Tonie Marshall Bio – Wiki
Tonie Marshall was a French American actress, screenwriter, and film director. She was born on 29 November 1951 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, France. Marshall died on 12 March 2020 at the age of 68.
She is the daughter of American actor William Marshall and French actress Micheline Presle, the half-sister of actor Mike Marshall, and the aunt of the model and actress Sarah Marshall.
After acting in several of Jacques Demy’s films, including A Slightly Pregnant Man and La Naissance du Jour, Marshall cites to have taken influence from his direction in the sense of creating whimsical atmospheres and rooting the stories with more of a female-centric narrative.
In her most notable film, Venus Beauty Institute, Marshall touched on the theme of finding love from a female perspective, and how it can fundamentally be more difficult because of how it strays from the traditional dynamic of courtship. She explains how “in a practical sense, it’s complicated to have abandon [oneself] into a man’s arms and, at the same time, stay very tough because you have to work…”.
This carefully expresses the vulnerabilities women endure when heavily committing to relationships, similar to much of Demy’s work, including The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and The Young Girls of Rochefort.
In 1994, her film Pas très Catholique entered into the 44th Berlin International Film Festival.
Her 1999 film Venus Beauty Institute (Vénus beauté (Institut)) won the 2000 César Award for Best Film and she won the César Award for Best Director and for Best Writing – Original or Adaptation.
In 2002 her film Au plus près du Paradis was nominated for the Golden Lion Award as best film at the Venice Film Festival.
Marshall is a signatory of the “Free Roman Polanski” Petition.
French-American filmmaker and actress Tonie Marshall, the only female director to win a French Cesar award, has died
French-American filmmaker and actress Tonie Marshall, the only female director to ever win a Cesar award — France’s equivalent of the Oscars — has died. She was 68.
France’s Equalities Ministry Thursday confirmed the death “with sadness.”
Marshall won the top directing prize at the Cesars in 2000 for her movie “Venus Beauty Institute,” a romantic comedy starring Nathalie Baye and Audrey Tautou that recounts the quest for fulfillment of three female employees in a Parisian beauty parlor. After that, she became a prominent figure in the fight against sexism in the French film industry.