Person Details

Birthday: 1891-04-19 14:07:51

Death: 1974-03-28 14:07:51

Aliases: Francoise Rosay , Françoise Bandy de Nalèche , Frances Rosay

Gender: Female

Place of birth: Paris, France


Movie Involvements: 71

TV Involvements: 1

Most Famous Work


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.

Most Famous Work

Les Vampires

Les Vampires

(1915) Une invitée chez Mortesaigues
Midi Trente

Midi Trente

(1972) Self
The 25th Hour

The 25th Hour

(1967) Mme Nagy
Nobody's Children

Nobody's Children

(1951) La contessa Canali
Saraband for Dead Lovers

Saraband for Dead Lovers

(1948) The Electress Sophia
The Halfway House

The Halfway House

(1944) Alice Meadows
Queen Margot

Queen Margot

(1954) Catherine de Médicis / Catharine of Medici
The Sound and the Fury

The Sound and the Fury

(1959) Caroline Compson


Year Character Movie/Tv
1973 Frau Dechamps
1972 Mme Morelli-Johnson
1969 Louise de Kerfuntel
1968 Léontine Palpicart aka 'La Gâteuse'
1967 Mme Nagy
1966 Mme Aubry
1965 Gertrude, une "prêteuse" du milieu
Lili's Grandmother
1964 Borgia
1962 Mrs. Webley
1961 Madame Pauline
1960 Mme Parisot
Madame Prade
Leonora Guala
1959 La grand-mère de Marguerite
Mme Montcatel mère
Caroline Compson
1958 La tante Antonia
Madame Bouffier
Vincenzino's mother
1957 Comtesse Reinhart
Mother Superior
1955 Bernardine
1954 Catherine de Médicis / Catharine of Medici
1953 Lady of Sant'Agata
1952 La contessa Lamieri
Anna Steiner
Gabrielle Demeuse
Elisabeth de Pallières, the mother (segment "Pride")
1951 La contessa Canali
Marie Martin
Noemi, die Amme
Mrs. Gauthier
1950 Laura Chapdelaine
Maria Salvatini
Mme Monnier
The Countess
1949 Élisabeth
Mireille Dombreval
1948 Lea Makart
The Electress Sophia
1947 Countess Brévannes
1946 Mme Rose, la tenancière de l'hôtel
1945 Lanec Florrie
1944 Alice Meadows
Fanny Helder
1940 La duchesse de Vimeuse
1939 Madame Devarenne
1938 Madame Flora
Catherine II
Francoise Scheffer
Régina Berry
Dolorès Detcharry
1937 Margaret Molyneux
Marguerite Audié
Sylvie - seine Mutter
The fortune teller
Gilberte Boulanger
1936 Jenny Gauthier
Mrs. Jouvenel
1935 Madame Burgomaster
Mme de Quersac
Mrs. Duchemin
Madame Gardane
Louise Noblet
The Russian Countess
1934 Silvia
The Princess Mother
1933 La comtesse de Laverdens
Mrs. Bossu
Mrs. Delannoy
1932 Princess Marie
Madame Jacquet
Madame Husson
1931 Mme Mougeot
The widow
Blanche Brissac
Rosa Duchêne
Mademoiselle Edwige
1930 Madame Boucijon
1929 Zuleide, Alizar's Mother
1928 The aunt
Madame de Staël
1927 Madame d'Arcy, his wife
1926 Edith Maranet
1922 Shoe Store Customer
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1925 Assistant Director
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1925 Writer
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