mercredi 19 avril 2017

In Memoriam







C'est avec beaucoup de tristesse que je vous annonce le décès de Yvonne Monlaur.
Elle nous a quittés le mardi 18 avril.

Selon ses volontés et celles de son fils Alexis,
ce blog restera en ligne afin de célébrer sa mémoire.

Pour de nombreux cinéphiles, elle sera à jamais cette éblouissante incarnation du charme féminin des années soixante.
Elle aura traversé le cinéma Italien et Fantastique avec une grâce qui, aujourd'hui encore, enchante tous ceux qui découvrent ses films.

A travers le blog, les conventions internationales et les hommages, elle avait retrouvé son public et vu de nouvelles générations de fans venir à sa rencontre et l'applaudir.

Yvonne aimait passionnément la vie et les autres.
Et c'est tout naturellement que notre relation de travail durant la rédaction de ce blog s'est muée en une profonde et sincère amitié.
Je mesure aujourd'hui à quel point il en est aussi le plus beau témoignage.

Son ami,
Jean-Luc Gagé



It is with great sadness that I have to announce the passing of Yvonne Monlaur. She left us yesterday, Tuesday, April 18.

According to her wishes and those of her son Alexis, this blog will remain online to celebrate her memory.

For many film fans, she will be forever the dazzling incarnation of the feminine charm of the sixties.
She will have blessed the Italian and fantastic cinema with a grace that, still today, delights all those who discover her films.

Through the blog, international conventions and tributes, she found her audience again and saw new generations of fans come to meet her and applaud her.

Yvonne passionately loved life and others. And it is only natural that our working relationship during the writing of this blog has changed into a deep and sincere friendship.
Today, I can see how it is also its unique testimony.

Her friend,
Jean-Luc Gagé




" Très triste d'apprendre la disparition d'Yvonne Monlaur, l'inoubliable Marianne Danielle des " Maîtresses de Dracula" de Terence Fisher, mais aussi Nicole dans " Le Cirque des horreurs", Lee dans "L'empreinte du Dragon Rouge", ou Nora Rivière dans le sulfureux " Concerto de la peur" de Benazeraf.

Pour lui rendre hommage, un extrait d'une vidéo filmée récemment lors d'une interview qu'elle m'avait accordée. 
A la fin de l'entretien, elle avait joué le jeu d'une lecture du célèbre numéro 1 de Midi-Minuit fantastique, où bien sûr, il était question de Dracula et du baron Meinster...
RIP dear Yvonne." Nicolas Stanzick - Midi Minuit Fantastique





  ( Vidéo réalisée par / directed by Erwan Le Gac )



"Very sad to hear of the passing of Yvonne Monlaur,
the unforgettable Marianne Danielle from Terence Fisher's " Brides of Dracula", but also Nicole in " Circus of Horrors", Lee in " The Terror of the Tongs", or Nora Rivière in Benazeraf's sulfurous " Night of Lust".

To pay tribute to her, here is an excerpt from a video 
recently filmed during an interview she had given me.
At the end of the interview, she had accepted to read from the famous number 1 issue of Midi-Minuit Fantastique, which of course was about Dracula and baron Meinster...
RIP dear Yvonne." Nicolas Stanzick - Midi Minuit Fantastique


Une bien triste nouvelle.
J'ai toujours en mémoire ma visite à Yvonne Monlaur, 
la qualité de son accueil et la précision de ses passionnants souvenirs ( notamment la scène des cadenas 
des  "Maîtresses de Dracula" ): témoignage irremplaçable
du glorieux temps de la Hammer films et témoignage radio  en or."

Very sad news. 
I always remember my visit to Yvonne Monlaur, the quality of her welcolme and the precisions of her exciting memories 
( notably the scene of the locks in " Brides of Dracula" ): an irremplaceable testimony of the glorious times of Hammer films and a gold stuff for radio.
François Angelier - Mauvais Genres / France Culture

I met Yvonne when shooting " Brides of Dracula". We were both very young ( I was 28 and Yvonne just 20 ).  
Yvonne was so beautiful, professional and sweet with every one. We met again, many years later, at Hammer films convention  at Bray studios,  where the film was shot. 
She looked great, pretty as ever, and had not changed that much. She will be very missed by a lot of people, and I hope many will pay homage to her. She deserved it so.
Andrée Melly - Gina in "Brides of Dracula"

" Yvonne was a terrific actress and a wonderful lady. I was privileged to first know her when Simon Greetham and I organized the Bray Days with many Hammer alumnis and she was just a joy to be with. she later gracefully granted me an interview in her home near Paris.
She will be sadly missed. She is forever associated with so many good memories of times gone by."
Don Fearney - Hammer Bray Days conventions UK

" I was absolutely devasted to hear of the passing of Yvonne. So upset actually.
She was the most charming, beautiful and funny woman. 
An amazing and very dignified lady.
I shall miss her enormously. We had so much fun together at film conventions.
I send all my love and prayers to her family and her son Alexis, whom she positively adored. "
Caroline Munro

" Yvonne was such a sweet lady and I love the time we had together.
We last met at the festival of fantastic films at Manchester and she bought me a scarf for my birthday.
I am so saddened by this terrible news. My condolenses and love to her family.
Wayne Kinsey - Writer UK





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