BIOGRAPHY OF LOUIS DE FUNES
Louis de Funes is a brilliant world-famous French comedian, film actor, director, scriptwriter. His sparkling humor and inimitable images created on the screen to this day delight fans of the actor’s talent. Nevertheless, he became famous already in his young age and during his lifetime did not earn serious cinematic awards, only in 1980 he was awarded the Cesar Prize for outstanding services in cinema. He has been a Knight of the Legion of Honor since 1973.
Now the French consider his birthday their national holiday. In 2019, the cinematic world community celebrated the 105th anniversary of the birth of the great comedian of the twentieth century. CHILDHOOD AND YOUTH: CURBEVOIS – PARIS The third child, born in the summer of 1914 in the aristocratic family of Carlos Luis de Funes and Leonor Soto de Galarza, was named Louis Germain David. Place Courbevoie near Paris, the boy’s parents chose the place of residence after escaping from Spain, where both were born. Their aristocratic relatives believed that the lovers were not a couple to each other, and in order to officially get married, Carlos and Leonor fled from Seville to France. In 1906, their firstborn was born, the daughter of Marie, or, at home, Mina, and in 1910 – the eldest son Charles. After the birth of Louis, the family moved and lived in the commune of Bacon-le-Bruyere.
Here Carlos, a well-known lawyer in his homeland, having no opportunity to practice law in France, was re-trained as a manufacturer of artificial emeralds in order to be able to feed his family. A temperamental Spanish woman with an admixture of Portuguese blood began to farm and raise three children.
The youngest son was her favorite, although he did not come out neither in stature nor in face, but he knew how to make his mother laugh at the moment. Despite all his childhood pranks, Louis managed to study perfectly, but selectively. From an early age he spoke two languages - French and Spanish, and then English was added to them. Exact sciences were given to him with difficulty. Mina, the sister of Louis de Funes. A boy with a developed ear for music learned to play the piano, he constantly accompanied talented performance of various works with hilarious facial expressions. It was possible to listen to how he plays, it was impossible to watch and not laugh out loud. Louis demonstrated artistic abilities everywhere. He could imitate the dialect of any person, copy the walk and gestures of not only relatives, but also the neighboring milkman, market merchant, casual passerby, his classmates and teachers.
Parody talent has repeatedly played a cruel joke with him at the boarding school at Culomier, where the boy studied. He was a frequent guest in the director’s office for the permanent mimicry of teachers and educators. Pension de Funes then recalled with a shudder, calling it a real prison. He was given there when his father, hoping to succeed, went to Venezuela. At first he wrote home regularly, then less and less. Three years later, Leonor left in search of her husband. Taking Louis from college, she entrusted him to Dr. Pouche, who lived in the Chevreuse Valley and ran a shelter for newborn refuseniks. It was believed that the doctor was the inventor of syrup, which influenced the rapid growth of children. Mom Louis hoped that the potion would be useful to the child, in her opinion, very small for eleven years. At Pushet, the boy finally felt free. He was happy to live away from Culomier, helped rocking infants when they cried, gave them nipples. He often rode a bicycle, drew a lot. Louis de Funes in childhood, during the years of Poucher’s Top 9 most strange wedding traditions in the world. This continued until my mother brought her father with tuberculosis sick in Venezuela home. Afraid of infecting the boy, he did not kiss his son, but only handed him a tiny stuffed hummingbird. This bird Louis de Funes shore all subsequent life. In his childhood, Louis would not admit to anyone in the world that he dreamed of becoming a great movie actor. Like Charlie Chaplin, whose roles the boy knew almost by heart. He repeatedly reviewed paintings with him, copying the famous walk or gestures of Chaplin. Fear of receiving a parental refusal to want to pursue an acting career and encouraged Louis to constant pranks and parodies. Peers nicknamed him FuFu because of a comic demeanor. After graduating from school, de Funes did his best to earn money on his own. He mastered the profession of a draftsman, bookkeeper, furrier, worked as a courier and shoe cleaner, as a window dressing artist. The future actor earned his living as a taper. A fortunate occasion brought him to the Horizont bar in Pigalle district, Madeleine Square – a pianist was needed there. The motley audience quickly liked the tireless and funny taper, whose facial expressions while playing the piano amused visitors even more than the popular songs of that time: I went there for twelve hours without a break, ”said Louis de Funes.