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Marie-France Pisier Found Dead in Swimming Pool on Sunday

Acclaimed French actress Marie-France Pisier was found dead in a swimming pool on Sunday, April 24, 2011. The sixty six year old star of 1978's The Other Side Of Midnight was discovered at the Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer villa she shared with her husband, Thierry funk Bretano during the early hours of Sunday. Foul play is not suspected in terms of the cause of Pisier's death though officials from Toulon have begun an investigation into the precise cause.

Pisier was a fast rising star who began her career during 1961 upon being chosen by director Francois Truffaut for the film Antoine and Colette. Pisier was quickly recognized as a distinguished actress of the New Wave era and went on to various other films. Most notably, Pisier's work with Luis Bunuel and Andre Techine, as well as her roles in 1976's Cousin, Cousine, 1977's Barocco, and 1982's L'as des as earned her many prestigious Cesar awards.

Pisier was praised by many, including French President Nicolas Sarkozy, as "a supreme elegance born from the most perfect simplicity" for her skills as an actress. Pisier was scheduled to make an appearance at in May of this year at the Cannes Film Festival to honor Jean-Paul Belmondo, her co-star in L'as des as.

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