Evelyne Touron, Variety‘s longtime European festival coordinator, died July 9 at the Saint Cloud Clinic near Paris of lung cancer. She was 57.
Touron was born in Lyon and earned a degree in arts at Le Conservatoire des Beaux Arts (the French National Art School).
For more than 20 years, she worked in various capacities for Variety at Mip TV, Mipcom, the Cannes Film Fest and other Euro gatherings. Her duties included hiring and managing the local staff at the Variety stands, dealing with the public by selling subscriptions and answering questions.
Other duties included oversight of housing arrangements and distribution of Cannes Show Dailies.
Touron was a memorable character, with her larger-than-life persona, throaty voice and chatty intensity. She was hard-working and strict, fretting over every detail, and was always proud to be part of “the Variety team,” as she called the staff. She even kept a scrapbook of the various business cards of Variety staffers she encountered, chronicling their promotions and title changes.
She also had been a ski teacher since the early 1970s in the French Alps resort of Courcheval.
She worked for many years as a hostess during the Paris fashion shows, at the French Tennis Open at Roland-Garros Stadium and at Paris’ annual Arc de Triomphe horse race.
She is survived by her mother and her twin brother, Serge, who will scatter her ashes on the slopes of Courcheval.