French Actress Postcards of the Belle Epoque

Regina Badet

Regina Badet - born Bordeaux 1876; died Bordeaux 1949.  Actress,  ballerina. Prima Ballerina of Grand Theatre of Bordeaux - the Chateau Morbuzet at Bordeaux was built by the then owner in 1917 as a tribute to her. Starred in a number of short silent films 1909-1922, including early "short" based on the opera Carmen. Appeared at the Teatro Municipal, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in the same year.

Berthe Bady

Berthe Bady 1872 -
Actress. Noted for her touring performances in  1894/95 in Ibsen's "The Master Builder"., and for her portrait by Toulouse-Lautrec.

Jeanne de Marsy

Jeanne de Marsy was a Paris actress and model for Manet. The two women spectators on the balcony in Manet's " Bar at the Folies Bergere" who have been identified were de Marsy and Mery Laurent.

Louisa de Mornand

Mistress of the Marquis of Albufeira; close acquaintance of Proust.

Gaby Deslys

Gaby Deslys (1881-1920) was a dancer and Paris music-hall entertainer, but more than that, was a sensation !  She bacame the mistress of the King of Portugal, and more importantly appeared on the stage in London and New York. She created her own style of dancing - the "Gaby Glide" and is credited with introducing the strip-tease to Paris (she brought it back from Broadway). She gave up her career at the outbreak of the Second World War.

Marcelle Lender

Marcelle Lender (1862-1926) was a French singer-dancer and entertainer made famous in paintings by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.

Born Anne-Marie Marcelle Bastien, she began dancing at the age of 16 and within a few years made a name for herself performing at the Theatre des Varieties in Montmartre.

Marcelle Lender appears in several works by Lautrec but the most notable is the one of her dancing the Bolero during her February 1895 performance in the Florimond Herve operetta "Chilperic". Lautrec's portrait of her in full costume, her flame-red hair accentuated by two red poppies worn like plumes, boosted Lender's popularity considerably after it appeared in a Paris magazine. The painting was eventually sold to a collector from the United States, and in 1998 was donated to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

Gabrielle Robinne

Gabrielle Robinne, the French actress and comedienne, and celebrated beauty,  was born at Montlucon on 1st July 1886, and died at Saint-Cloud on 18th December, 1980.

She joined the Comedie-Francaise in 1907, and became "societaire" in 1924.

She was one of the earliest actresses in silent film, and appeared in several talking films in the early 1930's.

She was appointed to the Legion d'honneur.

In 1914 she performed at the inauguration of the theatre of Montlucon; in 2006 the Montlucon theatre was re-named the Gabrielle Robinne Theatre.



Violet Wegner

Violet Wegner 1887-1960.

Married in 1924 to Prince Peter, Grand Voivode of Zahumlye, Cetinje. After conversion to orthodoxy her name was changed to Ljubica.