|ACTOR, MODEL (FRANCE)|
BORN 4 May 1857, Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine - DIED 18 Sep 1890, Paris|
REAL NAME Samary, Leontine Pauline
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Passy Cimetière, 2 Rue du Commandant Schloesing (division 06)
Jeanne Samary was born as Leontine Pauline Samary into a theatrical family. Her father was a cellist and two aunts and her grandmother were actresses. Her sister Marie became an actress as well.
Jeanne studied at the Conservatory in Paris where she took a first prize for acting. To support her acting career, she modelled for the painters Rénoir and Louise Abbéma. In 1876 she was the model for Renoir's "The Ball at the Moulin de la Galette". She was engaged at the Comédie Française and debuted as Dorine in Molière's "Tartuffe" on 24 August 1878. She appeared successfully in several more plays.In 1880 Renoir stopped painting her and turned his attention to his future wife Aline Charigot. In 1880 she was painted by Louise Abbéma who had successfully painted Sarah Bernhardt before. But this portrait was not a success.
Reputedly she had many lovers during her short acting career. In 1882 she married the rich Paul Lepage, strongly against the wishes of his parents. They had two surviving daughters who became actresses as well.
Not long before her death in 1890 she published a children's book, ""The Charlotte Gourmandises". She died of typhoid in 1890 in Paris, aged 33.