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Born in Dijon, Côte-d'Or, France
Died in Boulogne-Billancourt, Hauts-de-Seine, France  (complications from eye cancer)
Birth NameClaude Marcelle Jorré
Nicknames Peggy Sage
La petite fiancée du cinéma français

Mini Bio (3)

Claude Jade, daughter of English-teachers, was a student on the "Conservatoire d'Art Dramatique" in Dijon. In 1966, she won a Prize for best actress on stage (Agnès in Molière's "L'école des femmes"). She was also a student on the Acedemy in Paris (teacher: Jean-Laurent Cochet), played in TV series and on stage in Paris and made her first movie Stolen Kisses (1968) ("Stolen Kisses") directed by François Truffaut. He proposed to marry her in Spring 1968, but she later married Bernard Coste (son Pierre was born in 1976), a diplomate with whom she lived also some years in Russia.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Cisnadie

Claude Jade was born as daughter of a protestant university-couple and visited during her childhood and her study (philosophy) the Conservatory of Dramatic Art in Dijon. Claude won the Prize as best actress (Agnès in Molières "L'école des femmes") and moved to Paris. She worked at the theatre with Jean-Laurent Cochet and has been engaged by Sacha Pitoëff to the Théatre Moderne (as "Frida" in Luigi Pirandello's "Henri IV"). Claude was discovered on stage by François Truffaut and she played the female heroine in Stolen Kisses (1968). The part of "Christine" beside Jean-Pierre Léaud as her lover and husband "Antoine Doinel", she played also in the sequels Bed & Board (1970) and Love on the Run (1979). Truffaut proposed to her in Spring 1968 but, later, she married the diplomat Bernard Coste, with whom she also lived some years in Russia making a short Soviet career. Claude Jade worked with famous directors like: Alfred Hitchcock, Édouard Molinaro and Jean-Pierre Mocky. She also played on stage and in many TV-Films. Her most popular part was "Véronique d'Hergemont" in Coffin Island (1979). Since 1998, she is a female "Chevalier de la legion d'honneur".

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Al

An internationally acclaimed French actress. Born Claude Marcelle Jorré, in Dijon, France, the daughter of English professors - Marcel Jorré and Marcelle Schneider - Claude Jade spent three years at the Dijon Conservatory of Dramatic Art - like years before Edwige Feuillère and Marlène Jobert. Subsequently, she moved to Paris, worked at the Theatre Edouard with her teachers like Jean-Laurent Cochet or Mary Marquet and in the class with Gérard Depardieu. During that time, she began acting in television productions and on stage. It was while she was performing at the Theatre Moderne in Sacha Pitoëff's production of "Henri IV", that she was discovered by François Truffaut, who cast her in the role of "Christine Darbon", the girlfriend of his alter-ego "Antoine Doinel", played by Jean-Pierre Léaud, in his film Stolen Kisses (1968). Her screen debut earned her great acclaim and placed Claude Jade in the international spotlight. She reprised her most noted role as "Christine" in Truffaut's Bed & Board (1970) and Love on the Run (1979). Claude Jade was at that time romantically involved to Truffaut. Some years later - in 1972 - she married French diplomate Bernard Coste, and son Pierre was born in 1976. After her screen-debut, Claude Jade gained fame and adulation, catching the attention of Alfred Hitchcock, who cast her as the worried agent's daughter "Michèle Picard" in Topaz (1969), and went on to enjoy a prolific international career. In French cinema, her most memorable roles were "Manette" in Édouard Molinaro's romantic comedy My Uncle Benjamin (1969), her innocent "Cécile" in The Witness (1969), the unscrupulous "Eleanore" in The Boat on the Grass (1971) by Gérard Brach and the courageous "Françoise Bernardeau" in Denys de La Patellière's drama Forbidden Priests (1973). One of her most honored roles is the nurse "Claire" in Home Sweet Home (1973). Claude also played "Tiffany" in the police drama filmed in Rome Special Killers (1973). Of her later roles in the 80s, there is the double-role in Lise et Laura (1982), then "Marielle" in A Girl in the Sunflowers (1984) and "Alice" with director 'René Feret' in his The Man Who Wasn't There (1987). Her rare leading roles on screen in the 90s were the lovely mother "Gabrielle Martin" in List of Merite (1992), the shy lesbian heiress "Caroline" with Michel Serrault in Bonsoir (1994) by Jean-Pierre Mocky and the governor's wife "Reine Schmaltz" in Le radeau de la Méduse (1990). Claude Jade also continued to perform on stage and television, where she had her most popular role as "Véronique d'Hergemont", heroine of famous mini-series Coffin Island (1979).

Her many contributions to French Culture were recognised in 1998, when she was named a Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur. In 2000, she received the New Wave Award at the Palm Beach International Film Festival for the "trend-setting role in the world cinema and the unique style she has set for generations of actresses".

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Denner

Spouse (1)

Bernard Coste (15 December 1972 - 1 December 2006) (her death) (1 child)

Trivia (2)

Cousin of TV director Guy Jorré.
She has an entry in Jean Tulard's "Dictionnaire du Cinéma/Les Acteurs" published in Paris in 2007, page 591 (ISBN: 978-2-221-10895-6).

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