Dutrieux, Hélène

BORN 10 Jul 1877, Doornik, Hehegouwen - DIED 26 Jun 1961, Paris
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Cimetière des Batignolles, 8 rue Saint-Just (division 02)

Helène Dutrieux was the daughter of an army offcer. She participated in cycling matches and became world champion in 1897 and 1898.She moved to Paris where she became a comedian as well as a stuntwoman, earning her the nickname of 'human arrow'. As the second woman in the world after Raymonde de Laroche she obtained her pilot's license in 1910. In 1913 she received the Légion d'honneur from the French government.

During the First World War she served in the French army, protecting Paris against German air attacks. In 1922 she married the French poliician and man of letters Pierre Mortier and obtained French citizenship. She became an ambulance manager for a hospital and durring the Second World war she managed a field hospital in Val-de-Grâce. In 1956 she created the French-Belgian Hélène Dutrieu-Mortier Prize. She died in Paris in 1961.


The grave of Hélène Dutrieux at the Cimetière des Batignolles, Paris.
Picture by Androom (02 Nov 2017)


Duvernoy, Alphonse

Published: 30 Oct 2023
Last update: 30 Oct 2023