Saint-Cyr, Renée

BORN 16 Nov 1904, Beausoleil, Alpes-Maritimes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur - DIED 11 Jul 2004, Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, Île-de-France
BIRTH NAME Vittore, Marie-Louise Eugénie
CAUSE OF DEATH bronchitis
GRAVE LOCATION Nice, Alpes-Maritimes: Cimetière du Château (Family Pantheon, near husband Charles Lautner)

Renée Saint-Cyr was the daughter of a hotel owner and an opera singer. She married jeweler and aviator Léopold Lautner von Vienna when she was twenty one. She studied singing at the conservatory in Marseille before she appeared on the stage as an actress. Her first movie was Maurice Tourneurs "Les Deux Orphelines" ("The Two Orphans") in 1932. She had her most important movie parts between then and 1943. In 1937, at the Théâtre de l'Étoile in Paris, she played the part of Polly Pitchum under the direction of Francesco von Mendelssohn in "L'Opéra de quat'sous", the French version of "Die Dreigroschenoper" by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill. Her husband died in an airplane crash in 1938.

She was successful in comedy as well as in drama and appeared in 66 movies until 2004. She received the Légion d'honneur. Her son Georges Lautner (1926-2013) was a successful director.


The grave of Charles Lautner and Renée Saint-Cyr at the Cimetière du Château, Nice.
Picture by androom (07 Mar 2014)


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Published: 05 Mar 2017
Last update: 22 Mar 2023