Édith Scob (21 October 1937 – 26 June 2019) was a French film and theatre actress, best known for her role as the daughter with a disfigured face in Eyes Without a Face.
Early life and family
Scob was born Édith Helena Vladimirovna Scobeltzine, the granddaughter of a Russian Army general and White Russian émigré.
Her father was an architect and her mother a journalist. Her elder brother, Michel Scob (1935–1995), was a French cycling champion and Olympian.
At age 14, she underwent treatment for anorexia. Her love of literature inspired an interest in theatre. She was studying French at the Sorbonne and taking drama classes when she was cast in her first role.
She and her husband, composer Georges Aperghis, have two sons, Alexander (born 1970) and Jerome (born 1972), both writers.
Scob had her breakout role at age 22 when she starred in Eyes Without a Face (1960). She was twice nominated for the César Award for Best Supporting Actress for Summer Hours (2008) and Holy Motors (2012).
Following the events of May 1968, Scob founded an avante garde theatre in Bagnolet with her husband, composer Georges Aperghis, with the goal of introducing more culture to the most disadvantaged people.