Marthe Mercadier, one of the big stars of the theater on the boulevard de l’A post-war, died at the age of 92. It was his only daughter, Véronique Néry, who announced the news to AFP on Wednesday. “My mom passed away this morning around 5 am. She had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for several years. I accompanied her to the end,” she said. The actress had been fighting Alzheimer’s disease for 10 years and lived with her daughter. “We had a lot of worries. There was talk at one point of placing it. I fought precisely not to place it […] I decided to keep her with me, with us. I was appointed curator“, confided the latter at the microphone of Europe 1, in 2015.
Partner of Michel Galabru or Claude Gensac, Marthe Mercadier made her theater debut just after the Second World War. If she then focused on the boards, she gained national fame when she became a television star playing in the series Les Saintes Chéries, alongside Daniel Gélin. It is moreover with the latter that Marthe Mercadier discovered a certain Louis de Funès. While going out in the evening with the actor in a Parisian club, she notices the one she designates as a “little pianist curled up“at the microphone of France Info.”He played, he was sublime, he made gestures“, she says.
Marthe Mercadier was the companion of a great sportsman
In 1952, Marthe Mercadier married the actor Gérard Néry. Their union then made the headlines of the time! In 1961, they gave birth to a little Véronique, but they separated after a long history of twenty years.
For a year, the actress also lives an intense love affair with Juan Manuel Fangio, crowned five times world champion of Formula1. The actress says she is fascinated by the pilot. “I have never laughed so much, he was very sincere. And he was traveling at 90 km / h on the highway! He didn’t want to speed up. He said the other drivers were crazy“, she declared at the microphone of France Info.
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