Jeanne de La Fonte (1898 - 1933)

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Birthplace: Lille, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France
Death: Died in Los Angeles, CA, USA
Cause of death: Tuberculosis
Occupation: Actress
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About Jeanne de La Fonte

French actress Renée Adorée became an overnight sensation after she appeared in The Big Parade (1925) opposite heartthrob John Gilbert. She appeared in Hollywood silent films in the 1920s.

Born Jeanne de La Fonte on September 30th, 1898 in Lille, Nord, France, she was the daughter of circus artists who, by age 5, was performing in the circus with her parents. In her teen years she began acting in minor stage productions and toured Europe with her troupe. She was performing in Russia when World War I broke out and fled to London, England. From there, she went on to New York City where she continued to work in the theatre until the opportunity came to work in the motion picture business.

In 1920, she was given the exotic French name Renée Adorée by the studio and she appeared in her first motion picture. While in New York City on New Year’s Eve 1920 she met Tom Moore (1883-1955). Fifteen years her senior, Tom Moore and his brothers were very successful Hollywood actors. Six weeks after their meeting, Renée Adorée married Tom Moore on February 12, 1921 in his home in Beverly Hills, California. The marriage did not last and in 1925, Ms. Adorée married a second time to Sherman Gill.

Despite her petite stature, Renée Adorée’s sensuous beauty and penetrating eyes made for a compelling presence on the black and white screen. She is most famous for her role as "Melisande" in the melodramatic romance movie "The Big Parade," that became one of MGM's biggest hits of all time and a film historians rank as one of the best films made in the silent film era. Co-starring John Gilbert, "The Big Parade" is still shown on television today and is available on Video.

With the advent of sound in film, Renée Adorée was one of the fortunate ones whose voice came over well enough to continue acting. She would star opposite Lon Chaney and her former brother-in-law Owen Moore, make three more films with John Gilbert, and star in four films with another leading Hollywood actor, the Latin star, Ramon Novarro. By the end of 1930, she had appeared in forty-five films. That year she was diagnosed with tuberculosis and was forced to retire from the film industry.

Renée Adorée lived only a few years longer, passing away a few days after her 35th birthday on October 5, 1933 in Tujunga, California. She was interred in the Hollywood Forever Memorial Park Cemetery in Hollywood, California.

She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1601 Vine Street.

FILMOGRAPHY

1939 The Movies March On

1930 Redemption

1930 Call of the Flesh

1929 The Pagan

1929 His Glorious Night

1929 Tide of Empire

1929 The Spieler

1928 Mating Call

1928 Cossacks

1928 The Michigan Kid

1928 Forbidden Hours

1928 Certain Young Man

1928 Show People

1927 Show

1927 Mr. Wu

1927 Heaven on Earth

1927 Back to God's Country

1927 On Ze Boulevard

1926 Flaming Forest

1926 La Boheme

1926 The Black Bird

1926 Tin Gods

1926 The Exquisite Sinner

1926 Blarney

1925 The Big Parade

1925 Man and Maid

1925 Excuse Me

1925 Parisian Nights

1925 Exchange of Wives

1924 Women Who Give

1924 Man's Mate

1924 Defying the Law

1924 Bandolero

1923 The Eternal Struggle

1923 Six-Fifty

1922 Honor First

1922 Monte Cristo

1922 Self-Made Man

1922 Mixed Facts

1922 Daydreams

1922 The Count of Monte Cristo

1922 West of Chicago

1921 Made in Heaven

1920 Strongest

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Renée Adorée's Timeline

1898
September 30, 1898
Lille, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France
1921
February 12, 1921
Age 22
Beverly Hills, CA, USA
1923
1923
Age 24
1933
October 5, 1933
Age 35
Los Angeles, CA, USA
1933
Age 34
Los Angeles, CA, USA
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