Suzanne Cloutier

Actor, Producer, Impresario
French-Canadian blonde actress of the 1950s with flawless, chiseled features and a cool, wide-eyed beauty who, after a brief career as a New York model, was signed by George Stevens' Liberty Films, making her film debut ... Read more »
Born: 07/09/1927 in Ottawa, Ontario, CA

Filmography

Art Department (13)

Red 2 2013 (Movie)

Decorator (Set Decorator)

Warm Bodies 2013 (Movie)

(Set Decorator)

Source Code 2011 (Movie)

(Set Decorator)

Punisher: War Zone 2008 (Movie)

(Set Decorator)

Lucky Number Slevin 2006 (Movie)

(Set Decorator)

Time Bomb 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Set Decorator

The Greatest Game Ever Played 2005 (Movie)

Decorator (Set Decorator)

Taking Lives 2004 (Movie)

(Set Decorator)

Wicker Park 2004 (Movie)

(Set Decorator)

2001: A Space Travesty 2001 (Movie)

(Set Decorator)

L' Oreille d'un sourd 1995 (Movie)

(Art Director)

Student Seduction (TV Show)

Set Decorator

Too Rich: the Secret Life of Doris Duke (TV Show)

Set Decorator
Actor (6)

La Comtesse de Baton Rouge 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

Romanoff and Juliet 1961 (Movie)

Marfa Zlotochienko (Actor)

Doctor in the House 1955 (Movie)

Stella (Actor)

Othello 1955 (Movie)

Desdemona (Actor)

Temptation (Movie)

Yvonne Dupont (Actor)

Whiskers (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

French-Canadian blonde actress of the 1950s with flawless, chiseled features and a cool, wide-eyed beauty who, after a brief career as a New York model, was signed by George Stevens' Liberty Films, making her film debut in a small role in the 1946 "women's picture" "Temptation". Cloutier began her stage career the following year joining Charles Laughton's stage company for a season in New York and the Jean Daste Comedie Francise Touring Company in Paris. After starring in Julien Duvivier's French film, "Au Royanume des cieux/Woman Hunt" (1949), Cloutier was chosen by Orson Welles as the eleventh and final actress he hired to play Desdemona in his film version of "Othello" (completed 1952; US release 1955); her performance is finely honed, simple and straight forward, suggesting the beauty and poignant sweetness of the Moor's innocent bride. Cloutier continued her association with Welles, co-starring with him on the Paris stage in his "The Unthinking Lobster" and later helping to put together financing for his film projects "The Other Side of the Wind" (1972) and the never-completed "Don Quixote".

During the 1950s Cloutier starred in such international films as Marcel Carne's "Juliette ou la Clef des Songes" (1950). She played a maid who spends a day at the races with her favorite film star in "Derby Day" (1951) and was featured in "Doctor in the House" (1954).

The focus of her career shifted when she appeared opposite Peter Ustinov on the London stage in "No Sign of the Dove" in 1953, marrying the actor-director-playwright the following year (they divorced in 1971) and starring opposite him on stage and in the 1961 version of his hit comedy "Romanoff and Juliet". Cloutier has subsequently raised their three children; worked on a 1966 UNDP study of tourism in Dakar, Senegal; served as an artistic advisor to various film festivals and produced two musical documentary films.

Relationships

Peter Ustinov

Husband
married on February 15, 1954 second wife first appeared together on London stage in "No Sign of the Dove" (1953) starred in Ustinov's play and 1959 film "Romanoff and Juliet" divorced in 1971

EDUCATION

Marguerite Bourgeois College

graduated

studied drama in New York

Milestones

1968

Collaborated with producer Michael Butler on the Broadway production of "Hair"

1966

Went to Senegal for a UNDP study on tourism

1960

Moved back to Paris; worked on Ustinov's films "Billy Budd" and "Lady L" in an uncredited capacity

1953

First worked with Peter Ustinov on the London stage in "No Sign of the Dove"

1950

Starred opposite Welles in "The Unthinking Lobster" (written by Welles) at the Edouard VII Theater in Paris (date approximate)

1949

Played the lead in Julien Duvivier's film, "Le Royanume des Cieux"

1948

Signed by Welles to a seven-year contract

1948

Met Orson Welles at the Venice Film Festival; was the 11th and final Desdemona hired by Welles to star in his film, "Othello" (begun in 1948; completed 1952; released in US 1955)

1948

Went to Paris and joined the Jean Daste Comedie Francaise Touring Company

1947

Joined the Charles Laughton Company at the Coronet Theatre in New York performing in the classics

1946

Put under contract to George Stevens' Liberty Films

1946

Film debut in "Temptation"

Presided over the Montreal Film Festival jury

Returned to Paris; served as artistic advisor on film festivals and as impresario to Bob Wilson, Grotowski, Peter Brook, Cerbanne and Pilobilus

Toured US with Ustinov's play, "Romanoff and Juliet" and re-enacted the part of Marfa in the 1961 film version

Signed by Paramount Pictures to star opposite Alan Ladd and William Holden in "Paradise Island" (project cancelled) in the early 1950s

Became part-owner of the Babylon Theater in Paris; produced "Waiting for Godot" in the early 1950s

Produced musical documentary "Jammin' in Africa" (directed by Jean Luc Mazignon) filmed in Senegal, Mali, Upper Volta, Guinea, Ghana and Nigeria; also produced musical documentary film, "Sufi Dervishes" in Paris

Toured North Africa performing in French classics

Helped to put together financing for two Orson Welles film projects: "The Other Side of the Wind" and the unfinished "Don Quixote"

Became story editor for Seven Arts Film Company

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