The actress Micheline Bernard made many young people laugh by playing the psychologist Jocelyne Letendre in the popular children’s series Radio Hell. During her childhood and adolescence, she too had had her dose of laughter, but had experienced many other emotions. A look back at the prosperous TV years.
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Micheline, which children’s programs marked you, and why?
There are many, but among the very, very first, there was Mom Fonfon. These are impressions that remain with me. I must have been 2, 3 or 4 years old. I remember the tune of the song because my mother used to sing it to us from time to time. I was watching this with my sister Suzanne, who was two years older than me. There was also Pepinot. I think these are shows that marked me because suddenly, the imagination came into play. I had never really experienced that. I saw that it was not like in real life, it took me elsewhere.
What are your fondest childhood TV memories?
This is when I was a little older: Captain Bonhomme at Tele-Metropole. My mum had a hair salon in the apartment, so there were women who worked there and others who took care of us, and when I came home from school at 4 a.m., they all came to throw blows. look at the show. Everyone was laughing.
Did you watch a lot of TV when you were very young?
Yes a lot. There are so many shows that we watched, my sister and I. In my beautiful memories, but I was a little older, there was The beating life, because it was something else completely. Guy Provost hosted this educational program. It was about nature, animals. At that time, I must have been 8, 9 or 10 years old. It was very interesting and Guy Provost was so handsome. What an incredible actor, what a wonderful man!
Is there a character who influenced you?
I really liked Marie Quatre Poches and Bobinette. They were hitting. At the same time, Marie Quatre Poches was skilful and rebellious. Older, around 17 or 18, still with the gang of women who worked for us, we liked to watch soap operas. In What a family!, I was in love with Robert Toupin, we all wanted to look like Ghislaine Paradis. For one of the rare times, the show dealt with the problems that we encountered.
In many shows that you liked, there was humor…
Yes. I liked to laugh, but I especially liked to see people laugh. My great pleasure was to see my mother, who loved cinema, watching a film on TV. I see her again at the sewing machine, watching a movie with us. She was crying, she was laughing, she was shocked… It fascinated me. I understood how much people could be mixed up.
◆ Micheline Bernard moves in the series Leowhose fourth season will be available from June 2 on Club illico, and makes you laugh in comedy Between two sheets offered by the Noovo chain.