Suzy Delair  

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Suzy Delair, born Suzanne Pierrette Declair (31 December 1917 – 15 March 2020) was a French actress and singer. She turned 100 in December 2017.



Born in Paris, she acted in films directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot, Jean Dréville, Jean Grémillon, Marcel L'Herbier, Christian-Jaque, Marcel Carné, Luchino Visconti, René Clément, and Gérard Oury.

In 1947, Delair had a supporting role in Murder Lives at 21, which had its American premiere in New York City. Today's audiences probably know her best as the feminine lead in the Laurel and Hardy comedy Atoll K (also known as Utopia), filmed in France and released in 1951.


February 28, 1948, she sang C'est si bon at the Hotel Negresco during the first Nice Jazz Festival. Louis Armstrong was present and loved the song. June 26, 1950, he recorded the American version of the song (English lyrics by Jerry Seelen) in New York City with Sy Oliver and his Orchestra. When it was released, the disc was a worldwide success and the song was then performed by the greatest international singers and used in film and television.

Personal life

For several years, Delair was the companion of French film director, producer and screenwriter Henri-Georges Clouzot.

Selected filmography

  • A Caprice of Pompadour (Willy Wolff et Joë Hamman, 1931) – Une soubrette de la Pompadour
  • Imperial Violets (Henri Roussell), 1932)
  • La Dame de chez Maxim's (Alexander Korda), 1933)
  • Let's Touch Wood (1933) – La petite compagne d'amusement
  • Professeur Cupidon (1933)
  • Casanova (1934)
  • Poliche (1934) – Une Danseuse (uncredited)
  • The Depression Is Over (Robert Siodmak, 1934)
  • The Crisis is Over (1934) – (uncredited)
  • Dédé (Abel Gance), 1934) – Poliche (uncredited)
  • Gold in the Street (K. Bernhardt), 1934) – Madeleine – l'amie de Gaby
  • Ferdinand le noceur (1935) – Madame Alice – Une prostituée de la maison close (uncredited)
  • Les Sœurs Hortensias (1935) – Une femme au cabaret (uncredited)
  • Prends la route (Jean Boyer), 1936)
  • Trois Six Neuf (Raymond Rouleau, 1937)
  • The Last One of the Six (Georges Lacombe, 1941) – Mila Malou
  • The Murderer Lives at Number 21 (Henri-Georges Clouzot, 1942) - Mila Malou
  • Défense d'aimer (Richard Pottier, 1942) – Totte
  • La Vie de Bohème (Marcel L'Herbier, 1945) – Phémie / Femia
  • Confessions of a Rogue (Jean Dréville, 1947) – Coralin–
  • Quai des Orfèvres / Jenny Lamour (Henri-Georges Clouzot, 1947) – Jenny Lamour
  • Par la fenêtre (Gilles Grangier, 1948) – Fernande
  • White Paws (Jean Grémillon, 1949) – Odette Kerouan
  • I'm in the Revue (Mario Soldati, 1950) – La Chanteuse
  • Lady Paname (Henri Jeanson, 1950) – Raymonde Bosset, dite Caprice
  • Lost Souvenirs (Christian-Jaque, 1950) – Suzy Henebey (episode "Une couronne mortuaire")
  • Utopia (Léo Joannon, 1951) – Chérie Lamour
  • Fly in the Ointment (Guy Lefranc, 1955) – Lucette Gauthier
  • Fernandel the Dressmaker (Jean Boyer, 1956) – Adrienne Vignard
  • Gervaise (René Clément, 1956) – Virginie Poisson
  • The Regattas of San Francisco (Claude Autant-Lara, 1960) - Lucilla
  • Rocco e i suoi fratelli ("Rocco and his Brothers", Luchino Visconti, 1960) – Luisa
  • Du Mouron pour les petits oiseaux ("Chicken Feed for Little Birds", Marcel Carné, 1963) – Antoinette – la bouchère
  • Paris brûle-t-il? (René Clément, 1966) – A Parisienne (uncredited)
  • The Mad Adventures of "Rabbi" Jacob (Gérard Oury, 1973) – Germaine Pivert
  • Forget Me, Mandoline (1976) – Mireille

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