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Christine Berthe Claude Denis de Rivoyre (29 November 1921 – 3 January 2019)[1] was a French journalist and writer.[2]

Early lifeEdit

The daughter of Francois Denis de Rivoyre and Madeleine Ballande, she was born in Tarbes.[2] She was educated in Catholic schools and then received a degree in literature from the Sorbonne.[3] She continued her studies at the University of Syracuse.[2] De Rivoyre wrote articles for Le Monde and then became literary editor for Marie Claire.[3]

Her first novel L'Alouette au miroir, published in 1955, received the Prix des Quatre Jurys. Several of her novels have been made into films:

  • La Mandarine (1957); 1971 film
  • Les Sultans (1964); 1968 film
  • Le Petit matin (1968); 1971 film - novel received the Prix Interallié[3][4]

De Rivoyre received the Prix Prince Pierre de Monaco in 1979 and the Grand Prix de Littérature Paul Morand in 1984 from the Académie française for her work.[5]

She was named an Officier in the French Legion of Honour.[6]


  1. ^ "La romancière Christine de Rivoyre est morte". Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Sleeman, Elizabeth. The International Who's Who of Women 2002. p. 484.
  3. ^ a b c Miller, Jane Eldridge (2001). Who's who in Contemporary Women's Writing. p. 275. ISBN 1857431227.
  4. ^ Christine de Rivoyre on IMDb
  5. ^ "Christine de Rivoyre" (in French). Académie française.
  6. ^ "Ordre de la Légion d'honneur" (in French). January 2, 1996.