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Claude France

French postcard. Editions Cinémagazine nr. 441. Cliché Sartony.


Claude France (1893-1928) was a French actress of the 1920s.


Born Jane Joséphine Anna Françoise Wittig in Emden, Germany, Claude France debuted in cinema in 1919, in the film Le Carnaval des Vérités by Marcel L'Herbier. Afterwards she performed in memorable films such as Le Père Goriot (Jacques de Baroncelli 1921) after Balzac, Le Diamant vert (Pierre Marodon 1922), Pax Domine (René Leprince 1923), Violettes impériales (Henry Roussel 1923) with Raquel Meller , L'autre aile (Henri Andréani 1923), Moderne Ehen (Hans Otto 1924) with Helena Makowska, Pension Groonen (Robert Wiene 1925), Le prince charmant (Viktor Tourjansky 1925) with Jaque Catelain, Le Bossu (Jean Kemm 1925) starring Gaston Jacquet, and L'Abbé Constantin (Julien Duvivier 1925) starring Jean Coquelin. Claude France was Madame de Pompadour in Fanfan-la-Tulipe (Rene Leprince 1925), Potiphar's wife in Le berceau de dieu (Fred LeRoy Granville 1926), the title character in Lady Harrington (Hewitt Claypoole Grantham-Hayes, Fred LeRoy Granville 1926), a double role as Mme Cornelis and Mme Termonde in André Cornelis (Jean Kemm 1926), and the female leads in Simone (E.B. Donatien 1926), L'ile d'amour (Berthe Dagmar, Jean Durand 1927) costarring Pierre Batcheff and La Madone des Sleepings (Marco de Gastyne, Maurice Gleize 1927) costarring Olaf Fjord and Vladimir Gajdarov. In January 1928, two months before her greatest triumph La Madone des sleepings opened in the cinemas, Claude France's career was cut short when she died at the age of 34. Grief strucken (over whom?) she commited suicide by opening the gas.


Sources: French Wikipedia, IMDB.

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