You may recall in September I lamented the parting of one of my favorite television news anchors, the award-winning French journalist, Claire Chazal. Up front I admitted that I tried never to miss her presentations, not only for her calm, crisp delivery of the news, but also — maybe always(?) — because she was so sublimely chic.
From her understated makeup and simple hairstyles to her perfect wardrobe. At one point I couldn’t help wondering, “How many white shirts does that woman own?”
It’s been five months now since she was fired from TF1, reportedly through a text message, after 24 years with the station. She bid her audience adieu with professionalism. It was a stellar, mature reminder that grace under pressure is a trait worth cultivating.
Now, after that brief hiatus, Claire is back and she tells us in an Elle magazine interview that she has a new dream job on France 5 TV as the présentatrice of Entée Libre, a program dedicated to the arts and culture.
Her first guest, in mid-January, was Charlotte Rampling, whom the French adore.
Claire admitted in her interview that she felt “lost” after her abrupt dismissal from TF1, but never depressed. She has a reputation for being strong and “combative.”
I have never denied that I am a sort of Claire Chazal groupie. In her private life, often almost salaciously covered by the print media, she has lived like a free spirit. The contrast between her private and professional life is quite fascinating.
She is far more than a lovely face and slender body in beautiful clothes, she is also an author. In 2004 she received one of France’s highest honors, Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur.
The reason I’m telling you about Claire again, is because she, at 59-years-old, is in the process of another reincarnation. She is moving from strength to strength. Yes, she continues to be a television journalist, but now she’s doing it her way. She is passionate about the arts and culture and Monday through Friday at 8:15 p.m. she can do what she loves.
I think she fits nicely into what has now evolved into a series on reinvention.
Please tell me some of your stories, I think we would all like to know how inventive and creative women can be throughout their lives.