Rita Renoir  

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"Rita Renoir avait joué à Lyon dans la Poupée d’Audiberti chez Marcel Maréchal, dans le Désir attrapé par la queue de Picasso, monté par Jean-Jacques Lebel, longtemps après la lecture que Camus avait faite de ce texte en présence du maître, et dans les Immortelles de Pierre Bourgeade au Lucernaire à Paris.


Elle va et elle vient, halète, râle, bave et crache, écarte les cuisses ouvre son sexe, se retourne fait le poirier écarte ses cuisses la tête en bas. Elle finit son spectacle en se renveloppant dans sa cape pour saluer un public médusé." -- Jean-Pierre Bénisti[1]

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Rita Renoir (19 January 1934 – 4 May 2016) was a French nude model, 'stripteaseuse' and actress, known as "la tragédienne du strip-tease". She is the author and performer the controversial Et moi qui dirait tout and Le diable, two one-acters which formed one play and which were performed in 1972/3 at the Théâtre de Plaisance.



'Vedette' at the Crazy Horse Saloon between the 1950s and 1960s, Renoir was one of the most famous European strip-teasers.

In 1964 Renoir crossed the border to respectable performance when she was chosen by Michelangelo Antonioni to play the role of Emilia in Red Desert. The following year she made her theatrical debut in René de Obaldia's Du vent dans les branches de sassafras, alongside Michel Simon and in 1967 she was the lead actress in Jean-Jacques Lebel's representation of the Pablo Picasso's drama Desire Caught by the Tail.

She would star to critical acclaim in the play Les Immortelles (1967) by Pierre Bourgeade but would still appear in lighter fair such as Pierre Koralnik's film Cannabis (1970) and work as a choreographer on Le Pacha (1968).

She played herself in Sois belle et tais-toi (1981), a documentary directed in 1981 by French actress and director Delphine Seyrig, an indictment of sexism.

Belgian writer Freddy de Vree wrote an article about her, so did the South-American Julio Cortázar (Homenaje a una joven bruja).


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