Arletty

Actor, Model, Chorine
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" ... Read more »
Born: 05/14/1898 in France

Filmography

Actor (13)

Carne: l'Homme a la Camera 1979 (Movie)

Commentator (Actor)

Les Volets Clos 1971 (Movie)

(Actor)

Maxime 1961 (Movie)

Gazalle (Actor)

The Longest Day 1961 (Movie)

Madame Barrault (Actor)

L' Air de Paris 1954 (Movie)

Blanche (Actor)

No Exit 1954 (Movie)

Inez (Actor)

Le Grand Jeu 1953 (Movie)

Blanche (Actor)

Les Visiteurs du soir 1947 (Movie)

Dominique (Actor)

Children of Paradise 1945 (Movie)

garance (Actor)

Le Jour Se Leve 1938 (Movie)

(Actor)

Le Vertige (Movie)

(Actor)

Les Perles De La Couronne (Movie)

Queen of Ethiopia (Actor)

Madame Sans-Gene (Movie)

(Actor)

Biography

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.

Milestones

1964

Began losing her vision again; condition worsened until she was almost completely blind

1957

Accident left her temporarily blind

1949

Returned to major films with "Portrait of an Assassin"

1944

Played her most famous role, that of Garance in Marcel Carne's "Les Enfants du Paradis"/"Children of Paradise"

1931

First film, "Un Chien Qui Rapporte"

Starred on stage in operetta, "Yes" at the Theatre des Capucines

Worked in munitions factory at age 16 and then as a secretary, mannequin and artist's model before appearing in music hall revues

Refused to work for a German film company in operation during the Occupation of France in the early 1940s

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

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