Claire Gérard

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Claire Elisa Julienne Gérard (born March 12, 1889 in Saint-Gilles , Belgium , † March 24, 1971 in Paris ) was a Belgian theater and film actress .


Claire Gérard initially belonged to the ensemble of the Théâtre du Marais in Brussels . Then she settled in Paris , where she was henceforth as an actress both on stage and in front of the film camera. She appeared in pieces by Jean Cocteau and Albert Husson and was also heard on radio broadcasts. In 1932 she was seen in her first film. Due to her plump figure, she was mostly cast in comical supporting roles as house servant or governess. She starred several times under the direction of Jean Renoir , such as in Bestie Mensch ( La Bête humaine , 1938) alongside Jean Gabin and in White Daisies ( Elena et les Hommes , 1956) alongside Ingrid Bergman and Jean Marais . She also worked as a voice actress and was regularly used on French radio. In 1958 she made her last film. She then worked almost exclusively as a voice actress before she died in Paris in 1971 at the age of 83.

Filmography (selection)

  • 1932: Le Mariage de Mlle Beulemans
  • 1933: Trois pour cent
  • 1934: L'Hôtel du libre échange
  • 1934: Jeanne
  • 1935: Crime and Punishment (Crime et châtiment)
  • 1935: Sylvie (The beautiful days) (Les Beaux jours)
  • 1936: The crime of Mr. Lange (Le Crime de Monsieur Lange)
  • 1936: Life is ours ( La Vie est à nous )
  • 1936: Guild gang (La Belle équipe)
  • 1936: Being a father - but very much (Le Mioche)
  • 1937: I am the culprit (Le Coupable)
  • 1937: La Citadelle du silence
  • 1938: Life is not a novel (La Maison du Maltais)
  • 1938: The street of love (Remontons les Champs-Élysées)
  • 1938: Three Waltzes (Les Trois valses)
  • 1938: Beast Human (La Bête humaine)
  • 1939: The rules of the game (La Règle du jeu)
  • 1940: Serenade (Sérénade)
  • 1942: A woman disappears (Une femme disparait)
  • 1947: Daring game (Les Gosses mènent l'enquête)
  • 1948: SOS - 11 a.m. (La Dame d'onze heures)
  • 1949: Red signals (Le Signal rouge)
  • 1951: Five Girls and One Man (A Tale of Five Cities)
  • 1951: Love only shines once (Les Miracles n'ont lieu qu'une fois)
  • 1952: The Seven Sins (Les Sept péchés capitaux)
  • 1952: History of a Soul ( Procès au Vatican )
  • 1952: The girl with the whip (La Fille au fouet)
  • 1952: On the streets of Paris (La Fête à Henriette)
  • 1955: Papa, Mama, my wife and I (Papa, maman, ma femme et moi ...)
  • 1956: White daisies (Elena et les Hommes)
  • 1957: The Happy Road
  • 1958: The Magic Dragon (Cerf-volant du bout du monde)

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Individual evidence

  1. cf.
  2. cf. Biography on
  3. a b Ministère des affaires étrangères (ed.): Memo from Belgium . Issues 72–95, 1966, p. 160.