Ionesco, Eugène

BORN 26 Nov 1909, Slatina - DIED 28 Mar 1994, Paris
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Cimetière du Montparnasse, 3 Boulevard Edgar Quinet (division 06)

Eugen Iosnescu was born in 1909 and not on 26 Nov 1912 like he would claim in later years. He spent most of his youth in France but he returned to Romana in 1925 after the divorce of his parents. He studied French literature in Bucharest and made friends with Emil Cioran and Mircea Eliade. In 1936 he married Rodica Burileanu, with whom he had a daughter.

In 1938 he moved to France and during the Second World War he lived in Marseilles with his wife and daughter. After the liberation in 1944 they went to live in Paris. He wrote his first play "La Cantatrice chauve" in 1948 and it was performed in 1950. After a series of comical one-act plays he turned to full-length plays at the end of the 1950s. His later plays received less attention. In 1970 he was elected into the Académie Française.


The grave of Eugene Ionesco at the Montparnasse cemetery, Paris.
Picture by Androom (27 Aug 2001)


• Beyern, Bertrand, Guide des tombes d'hommes célèbres, Le Cherche Midi, Paris, 2003
Wikipedia (EN):

Ionides, Constantine Alexander

Published: 02 May 2009
Last update: 25 Apr 2022