Jouvet, Louis

BORN 24 Dec 1887, Crozon, Finistère - DIED 16 Aug 1951, Paris: Théâtre de l'Athénée
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Cimetière de Montmartre, 20 Avenue Rachel (division 14)

Louis Jouvet lost his father when he was fourteen years old. His family moved to Rethel where his uncle was apothecary. He trained to be an apothecary himself, but in his spare time he was an amateur actor. He failed to be admitted to the Conservatoire d'Art dramatique in Patis three times.

In 1912 he married Else Collin and they had three children. In 1913 he was engaged by Jacques Copeau (1879-1949) at the Théâtre du Vieux-Colombier and he worked there as a director, scenery decorator, assistant and actor. After serving in the First World War he was in New York with Copeau from 1917 to 1920.

In 1922 he started his own theatre, the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées. In 1923 he staged "Knock ou le triomphe de la médecine" by Jules Romains and this was such a success that it was performed 1.500 times. From 1934 to 1951 was the manager of the Théâtre de L'Athénée where he staged works by Girandoux. He appeared in 34 movies. In 1951 he died from a heart attack in his dressing room at the Théâtre de l'Athénée.

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• visited Berriau, Simone
• cooperated with Giraudoux, Jean


The grave of Louis Jouvet at the Cimetière Montmartre, Paris.
Picture by Androom (20 Feb 2016)


Louis Jouvet - Wikipedia

Joyce, James

Published: 29 Sep 2017
Last update: 19 Apr 2022