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Valérie Quennessen (December 3, 1957 – March 15 1989) was a French film actress. Quennessen was born in Paris and dedicated much of her childhood to pursuing her dream of becoming an acrobat. She quickly reached a level of competence and received an award for her expertise at the age of ten. By her teens, she had given up acrobatics and enrolled in acting classes, not because she particularly wanted to get into show business, but to help her overcome social anxiety. She found that she not only overcame her shyness via acting, but she also enjoyed performing. She continued studying drama at the École nationale supérieure des arts et techniques du théâtre in Paris and appeared in several theater productions. She made her first film appearances in a trio of French films: Le Plein de super, La Tortue sur le dos, and Martin et Léa. Although she would continue to appear in the occasional French film and television show, in 1979 she landed one of the main roles in the American film French Postcards, working alongside the yet-to-be famous Debra Winger and Mandy Patinkin. She followed up that film by playing Princess Yasimina in Arnold Schwarzenegger`s 1982 film Conan the Barbarian.
It would be her next film, Summer Lovers, that was the peak of her career for American audiences. The story of a love triangle on the Greek island of Santorini also starred Peter Gallagher and Daryl Hannah. During the filming of the movie, in which she played an archaeologist, Valérie actually discovered several pieces of pottery at the Akrotiri site that were more than 3,500 years old. After Summer Lovers, Valérie virtually retired from acting, choosing to concentrate on having a family. In 1989, Quennessen died in a car accident at the age of 31.
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Valérie Quennessen (3 December 1957 – 19 March 1989) was a French theatre and film actress.
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Saint-Ouen-des-Champs, Eure, Haute-Normandie, France
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Deceased||Valérie Quennessen passed away on 15th Mar 1989 aged 31.|||