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The child is precocious. Didn’t she learn to read when she was 3? Her aunt challenged her mother: “Chiche, let’s introduce Brigitte!” “Brigitte remains calm when she finds herself in front of René Clément, who has already auditioned a thousand children. She is only 5 years old, but her confidence is amazing, no stage fright paralyzes her. The director, who was looking for an older girl, falls under the spell of this Chti de Tourcoing, blonde and curly hair, mischievous and determined, who feels “like an adult” because she has just had a brother. He hires her to play Paulette and Brigitte Fossey’s Life Transformations.

In “Forbidden Games” everything will be allowed. At the beginning of the film, on the streets of the 1940 Exodus, Paulette’s parents rush to protect her from a bombardment and die. Brigitte Fossey’s father and mother, Roger and Marcelle, wanted to embody these two roles themselves, to keep them. Her daughter, so mature for her age, doesn’t really realize what’s going on, she doesn’t measure the scale of the film. She plays history and has fun. The producer Robert Dorfmann makes him drawings of Charlot, which amaze him. She meets the director’s friends who are all so nice to her. Jacques Tati visiting the plateau in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence. But the worst is yet to come.

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While another Brigitte becomes a myth, she obeys her parents who want to protect her from this light that burns the wings

The film was released on May 9, 1952 and its success was enormous: almost five million viewers. “Forbidden Games”, backed by an iconic musical theme by Narciso Yepes, was screened in Cannes: a triumph. He won the Golden Lion in Venice, where Brigitte was present, then the Oscar for best foreign film in 1953. A month before the Hollywood ceremony, which she did not attend, she met Queen Elizabeth II at the London French Film Gala . Little Brigitte has become a star. She gets hundreds of letters a day, reports on Paris Match three times in six months. We call her the new Shirley Temple. But isn’t she also a child prodigy who is shown as a phenomenon at festivals? In 1954 she headlined an Italian film, A Mother’s Love, before starring in The Joyful Road, directed by Gene Kelly. Then she stops everything.

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While another Brigitte at 22 becomes legendary with “And God … created a woman”, her twelve-year-old daughter obeys her parents, who decide to protect her again from this light that burns her wings. Brigitte Fossey goes away for a few years, studies literature and philosophy. But his destiny is not there. The cinema reminds you of that. “Le grand Meaulnes” marked his return in 1967 and the beginning of a great career. Since then, she has acted in more than 70 films and television films and acted in around twenty plays. She has also recorded many children’s stories. Perhaps in memory of that angelic little Paulette that shook her life and the whole world.


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