Suzy Delair

Suzy Delair (born Suzanne Pierrette Declair 31 December 1917) is a French actress and singer. She turned 100 in December 2017.[1]

Suzy Delair
Suzanne Pierrette Delaire

(1917-12-31) 31 December 1917
OccupationActress, singer


Born in Paris, she acted in films directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot, Jean Dréville, Jean Grémillon, Marcel L'Herbier, Christian-Jaque, Marcel Carné, Luchino Visconti, René Clément, and Gérard Oury.

In 1947, Delair had a supporting role in Murder Lives at 21, which had its American premiere in New York City.[2]


In June 1950, she performed rehearsals of the song C'est si bon with Aimé Barelli and his Orchestra at the Monte Carlo casino where Louis Armstrong was finishing her evening. This song became a standard of jazz thanks to the recording of Armstrong in New York City in 1950 with English lyrics by Jerry Seelen.

Personal life

For several years, Delair was the companion of French film director, producer and screenwriter Henri-Georges Clouzot.

Selected filmography

  • A Caprice of Pompadour (Willy Wolff et Joë Hamman, 1931) Une soubrette de la Pompadour
  • Imperial Violets (Henri Roussell), 1932)
  • La Dame de chez Maxim's (Alexander Korda), 1933)
  • Let's Touch Wood (1933) La petite compagne d'amusement
  • Professeur Cupidon (1933)
  • Casanova (1934)
  • Poliche (1934) Une Danseuse (uncredited)
  • The Depression Is Over (Robert Siodmak, 1934)
  • The Crisis is Over (1934) (uncredited)
  • Dédé (Abel Gance), 1934) Poliche (uncredited)
  • Gold in the Street (K. Bernhardt), 1934) Madeleine l'amie de Gaby
  • Ferdinand le noceur (1935) Madame Alice Une prostituée de la maison close (uncredited)
  • Les Sœurs Hortensias (1935) Une femme au cabaret (uncredited)
  • Prends la route (Jean Boyer), 1936)
  • Trois Six Neuf (Raymond Rouleau, 1937)
  • The Last One of the Six (Georges Lacombe, 1941) Mila Malou
  • The Murderer Lives at Number 21 (Henri-Georges Clouzot, 1942) - Mila Malou
  • Défense d'aimer (Richard Pottier, 1942) Totte
  • La Vie de Bohème (Marcel L'Herbier, 1945) Phémie / Femia
  • Confessions of a Rogue (Jean Dréville, 1947) Coralin
  • Quai des Orfèvres / Jenny Lamour (Henri-Georges Clouzot, 1947) Jenny Lamour
  • Par la fenêtre (Gilles Grangier, 1948) Fernande
  • White Paws (Jean Grémillon, 1949) Odette Kerouan
  • I'm in the Revue (Mario Soldati, 1950) La Chanteuse
  • Lady Paname (Henri Jeanson, 1950) Raymonde Bosset, dite Caprice
  • Lost Souvenirs (Christian-Jaque, 1950) Suzy Henebey (episode "Une couronne mortuaire")
  • Utopia (Léo Joannon, 1951) Chérie Lamour
  • Fly in the Ointment (Guy Lefranc, 1955) Lucette Gauthier
  • Fernandel the Dressmaker (Jean Boyer, 1956) Adrienne Vignard
  • Gervaise (René Clément, 1956) Virginie Poisson
  • The Regattas of San Francisco (Claude Autant-Lara, 1960) - Lucilla
  • Rocco e i suoi fratelli ("Rocco and his Brothers", Luchino Visconti, 1960) Luisa
  • Du Mouron pour les petits oiseaux ("Chicken Feed for Little Birds", Marcel Carné, 1963) Antoinette la bouchère
  • Paris brûle-t-il? (René Clément, 1966) A Parisienne (uncredited)
  • The Mad Adventures of "Rabbi" Jacob (Gérard Oury, 1973) Germaine Pivert
  • Forget Me, Mandoline (1976) Mireille


  1. "Suzy Delair, la Jenny Lamour de Quai des Orfèvres, fête ses 100 ans". FIGARO. 31 December 2017.
  2. "'Murder Lives at 21' Coming Here Aug. 16". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. New York, Brooklyn. August 8, 1947. p. 4. Retrieved 19 January 2019 via
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