of the series in which the actress played, expressed its “deep sadness”.
“He is someone who never gave up”, confided Dominique Besnehard, his friend and agent, Wednesday evening on franceinfo. He described an actress for whom he had a “deep admiration”. She had “a real temper”he said.
A lovely actress, very spontaneous, with a lot of character – Josee Dayan
Director Josée Dayan, who turned Charlotte Valandrey in “Le Gang des tractions”, also remembered, on franceinfo, an actress with “lots of character”. “She was a lovely actress, very spontaneous, just the way I like them.” The director confided that at the time, Charlotte Valandrey could not be assured on set, due to rumors of his HIV status. “That’s one of the reasons why I chose it anyway, I thought it was not normal”, revealed Josée Dayan, who spoke of a “injustice” about Charlotte Valandrey’s career.