Death of actress Rita Lafontaine to 76 years

rita-lafontaineThe prolific actress Rita Lafontaine Quebec has died Monday night at the age of 76.

She had been admitted to a Montreal hospital late last week and would have succumbed to complications from his intestinal condition.

Ms. Lafontaine, who was born in Trois-Rivieres on 8 June 1939, has shown for decades in the theater.

Accomplice Michel Tremblay

Great accomplice giants of Quebec theater Michel Tremblay and André Brassard, she had played in the first cast of the play “Les Belles-Soeurs” presented in 1968.

She subsequently continued her impersonations of popular characters in “To you forever, your Mary Lou,” “Damned Manon, sacred Sandra”, “Albertine in Five Times” and “Again, if you ‘ , among others.

Ms. Lafontaine also camped roles in about thirty Quebec feature films such as “Françoise Durocher, waitress” (1972), “The sun rises late” (1976) and “The Great Seduction” (2002).

Throughout his career, the actress was awarded four Gemini Awards, including for his portrayal of the female lead in “Dream Man” in 1991.

His leap to the small screen has also earned him great success with “The Return” and “L’auberge du chien noir”, in particular.

Order of Canada, Order of Quebec

In November 2005, Rita Lafontaine received the title of Officer in the Order of Canada and in 2011, that of Officer of the National Order of Quebec.

Under his initiative, the Certificate Program in Theatre Performance was established in 2010 at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières.

In 2013, a runaway cancer took away his only daughter, Elsa Lessonini, aged 48.

She is survived by her husband, Jacques Dufour.

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