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1. Françoise Dorléac Françoise Dorléac Actress, The Soft Skin The radiant Francoise Dorleac is better remembered today as the elder, ill-fated sister of French film star Catherine Deneuve. The Paris-born actress, however, was actually the first to become a star and had quite a formidable career of her own in the 1960s until it was cut short. Born into a theatrical family in 1942 (her father was actor Maurice Dorléac)...
2. Roman Toporow Roman Toporow Actor, Berlin Express
3. W. Somerset Maugham W. Somerset Maugham Writer, The Painted Veil Popular British novelist, playwright, short-story writer and the highest-paid author in the world in the 1930s, Somerset Maugham graduated in 1897 from St. Thomas' Medical School and qualified as a doctor, but abandoned medicine after the success of his first novels and plays. During World War I he worked as a secret agent and in 1928 settled in Cap Ferrat in France...
4. Syd Chaplin Syd Chaplin Actor, Shoulder Arms
5. Louis Feuillade Louis Feuillade Director, Les vampires Prolific director of over seven hundred films, most of them short or medium-length. Feuillade began his career with Gaumont where, as well as directing his own features, he was appointed artistic director in charge of production in 1907. Feuillade's work was largely comprised of film series; his first series...
6. Gaston Leroux Gaston Leroux Writer, The Phantom of the Opera A native of Paris, France, a poet, journalist and novelist, Gaston Leroux is known for his many creative horror stories, including "Rouilable", "The Haunted Chair" and "The Wax Mask", but is probably best known for his work "The Phantom of the Opera", which became Leroux's prize possession. He wrote...
7. Isadora Duncan Isadora Duncan Writer, Isadora Isadora Duncan was an American dancer and innovative educator known for interdisciplinary and cross-cultural projects, and a hectic marriage to the famous Russian poet Sergei Esenin. She was born Isador 'Dora' Angela Duncan on May 26, 1877, in San Francisco, California. Her father, Joseph Duncan...
8. Franck Ferrari Franck Ferrari Actor, Paris 36
9. André Hunebelle André Hunebelle Director, Fantomas
10. Gérard Landry Gérard Landry Actor, La Bête Humaine
11. Viviane Romance Viviane Romance Actress, Panic Strikingly beautiful French leading lady (Miss Paris of 1930) who first appeared on stage at the age of 13 at the Theatre Sarah-Bernhardt, then did some modelling work and a year later joined the chorus line of the Moulin Rouge. She also performed the 'can-can' at the legendary Parisian nightclub Bal Tabarin...
12. Severin Wunderman Severin Wunderman Actor, Minority Report
13. Gaby Morlay Gaby Morlay Actress, Le Plaisir
14. Henri Matisse Henri Matisse Actor, Henri Matisse Henri Emile Benoit Matisse was born on December 31, 1869, in Le Cateau-Cambresis, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France. His father, named Emile Hippolyte Matisse, was a merchant, whose family were weavers. His mother, named Anna Heloise Matisse (nee Gerard), was a daughter of a tanner; she made hats and painted china...
15. Philippe Nicaud Philippe Nicaud Actor, Mademoiselle Strip-tease
16. Charles Spaak Charles Spaak Writer, La Grande Illusion
17. Grey Blake Grey Blake Actor, The Dancing Years
18. Leen Jongewaard Leen Jongewaard Actor, De boezemvriend
19. Edmond T. Gréville Edmond T. Gréville Director, The Hands of Orlac
20. Thomas Narcejac Thomas Narcejac Writer, Vertigo
21. Loni Nest Loni Nest Actress, The Golem
22. Georges Moustaki Georges Moustaki Soundtrack, La Vie en Rose
23. Henri-Jacques Huet Henri-Jacques Huet Actor, Breathless
24. Noël-Noël Noël-Noël Writer, The Chorus Warmly popular French character player and screenwriter in his heyday, Noel-Noel was born Lucien Noel and developed his celebrity in music halls and the cabaret venue, where he created his Ademai comic character, a blundering French soldier. He eventually took this character successfully to film in...
25. Bruce Chatwin Bruce Chatwin Writer, Cobra Verde
26. Jacques Henri Lartigue Jacques Henri Lartigue Actor, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
27. Madeleine Aile Madeleine Aile Actress, Il était deux petits enfants
28. René Lefèvre René Lefèvre Actor, The Crime of Monsieur Lange
29. Edward José Edward José Director, The Iron Claw Belgian-born Edward José began his film career as an actor, starring opposite Theda Bara in one of her most famous films, A Fool There Was. Turning to directing shortly afterwards, he handled several Pearl White serials, and piloted many features in the late 1910s and early 1920s. His most ambitious film was The Beloved Vagabond...
30. Anne-Marie Jelinek Anne-Marie Jelinek Actress, Black Girl
31. Niccolò Paganini Niccolò Paganini Soundtrack, Shine Paganini's musical talent was recognized at an early age, and his ambitious father drove him hard to succeed, even withholding food if his son did not perform to his satisfaction on the violin. Escaping his father's domineering influence in his late teens by fleeing to Lucca, Paganini came to the attention of Princess Elisa Baciocchi...
32. Magnus Hirschfeld Magnus Hirschfeld Actor, Different from the Others
33. Jean-François Martial Jean-François Martial Actor, Mon Oncle
34. Marie Dubas Marie Dubas Self, Mon légionnaire
35. Maximilienne Maximilienne Actress, Maria Chapdelaine In his sketches, popular French comedian'Fernand Raynaud' was often bullied by a self-righteous sharp-tongued spinster called Mademoiselle Lelongbec, the parish organist. Tall, lean and unattractive, Maximilenne (born Henriette Genty in 1884) seemed born to play the part and she WAS the obvious choice for director Robert Darène when...
36. Eugene Deslaw Eugene Deslaw Director, Montparnasse
37. Jacques Gallo Jacques Gallo Actor, The Magic Sword
38. Freda Betti Freda Betti Actress, Le Médecin malgré lui Freda Betti was born in 1924 to a modest family : his father was a house painter and his mother was a fishmonger. His paternal family originates from the region of Emilia-Romagna in Italy : his grandfather was born in Parma and he immigrated to Nice with his wife and children in the late 1890s. She...
39. Leonard Mosley Leonard Mosley Writer, Foxhole in Cairo
40. Beverley Brooks Beverley Brooks Actress, Reach for the Sky
41. Charles Le Bargy Charles Le Bargy Actor, The Assassination of the Duke de Guise
42. Alphonse Boudard Alphonse Boudard Writer, Le corbillard de Jules At first he was an apprentice in an iron casting works. During the Occupation, he joined the underground movement to fight against the nazi invaders. However he worked illegally making counterfeit money, and became an expert in safebreaking using a blowlamp. This "activity" lead to his imprisonment (1945-1949 and 1957-1961)...
43. Maurice Maeterlinck Maurice Maeterlinck Writer, The Blue Bird Maeterlinck was a revolutionary symbolist playwright from Belgium. His influence on modern drama is vast and he was one of the best known figures in Europe in the early twentieth century, both for his plays and his philosophical writings. Best known today for his fantasy play "The Blue Bird", which has been adapted into a number of films...
44. Slawomir Mrozek Slawomir Mrozek Writer, Revolución
45. André Franquin André Franquin Writer, HOUBA! On the Trail of the Marsupilami
46. Antonin Berval Antonin Berval Actor, Justin de Marseille
47. Jean-Jacques Delbo Jean-Jacques Delbo Actor, The Little Rebels
48. Fernand Rivers Fernand Rivers Actor, Le duel de Plouf
49. Rita Jolivet Rita Jolivet Actress, Theodora Rita Jolivet was a silent film actress whose career spanned from 1914 when she made FATA MORGANA to 1926 when she filmed PHI-PHI. Afterwards, Rita dropped out of films. She made only 20 films in her brief career.
50. André Beucler André Beucler Writer, F.P.1 Doesn't Answer
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