Judith Elmaleh was invited to RTL on September 22 to present her novel Une Reine. Alongside her brother, Gad Elmaleh, she told a big family secret about her origins.
It’s certain RTLthis Thursday, September 22 that Judith Elmaleh has decided to present his first novel entitled A queento the editions Robert Laffont. Like his brother, Gad Elmaleh who was often inspired by his family life and those close to her to write her shows, Judith Elmaleh has based on her grandmother’s journey to write this novel. Many revelations were made on the set of RTL including painful family secrets. Moreover, Judith and Gad Elmaleh were together on the set to talk about it, with that foolproof touch of humor that we know Gad to make the pill pass more easily surely.
This first novel by the director tells the story of her grandmother who was forcibly married to her uncle at age 14. “We had lived in a crazy family anyway”, had expressed the humorist Gad Elmaleh beginning his explanation. “That is to say, my grandfather, married a woman, who said to his niece, ‘come marry my husband’“, had entrusted the comedian of 51 years. “And for me, that woman who was the first woman was my great-grandmother. Not at all! It was just my grandmother’s aunt“, he added during his explanation. “If there are any questions, you write to us …”, had joked Gad Elmaleh by insinuating that the situation was visibly complicated.
Judith Elmaleh: “She didn’t understand that the party was her wedding”
For her part, Judith Elmaleh, 53, confided in circumstances of the union of his grandmother, then 14 years old, to his grandfather. “We put a beautiful dress on her, she was brought to a party. She loved this party. And at the end of this party, she said to her mum: ‘I would like to go home, I’m a little tired'”had explained the director before adding: “And she said to him, ‘No, you’re not going to be able to come back and you’re going to stay.’ She stayed there all her life. She was married, she hadn’t understood that this party around her was her wedding“.
Still completely lost, the teenager had become pregnant, only a few months after this famous party, reports Gala. “At that age, at that time in Morocco, we do not know his body, nor the body of a mannor what was going on in the secrets of their room”, continued Judith Elmaleh. She points out that her grandmother was the second wife since her husband already had a first wife who was none other than his own aunt. The latter being much older than her husband, 10 years her senior, couldn’t have any more children.
A grandmother close to her grandchildren
In her tracks, Judith had explained how her grandmother was at the center of who she and her brother, Gad Elmaleh, were, highlighting the freedom they had had. “My grandmother said something to me when I got married, the first time. Be careful, if you are not happy, you leave“, she had explained. “And this sentence remained anchored in my head. Not that I wanted to obey her, but she gave me the authorization, she gave me this freedom to be able to do it. This freedom that she didn’t have“, she added. With great emotion, the writer confided: “And I thank her very much, this lady, this queen for me. Becauseshe gave us a lot of freedom. She was never free, but she gave us strength and freedom”.
Talking about her grandmother’s impact on her brother as well, Judith Elmaleh explained that their grandmother had the same impact on Gad Elmaleh. The comedian, he explained that his grandmother was “a feminist before her time”. Gand Elmaleh said that when he came home from school, he once discussed with his grandmother when he would marry, he would marry a woman like his grandmother who “would make dumplings, couscous, …”. It was then that his grandmother answered him: “are you looking for a wife or are you looking for an employee, you“. “It was a slap, she put me back in place, like stop, don’t talk about women like that. It’s a lesson in fact, that she gave us”, concluded the artist with emotion.