- Yvonne Printemps
Yvonne Printemps (
Ermont, July 25, 1894– January 19, 1977in Paris) was a French singer and actress.
Born Ermont Yvonne Willigniolle Dupre, she made her debut at the age of 12 in a revue at
La Cigalein Paris. She was dancing at the Folies Bergèreat age 13. Nicknamed Printemps (springtime) by her fellow chorus members because of her sunny disposition, she started in operetta, appearing in such works as "Les Contes de Perrault" (1913) and "Le Poilu" (1916). Her voice and stage presence made her a great star at a young age, appearing as a teenager with the greatest stars of the day, Maurice Chevalierand Mistinguett.
In 1919, she married actor-playwright
Sacha Guitry. Together they performed in a number of his plays, bringing the extremely popular 1925 production of "Mozart" to cities in North America, including New York City, Montreal, Quebec, and Boston, Massachusetts.
In 1934 she received international acclaim for her performance in the
Noel Cowardplay, "Conversation Piece". She performed in Paris and at London's West End before going to the United States to star on Broadway. She appeared in nine motion pictures, including the starring role in both the stage and screen versions of "Trois Valses".
While married to Sacha Guitry, she fell in love with French film star
Pierre Fresnay. She divorced Guitry for Fresnay, whom she did not marry, but with whom she remained for life. Loving the spotlight, she would be seen draped with jewels and wearing enormous hats. Personifying the grand diva, she made a great spectacle wherever she went with her pet dogs on a leash.
She continued to perform on stage until she was well into her sixties and remained active with Pierre Fresnay, co-directing the Théâtre de la Michodière in Paris with him until his death in 1975.
Yvonne Printemps died in the Paris suburb of Neuilly in 1977. She is interred with Fresnay in the
Neuilly-sur-Seine community cemetery.
In 1994, the government of France placed her image on a postage stamp.
* "Un roman d'amour et d'aventures" (1918) (dir.
René Herviland Louis Mercanton)
* "Camille" (1926)
* "La dame aux camélias" (1934) (dir.
Abel Gance) (as Marguerite Gautier)
* "Les trois valses" (1938) (dir.
Ludwig Bergerand Albert Willemetz) (as Fanny, Yvette and Irène Grandpré)
* "Adrienne Lecouvreur" (1938) (dir.
Marcel L'Herbier) (in the title role)
* "Le Duel" (1939) (dir.
Pierre Fresnay) (as Thérèse Jaillon)
* "Je suis avec toi" (1943) (dir.
Henri Decoin) (as Élisabeth and Irène)
* "Les Condamnés" (1948) (dir. Georges Lacombe)
* "La Valse de Paris" (1949) (dir.
Marcel Achard) (as Hortense Schneider)
* "Le Voyage en Amérique" (1951) (dir.
Henri Lavorel) (as Clotilde Fournier)
*Steane, J B (1992), 'Printemps, Yvonne' in "The
New Grove Dictionary of Opera", ed. Stanley Sadie (London) ISBN 0-333-73432-7
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