Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu as Monique Ritz in The Crown Season 5

Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu’s Netflix universe continues to expand. The French actress, who plays Emily’s boss Sylvie Grateau in Emily in Paris and Catherine Barneville in Call my agent!shared that she will have a small role in season five of The crown.

“It was a very small thing but it was a lot of fun and I was so, so happy to be there”, Leroy-Beaulieu Recount You magazine. “Each episode is like a little movie on its own. It’s insanely well written.”

Leroy-Beaulieu makes her acting debut in Roger Vadim’s film Surprise party in 1983, and most of his career was spent in France; she has appeared in nearly 40 movies and 30 TV shows. Acting on screen is a family affair. His father, Philippe Leroy, made a career in Italian and French cinema.

Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu during Paris Fashion Week on January 19, 2022 in Paris, France.

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In The crown, Leroy-Beaulieu will play Monique Ritz (née Martine Ramseier) the widow of hotelier Charles Ritz, according to the Mail on Sunday. Charles Ritz, the son of Swiss hotelier César Ritz and Marie Louise Beck, took over ownership of the Ritz Paris after his father’s death in 1918.

Charles introduced Monique to the hotel business when he asked her to redecorate the hotel in 1969. “I didn’t know anything about it,” she says. said in a 1977 New York Times profile, “so I made it like it was my home.” When Charles died in 1976, Monique, then in her fifties, took over the Ritz Paris, and the hotel entered a period of decline, leading Monique to decide to sell it for three years. later.

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Charles Ritz, 77, inspects the kitchen as chef Robert Meyer (right) and maitre d’ Robert Senechal look on.

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Monique Ritz’s connection to the royal family may not be immediately obvious; however, in 1979, when she decided to sell the hotel, Monique sold the Ritz Paris to Egyptian businessman Mohamed Al Fayed (who would be played by Salim Dau in The crown).

And there’s a tragic connection, too: On August 30, 1997, Princess Diana (played by Elizabeth Debicki) and Mohamed’s son, Dodi Al Fayed (Khalid Abdalla) spent the evening at the Ritz Paris the day before they died. The romance between Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed during the fateful summer of 1997 will undeniably feature in season five.

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Residents of Paris and a few tourists walk on Place Vendome in front of the Ritz hotel, August 31, 1997. The hotel belongs to Mohamed Al Fayed, whose son Dodi died with Princess Diana in a high-speed accident shortly after having left the Ritz.

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After Monique Ritz sold the hotel to Al Fayed, she then became President and Honorary President of the Caesar Ritz Niederwald Foundation. In January 2011, Monique died in Geneva; as she and Charles had no children, she is considered the last member of the Ritz dynasty.

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