Bartet, Julia

BORN 28 Oct 1854, Paris: 2, rue Croix des Petits-Champs - DIED 18 Nov 1941, Paris: 16 rue du général Foy, 8e
BIRTH NAME Regnault, Jeanne Julie
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Passy Cimetière, 2 Rue du Commandant Schloesing (division 15)

Julia Bartet was the daughter of the Charles-Ferdinand Regnault, a personnel manager at the Palais de l'Industrie. Her mother Marie-Malvina Beck was a linen worker. She was educated at the Conservatory in Paris in 1871, where the former actor Régnier de la Brière was her teacher. After only a few lessons she received a second prize for comedy in the end-od-year competition. In 1872 she was engaged at the Théâtre du Vaudeville where she sucessfully debuted in September 1872 as Vivette in Alphonse Daudet's "l'Arlésienne". Many important roles followed. She used the name Julia Bartet to avoid confusion with the actress Alice Regnault.

In 1873 she gave birth to her son Henri Maurice Regnault by an unknown father. She raised him alone and her further life was far from scandalous. She was contracted by the Comédie Française in 1879 and on 24 December 1880 she became a sociétaire of the theatre. She was considered to be too fragile by some, but the became the star of the theatre and she played nearly 300 roles in tragedies as well as in comedies and in classical as well as contemporary pieces. Her nickname was 'la Divine'. she frequently suffered from health problems but she never spared herself on the stage. In 1893 she performed the title part in "Bérénice" by Racine, a play that hadn't been performed since 1844. She repeated the part 80 times.

Her son Henry died on 26 November 1894 from an illness. In 1905 she became the first actress that received the Légion d'honneur. In 1908 she performed in London for a season. She played in three movies directed by André Calmettes in 1909. In 1919 she left the stage. Her last role at the Comédie-Française was that of Bérénice in "L'Hérodienne" by Albert du Bois. In 1920 she was promoted to Officier de la Légion d'honneur.

Encouraged by her friends Pascal Dagnan-Bouveret and Marcel Baschet she concentrated on painting. She took lessons with Antony Troncet and progressed rapidly. She created a hundred paintings until her health allowed her no longer to paint in 1938. She died in 1941 in Paris.

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13/11/1919Julia Bartet plays in "L'Hérodienne" by Albert du Bois at the Comédie-Française in Paris. She played Bérénice. It was the last of her almost 300 roles at the Comédie-Française. Albert Lambert played Titus. 


The grave of Julia Bartet at Passy Cimetière, Paris.
Picture by Androom (18 May 2005)


Jeanne Julia Bartet - Wikipedia
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