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Maria Pacôme
Maria Pacôme en 2008 avant une représentation de "la maison du lac" à Bruxelles.jpg
Born18 July 1923
Died1 December 2018(2018-12-01) (aged 95)
Other namesSimonne Maria Pacôme

Maria Pacôme (18 July 1923 – 1 December 2018) was a French actress and playwright.[1]


Born on 18 July 1923 in Paris, Maria Pacôme was the daughter of Maurice Pacôme and Germaine Hivonait.[2] Her father was deported to Buchenwald concentration camp and her brother was shot for being a Communist.[3] When her father came back, Pacôme often found herself defending her mother against her father's violence.[4][5]

Maria began her higher education at Le Cours Simon in 1941, when she was 18.[6] She was classmates with Michèle Morgan, Danièle Delorme, and her future spouse, Maurice Ronet. Pacôme married Ronet in 1950. She would set aside her career until their divorce in 1956.[7]


She began her stage acting career in 1956 with La Reine et les Insurgés, written by Ugo Betti and directed by Michel Vitold. In 1958, she acted in Oscar, written by Claude Magnier [fr]. She acted alongside Pierre Mondy and Jean-Paul Belmondo in the play.[8] Pacôme also appeared in N'écoutez pas, mesdames ! by Sacha Guitry in 1962, Les Grosses Têtes by Jean Poiret and Michel Serrault in 1969, and Joyeuses Pâques by Poiret in 1981.


Pacôme's first appearance on the big screen came in 1959 with Voulez-vous danser avec moi ? (Come Dance with Me), directed by Michel Boisrond. She later took on numerous supporting roles, most notably in The Troops of St. Tropez, Up to His Ears, and Le Distrait. Afterwards, she achieved leading roles in La situation est grave… mais pas désespérée by Jacques Besnard, Les Sous-doués by Claude Zidi, and The Crisis (La Crise) by Coline Serreau.

Author and Playwright

Pacôme wrote seven plays: Apprends-moi Céline, Le Jardin d'Éponine, On m'appelle Émilie, Les Seins de Lola, Et moi et moi, Les Désarrois de Gilda Rumeur, and L'Éloge de ma paresse.[9]

She wrote her memoirs, titled Maria sans Pacôme, in 2007.


Pacôme appeared in several TV movies, most notably starring in Docteur Sylvestre.

In 2006, she played the role of Hortense Bertin in the drama Les Secrets du volcan, directed by Michaëla Watteaux.

In 2011, she was the voice actor for the character "Granny" in the movie Titeuf.[10]


Maria Pacôme died on 1 December 2018 in Ballainvilliers, France following a tumor near the amygdala.[11][12][13][14][15]

Her burial at the Père Lachaise Cemetery on 10 December 2018 was attended by celebrities such as Daniel Auteuil and Bernard Le Coq.[16][17]


Year Title Role Notes
1959 Come Dance with Me Daisy
1960 The Love Game Une cliente
1961 Le Tracassin Madame Gonzalès
1962 Un clair de lune à Maubeuge La journaliste
1964 Constance aux enfers Marie-Cecile
1964 Rien ne va plus La comtesse
1964 Une souris chez les hommes Tante Emma
1964 Que personne ne sorte Pauline - la cuisinière
1964 The Troops of St. Tropez Mme Lareine Leroy
1964 The Gorillas Josépha Dépelouze
1965 Up to His Ears Suzy Ponchabert
1966 Les combinards Lucienne
1966 Tender Scoundrel Germaine
1968 A Strange Kind of Colonel Aurélia
1969 La maison de campagne Véronique
1970 Distracted Glycia Malaquet
1974 Bons baisers... à lundi Myrette
1975 Pas de problème! Madame Michalon
1976 La situation est grave... mais pas désespérée Vicomtesse Sophie de Valrude
1976 Silence... on tourne La mère d'Elisabeth
1977 Le dernier baiser L'inconnue
1980 Les sous-doués Lucie Jumaucourt
1992 La Crise Mme Barelle
1996 Le bel été 1914 Maria
1997 Une femme très très très amoureuse Emma
2003 Mauvais esprit Belle-maman
2011 Titeuf Mémé Voice
2012 Arrête de pleurer Pénélope Lise (final film role)


  1. ^ "Maria Pacôme, mort d'une exubérante". Le Journal du Dimanche (in French). 1 December 2018.
  2. ^ "Maria Pacôme". Ciné (in French). 18 July 1923.
  3. ^ "Maria Pacôme, une comédienne à l'exubérance hors du commun". Le Point (in French). 1 December 2018.
  4. ^ "Maria Pacôme, une comédienne à l'exubérance hors du commun". (in French). 1 December 2018.
  5. ^ Pacôme, Maria (2007). Maria sans Pacôme. Le Cherche Midi.
  6. ^ "La comédienne Maria Pacôme s'est éteinte". LeParisien (in French). 1 December 2018.
  7. ^ "Maurice Ronet, une hésitation devant la vie". Le Journal du Dimanche (in French). 21 October 2013.
  8. ^ "La mort de Maria Pacôme". Le Monde (in French). 3 December 2018.
  9. ^ "Maria Pacôme : " Je mourrai révoltée ! "". LeParisien (in French). 5 November 2003.
  10. ^ ": le film d'animation "Titeuf", réalisé par Zep, avec les voix de Donald Reignoux, Maria Pacôme, ..." Le Républicain Lorrain (in French). 22 July 2011.
  11. ^ "Maria Pacôme : " Je m'échappe au grand air "". LeParisien (in French). 14 May 2000.
  12. ^ "Entre Maria Pacôme et Ballainvilliers, c'est l'amour !". LeParisien (in French). 8 October 2007.
  13. ^ "La comédienne Maria Pacôme est morte à l'âge de 95 ans". (in French). 1 December 2018.
  14. ^ "" Oscar ", " La Crise " : Maria Pacôme, figure du théâtre et du cinéma populaires, est morte". Le Monde (in French). 1 December 2018.
  15. ^ "Maria Pacôme : seuls deux acteurs célèbres se sont rendus aux obsèques de la comédienne". Télé-Loisirs (in French). 12 December 2018.
  16. ^ "Obsèques de Maria Pacôme : Cruelle absence des stars du show-business..." Purepeople (in French). 11 December 2018.
  17. ^ "Obsèques de Maria Pacôme sans stars : quand la comédienne se disait " oubliée " et évoquait sa solitude". Gala (in French). 12 December 2018.
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