When I had the idea to create the CDM AWARD it
never crossed one moment my mind, that one day I would
have the chance to give exactly this AWARD to the beautiful woman who had
incarnated our Catherine de Montsalvy. I am talking
about none other than
Claudine Ancelot, whom I had the
exceptional honor to meet the very first time on 6
January 2011 together with my dear friend
From the moment we met Claudine, an invisble bond was
woven between us and we are very happy that we became
dear friends with Claudine/Catherine. I invite those of
you to read my
from that meeting. How
Claudine had already hidden in her rucksack that
treasure of photos, which she trustingly
gave to us on that afternoon, almost to the day a year
ago! I shall never forget her words: "Here they are,
it is all I have" and I trust it to you! "
Marvellous and splendid photos from the shooting of
Catherine given to us by our adorable Claudine.
There is also
Claudine's beautiful letter
to us! Her message to
fans which still adore her like so many
years ago. Something which touches her deeply.
When we met again in May, her beautiful smile when she told us she
had something for us for our future meeting! As we know
it was the large
of her as Catherine. It is the
scene where the famous
painter Jean Van Eyck is just finishing her
portrait for Duke Philippe of Burgundy.
given this time also photos from her splendid
theater career. Absolutely never
seen photos online or everywhere! I like again to say my
truly heartfelt thank you to Claudine for such a wonderful treasure.
Her Catherine portrait is for the moment hanging on the
wall in my little office in Switzerland. It reminds me
every day of a beautiful dream come true...