BORN 16 Dec 1875, Verdun, Meuse - DIED 1 Jul 1951, Paris, 9e|
BIRTH NAME Bonvalet, Joséphine Charlotte
CAUSE OF DEATH cerebral hemorrhage
GRAVE LOCATION Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Yvelines: Vieux Cimetière
Suzanne Desprès was born Joséphine Charlotte Bonvalet. she was the daughter of a mechanic and worked at a sewing workshop when she was sixteen years old. She saved money to attend theatre performances and in 1894 she obtained an interview with Lugné-Poé, the director of the newspaper L'Oeuvre. He was impressed with her and a few months later she was admitted to the theatre company of L'Oeuvre and she debuted in "Le Chariot de terre cuite, une légende hindoue".
She married Lugné-Poe and collaborated with him on the newspaper. She entered the Conservatory where Gustave Worms was her teacher. It was forbidden for students to act in public, buy she continued to act for L'Oeuvre under the name of Suzanne Auclair. She won a first prize for comedy at the Conservatory and she left it in 1897. In 1898 she played in " L'Ainée" by Jules Lemaïtre and in 1900 she was engaged at the Théâtre Antoine and in 1902 at the Comédie-Française, where she debuted in Eugène Brieux 's "La Petite Amie". On 13 October 1902 she played in Janb Racine's "Phèdre". This caused a scandal and she resigned from the Comédie-Française afterwards.
She continued her career at the Théâtre du Gymnase, the Théâtre Antoine and again at L'Oeuvre. After the death of Lugné-Poe she retired to her proparty in La Magnaneraie near Nice. In 1950 she had surgery in Paris and she died not long afterwards of a cerebral hemorrhage.
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