Edouard Molinaro
French director

Edouard Molinaro, who was nominated for an Oscar for directing “La Cage aux Folles,” a French farce about a gay couple that struck a chord with a broad range of audiences, died Dec. 7 in Paris. He was 85.

French President Francois Hollande’s office confirmed the death but didn’t provide details.

Mr. Molinaro’s career spanned six decades, including crime films and historical adaptations. He was best known for 1978’s “La Cage aux Folles,” which was nominated for several Oscars. The movie — about two men, Renato and Albin, with a transvestite club in Saint-Tropez, who pretend they’re straight for the sake of Renato’s son — was remade as “The Birdcage” in 1996.

Christopher Evan Welch

Christopher Evan Welch, an actor whose roles on New York stages led to film and television parts, including a regular spot on AMC’s “Rubicon,” died Dec. 2 in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 48.

His family released a statement confirming the death. He had lung cancer.

The Dallas-born actor won an Obie Award in 2000 for his performance in “A Streetcar Named Desire” at the New York Theatre Workshop.

On television, Mr. Welch had roles in “The Sopranos” and “The Good Wife,” in addition to a secondary role on the conspiracy-themed drama “Rubicon.”

Last year, he played a clerk in the House of Representatives in Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln.”

Kate Barry

Kate Barry, a photographer and the daughter of actress Jane Birkin and film music composer John Barry, was found dead Dec. 4 in Paris. She was 46.

Police officials released no further details, saying an investigation was being conducted to determine the cause of death.

Ms. Barry was best known as a fashion photographer, and her work was featured in British Vogue and the Sunday Times magazine and was recently exhibited in Paris.

She was raised for years by the late French singer Serge Gainsbourg during his relationship with Birkin. After a struggle with drugs and alcohol, Ms. Barry founded an addiction treatment center outside Paris.

— From news services