The year has barely started … but the bad news follows. The French cultural landscape is gradually fading away. On Monday, December 18, 2021, two monumental figures bowed out. Jean-Pierre Bacri but also Catherine Rich, we learn a few hours later. She was 88 years old. It is Delphine, the actress’ daughter, who modestly announced it on her Facebook account, sharing a photo of her by the sea in black and white. “Mom, the sweet and tender Catherine, flew to the land of angels yesterday… “, she explained. All our condolences to the family.
No respite from the sorrows
Delphine is now an orphan. She is one of the two daughters – with her sister, the painter Nathalie – of Catherine and Claude Rich, who died on July 20, 2017. Manuel Gélin, Daniel Gélin’s son, also seemed to be part of the family. On Instagram, he expressed all his sadness, he who had spent a large part of his childhood on the Ile de Ré, with Catherine Rich. “No respite from the sorrows that pile up, he regrets. Cathy and my mother were friends. Me and Fiona, on the beach at La Conche, we played with Delphine and Nathalie, swimming and sandcastles, while they chatted like crazy. At the start of my humble career, back in Paris, I sometimes called her to advise me, as Claude had done for the very first time when I confessed to her that I wanted to follow in my father’s footsteps.
Those who have had the good fortune to meet her describe Catherine Rich as an exceptional woman and a wonderful actress. Its status as “woman of“had largely passed to the background. Married to Claude Rich since June 26, 1959, she was relatively discreet on television, her last role dating from 1993. And for good reason. She who had turned for Jean-Pierre Mocky in her youth was a real pillar of the theater. Her performances had earned her numerous nominations at the Molières. In 2016, she played her last character in The impresario of Smyrna, by Carlo Goldoni. Here she is, away from the boards, to join the love of her life …