Marie Laforêt, French singer and actress ‘with the golden eyes,’ dies at 80

She sold more than 35 million records and starred in “Purple Noon,” based on the novel “The Talented Mr. Ripley.”

Marie Laforêt, an actress and singer who became one of the most captivating French performers of the 1960s and ’70s and who was known for her piercing eyes, melancholy voice and freewheeling approach to fame, died Nov. 2 in Genolier, Switzerland, 20 miles north of Geneva. She was 80.

Her family announced the death but did not give a cause. In a tweet, French Culture Minister Franck Riester wrote that Ms. Laforêt “embodied a form of total freedom. Freedom in her artistic choices, freedom in her life, with love and passion as her only guides.”

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Caps anthem singer Bob McDonald sang ‘O Canada’ in French and it’s stunning

Before most Caps home games, Sergeant Major Bob McDonald delivers a stirring, up-tempo rendition of the national anthem. With Montreal in town Saturday, McDonald also had to perform O Canada. He did it in French.

Perfectly.

“I used to do it whenever Montreal came to town, way back in the day,” McDonald said to me after the game. “Then I was asked to do it just in English and it stayed that way until tonight. I had asked Continue reading “Caps anthem singer Bob McDonald sang ‘O Canada’ in French and it’s stunning”