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Danielle Netter Cover Image of Silvia
This author was not priviledged to ever meet or know Silvia Monfort. However, it is clear from all that has been written abour her that she was vigorous in her pursuit of freedom as a member of the French Resistance. She was relentless in seeking a proper venue for excellence in her chosen profession, the dramatic arts. She had to fight for everything, including her Silvia Montfort Theatre. Hopefully the music is representative of her determination - not to just succeed - but to excel.
Silvia also had a tender side obvious from her letters to Pierre. However, one must consider which side of her was most representative of how she would like to be remembered. Of the range of possible themes, this music selection, to this author, was Silvia.
Silvia Monfort - - - - Letters to Pierre - - - 1965-1991
Lettres A Pierre (Letters to Pierre) is a collection of twenty-six years of tender communication by two very devoted lovers - separated for most of their lives by five hundred and eighty miles, the distance from Paris to the French Riviera. Both had marvelous careers. She was a talented actress. He was the most famous swimming (and perhaps) ski instructor in the world.
The author, Danielle Netter, sorted selected letters of the 2700 or so actually written by Silvia, and arranged them in chronological order so the reader can follow the dialog by year and location of Pierre. It was a tremendous working effort on the part of Danielle.
About 1700 of Silvia's letters (in French) are contained in the 456 page book although Pierre did participate in the long distance communications. Each of hers was carefully dated with her location and time of day and mailed to one of his two frequent and normal addresses, either Cap Ferrat or Courchevel.
Pierre met Silvia at his station in life, as the swimming instructor at the Hotel in Cap Ferrat. Both were very serious with their careers. Each became famous in their own right through their dedication and professionalism in their chosen field.
Silvia was decorated after WWII for her active participation in the French Resistance in the release of Chartres. She received decorations from both General Charles de Gaulle and General Patton. She was married for a brief period to Maurice Clavel who was the leader of the FFI at the end of WWII.
The letters chronicled their two careers. Long distance lovers for most of their lives, Silvia and Pierre married on May 24 1990. Silvia's legacy to France, to Paris - and the world of drama was the endowment of a theater in Paris dedicated to the perpetuation of theatrical arts and drama. The Theater Silvia Monfort construction began in 1986. Sadly, Silvia died of lung cancer on March 30, 1991. Her theater was finally completed and opened its doors on January 6, 1992.
A Lycée, in Luisant, a suburb of Chartres, was also named in honor of Sylvia.
Pierre is President of the PRIX SILVIA MONFORT, organized by Danielle Netter and Maryline Romain in May of 1996. Pierre, Danielle and Maryline instituted the "Prix Silvia Monfort" to perpetuate the memory of Silvia, the founder of the "Square" Silvia Monfort. Her first effort was located on Thorigny Square in a tin warehouse. It moved several times after that beginning. The current new theater seats 456 patrons in an open stage setting in a hexagonal pyramid. Silvia passed away before the project could be completed. Silvia, fittingly, is interred in Père Lachaise Cemetery in plot number 81 of Division 93.
Silvia wanted to reward aspiring drama actresses. Consequently, in her memory, Pierre carries on with her wishes. Every two years, a final panel of ten talented actresses are judged in live performances by a group of professionals. A cash prize of 4,600 Euros is awarded to the winner of this contest of dramatic actresses between the ages of 18 to 28. The winner in 1996 was Smadi Wolfman, in 1998 Rachida Brakni, in 2000 Mona Abdel Hadi, in 2002 it was Isabelle Joly and in 2004 it was Marion Bottolier.
We have a link to the theater that is both a memorial to Silvia and Silvia's memorial to all the dramatic actresses who will follow her.
Please stop the music in this sector using the control at the top before clicking on the link to see a picture of Theatre Silvia Monfort. It has its own chosen integral music loop.