Claude Dauphin

IMDB Entry: In 1930, Claude, who was a stage-struck set designer at the Oden Theater, a repertory house in Paris, learned an ailing actor’s part in two hours and took it over without a rehearsal. Tristan Bernard, the famous French playwright and producer took notice of this feat. He engaged Dauphin for the leading role […]

Rosanna Rory

Rossana Rory was born on September 7, 1927 in Rome, Lazio, Italy as Rossana Coppa. She is an actress, known for Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958), L’Eclisse (1962) and Come September (1961).

Odile Versois

IMDB entry: Docile, delicately beautiful, light-haired Parisian actress Odile Versois was born Katiana de Poliakoff-Baidaroff on June 14, 1930, the second of four Poliakoff sisters, all of whom became renown actresses in their own right. From an artistic family (her father was opera singer Vladimir de Poliakoff), Versois began her career as a child ballerina […]

Maria Casares

John Calder’s obitury on Ms Casares in “The Independent”: Maria Casares was the most outstanding French tragic actress of her generation. She was born in Spain but, because of enforced exile at the end of the Spanish Civil War, her career was entirely on the French stage and screen. Unlike her seniors Edwige Feuillere and […]

Anton Diffring

“Wikipedia” entry: Diffring was born as Alfred Pollack in Koblenz. His father Solomon Pollack was a Jewish shop-owner who managed to avoid internment by the Nazi authorities and survived the war. His mother Bertha Diffring was Christian. He studied acting in Berlin and Vienna but there is some conjecture about when he left Germany prior to World War II. The […]

Lucia Bose

Lucia Bosé was born on January 28, 1931 in Milan, Lombardy, Italy as Lucia Borlani. She is an actress, known for Death of a Cyclist (1955), Story of a Love Affair (1950) andHarem suare (1999). She was previously married to Luis Miguel Dominguín. Lucia Bosé obituary in “The Guardian” newspaper in March 2020. The Italian actor Lucia Bosé, who has died […]

Mai Zetterling

David Shipman’s obituary of Mai Zetterling in “The Independent”: ‘WOULD you take Frieda into your home?’ So went one of the most famous movie ad-lines of the post-war period. Frieda (1947) was the story of a German war bride and the prejudice she encountered when her husband, played by David Farrar, brought her home to […]

Charles Boyer

TCM overview: With his dark good looks and resonant, deeply accented murmur, Charles Boyer personified European romance in his native France and Hollywood for over four decades in such films as “Algiers” (1938), “All This, And Heaven Too” (1941) and “Gaslight” (1944). Though a studious, retiring figure off-screen, Boyer left female moviegoers swooning in the […]

Giuliano Gemma

Ronald Bergan’s 2013 obituary in “The Guardian”: When the spaghetti western was born in the early 1960s, some of the Italian lead actors disguised their names under American-sounding ones (though nobody was fooled). Among those competing successfully with bona fide Yanks such as Clint Eastwood and Lee Van Cleef were Terence Hill (born Mario Girotti), […]