Career, death of her husband, cancer… The secrets of Évelyne Dhéliat


Évelyne Dhéliat was born on April 19, 1948 in Cologne, Germany. She is the daughter of a sales manager and a mother who owns a perfumery. After studying English at the Sorbonne Nouvelle, she started at the ORTF (French Broadcasting and Television Office) as a tele-speaker (presenter of TV programs) in the late 1960s.

“I started my career in 1967-1968. I started studying English and did some modeling. I answered a classified ad to make some pocket money. I became a speaker In 1971, Pierre Sabbagh made me sign my CDI. I am the oldest of TF1 now”, confides the dean of the first channel in Europe, in an interview for Le Parisien, published on December 21, 2022.

Thanks to her talents as a speaker, the TF1 channel offered her to present programs including A la bonne Heure in 1975. Building on her newfound notoriety, she was entrusted with the presentation of the Eurovision Grand Prix and then the program La Maison de TF1 which is devoted to the maintenance of the house, the garden and DIY. In 1985, she received the prize for the best speaker. It was not until 1992 that she became the weather officer on TF1. Even today, Évelyne Dhéliat holds the record for the oldest employee in the group.

In parallel with the weather, the septuagenarian was appointed in 2000, director of the weather service of the channel. Since 2009, she has also been in charge of LCI’s weather service. Throughout her career, Évelyne Dhéliat has received numerous awards for her television skills, including the prize for the best meteorological presentation in 1994, the trophy for the international weather festival in Quebec in 1998 and in Montreal in 2000. In addition to winning the science prize at the Zagreb festival, she was named Knight of the National Order of Merit then Knight of the Legion of Honor in 2016.

Much appreciated by the French, it is not uncommon for the weather presenter to participate in other programs. We find her regularly at the Grand Concours des animators or at Who wants to earn millions on TF1.

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On April 11, 2017, presenter Évelyne Dhéliat suddenly lost her husband Philippe Maraninchi after more than 50 years of marriage.

According to a relative of Évelyne Dhéliat, her husband was a pillar for her. “Philippe was her king, her pillar, ten years older than her,” says a friend. “With him, she had her daughter at 21. They were married and inseparable. He was always present in all the difficult times”, he explained to our colleagues from Paris Match.

A mourning that the star did not wish to expose to viewers. Thus, for many weeks, Évelyne Dhéliat was absent from the TF1 weather sets. The two lovers passed the ring on April 15, 1966 before giving birth to their first child, a daughter Olivia, who became a lawyer.

In an interview with Télé-Loisirs on November 18, 2019, Jean-Pierre Pernaut and Évelyne Dhéliat, both cured of cancer, confided in their fight against the disease.

Jean-Pierre Pernaut opted for transparency to avoid rumors against him in the press. “With the communication department of TF1, we had a meeting before my operation to find out how I was going to announce it directly to the public. I wanted to prevent the tabloids from talking bullshit. And it was important to talk about it Medicine has made such progress that cancer is no longer synonymous with death. The proof: we are still here,” he explained.

On the side of Évelyne Dhéliat, the septuagenarian had preferred not to reveal her health problems. “You had anticipated the announcement. Me, it was another period, I was affected earlier than you. At the time, I told myself that it was not worth talking about and that maybe it was going to go unnoticed. I had surgery and I had heavy treatments. People started asking why I wasn’t there. So I decided to say it. I came back, I had a wig. It was complicated for me to live with all of this”, she explained before adding. “It was after I realized that it was important for many women. I was often told in the street: “You helped me.” It was very strong. It’s true that that gives hope. Just last week, a woman stopped me at the market and said: ‘I had the same thing as you, it made me feel good to see you working again'”.

Questioned by Gala on January 23, 2020, the miss weatherman confided in her fight against cancer. “I remain vigilant, I do all my checks. Life goes on. It’s very important. I watch over everything, but I don’t listen to myself. I’m moving forward,” she told journalist Catherine Ceylac. .

For more than 30 years, presenter Évelyne Dhéliat has been giving us almost daily weather news. While his friend Jean-Pierre Pernaut decided to retire from TF1 television news, before his sudden death in March 2022, will it be the same for the 74-year-old star?

Questioned by our colleagues from Télé Poche on February 22, 2021, the former acolyte of Catherine Laborde returned to her future within the television group. “My choice, for the moment, is to stay. It’s not just up to me, of course. It also depends on the management and the viewers. So far, it’s going well. I’m very happy in what I do and I have no plans to leave the antenna,” she explained to the magazine.

A year later, has Evelyne Dhéliat changed her mind? While the debate around pension reform continues to divide opinion, the star (who has worked more than 51 annuities) could have given up her place for a while. “But I still have the urge!”, She confides in Le Parisien, while indicating. “It does not depend on me, but on the viewer and my boss”. It would therefore seem that for the moment the famous weather presenter is not yet ready to hang up. “On the contrary, with everything that’s going on, it’s more exciting than ever. Our material is constantly evolving”, concludes the presenter who took her first steps on Twitter last summer.