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Overview (4)

Born in Lille, Nord, France
Died in Tujunga, California, USA  (tuberculosis)
Birth NameJeanne de la Fonte
Height 5' 1" (1.55 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Renee Adoree was born Jeanne de la Fontein in Lille in Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France, on September 30, 1898. She had what one could call a normal childhood. Her background is, perhaps, one of the most difficult to find information on any actress in existence. What we do know that her interest in acting surfaced during her teen years with minor stage productions in France. By 1920 she had attracted the attention of American producers and came to New York. Her first film before US audiences was The Strongest (1920) that same year. That was to be it until 1921,, when she appeared in Made in Heaven (1921). Renee wondered if she had made the right move by going into motion pictures because of two minor roles in as many films. Finally MGM saw fit to put her in more films in 1922. Movies such as West of Chicago (1922), Daydreams (1928), Mixed Faces (1922) and Monte Cristo (1929) saw her with meatier roles than she had had previously. Renee was, finally, hitting her stride. Better roles to be sure, but still she was not of first-class caliber yet.

All that changed in 1925 when she starred as Melisande with John Gilbert in The Big Parade (1925). The picture made stars out of Renee, Gilbert and Karl Dane. Based on the film's success, Renee was put in another production, Excuse Me (1925). It lacked the drama the previous picture but was well-received. In a plot written by Elinor Glyn, Renee starred as Suzette in Man and Maid (1925). This was Renee's most provocative role yet and she was fast becoming one of the sexiest actresses on the screen. In 1927 Renee starred as Nang Ping in Mr. Wu (1927), along with her sister Mira Adoree. The film was a hit, with co-stars Ralph Forbes and Lon Chaney, but it was Renee's character that carried the film. After several more pictures, her career was slowing down. She appeared in a bit part in Show People (1928) later that year. The following year she had an uncredited bit role in His Glorious Night (1929). Re-discovered by First National Pictures after being released by MGM, she appeared in The Spieler (1928), in which she was a struggling carnival manager trying to overcome the dishonesty that went on in her organization.

Ill with tuberculosis, she retired in 1930. Less than a week after her 35th birthday, on Oct. 5, 1933, Renee Adoree died in Tujunga, CA.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Denny Jackson (qv's & corrections by A. Nonymous)

Spouse (2)

William Sherman Gill (28 June 1927 - 2 February 1929) (divorced)
Tom Moore (12 February 1921 - 1924) (divorced)

Trivia (7)

Screen actress and circus performer.
Interred at Hollywood Forever cemetery, Hollywood, California, USA, Abbey of the Psalms, #119.
Sister-in-law of Owen Moore and Matt Moore.
Sister-in-law of Joe Moore.
She has an entry in Jean Tulard's "Dictionnnaire du Cinéma/Les Acteurs", published in Paris in 2007 by Bouquins/Robert Laffont (pg. 12).
During the filming of Back to God's Country (1927), the cast was snowbound for a month in the Sierra Nevada Mountaions. According to Adoree's career article in "Films in Review" by Roi A. Uselton, on February 24, 1927, at a dinner celebrating the rescue of the film's company, Kathleen O'Connor accused her husband, director Lynn Reynolds of a liaison with Adoree. After the accusation he struck his wife, ran into another room and then shot himself to death. Adoree denied being involved in the suicide.
Adoree was literally born in a circus tent. Her father was a circus clown and her mother was an equestrienne. She was taught acrobatics, horseback riding, and dancing as a child and at age 15 joined a group of touring mimes.

Personal Quotes (1)

[on her early circus life] There were so many children with the circus the management installed a teacher, and there were regular school hours, with rigid discipline. When a long move made us forego a day's lessons, we had a double study the next day.

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