Edwige Feuillere

Actor, Theater producer, Theater director
A cool, reserved beauty of the French stage, Edwige Feuillere was noted for her sophisticated demeanor that was particularly suited to costume dramas. Born in France as Edwige Caroline Kunati, she spent most of WWI ... Read more »
Born: 10/28/1907 in France

Filmography

Actor (10)

La Chair de l'orchidee 1973 (Movie)

Aunt (Actor)

Le Clair de terre 1969 (Movie)

Teacher (Actor)

OSS 117 Prend des Vacances 1969 (Movie)

Aunt (Actor)

OSS 117 Prend des Vacances 1969 (Movie)

Aunt (Actor)

In Case of Emergency 1958 (Movie)

Viviane Gobillot (Actor)

When the Woman Butts In 1956 (Movie)

Maine (Actor)

The Game of Love 1953 (Movie)

Madame Dalleray (Actor)

L' Idiot 1945 (Movie)

(Actor)

Lucrezia Borgia (Movie)

Lucrezia Borgia (Actor)

Olivia (Movie)

Julie (Actor)

Biography

A cool, reserved beauty of the French stage, Edwige Feuillere was noted for her sophisticated demeanor that was particularly suited to costume dramas. Born in France as Edwige Caroline Kunati, she spent most of WWI living in Italy while her father served in the Italian army. After the war, the family settled in Dijon where she began acting in school plays. By 1928, she had enrolled at the Paris Conservatoire and began her career billed as Cora Lynn. After her marriage to Pierre Feuillere, she adopted his surname and began to make inroads on stage. It was a 1939 production of "La Dame aux Camelias" which solidified her stage reputation, but by then, the actress had already created a stir in films. In the title role of Abel Gance's "Lucrece Borgia" (1935), Feuillere engendered controversy for a brief nude scene. Following her stage triumph in the Dumas work, she went on to create a number of unforgettable roles including the Queen in Jean Cocteau's "L'Aigle a deux tetes/The Eagle With Two Heads" (which she recreated in the 1948 film version) and a femme fatale in "Partage de Midi", opposite Jean-Louis Barrault. She continued to act onstage and in the occasional film until her official retirement in 1992.

Relationships

Pierre Feuillere

Husband
married in 1931 divorced in 1933 struggled with drug addiction committed suicide c. 1934

EDUCATION

Paris Conservatoire

Paris 1928
studied with Georges Le Roy; first met Pierre Feuillere

Dijon Conservatoire

Milestones

1993

Final film, "La Dame de Lieu-dit"

1984

Announced retirement; later rescinded announcement and continued to appear on stage

1977

Published first memoir "Les Feux de la memoire"

1974

Had featured role in Patrice Chereau's "La Chair de l'Orchide"

1965

Created lead role in Jean Giradoux's "The Madwoman of Chaillot"

1960

More or less retired from films to concentrate on stage work

1957

Returned to London stage with own theatrical company in "La dame aux camelias", "La Parisienne", "La carosse du Saint-Sacrement" and "Phedre"

1951

London stage debut with Jean-Louis Barrault Company in "Partage de Midi"

1947

Had stage triumph in "Partage du Midi" opposite Jean-Louis Barrault

1947

Reprised stage role as the Queen in "The Eagle with Two Heads"; part written especially for her by Jean Cocteau

1946

Earned praise for her film role in "L'Idiot"

1939

Appeared on stage as Marguerite Gautier in "La Dame aux Camelias"

1937

Cast as a spy opposite Erich von Stroheim in "Marthe Richard au service de la France"

1935

Had title role in Abel Gance's "Lucrece Borgia"; created a scandal because of breif nudity

1933

Left Comedie-Francaise

1931

Feature film debut, "Cordon-bleu"

1931

Debut with Comedie-Francaise in "Le Marriage de Figaro"

1931

Appeared in the short film "La Fine combine"

1930

Stage acting debut, billed as Cora Lynn

After WWI, family moved to Dijon, France

Spent childhood in Italy as father was serving in Italian army

Bonus Trivia

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"I love to play monsters." --Edwige Feuillere

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Awarded the Chevalier of the Legion d'Honneur in 1980.

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In 1993, she was made grand officier de la Legion d'Honneur.

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