Carelsen, Fie

BORN 5 Apr 1890, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland - DIED 21 Jul 1975, Den Haag, Zuid-Holland
BIRTH NAME Jong, Sophia de
CAUSE OF DEATH heart attack
GRAVE LOCATION Den Haag, Zuid-Holland: Oud Eik en Duinen, Laan van Eik en Duinen (E2 1-3217)

Fie Carelsen was born Sophia de Jong. She was the daughter of the businessman Jacob de Jong and the actress Cientje Cohen (known as CÚcile Carelsen). From an early age she could be seen in the theatre and she decided to become an actress like her mother. In 1905 she was admitted to the theatre school in Amsterdam. She didn't do well there, but her mother helped her to an engagement in the Dutch Indies, where she made her formal debut.

Shortly afterwards she met the journalist and cabaret artist Jean-Louis Pisuisse and they fell in love. She appeared in his first cabaret "Kattenbel". In 1909 she returned to the Netherlands, where she becvame gradually more successful. In 1913 she married Pisuisse and during the First World War she performed with him for soldiers near the border.

In 1917 she played Gloria Glandon in "You never can tell" by Shaw under the direction of Eduard Verkade. Pisuisse didn't like Verkade's style and the critics were divided. Her marriage with Pisuisse detoriated and she left Amsterdam for The Hague, where she worked under Cor van der Lugt Melsert and after a difficult start she became the grand dame of the theatre in The Hague.

In 1925 she divorced Pisuisse, but she remained in contact with him afterwards. Pisuisse was shot to death by the lover of his third wife in 1927 and this was a heavy blow to Fie Carelsen. During the war her mother told her that she was a natural daughter of the actor Frits Bouwmeester. This made her half Jewish instead of full Jewish. Her mother was deported in 1944 and died in Theresienstadt. Fie was allowed to continue working and possibly had to do so to save herself, but she was criticized for it after the war.

After the war she continued her career until she left the stage in 1958 after a career that spanned fifty years. In 1975 she died in The Hague in her sleep of a heart attack. She was buried in Pisuisse's grave at the Oud Eik en Duinen cemetery in The Hague.

• Husband: Pisuisse, Jean Louis (1913-1925)


The grave of J.L. Pisuisse and Fie Carelsen at the Oud Eik en Duinen Cemetery, The Hague.
Picture by Androom (03 Aug 2007)


De Volkskrant

Carl, Rudolf

Published: 03 Nov 2013
Last update: 02 Feb 2022