Benoîte Groult, French journalist, writer and feminist activist, Died at 96

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Benoîte Groult was born on January 31, 1920, in Paris, and died on June 20, 2016, in Hyères.

She was a French journalist, writer, and feminist activist.

She was the daughter of André Groult and Nicole Poiret, sister of Paul Poiret and herself a fashion designer, who was raised in the Parisian upper class.

Following her studies in literature ended in 1953, she worked as a journalist for television.

She published her own book in 1972, she co-wrote three books with her younger sister Flora.

She was a known feminist, because of that her novels often deal with topics such as the history of feminism, the discrimination of women and misogyny.

She wrote her novel Les vaisseaux du cœur, which was filmed by Andrew Birkin in 1992 as Salt on Our Skin.

She was married four times, firstly to Blaise Landon, whom she married in 1943, died the following year, then in 1945, she married medical student Pierre Heuyer, who died soon afterward.

During 1951, Benoîte Groult married journalist Georges de Caunes with whom she had two daughters, Blandine and Lison.

Benoîte Groult later married the writer Paul Guimard (1921–2004).

They had one daughter, Constance.

Benoîte Groult played at the Comédie du Livre 2010.

During April 2010, Benoîte Groult became Commander of the Légion d’honneur.

Throughout her career, she was the subject of several documentary films.

Also Anne Lefant devoted the documentary Une chambre à elle: Benoîte Groult ou comment la liberté vint aux femmes to Groult, who was 86 years old at the time, which includes testimonies of Josyane Savigneau, Paul Guimard and Yvette Roudy and was published in 2006 by Hors Champ Productions.

During 2008 the documentary Benoîte Groult, le temps d’apprendre à vivre, written by Martie Mitterand and directed by Jean-Baptiste Martin, aired on France 5 as a part of the series Empreintes.

During 2013 Grasset published a graphic novel based on the life of Benoîte Groult, called Ainsi soit Benoîte Groult, by the hand of Catel.

Benoîte Groult passed away at 96 yrs old.