Actor and Longtime Chanel Muse Gaspard Ulliel Dies In Ski Accident


Agence France-Presse reported that Gaspard Ulliel, a French actor best known for his appearances in “Saint Laurent” and “A Very Long Engagement,” died at 37. His family confirmed the death in a statement to the news agency.

Ulliel was flown by helicopter to a hospital in Grenoble after colliding with another skier in the French Alps’ La Rosière resort. He was in critical condition.

The young Ulliel gained attention as a rising star in French cinema while still in his adolescence, and he was nominated three times for the Cesar Award for Most Promising Actor before winning the award at the age of 20 for his role opposite Audrey Tautou in the World War I romantic drama “A Very Long Engagement.”

With the 2007 film Hannibal Rising, the actor gained recognition in the English-speaking world for his portrayal of a youthful Hannibal Lecter. A non-official biography of legendary designer Yves Saint Laurent, directed by Bertrand Bonello in 2014, featured him in the title role.

Since 2010, Ulliel has appeared in advertisements for Chanel’s “Bleu de Chanel” perfume, one of the brand’s few products geared only at males. She has also been a regular guest at the fashion and beauty giant’s events.

A statement from Chanel stated, “We have been lucky to have had by our side for all these years a person blessed with tremendous culture, incredible creativity, and an unsurpassed generosity.” “He will be deeply missed,” said the family.

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