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Emotional goodbye to Trintignant

Gallic media world mourns actress in service

PARIS — The French arts world bade an emotional farewell to actress Marie Trintignant, who was laid to rest at Paris’ Pere Lachaise Cemetary Wednesday.

The 41-year-old daughter of actor Jean-Louis Trintignant (“A Man and a Woman”) and helmer Nadine Trintignant died Friday, after five days in a coma following a violent fight with her boyfriend Bertrand Cantet, lead singer of the Gallic rock band Noir Desir.

Cantet is in custody in Lithuania, where the incident happened, awaiting extradition to France where he is expected to face manslaughter charges.

Some 500 showbiz mourners, dressed in light colors at the request of the actress’s family, attended a private memorial service at Paris’ Edward VII Theater.

Those present included thesps Catherine Deneuve, Daniel Auteuil, Jane Birkin, Vincent Perez, helmers Claude Lelouch, Agnes Varda, Elie Chouraqui and Patrice Chereau, culture minister Jean Jacques Aillagon and former prime minister Lionel Jospin.

The memorial in music and song was led by French singer-songwriter Jacques Higelin, a friend of the actress. Writer Jorge Semprun, a family friend, also spoke. A recording of a lullaby sung by Trinignant was one of many poignant moments during the one-and-a-half hour tribute.

In a career that started at the age of four, Trintignant acted in more than 40 movies, including Alain Corneau’s “Serie Noire” (1978), and Claude Chabrol’s “Story of Women” (1988) and “Betty” (1992).

The husky-voiced actress also featured in numerous TV projects and on stage.

After Wednesday’s memorial service, some 1,000 mourners gathered at the Pere Lachaise Cemetary where Trintignant was buried.

Pere Lachaise is the last resting place of famous folk as diverse as Chopin, Jim Morrison and Oscar Wilde. The Gallic author Colette — whom Trintigant was playing in a biopic helmed by her mother that was being shot in Vilnius when the drama happened — is also buried there.