Obaldia, René d'
b. 1919, Hong Kong
A 1960s playwright, whose works were successfully directed by Barsacq, Maréchal and Lavelli. L'Air du large (Sea Air), Le Général inconnu (The Unknown General) and the popular Du vent dans les branches du sassafras (Wind in the Sassafras Branches) number among the best known.
See also: theatre
b. 1944, Brussels, Belgium
Ockrent is France's leading and best-loved current affairs television presenter, extravagantly praised by Michel Foucault among others. Her programme A la une sur le 3 attracted large audiences from 1992 onwards. Her skilful interviewing techniques have contributed to her renown at least as much as her marriage to Bernard Kouchner.
b. 1909, Langon;
d. 1990, Paris
From 1948, Oliver was owner of one of Paris's most fashionable restaurants, Le Grand Véfour, in the Palais-Royal. However, his fame springs less from this than from the fact that he was France's first television cook. At a time when programmes went out live and equipment lacked the sophistication of today's, this was a bold venture; he quickly became a household word, especially after the success of his best-selling book Le Cuisinier (1965). He refused to take part in a televised cooking contest with the British TV chef Fanny Craddock, stating that in his view women were not capable of great cuisine.
See also: gastronomy
b. 1921, Frankfurt, Germany
The son of the film-maker Max Ophuls, Marcel became nationally known for the 1971 documentary The Sorrow and the Pity (Le Chagrin