Edith Bonlieu

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameMarie Edith Jeanne•Bonlieu (-Vuarnet)
Used nameEdith•Bonlieu
Born18 April 1934 in Paron, Yonne (FRA)
Died23 December 1995 in Saint-Pierre-de-Chérennes, Isère (FRA)
NOC France


Edith Bonlieu came from a skiing family, although her brother, François Bonlieu, achieved more fame as a skier, winning the 1964 Olympic giant slalom gold medal. Edith was a three-time French champion and competed at the 1956 Winter Olympics. She eventually married 1960 Olympic downhill champion Jean Vuarnet. Edith Bonlieu and her youngest son, Patrick, eventually joined the Order of the Solar Temple cult. In 1994-95, the cult carried out mass suicides in several Swiss villages and Edith and Patrick were among those who took their own lives.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1956 Winter Olympics Alpine Skiing (Skiing) FRA Edith Bonlieu
Downhill, Women (Olympic) DNF

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