* Jean-Louis Barrault, the actor-director whose...


January 24, 1994

* Jean-Louis Barrault, the actor-director whose versatility and dramatic gifts delighted international audiences for more than a half-century, died Saturday of undisclosed causes at his home in western Paris. He was 83. A veteran of both classic and contemporary drama, Mr. Barrault was equally at ease with Shakespeare's "Hamlet," Ionesco's "Rhinoceros" or a bold stage adaptation of Rabelais' Renaissance masterpiece "Gargantua and Pantagruel." Mr. Barrault also starred in numerous films, including "The Children of Paradise" in 1944, "The Longest Day" in 1961 and "La Nuit de Varennes" in 1981. He married actress Madeleine Renaud in 1940, and they formed one of France's most prominent stage couples. In 1947 they founded the popular Theatre de Marigny on the Champs Elysees, which for 10 years played to packed audiences full of artists and intellectuals, celebrities and socialites. After a decade at Marigny, the Renaud-Barrault troupe moved into the state-subsidized Odeon theater where they put on works by contemporary French playwrights Henri de Montherlant, Jean Anouilh and Jean Giraudoux, Eugene Ionesco and Samuel Beckett. Since 1981, he and Ms. Renaud ran the Theatre du Rond Point on the Champs Elysees, where they put on plays written by contemporary writers.


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