Tsilla Chelton

Tsilla Chelton

  • Born on
    • June 21st, 1919
  • Died on
    • July 15th, 2012
Tsilla Chelton (21 June 1919 – 15 July 2012) was a French actress of theatre and film, famous for playing the main role in 1990 film Tatie Danielle, in which she was nominated for a Cesar award and as an elderly Dominican in Soeur Sourire. Tsilla Schilton was born in Jerusalem but spent her childhood in Belgium. The daughter of French parents of Jewish heritage, she lost her mother at the age of 6, and followed her father to Antwerp. She moved to Switzerland during World War II before settling in Paris. Married to decorator Jacques Noël, she had 4 children. Attracted by theatre, she started acting in Marcel Marceau's troupe. Her career was mainly in theatre, where she acted in the eleven works of Eugène Ionesco, earning a Molière Award for best comedian in Ionesco's The Chairs. She premiered the plays of Bertold Brecht in France, with Michel Serrault, Michel Piccoli and Laurent Terzieff. On the big screen, she became famous at 71 for her work in the 1990 Étienne Chatiliez film Tatie Danielle, where she played the title role as a hateful and cantankerous old lady. She taught comedy from 1964 onwards and was the teacher of the actors of the Splendid troupe, including Gérard Jugnot, Michel Blanc, and Thierry Lhermitte. Source: Article "Tsilla Chelton" from Wikipedia in english, licensed under CC-BY-SA 3.0.


Acting (13 Credits)

2009Persécution as La vieille dame
2009Sister Smile as La doyenne des Dominicaines
2008Pandora's Box as Nusret
2004The Pleasure Is All Mine as Gaby
2003The Pact of Silence as Mère Joseph
2001The Musketeer as Madame Lacross
1993Thirst for Gold as Mémé Zezette
1990Auntie Danielle as Tatie Danielle
1977Peppermint Soda as The General Supervisor
1974Shanks as Mrs. Barton
1971Ten Days Wonder as Mère Théo
1970Distracted as Madame Cliston
1968Very Happy Alexander as Mrs. Bouillot


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