The actress of Fantômas and Camping had connections in Eure

The actress of Fantômas and Camping had connections in Eure

In February 2022, at the wedding of Jean-François Davy, Mylène Demongeot maintained, despite her illness, confidence and beauty.
In February 2022, at the wedding of Jean-François Davy, Mylène Demongeot maintained, despite her illness, confidence and beauty. © Impartial Archives

Between Poigny-la-Foret (Yvelines) where she lived with the love of her life Marc Simonand her little village Mayenne near Chateau-Gontierwhere she recently lived, it was Champénard, a small village nearby Gaillon (Euro)

the Mylene Demongeot who just left us at the age of 87 in a Paris hospital, cultivated a sincere friendship with the film director Jean-Francois Davy. The funeral of the actress will take place on Saturday at the Père-Lachaise cemetery in Paris.

In 2009, Mylène came there to film “cheater”. The House of Champenard hosted the wedding scene in the film. For the occasion, she played the mother of the bride – she acted Helen of Fougerolles – and found Michel Duchaussoy. She confided in us: “I adore him as much as an actor, but also as a man.” I’m glad to see him again and play with him. Which is reciprocal. »

After the fake, real marriage

This year, in February, fourteen years after this recording, Mylène found Champenard and more precisely the town hall of the village of Eurois. This time it was serious. She witnessed the true union of his friend Jean-François Davy, who married Irina Kostenko, a young Ukrainian, a hotel manager in Senegal.

Another witness, Benoît Poelvoorde, created an atmosphere that caused laughter during the ceremony celebrated by David Pollet, the mayor. At the end of the agreement, guests including Bernard LeCoq, Zinedine Soualem and Patrick Bouchitey joined the home of the bride and groom.

At the table, Mylène Demongeot told me about her health problems. A hypochondriac myself, I listened, worried. During the filming of her last film, “Retirement home” with Kev Adams, the actress experienced a recurrence of peritoneal cancer, which required a break from the film. The team’s concern was great.

2008 in Champenard, Jean-François Davy and Mylène Demongeot in a break between two shoots.
2008 in Champenard, Jean-François Davy and Mylène Demongeot in a break between two shoots. © Impartial Archives

Camping, Fantomas, OSS 117 and 80 movies

Then began a series of difficult medical treatments for Mylène. “The worst thing is that I contracted covid during hospitalization. Total in fact! My interlocutor continued: “When I came out of this ordeal, Jean-François Davy said to me: ‘Come and recover with me, in our hotel in Senegal. It was wonderful and I was so well received that I stayed there for six months. »

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During her stay in Africa, Mylène worked with her host on the script for a film to be called “Un moment d’éternité”, a love story that was to be filmed this year before another relapse of the disease occurs. take away the one who was supposed to be one of the characters in the feature film.

Last February, “Laurette Pic” from “Camping”, full of hope, evoked: “In the middle of March, I hope to return to Senegal, but I promise you, when the new film is released, I will come with Jean – François presents it where whatever you ask me A wish she couldn’t fulfill.

Benoît Poelvoorde and Mylène Demongeot witnessed the wedding of Jean-François Davy and Iryna Kostenko, on Saturday, February 12, 2022, in Champenard (Eure).
Benoît Poelvoorde and Mylène Demongeot witnessed the wedding of Jean-François Davy and Iryna Kostenko, on Saturday, February 12, 2022, in Champenard (Eure). © Impartial Archives

Brigitte Bardot, “My Friend”

Encouraged by “Hélène’s” optimism and confidence in the “Fantômas” films, I ventured to ask her a question: “Bardot-Demangeot: competition, jealousy? She calmly replied, “Not at all.” I love her so much. Brigitte and I are very good friends. I love everything he does for animals. She did not continue her film career because she was not interested in it. Brigitte never wanted to be an actress, which was not my case. She was an incredible character who changed our time. »

At the time of leaving the wedding of Jean-François Davy, who will return especially from Senegal to attend the funeral of an actress with whom he was very close, hugging Mylène who gave me the telephone number of her property in Mayenne, I had no idea that our meeting would be the last one. Which is very sad.

Patrick-Serge Lefebvre

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