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
started her career very early in her life.
She was first actress and filmed with
important directors. One of her roles was in
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
enormously 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
the Queen of History Books ?
Extract of an article to be found in « Revue de Presse »
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
At the same time, she is a documentalist in
the "Cahiers du cinéma".
Assistant and script since 1970, she tackles the realization three years
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"...
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.
Administratrice de la Fondation Ostad Elahi, éthique
et solidarité humaine.
Membre du Conseil d'Administration de la SACEM
Juliette Benzoni had dedicated the first of her
three books of the Series
Les Loups de Lauzargues Jean de la Nuit
to her dear friend Marion Sarraut.
« A Marion Sarraut
avec beaucoup d'amitié » ( To Marion Sarraut with
a lot of friendship )
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2018 13 August - Birthday wishes
for dear Lady Marion
To one of the most inspirational women I know. When you look back and
wonder where all the time has gone,
remember that you helped shape history and
you can be proud.
Wishing a happy birthday to dearest Dame
Marion who defines what it means to age with
grace and beauty. May you enjoy this
wonderful milestone with the ones who love
you so dearly.
webmaster and one of your
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 before.
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.
I would like to address again my heartfelt
and sincerest thank you to my très chère
amie 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.
and moderator of the Facebook pages
Catherine, il suffit d'un amour fr/en.
2008 - December 8
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
Sarraut's work is immense - this is only an
extract of her outstanding achievement. To
do justice to her, the link to
where we find a summary of her stupendous
The touching words of Marion Sarraut about the
passing away of Juliette Benzoni
February 8, 2016
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
a first day of
in love with this
wonderful woman who
taught me everything
Middle Ages, my
and until soon my lady Juliette.
Attending the funeral...
her very close friend
producer of the series,
Catherine de Montsalvy
present at the funeral
to say a final
2016 - my Happy Birthday wishes
for dear Lady Marion
2015 - Souvenir a creation done by my sister Eyelyne
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 years Claudine Ancelot
(Catherine de Montsalvy),
(Chevalier Jean de Xaintrailles),
Legoix, Catherine's Mother)
of the TV-Series Marianne,
Catherine and Le Gerfaut) and
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
Je vous embrasse all of
special kiss to Claudine for the
2013 - a little surprise in this years
Advent Calendar. Marion and the shooting of Catherine.
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.
2011 - Rendez-vous in Paris
moments with Marion Sarraut, Corinne Touzet
- The day our
won a rare and beautiful prize.
Le prix du Tastevin
La Confrérie des
Chevaliers du Tastevin
left to right :
Jean Chatenet (adaption of Catherine with Juliette) Juliette Benzoni (author
of Catherine) Le Grand Chambellan, Jacques
Michèle Cotta (présidente de la Haute
Autorité de la Communication Audiovisuelle) Henri
Spade (producer of Catherine) Marion
Sarraut (director of the Catherine Series)
1985 - a dazzling souvenir « when Marianne
meets Catherine »
On this photo we see
Dame Marion Sarraut (director) Juliette Benzoni (Romancière)
Corinne Touzet (Marianne d'Asselnat and Claudine Ancelot (Catherine)
The photo was shared with us by Claudine Ancelot
- Press Agency
Souvenir of Juliette Benzoni from her private Album
a Star for Napoleon
of the technical crew of Marianne, shared with us by
1983 - Revue de Presse by Brigitte Sarraut
great joy I like to share with all of you the articles
by Marion Sarraut and
Juliette Benzoni in 1983 for presenting
Press! In their own words, we
learn how everything started on the project
for television - how they elected the beautiful
the other fantastic stars of that unforgettable
the express authorization of Marion Sarraut to upload these long forgotten documents
By my very first visit to
she re-told the story of how
devastated she had been, when her first bestseller
had been made into a movie in 1968. "I cried like a
fountain for over two hours, were her words to us !"
imagine how reluctant
have been at first, when she heard that in 1982 Antenne
2 decided that the time was ripe, to bring Juliette
Benzoni's books on television!
articles tell us, that
Juliette Benzoni had a great understanding between
themselves, right from the beginning. While we cannot
always believe what is written in newspapers I can now
confirm that it was more than the truth!!
I would like to thank
played one of the leading roles in Marianne
material, is in his possesion
and he kindly gave me his permission to copy it for us. Merci beaucoup cher Gérard...
thank you so much for your generosity
the fan base of the Benzoni - Sarraut family -
♥ ♥ ♥
1970 - 1980
& Marion Sarraut
Marion Sarraut (Director of the show) with Johnny
Halliday, Serge Gainsbourg and Gérard Dépardieu.
Marion and DALIDA before the beginning of the show.
Marion Sarraut with French singer France Gall
during one of the shows Marion directed.
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