French movie star Madeleine Robinson dead at 88

3rd August 2004, Comments 0 comments

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Aug 2 (AFP) - French actress Madeleine Robinson, whose screen career spanned almost 60 years, has died at the age of 88, Swiss radio said Monday.

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Aug 2 (AFP) - French actress Madeleine Robinson, whose screen career spanned almost 60 years, has died at the age of 88, Swiss radio said Monday.

Since 1977 Robinson, who died Sunday, had lived in the Vaud canton of southwest Switzerland.

She was the daughter of a Czechoslovak pastry cook father and a French tram ticket collector mother. At 14 Robinson, whose real name was Svoboda, began work in a factory, and then became an errand-girl before working as a maid for a painter.

She failed to win entry to a drama school and worked as an extra, later signing up for acting courses.

Her breakthrough came in the 1936 melodrama "Mioche and in the following 48 years she made 79 films as well as appearing on the stage. She was especially busy in the 1940s and 1950s.

She said she chose the name of Robinson after the novel "Robinson Crusoe" because it denoted liberty, like her name in Czech which means freedom.

She was married and divorced twice, had two children and lived out her days with for company a poodle, whom she named Vendredi (Friday).

© AFP

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