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Irène Bordoni (1895–1953)

Corsican Irène Bordoni was one of several Broadway stars who failed to translate their success to the screen. Born to Italian parents, she was an assured child actress in her native country before emigrating to the United States. There, she established herself on the Great White Way in musical revues and adaptations of spicy French farces. ... See full bio »

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Paris Vivienne Rolland
Louisiana Purchase
Louisiana Purchase Madame Yvonne Bordelaise
Musical Comedy Time
Musical Comedy Time Madame Bordelaise
Le traquenard
Le traquenard Actress


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 1951 Musical Comedy Time (TV Series)
Madame Bordelaise
- Louisiana Purchase (1951) ... Madame Bordelaise
 1941 Louisiana Purchase
Madame Yvonne Bordelaise
 1937 Du Barry Did All Right (Short)
Irene Wainwright (as Irene Bordoni)
 1936 Paris in New York (Short)
 1929 The Show of Shows
Performer in 'Just for One Hour of Love' Number
 1929 Paris
Vivienne Rolland
 1915 Le traquenard
 1914 Le secret du châtelain (Short)
 1912 Le club des élégants (Short)
 1912 Le miracle des fleurs (Short)
 1910 Pierrot aime les roses (Short)
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 1937 Du Barry Did All Right (Short) (performer: "Oh, You Louie", "He Didn't Understand My English", "Du Barry Didn't Do So Bad" - uncredited)
 1932 Just a Gigolo (Short) (performer: "Just a Gigolo")
 1929 The Show of Shows (performer: "Just an Hour of Love" (1929) - uncredited)
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 1932 Just a Gigolo (Short)
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 1995 Betty Boop: Queen of the Cartoons (Documentary)

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Stage Play: The French Doll. Comedy. Adapted from the French of M. Armont and Mr. Gerbidon. Book adapted by A.E. Thomas. Music by George Gershwin and Gus Edwards. Lyrics by Buddy G. DeSylva and Will D. Cobb. Directed by W.H. Gilmore. Lyceum Theatre: 20 Feb 1920- 3 Jun 1922 (120 performances). Cast: Eugene Borden (as "Rene Mazulier"), '... See more »

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Irene Bordoni

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Popular Broadway star of the 1920s, most notably in Cole Porter's "Paris," a role she repeated on film in 1929. Well into her fifties, she made a successful stage comeback when she took over the unlikely role of "Bloody Mary" in the Broadway production of "South Pacific."

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