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I would like to thank Dame Marion for letting me
copy her list with all the names of the cast.
Je vous remercie mille fois
Linda

~~~ The complete list of Catherine ~~~

 
Claudine Ancelot Catherine
Pierre Marie Escourrou Arnaud et Michel
Pascale Petit Sara
Philippe Clay Barnabé
Jacques Duby Frère Etienne
Stéphane Bouy Garin de Brazey
Jean-François Poron Philippe le Bon
Anna-Marie Mayfair Duchesse Isabelle
Dora Doll Comtesse Ermengarde
Marie Daëms Anne de Sillé
Van Doude Jean de Craon
Geneviève Casile Reine Yolande
Niclole Maurey Isabelle de Montsalvy
Benôit Brionne Gilles de Rais
Amidou Abou-al-Khayr
Michel Peyrelon † La Trémoille
Léna Grinda Catherine de la Trémoille
Christian Alers Mathieu Gautherin
Gérard Chambre Xaintrailles
Marthe Mercadier Mathilde Boucher
Henry Guybet Gaucher Legoix
Anne Lefébure Jacquette Legoix
Serge Marquand Caboche
Georges Montillier Evêque Cauchon
Bishop Cauchon Bishop Cauchon
Julie Van Hoolandt Sarraut Agnès Sorel
Isabelle Guiard Jeanne d'Arc
Philippe Murgier Jacques Coeur
Geneviève Thénier Macée Coeur
Jacques Brucher Jacques de Roussay
Pierre Deny Jean de Dunois
Philippe Caroit Pierre de Brézé
Arnold Boiseau Saint-Rémy
James Sparrow Sir Hugh Kennedy
Sylvain Lemarie Abbé Bernard
Jean-Yves Gautier Cadet Bernard
Jean-Luc Buquet Jean Van Eyck
Jean-François Bayonne La Hire
François Brincourt Arthur de Richemont
Stéphane Fey Tristan d'Hermite
Antonin Charles VII
Eric Dufay Le Dauphin
Michel Duplaix Raoul de Gaucourt
Philippe Auriault Landry
Isabelle Duby Isabelle de Séverac
Christian Rauth Fero
Corinne Touzet Princesse Zobeïda
Philippe Nahon Fortunat
Virginie Lacroix Marie Rallard
Marc Samuel Josse Rallard
Virginie Pradal Margot
Jean-Pierre Belissent Calife de Grenade
Rebecca Potok Gauberte Cairou
Anne-Marie Scieller Marie de Comborn
Patrice Aleksandre Robert de Saarebrück
Bernard Ortega Rodrigo Villandrado
Hervé Pauchon Gauthier de Chazey
Hugues Profy Béranger de Roquemaurel
Jacqueline Doyen Mathilde de Roquemaurel
Reginald Huguenin Renaud de Roquemaurel
Bénédicte Sire Azalaïs
Jean-Pierre Vaguer Don Alonso
Jean-Claude Auber le Roi René d'Anjou
Grégory Pergeaux
Rodolphe Duguet
petit Michel (fils)


Sophie Guille de Buttes (Amandine La Verne) Marie Laurence (Duchesse Elisabeth de Luxembourg) Dominique Andrieux (Dame Simone Morel) Régine Blaess (Dame Béatrice) Betty Berr (la Florentine) Jean-Pierre Belissent (le Calife de Grenade) Salah al Hamdani (Mansour) Mohamad Reza Kheradmad (Prince Abdallah) Clément Michu (Cornélis) Martin Trévières (Guillaume-Pierre Legoix) Gérard Camoin (Nicklaus) Alex Descas (Omar) Isaach de Bankole Alain Flick (Le Vizir) ( Ali) Paul Rieger (Merlot) Sylvia Folgeas (Michelle de France) Cécile Lalogan (Gertrude Van de Walle) Sylvie Lebrigant (Marthon) Jean le Mouel (Leblond) Yves Arcanel (Abbé de Saint-Seine) Louis Mérino (L'échevin Lallier) Jean-Marie Bernical (L'huissier) Michel Caccia (le Boîteux)René Lefebvre-Bel (Evêque Hardouin de Bueil) Guylaine Porret (Mme de Gaucourt) Pierre Pirol (Jamet) Catherine Cauvet (Nicole Son)Prégent de Coëtobx Serge Bento (Maître Renaudot) Charlotte Maury (Berthe Legoix) (Jérôme Rebbot) Jean-Claude Sachot (Jean Son) Jean-Marie Retby (Machefer) Marcel Champel (Pochard) Freddy Houragahe (gouverneur de Sablet) Pierre Trapet (Fagot) Serge Feuillard (Roussot) Jacques Dichamp (Saturnin) Irène Hilda (Tzigane) Béatrice Lord (Donatienne) Catherine d'At (Margot) Jacques Rebouillat (Geoffroy Terrage) Cyril Spiga (Jean Sans Peur) Roger Desmare (Perrin) Eliane Gauthier (Perrette) Roland Sarfati (Nicolas Rolin) Lorella di Cicco (Dunicha)  Daniel Tarrare (Jean de Luxembourg) Marie-Noëlle Chevalier (Soeur Léonarde) Thamis Mesbah-Detraz (Morayama) Dane Bellany (Fatima) Bernard Hervé (l'aubergiste de Sully-sur-Loire) Jean-Marie Bernicat (Patrice Zonta (Charpentier) Eric Fanck (Vigneron) Alexandre Sosnowsky (héraut de Philippe le Bon)  Nicolas Cuche (Tomas Torquemeda)Michel Mella (Ménestrel chez Gazin) Didier Benurceau (moine-portier de Sainte-Seine) Jean-Gabriel Gasnot (ménestre de Mehun) Philippe Desboeuf (Bourgmestre Van de Walle) Michel Motu (geôlier anglais) Valentine Sentier-Devos (Tzigane) Gilles Geisseiller (Hans de Cologne) François d'Aubigny (officier anglais) Eduardo Galhos (Don Bablo) Jean Crubeliez (Rabbi Moshe) Georges Petit (chapelin de Mathilde Boucher) Michelle Letellier (Dame Gillette) Hervé Briaud (Gamaches) Christian Sterne (moine-infirmier) Danute Kristo (Dame anglaise) Lillemour Jonsson (suivante anglaise) Stéphane Béraud (Poitou)  Peter Semler (venables) Alain Christie (écorcheur anglais) André Obadia (Miguel) Alain Bauguil (Gerbert Bohat) Salvator Ingoglia (l'aubergiste de Burgos) Alain Berguig (Gervais Malfrat) 



Tribute to Nicole Maurey 1925 - 2016
 

I am very sad to announce that Marion Sarraut has informed me of the passing of Nicole Maurey who played in the Catherine series "Comtesse Isabelle de Montsalvy" Arnaud de Montsalvy's mother.

The beautiful and magnificent Nicole Maurey is what we call an international star. She appeared in numerous films for example with Robert Tayler, Charlton Heston, Bing Crosby ect.

Mme Maurey played also in "Marianne, a star for Napoleon", she had the role of the wife of Talleyrand.
R.I.P dear Nicole Maurey, we the fans of the Catherine series have adored you in the role as Arnaud's mother, whose heart Catherine had won at the end.


info - Hommage à Dora Doll
Tribute to Dora Doll 1922 - 2015
 

We, the Benzoni/Sarraut family, are very sad to announce the passing of Dora Doll. The wonderful actress we remember playing in Marion Sarraut's TV-production (after the novels by Juliette Benzoni ):
Marianne, une étoile pour Napoléon (Fanchon, Fleur de Lys)
Catherine, il suffit d'un amour (La Comtesse Ermengarde de Châteauvillain) Le Gerfaut (Rozenne)
Dora Doll's had been an actress who appeared in the international cinema, on stage and on television. We shall remember her warmly and send our deepest sympathy to her daughter.






Co-production Antenne 2 - SFP
Director Marion Sarraut
Adaption by Juliette Benzoni & Jean Chatenet
Music by Robert Viger

 

texte Linda, webmaster
In 1986 March 19, the French television audience saw the premiere of the most anticipated TV-serie, that of the beloved "Catherine". The saga of a courageous and beautiful young woman in medieval times - during the end of the hundred year wars between France and England - where Burgundy was reigned by the enigmatic personality "Duke Philippe of Burgundy - a prince of France. Directed by the ingenious director Marion Sarraut (decorated with the Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur and Chevalier des Arts des letters).

After the bestseller "Il suffit d'un amour" (One love is enough) by the historical author Juliette Benzoni, winner of the Alexandre Dumas prix and Chevalier de l'ordre national du Mérite.  Dame Marion Sarraut had already successfully directed a year before, another of Juliette Benzoni's book serie  that of "Marianne". On board was Jean Chatenet and the author Juliette Benzoni and it was said that the two women had an understanding between themselves, like mother and daughter.
The filming went two years of preparation ahead. Under the competent direction of Marion Sarraut - fifteen months of shooting - two hundred actors - over fifteen hundred costumes - were used for this exceptionally exciting production. Though the shooting was long - there was a very open, relaxed and familiar atmosphere. As we can read in the interviews, given to us by Claudine Ancelot (Catherine de Montsalvy), Gérard Chambre (Jean de Xaintrailles), Pierre DENY (Count of Dunoit) and Pierre-Marie Escourrou (Arnaud de Montsalvy) exclusively sent to our Catherine de Montsalvy fansite.

Many actors, some of them also known to an international public - had signed to join the cast. Beautiful Nicole Maurey as Arnaud's mother Isabelle de Montsalvy, had been in moviers with film legendaries like Bing Crosby, Charlton Heston, Sir Alec Quiness and many other. Philippe Clay, a most beloved French actor, who had played with stars like Jean Gabin, brought to life Barnaby the beggar. The lovely Pascale Petit also known to a wide audience - was our heroine's best friend Sara. The acclaimed stage actress, amazing Geneviéve Casile as Queen Yolande d'Anjou. Dashing Jean-François Poron, who had already played in "Marianne" was the formidable Duke Philippe of Burgundy - he who had long experience in playing historical characters - e.g. Philippe, Louis XIV twin brother in The Iron Mask - which starred also the great Jean Marais as the most beloved D'Artagnan. Outstanding in his role as the villain Gilles de Rais - Benôit Brionne - who had already performed extremely well in Marion Sarraut's Marianne as Napoleon Bonaparte.

So what could go wrong with a production like that? Nothing whatsoever! Though the sixty - twenty-five minutes long episode's, could not be seen in the prime time on

However, the serie was nonetheless a huge success! The readers of the Catherine books, and the occasional television spectators - were more than satisfied by the outcome of their beloved story of Catherine and Arnaud. To their great pleasure, the producers had adapted the seven books more or less faithfully. Not like it had happened in 1968 when Bernard Broderie had brought to film audience the movie adaption of "Catherine Il suffit d'un amour" for the first time. Some minor changes had to made all the same, due to the small budget they had to their disposal. A fact which cannot be entirely avoided -  as we all know from other famous film adaptions.

Claudine Ancelot, in her first television appearance, was the perfect Catherine. At her side, handsome Pierre-Marie Escourrou as the only man she ever loved Arnaud de Montsalvy. With their splendid and outstanding performance, the "loveliest Lady of the West and her proud and valiant Knight were brought to life. Without doubt, we can compare their portrayal on the same level as; Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara and Clark Gable as Rhett Butler in Gone with the Wind

For over two decades the legendary story of Catherine had vanished from television. To all our delight, the French company France Loisirs launched the long awaited "Catherine Il suffit d'un amour " tv-serie on DVD December 2007. They exist of five boxes - each box contains two disks. However, great the joy may be - there is a small fly in the ointment! We cannot find any special's - like interviews with Juliette Benzoni, Marion Sarraut or any of the adored stars. In addition and that is maybe especially for non speaking French fans a huge disappointment - NO subtitles! Either in French or English. We do not want to criticise France Loisirs in any way, too grateful we are to them, having so much consideration for the admitted admirer's of

 




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