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Louise Comte, Leading Stage Actress, Dead at 72

October 23, 1995

PARIS (AP) _ Louise Comte, whose career as one of France’s most accomplished stage actresses included roles in ``Les Miserables″ and ``Port Royal,″ has died at age 72, the Comedie Francaise said Monday.

Ms. Comte died Oct. 19 in a hospital in Chateau-Thierry, in northern France, No cause of death was given.

She was best known for her roles in Henry de Montherlant’s ``Port Royal″ and ``Le Cardinal d’Espagne,″ but her repertoire included Corneillian heroines and Fantine in Victor Hugo’s ``Les Miserables.″ She most recently appeared in ``The Mad Woman of Chaillot″ by Jean Giraudoux.

Ms. Comte studied under Georges Le Roy at the Paris Conservatory and graduated with top honors in 1943, earning a coveted spot at the Comedie Francaise. She retired in 1969 and became honorary secretary of the Comedie Francaise in 1970.

There was no information concerning survivors or funeral arrangements.

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