Elegant, husky-voiced French star of the 1930s and 40s, remembered for her roles in four classics of poetic realism: "Hotel du Nord" (1938), "Daybreak" (1939), "The Devil's Envoys" (1942) and "Childre...
Played her most famous role, that of Garance in Marcel Carne's "Les Enfants du Paradis"/"Children of Paradise"
Starred on stage in operetta, "Yes" at the Theatre des Capucines
First film, "Un Chien Qui Rapporte"
Returned to major films with "Portrait of an Assassin"
Spent two months in jail after the Liberation after it was revealed that she had an affair with a German officer; career harmed for several years
Worked in munitions factory at age 16 and then as a secretary, mannequin and artist's model before appearing in music hall revues
Accident left her temporarily blind
Refused to work for a German film company in operation during the Occupation of France in the early 1940s
Began losing her vision again; condition worsened until she was almost completely blind
Elegant, husky-voiced French star of the 1930s and 40s, remembered for her roles in four classics of poetic realism: "Hotel du Nord" (1938), "Daybreak" (1939), "The Devil's Envoys" (1942) and "Children of Paradise" (1945). With her striking features and aloof, mysterious air, Arletty was a kind of French Marlene Dietrich. In the 50s she divided her career between the stage and film until an accident in 1957 left her temporarily blind. Arletty returned to film in the war epic "The Longest Day" (1962) but recurring blindness sent her into retirement again soon after. Briefly jailed as a collaborator after WWII because of an affair with a German officer, she never married and had no children.