Patrice Chéreau, the French filmmaker-actor-writer best known for the female fronted period dramas "Queen Margot" and "Gabrielle," has passed away today in Paris of cancer. He was 68.
The Cannes and Berlinale award winner got his start in theater, becoming a young prodigy after netting a professional directing gig in his late teens.
He came onto the film scene with his 1975 debut "Flesh of the Orchid," starring Charlotte Rampling. He went on to work with some of France's most celebrated actresses, including Isabelle Huppert ("Gabrielle") and Isabelle Adjani ("Queen Margot").
"Queen Margot" stands to this day as his most celebrated film, having gone on to net an Oscar nomination for its stunning costume design and five César awards, including a win for Adjani. The Cannes Film Festival this year hosted a 20th anniversary screening of the classic, with Chéreau in attendance.