Quebec actress Janine Sutto died on Tuesday night at the age of 95.
Her son-in-law, Jean-François Lépine, confirmed in interviews with news media that Ms. Sutto was carried away by a natural death a few days after being admitted to a palliative care center.
Mr. Lepine stated that his mother-in-law had lived at his residence until his admission to palliative care.
Mrs. Sutto’s daughter, the actress Mireille Deyglun, spent the last hours at her bedside.
Born in France on April 20, 1921, in Paris, this actress, who played hundreds of roles during her lifetime, arrived in Quebec at the age of nine.
At the age of 18, she began a long and prolific career, encouraged by her father, Léopold Sutto, who was a friend of Charles Pathé, the founder of the famous film production company Name, as well as by the actress Sita Riddez, a friend of the family.
Janet Sutto quickly joined the Montreal Repertory Theater troupe and in the early 1940s she appeared in several theater plays at the Théâtre Arcade, while participating in the radioromans.
At the same time, she founded the Theatre l’Equipe, with Pierre Dagenais, where she played major roles, such as Tessa and Fanny in “Marius” and Julie in “Liliom”. She married Mr. Dagenais in 1944, but their union lasted only one year.
In 1945, Miss Sutto was crowned Miss Radio and she left Canada the following year to take a sabbatical in Paris, where she met her second husband, Henri Deyglun. From their marriage, the birth of their twin daughters in 1958, Mireille, who also became an actress and today the wife of the journalist Jean-François Lépine, and Catherine, who is afflicted with trisomy 21. Janine Sutto, against the advice Of several, decides to take care of herself of her defective intellectual daughter.
Back in Quebec, in 1947, Mrs. Sutto continued her career on stage and on radio. In particular, she participated in the popular radio drama series “Jeunesse dorée” and “Rue Principale”.
During the 1950s, the boards of the Théâtre du Rideau Vert and Théâtre du Nouveau Monde offered several important roles to Janine Sutto.
But the artistic journey of the actress also led her to participate in the beginnings of “French-Canadian” cinema, thanks to her role in the film “Father Chopin” in 1945, as well as to television, in “The Beautiful Stories of the Pays-d’en-Haut”. This cult series of Quebec’s cultural history rivaled Quebeckers in front of their small screen from 1956 to 1970, after the novel that inspired the television series, “A Man and his Sin”, generated a radioroman, a play and movies.
In 1968, Janine Sutto is the distribution of the first play of a newcomer: Michel Tremblay. “Les Belles Soeurs” has had an instant success and Janine Sutto will find again the world of this classic Quebec theater for a musical version, which will be presented in the summer of 2010. She participates in the spring 2012, a series of performances at the Théâtre du Rond-Point in Paris, and a Quebec tour in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Throughout her career, Ms. Sutto has been present both in theater and on television. From 1970 to 1977, she played Berthe Lesperance in the comedy “Symphorien”, for which she was awarded the Miss Television title in 1972. Her personal life was disrupted by the loss of her husband Henri Deyglun, who died of cancer In 1971.
She who is known mostly as a great actress has also touched on the stage a few times over the course of her career, including a first time in 1978, for the play “Sonnez les matines”, by Felix Leclerc, who is Presented at the Theatre du Rideau Vert.
Among the numerous projects she has participated in are the films «L’Initiation», «Kamouraska», and more recently the «Congorama» by Philippe Falardeau and «La Capture», in 2007.
On the television side, the characters she has embodied are also very numerous, and above all very diverse, Mrs. Sutto having been as much of the team of “With a great A” or “Ent’Cadieux”, as ” The Boys III “,” Watatatow “or” Les Invincibles “. Between 2001 and 2003, she is also a columnist on sex on the program “Fun Noir” by Normand Brathwaite, on TQS.
And at the age of 87, Janine Sutto even launched herself on web-TV, participating in the show “Chez Jules”, written by the writer and former columnist at the Journal de Montréal, Geneviève Lefebvre, author of “Chroniques blondes “.
In addition to her prolific career as an actress, Janine Sutto has also been an advocate for the cause of intellectual disability, including spokesperson for the Montreal Association for Intellectual Disabilities (AMDI). Since 2005, there has been a Janine Sutto Award, which recognizes a person or organization’s contribution to the integration of people with intellectual disabilities, and the Janine Sutto Evening Theater is the largest fund- AMDI.
Janine Sutto has received several awards, including the Prix Hommage Rideau and the Grand Prix of the Gémeaux Awards Gala Academy, for her entire career in 2000, a tribute award at the Soirée des masques , In 2001, and the Prix Hommage Quebecor, in 2008.
Ms. Sutto was also made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1986, and was promoted to the rank of Companion of the Order of Canada in 1992. She was named Chevalier of the Ordre National du Québec, in 1998.
His biography “Living with Fate”, written by Jean-François Lépine, was published in 2010.
The mayor of Montreal, Denis Coderre, wrote on his Twitter account that the death of this exceptional woman put Quebec in mourning.
Last October, Mrs. Sutto attended with the mayor Coderre the unveiling of a mural by the artist Kevin Ledo in his effigy on rue Montcalm in Ville-Marie borough.