Katherine Kath

Katherine Kath (11 August 1920 – 17 November 2012) was a French prima ballerina at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, who became an actress after suffering from an injury which destroyed her chances of continuing her career. She was born Rose Marie Lily Faess in Berck, Pas-de-Calais, France, where she also died, at age 92 in 2012 from undisclosed causes.

Katherine Kath
Rose Marie Lily Faess

(1920-08-11)August 11, 1920
DiedNovember 17, 2012(2012-11-17) (aged 92)
Berck, Pas-de-Calais, France
OccupationBallerina, actress

Kath appeared in many international films and television programmes during her acting career. She met British filmmaker Jack Clayton in 1952, during the making of Moulin Rouge, in which she portrayed famous can-can dancer La Goulue and on which Clayton was the assistant director. They married in 1953, following Clayton's divorce from his first wife, Christine Norden, but the union was shortlived.



Year Title Role Notes
1947 Captain Blomet
1948 Le cavalier de Croix-Mort Sandrine
1948 The Cupboard Was Bare L'actrice
1948 Toute la famille était là Rita Barbara
1949 Thus Finishes the Night Une voyageuse
1950 Fugitive from Montreal
1952 Crimson Curtain
1952 Moulin Rouge Louise Weber (La Goulue)
1953 Inside a Girls' Dormitory Mlle. Claude Persal
1954 Daughters of Destiny La ribaude Segment: "Jeanne"
1954 Oh No, Mam'zelle Gimblette
1955 Madonna of the Sleeping Cars Irena
1956 Peril for the Guy Anita Fox
1956 A Touch of the Sun Lucienne
1956 Anastasia Maxime
1957 Let's Be Happy Mrs. Fielding
1957 These Dangerous Years Mrs. Wyman
1957 Seven Thunders Mme. Parfait
1958 The Man Who Wouldn't Talk Yvonne Delbeau
1959 Subway in the Sky Anna Grant
1961 Fury at Smugglers' Bay Maman
1962 Gigot Colette
1963 Aliki Anna
1964 Circus World Hilda
1965 The High Bright Sun Mrs. Andros
1969 The Assassination Bureau Mme. Lucoville
1971 Mary, Queen of Scots Catherine de' Medici
1977 Marquis de Sade's Justine Mme. Laronde


Year Title Role Notes
1956, 1966 Armchair Theatre Mila Kosky, Carole Millard Episodes: "The Mother", "The Three Barrelled Shotgun"
1957 The Benny Hill Show Episode: "2.1"
1958 Uncertain Mercy Marya Borow TV film
1958 Sunday Night Theatre Nina Episode: "The Uninvited"
1958–59 Television Playwright Maria Venucci / Anna Rojas Episodes: "The Marrying of Milly", "The Dark Side of the Earth"
1959 Foreign Field Cyprine TV film
1959 Never Die Odette Marceau TV film
1960 BBC Sunday-Night Play Sister Annelise Episode: "The Small Victory"
1961 The Hunted Giselle TV film
1967 The Prisoner Engadine Episode: "A. B. and C."
1972 Doomwatch Lady Janette Holroyd Episode: "Without the Bomb"
1974 QB VII Mrs. Czerny Episode: "Part 3"
1975 Shades of Greene The Madam Episode: "The Root of All Evil"
1980 Love in a Cold Climate Old Countess Episode: "Monsieur Le Duc"
1984 The Man Who Married a French Wife Maman TV film
1986 Just Good Friends The Secretary Episode: "The Wedding"
1987 Horizon Pop Prior Episode: "The Race for the Double Helix"
1989 The Pied Piper French Woman on Train TV film

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