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Overview (2)

Born in Paris, France
Birth NameSuzanne Pierrette Delaire

Mini Bio (1)

Prototype of the sexy cheeky French lady, Suzy Delair was discovered by Henri-Georges Clouzot, who became her companion and gave her two memorable roles : Mila Malou, inspector Wens' unbearable girlfriend in two films, Le dernier des six (1941), which he wrote, and The Murderer Lives at Number 21 (1942), which he penned and directed; and the mythical one of Jenny Lamour, a frivolous music-hall singer prepared to do anything to become famous who makes her poor husband insanely jealous in Quai des Orfèvres (1947). The rest of her filmography is rather disappointing, with a few exceptions such as Jean Grémillon's Pattes blanches (1949) , where she is -once again - an unfaithful companion ; Gervaise (1956), René Clément's masterpiece as Gervaise's obnoxious rival or Luchino Visconti's Rocco and His Brothers (1960), another cinema milestone, even if her part in this film is minor. An excellent singer (Who has forgotten "Avec son tra la la"?), delightful in operettas, Suzy Delair could hardly choose between her two careers. This may be the reason why she missed out on more great roles than she finally interpreted. Nevertheless, Mila Malou and Jenny Lamour are now part of the French film heritage. Not everybody can boast having left such an imprint on several generations of movie-goers.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Guy Bellinger

Trivia (1)

In June 1950, she sang the French song "C'est si bon' (composed in 1947 by Henri Betti with the lyrics of André Hornez) with Aimé Barelli and his Orchestra at the Monte Carlo Casino. Louis Armstrong was present and enjoys the song. On June 26, he recorded the American version of the song (English lyrics by Jerry Seelen) in New York with Sy Oliver and his Orchestra. When it was released, the disc was a worldwide success and the song was then performed by the greatest international singers and used in film and television.

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