Martine Bijl is last week Thursday, died. In the period that the flemish region to the Dutch watching tv (because VTM did not yet exist), she was also very popular.
Axe was 71 and died from complications of a brain aneurysm that she in september 2015, got, let her management know. She was married to presenter and director Berend Boudewijn.
She started on her seventeenth professional to sing, first with French chansons, a repertoire that her also in Paris, brought in the support of Claude Nougaro. Later switched them over to Dutch songs. In the sixties and seventies they had also in Flanders hits with songs like ‘The broker of Schagen’, ‘Bloemendaalse bos’, ‘Limburg lamentation’ or ‘How would’t with Rosa?’.
From the seventies, she went more and more television work. For example, she was a fixed panelist in the quiz show ” Who of the three?’, she presented both the Contest as the pre-selection thereof, and presented them with Arthur Lowe, the actor from the BBC series Dad’s Army, you Follow Me. Axe also played in movies such as ‘Help, the doctor drown!’, in addition to Jules Croiset and Willeke van Ammelrooy.
Also in Flanders, she was then known, if only because of the big tv quizzes when only the Dutch channels were seen. VTM had not yet been formed. She was even so well-known and loved by us singer Louis Neefs the song ‘Martine’ for/wrote about her.
In the last few years, she was especially known for being the first three seasons of all of Holland bakes presented, the Dutch version of The great British bake off.
After her stroke, pulled the Axe back out of the public eye. At the end of last year came her book Rinkeldekink , about her long-term stay in a rehabilitation centre, and the depression that followed.