Gabrielle Robinne

Gabrielle Anna Charlotte Robinne (1 July 1886 18 December 1980) was a French stage and film actress whose career spanned over sixty years.

Gabrielle Robinne
Born
Gabrielle Anna Charlotte Robinne

(1886-07-01)1 July 1886
Died18 December 1980(1980-12-18) (aged 94)
OccupationActress
Years active1904–1973
Spouse(s)René Alexandre

Career

Born in Montluçon, Allier, France, Robinne was a pupil of Maurice de Féraudy at the Paris Conservatory. In 1904 she entered the company of Sarah Bernhardt and for a year she joined the Theatre Michel in St. Petersburg, Russia. Her career blossomed while performing at the Comédie-Française in 1907 and she became a sociétaire in 1924 and remained there until 1938. She made her film debut in the 1906 Segundo de Chomón-directed short Le troubadour. She is often regarded by critics to be the first French star of the silent film era.[1]

Gabrielle Robinne alternated her time between the stage and film. Between 1906 and 1973, Robinne would appear in nearly fifty films. Her last film appearance was a role in the 1973 Stanislav Stanojevic-directed drama Le journal d'un suicidé (English release title: Diary of a Suicide).

Personal life and death

Gabrielle Robinne was married to actor René Alexandre from 1912 until his death in 1946. She never remarried. She died in Saint-Cloud, Hauts-de-Seine, France in 1980 at the age of 94.

Legacy

In 2006, after several years of restoration, the local theatre in Robinne's home village of Montluçon was renamed the Théâtre Municipal Gabrielle Robinne and was opened to the public by actress Audrey Tautou. Renovated at a cost of 2.5 million, the theatre was named in Robinne's honor and was mainly financed by the State, the General Council and the Regional Council.[2] The theatre was founded in 1912 and opened 17 January 1914, with Robinne present on the day of the first opening.

For her work in the French arts, Gabrielle Robinne was made an Officer of the Legion of Honor.[3]

Selected filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1908The Assassination of the Duke of GuiseMarquise de Noirmoutier, maîtresse du duc
1913Coeur de femmeGabrielle Normand
1913Plus fort que la haineGina Gioverni
1913La leçon du gouffreGabrielle de Lanssay
1913Le roi du bagneGermaine Pradier
1914La lutte pour la vieClaire Préval
1916Blessure d'amourMarguerite
1916Zyte
1917La proie
1917La chanson du feu
1917Le dédale
1917Le vol suprêmeHervinde de Montclard
1917La bonne hôtesse
1917La vie d'une reine
1918La route du devoir
1918L'expiation
1919Les larmes du pardon
1919Le calvaire d'une reine
1922Destinée
1927Lucile
1938RasputinTsarine-mère
1938Adrienne LecouvreurLa Duclos
1939Girls in DistressLe mère d'Yvette
1946The CaptainLa supérieure
1947Rendez-vous à ParisLady Mermor
1947HyménéeMme d'Aubarède
1963ProstitutionHonorine
1973Le Journal d'un suicidéLa vieille dame(final film role)

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