Pierre Barillet

Pierre Barillet

  • Born on
    • August 24th, 1923
  • Died on
    • January 8th, 2019
Pierre Barillet (24 August 1923 – 8 January 2019) was a French playwright. Barillet was born in Paris, France. Passionate about theatre since childhood, he wrote his first play, Les Héritiers, in 1945 after being a law student. It was followed by Les Amants de Noël, performed at the Théâtre de Poche. He also worked as a radio broadcaster, reading novels and plays with Agnès Capri. He first experienced success in 1951 with Le Don d'Adèle, which he wrote along with Jean-Pierre Gredy. The play was performed over a thousand times. Over the next several decades, Barillet would develop what he was most famous for, Boulevard theatre. Certain of his plays were adapted to Broadway, including Fleur de cactus (Cactus Flower, written by Abe Burrows) and Quarante carats (Forty Carats). In the 1980s, Barillet appeared in television shows, including Malesherbes, avocat du roi, and Condorcet. In the 1990s, he wrote biographies, such as Les Seigneurs du rire, about Robert de Flers, Gaston Arman de Caillavet, and Francis de Croisset. Quatre années sans relâche was about theatrical life in France during their German occupation in World War II. À la ville comme à la scène was an autobiography about the years he spent writing and performing in plays. Barillet was an officer of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and a Knight of the Legion of Honor. Barillet was married to comedian Roland Oberlin. Source: Article "Pierre Barillet" from Wikipedia in english, licensed under CC-BY-SA 3.0.


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