BORN 5 Apr 1871, Paris - DIED 5 Apr 1953, Paris|
REAL NAME Gérard, Louise Rose Étienette
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Passy Cimetière, 2 Rue du Commandant Schloesing (division 10)
Rosemonde Gérard was a granddaughter of Étienne Maurice Gérarc,
who was Prime Minister of France for a short time in 1834. Her
father died young and Alexandre Dumas fils was her turtor.
She married the author Edmond Rostand in 1890 with Jules Massenat
as a witness. The couple had two sons, Maurice (1891-1968) and
In 1889 "Les Pipeaux" was published. It included her poem "L'éternelle chanson" and lines from it became very popular after a the jeweler Alphonse Augis engraved them on medaillons. More volumes of poetry followed. In 1912 she wrote "Un bon petit Diable" together with her husband and it was made into a movie with Mary Pickford as "A Good Little Devil" (1913).
Her husband died in 1918. She continued writing poetry for many more years. She died in 1953 in Paris.
Beyern, Bertrand, Guide des tombes d'hommes célèbres, Le Cherche Midi, Paris, 2003