Image of Françoise Rosay

Françoise Rosay

Françoise Rosay (19 April 1891 – 28 March 1974) was a French opera singer, diseuse, and actress who enjoyed a film career of over sixty years and who became a legendary figure in French cinema. She went on to appear in over 100 movies in her career. Rosay was born Françoise Bandy de Nalèche in Paris, the illegitimate daughter of Marie-Thérèse Chauvin, an actress known as Sylviac. She originally planned to become an opera singer, and in 1917, won a prize at the Paris Conservatoire and made her debut at the Palais Garnier in the title role of Salammbô by Ernest Reyer. She also sang in Castor et Pollux by Rameau and Thaïs by Massenet. Her first recorded film was Falstaff in 1911, and she began to work in Hollywood from 1929 onwards. In 1917, she married the director Jacques Feyder, with whom she remained until his death in 1948, having three sons. She appeared in several films under her husband's direction, including Le Grand Jeu (1933), Pension Mimosas (1934), La Kermesse héroïque (Carnival in Flanders) (1935) and Les Gens du voyage (1937). Rosay spent the duration of World War II in England and Switzerland, where she taught acting classes at the Conservatoire de Genève. She still appeared in films during this time, notably the British Halfway House (1944) as the refugee French wife of a British sea captain. During her career, she appeared with all the great stars of French cinema, including Jean Gabin, Michèle Morgan, Raimu, Jeanne Moreau, Danielle Darrieux, Micheline Presle, Paul Meurisse, Gérard Philipe, Louis Jouvet, Michel Simon, Simone Signoret, Fernandel, Jean-Louis Barrault. In Hollywood, she co-starred with Charles Boyer, Maurice Chevalier and Buster Keaton and worked with directors such as William Dieterle (September Affair, 1949), Martin Ritt (The Sound and the Fury, 1958), Ronald Neame (The Seventh Sin, 1956) and Peter Glenville (Me and the Colonel, 1957) with Danny Kaye. In England she appeared in The Alien Corn, a segment of the W. Somerset Maugham anthology film Quartet. A highly accomplished pianist herself in real life, she played the role of a famous piano virtuoso who gives aspiring pianist Dirk Bogarde a compassionate but honest and devastating critical appraisal of his likelihood of becoming a great musician – which results in his suicide. She performs in the film Schubert's Impromptu in E flat. In 1950 she appeared on stage at London's Winter Garden Theatre, playing the title role in 'Madame Tic Tac' but it had only a short run. It was not until 1938 that her biological father, Count François Louis Bandy de Nalèche, acknowledged her as his daughter. Her final appearance on film was in the Maximilian Schell-directed Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-winner for Best Foreign-Language Foreign Film of 1974, Der Fußgänger (English title: The Pedestrian). She died in Montgeron, Île-de-France, near Paris. Her grave is located in Sorel-Moussel, Île-de-France, where she is buried with her husband, movie director Jacques Feyder. There are streets named after Françoise Rosay in Limoges, Montpellier, Chevry-Cossigny, Launaguet and Martigues. Source: Article "Françoise Rosay" from Wikipedia in english, licensed under CC-BY-SA 3.0.

Read bio at tmdb | Read bio at Wikipedia
Apr 19, 1891 In Paris, France
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Les Vampires 1915-11-13
Latest Project:
Movie The Pedestrian 1973-09-05
Known For
Poster of The Pedestrian
Poster of Le Bois des amants
Poster of The Sound and the Fury
Poster of Saraband for Dead Lovers
Movie The Pedestrian Frau Dechamps 1973-09-05
Series Midi Trente Self 1972-03-06
Movie Pas folle la guêpe Mme Morelli-Johnson 1972-11-15
Movie Un merveilleux parfum d'oseille Louise de Kerfuntel 1969-08-14
Movie Don't Take God's Children for Wild Geese Léontine 1968-09-06
Movie The 25th Hour Mme Nagy 1967-04-26
Movie L'âge heureux Mme Aubry 1966-02-11
Movie Cloportes Gertrude, une "prêteuse" du milieu 1965-10-01
Movie Full Hearts and Empty Pockets Borgia 1964-02-27
Movie Frau Cheneys Ende Mrs. Webley 1962-09-27
Movie The Counterfeiters of Paris Madame Pauline 1961-09-27
Movie Stefanie in Rio Leonora Guala 1960-09-19
Movie Le Bois des amants Mme Parisot 1960-10-20
Movie The Full Treatment Madame Prade 1960-10-01
Movie Riff Raff Girls actrice 1959-05-20
Movie The Sound and the Fury Caroline Compson 1959-03-27
Movie Les Yeux de l'Amour Mme Montcatel mère 1959-11-25
Movie Without Trumpet or Drum La grand-mère de Marguerite 1959-12-22
Movie Me and the Colonel Madame Bouffier 1958-10-01
Movie Non sono più guaglione Vincenzino's mother 1958-01-01
Movie The Gambler La tante Antonia 1958-10-26
Movie Interlude Comtesse Reinhart 1957-09-18
Movie That Lady Bernardine 1955-05-11
Movie Les éloquents Unknown 1954-01-01
Movie Queen Margot Catherine de Médicis / Catharine of Medici 1954-11-25
Movie Sul ponte dei sospiri Unknown 1953-08-21
Movie He Who Is Without Sin... La contessa Lamieri 1952-12-17
Movie The Seven Deadly Sins Elisabeth de Pallières 1952-03-27
Movie Smuggler's Ball Gabrielle Demeuse 1952-06-08
Movie Wanda the Sinner Anna Steiner 1952-08-16
Movie Nobody's Children La contessa Canali 1951-02-10
Movie The 13th Letter Mrs. Gauthier 1951-02-21
Movie The Red Inn Marie Martin 1951-10-19
Movie K – Das Haus des Schweigens Noemi, die Amme 1951-03-27
Movie On n'aime qu'une fois Mme Monnier 1950-06-09
Movie Women Without Names The Countess 1950-03-03
Movie September Affair Maria Salvatini 1950-10-18
Movie The Naked Heart Laura Chapdelaine 1950-11-16
Movie Le mystère Barton 1949-08-19
Movie Saraband for Dead Lovers The Electress Sophia 1948-10-04
Movie Quartet Lea Makart 1948-10-26
Movie Back Streets of Paris Mme Rose, la tenancière de l'hôtel 1946-11-27
Movie Johnny Frenchman Lanec Florrie 1945-10-29
Movie Une femme disparaît Fanny Helder 1944-01-17
Movie The Halfway House Alice Meadows 1944-02-01
Movie They Were Twelve Women La duchesse de Vimeuse 1940-04-16
Movie Serge Panine 1939-01-20
Movie People Who Travel 1938-03-04
Movie The Stream Régina Berry 1938-10-29
Movie The Chess Player Catherine II 1938-11-25
Movie Paix sur le Rhin Francoise Scheffer 1938-11-10
Movie Fahrendes Volk Madame Flora 1938-12-15
Movie My Son the Minister Sylvie - seine Mutter 1937-07-06
Movie Le Fauteuil 47 Gilberte Boulanger 1937-01-01
Movie The Robber Symphony Unknown 1937-07-01
Movie Dance Program Marguerite Audié 1937-09-09
Movie Drôle de Drame Margaret Molyneux 1937-10-20
Movie Die klugen Frauen Cornelia 1936-01-15
Movie Jenny Jenny Gauthier 1936-09-18
Movie Pension Mimosas Louise Noblet 1935-01-16
Movie Whirlpool Madame Gardane 1935-03-14
Movie Carnival in Flanders Madame Burgomaster 1935-12-03
Movie Le Grand Jeu Blanche 1934-05-02
Movie Die Insel Silvia 1934-08-29
Movie L'Abbé Constantin La comtesse de Laverdens 1933-10-19
Movie He Madame Husson 1932-01-01
Movie A Father Without Knowing It 1932-04-10
Movie Le petit café Mademoiselle Edwige 1931-01-20
Movie The Magnificent Lie Rosa Duchêne 1931-07-25
Movie Casanova wider Willen Unknown 1931-10-19
Movie Madame Récamier Unknown 1928-06-28
Movie Les Deux Timides The aunt 1928-12-04
Movie Le bateau de verre Unknown 1927-01-01
Movie Gribiche Madame Maranet 1926-03-25
Movie Crainquebille Unknown 1922-11-15
Movie Les Vampires Une invitée chez Mortesaigues 1915-11-13