She was an omnipresent actress in theater, cinema and television since the 1950s. Marthe Mercadier died at the age of 92 announcing her family. Hospitalized a week ago at the Puteaux palliative care center (Hauts-de-Seine), the actress “died this morning around 5 a.m. She had suffered from Alzheimer’s disease for several years. I accompanied her to the end“revealed her only daughter Véronique Néry.
Born October 23, 1928 in Saint-Ouen in Seine-Saint-Denis, Marthe Mercadier entered the world of entertainment at the age of 5, when she danced alongside the great Joséphine Baker. In the theater, she began as a blower before playing in nearly fifty plays with Bruno Crémer, Michel Galabru or Louis de Funès.
His cinematographic career, made up of around forty films, began in 1950 with “Souvenirs perdus” by Christian-Jaque. She became popular on television at the end of the 1960s in the successful series, “Les Saintes chéries”, alongside Micheline Presle and Daniel Gélin. In 2011, she was part of the cast of the first season of the show “Dance with the stars”, on TF1.
On the private side, Marthe Mercadier had married in 1952 the actor Gérard Néry with whom she will have a daughter, Véronique. The couple will separate 20 years later. Engaged in various actions against stammering or cystic fibrosis, in 1979 she created an association to help the poor in Africa. In recent years, she had spoken several times in the media to talk about Alzheimer’s disease from which she suffered.
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