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Pierre Barillet (24 August 1923 – 8 January 2019) was a French playwright.[1]

Pierre Barillet
Born24 August 1923
DiedJanuary 8, 2019(2019-01-08) (aged 95)
Paris, France
Years active1949-2018


Barillet had been passionate about theatre since his childhood. After being a law student, he wrote his first play in 1945, titled Les Héritiers, which was followed by Les Amants de Noël, performed at the Théâtre de Poche. He also worked as a radio broadcaster, reading novels and plays with Agnès Capri. He first experieced success in 1951 with Le Don d'Adèle, which he wrote along with Jean-Pierre Grédy. The play was performed over a thousand times and was remarkably successful. Over the next several decades, Barillet would develop what he was most famous for, Boulevard theatre. Some of his success spread to Broadway, with Fleur de cactus and Quarante carats being highly successful.

In the 1980's, Barillet appeared in some television shows. Malesherbes, avocat du roi, and Condorcet were his most notable appearances.

In the 1990's, he wrote biographies, such as Les Seigneurs du rire, about Robert de Flers, Gaston Arman de Caillavet, and Francis de Croisset. Quatre années sans relâche was about theatrical life in France during their German occupation in World War II. À la ville comme à la scène was an autobiography about the years he spent writing and performing in plays.

Barillet was an officer of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and a Knight of the Legion of Honor.[2]


  1. ^ "Pierre Barillet, coauteur de « Potiche » et « Fleur de cactus », est mort". Le Monde (in French). 9 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Théâtre de Barillet & Gredy". lisez! (in French). 31 October 2013.