Marion Sarraut - director - stage director - actress -
born : August 13, at Saigon in Indochina
Granddaughter of Albert Sarraut, President of the Council and Minister of the Third Republic
Mother of beautiful actress Julie Odekerken Sarraut.

Marion Sarraut started her career very early in her life. She was first actress and filmed with important directors. One of her roles was in A Woman is a Woman by Jean-Luc Godard. In 1970 she began very successfully as TV-director - amongst others there was "Numéro 1" a variety show with celebrated stars - along shows for children. At the beginning of the Eighties, she started with the realization of bringing to life series and well known bestsellers for television. Her success was enormous - and gave the viewers many unforgettable pleasurable, happy hours on TV. For which we are unutterable thankful. Is she not the phenomenal director who bestowed us "Catherine Il suffit d'un amour" Marianne, Le Gerfaut and La Florentine - written by the celebrated Juliette Benzoni, the Queen of history books!

Marion Sarraut is the director and CEO of the « Fondation Casques Rouges »
Honors:  Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur (highest French honorary decoration)
Chevalier des Art des letters ( Order of Arts and letters - awarded by the Minister of Culture

Extract of an article to be found in « Revue de Presse » of  Brigitte Sarraut March 1986

The director of this series is not one of those TV specialists of self-satisfaction who seek publicity at all costs. Her career, on the other hand, is eloquent. Marion Sarraut is one of the two granddaughters of French President Albert Sarraut (her sister is Brigitte Sarraut, press Agent at Antenne 2) Marion followed three years of comedy classes on rue Blanche. At the same time, she is a documentalist in the "Cahiers du cinéma". Assistant and script since 1970, she tackles the realization three years later.

Her record is rich and varied. One hundred and fifty variety shows for the Carpentiers, Jacques Chancel (notably Joan Baez, Marie Laforêt).
Admirer of Nina Companeez and Agnes Varda. Henry Spade entrusts her with a few series in "Amours" at 1:30 pm, which revealed so many young actors. First, "Marianne, a star for Napoleon", where she launches Corinne Touzet in a leading role, and now "Catherine"...

photo avec Jean Chatenet, Juliette, le grand Chambellan Jacques Chevignard, Michèle Cota, henry Spade et Marion Sarraut

The day our favourite Series won a rare and beautiful prize.
Le prix du Tastevin

La Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin

from left to right :
Jean Chatenet (adaption of Catherine with Juliette) Juliette Benzoni (author of Catherine) Le Grand Chambellan, Jacques Chevignard) Michèle Cotta (présidente de la Haute Autorité de la Communication Audiovisuelle) Henri Spade (producer of Catherine) Marion Sarraut (director of the Catherine Series)

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image - Revue de Presse  Catherine - de Brigitte Sarraut
Revue de PRESSE by Brigitte Sarraut
copyright Marion SARRAUT

May 2016
Did you also want to enter the cave of Ali Baba at times ? YES ? You have also adored the book series Catherine, One Love is Enough and likewise the TV-Series directed by Dame Marion Sarraut in 1986 ? Then you will understand my immense joy to inform you that Marion Sarraut has invited me to her home to take back home all of her material of the shooting of CATHERINE ! When I say ALL I mean ALL of her souvenirs concerning Juliette's book series Marianne, Catherine, The Lure of the Falcon and the Florentine. Hundreds of photos and articles never seen for so many years.

Brigitte Sarraut, sister of Marion had created during 1985 - 1986 a REVUE de PRESSE, that is a Dossier size A4 with all articles which had been published all over France. This rare document of the shooting in 1985 has been done with all the admiration Brigitte Sarraut felt towards Marion, Juliette Benzoni and the over 150 stars. I have the honor to scan whatever I like and I promise you, I shall share as much as possible from these believe it or not 186 pages ! You will be able to see photos either on Facebook Catherine, il suffit d'un amour or on my page called TOURNAGE Catherine, on which I am working in the next few weeks.

I would like to address again my heartfelt and sincerest thank you to my très chère friend Dame Marion. Marion, who had right from the beginning of launching  this the website  (2008) a loving heart towards me/us the Sarraut/Benzoni fanbase.
 Linda, webmaster and moderator of the Facebook page Catherine, il suffit d'un amour.

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Marion Sarraut's work is immense - this is only an extract of her outstanding achievement. To do justice to that, here is the link to IMBD & WIKIPEDIA where we find a summary of her stupendous career.


directed by :

Call from London
2014 & 2015
The Game of truth
2012 + 2013
Réactions en chaine

2011 -2012


image- affiche de Le Jeu de la Vérité - mise en scène de Marion Sarraut

link to

au Théâtre - Réactions en chaine

au Théâtre - SOIF avec Corinne Touzet

Le Tombeur   Les Maudits   Prédateur(S)

Drinking smoking and driving fast

au Théâtre - Le Tombeur

au Théâtre - Les Maudits

au Théâtre -Prédateurs

au Théâtre - Boire - fumer et conduire vite

Séries Tv et Téléfilm

film by
 Marion Sarraut
Le premier été

 film by
 Marion Sarraut
Le Pacte Sacré
by Marion Sarraut
Music of
Renaud Garcia -Fons
Marion Sarraut
during the shooting of Le Pacte Sacré in

2002  + 2004
Père et Maire
Episode 2 + 7
Marion Sarraut

Christian Rauth
La Comtesse de Charny
Anne Jacquemin
 Julie Lescaut 
Véonique Genest
   Une Femme d'Honneur
1996 - 2003
Corinne Touzet
 Belle Grand-Mère
Macha Méril

DVD La Comtesse de Charny


1983 *
Corinne Touzet
1986 *
Claudine Ancelot
Le Gerfaut
1987 *
Laurent Le Doyen
1991 *
Anne Jacquemin

DVD Marianne

DVD Catherine

DVD le Gerfaut

DVD La Florentine


* TV-Series: from the books by Juliette Benzoni *
director Marion Sarraut

link to Marion Sarraut's directors cut  concerning : Catherine, il suffit d'un amour

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The touching words of Marion Sarraut about the passing away of Juliette Benzoni

February 8,
Dear friends, (on Facebook)
for those who knew and loved our exquisite Juliette Benzoni, who left us yesterday, her funeral will be held Friday, 12, at 10 am at the church Notre Dame de Saint-Mandé at Saint-Mandé.
Peace to your beautiful and enthusiastic soul my sweet and passionate Juliette. May he keep you warm where you're going. I embrace you tenderly. Marion

(book of Condoléances)
After a first day of meeting I fell in love with this wonderful woman who taught me everything about the Middle Ages, my favorite epoch We laughed a lot, talked brilliantly, we were tremendously enthusiastic, and loved us dearly.
Au revoir and until soon my lady Juliette.

Dame Marion her very close friend in those unforgettable days of filming the bestseller of Juliette, Catherine Jurquet, producer of the series, Claudine Ancelot, our Catherine de Montsalvy and Gerard Chambre, were present at the funeral to say a final goodbye to this extraordinary woman.



December 8, 2015
I dedicate number 9 of the Advent calendar 2015 to my dear friend Dame Marion
Linda, webmaster

August 13, 2015
some of my HAPPY BIRTHAY cards for my dear friend Dame Marion

June 23, 2015
Le premier été
The first summer
adapted after the book by Anne Percin

crédit © France 3

film by Marion SARRAUT

with :
Romane Bohringer Marianne Basler
Hélène Vincent Jean-François Stévenin
Nina Mazodier Noémie Schmidt

Two sisters meet again one late summer, in order to empty the house of their grandparents who had passed away.

For a long time Catherine (played by Romane Bohringer), the youngest, stayed away from this village... Her older sister, Angelique (played by Marianne Basler), started a family, but not her; and she is a lonely woman.

As a teenager, she already spent hours with her books. But, what she had experienced here in the summer when she had turned 15 years old, there are no words...


Paris, May 2014
Dear friends of the Catherine series.
I like to share with you this unique and precious photo today! A photo I have been sent by none other than my dear friend Claudine Ancelot (Catherine de Montsalvy). We see on this photo united after over 20 yearsClaudine Ancelot (Catherine de Montsalvy), Gérard Chambre (Chevalier Jean de Xaintrailles), Anne Lefébure (Jacquette Legoix, Catherine's Mother) Catherine Jurquet (producer of the TV-Series Marianne, Catherine and Le Gerfaut) and
Dame MARION, the outstanding woman who was able to direct these series to all our liking! I like to say thank you so much to all of them for posing a moment to all our delight. Je vous embrasse all of you and a special kiss to Claudine for the photo...

« au l'Entrepôt »
Lecture Petites Musiques de Proust
with Gérard Chambre and Fabrice Coccitto
Linda, webmaster

December 11,
a little surprise in the Advent Calendar of 2013. Our Dame Marion and in the background a photo during the shooting of Catherine, il suffit d'amour.

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September 22 2012
Winner of the CDM Trophy
Dearest Dame Marion I know this Award is only a  symbolic gesture from my site - but it comes from the heart - it is my way to say thank you for your generosity and your sweetness towards the Catherine de Montsalvy website  and the fanbase of Juliette Benzonis world.
Mistral (Linda, webmaster)

Marion Sarraut - winner of the 2012 CDM Award 2012


...beautiful and unforgettable moments

logo of Rencontre with Marion Sarraut - in Paris

Rencontre in Paris !!
with :  Marion Sarraut and Corinne Touzet


creation by Frédérique - Marianne - Corinne Touzet

authentic document by Marion Sarraut, uploaded with her kind authorization and Gérard Chambre  in whose possession the rare document is! Thank you very much dear Madame Marion and Gérard Chambre for your kind and generous contribution to the official Catherine de Montsalvy website.


December 2, 2008
My sister and I, would like to thank Dame Marion again for her gentleness and kindness, to answer our mails and even go so far as sign our Guest book. It is a great honour for us and also for our visitors - that a well known personality like her - granted us this precious moment. We wish Marion Sarraut all the best for the future and that she may go on directing for a long time.
Thank you very much dearest Dame Marion

photo with Marion Sarraut - guest book entry


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