Marie Bell

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Marie Bell
Marie-Jeanne Bellon

(1900-12-23)23 December 1900
Bègles, France
Died14 August 1985(1985-08-14) (aged 84)
Resting place Monaco Cemetery
OccupationTragedian, comic actor, stage director
Spouse(s) Jean Chevrier

Marie Bell (23 December 1900 – 14 August 1985), born Marie-Jeanne Bellon-Downey, was a French tragedian, comic actor and stage director. She was the director of the Théâtre du Gymnase in Paris from 1962 onwards, and this theatre now bears her name. [1]


Early life

Marie Bell was born on 23 December 1900 in Bègles near Bordeaux (France).[ citation needed ] With her Irish father, she spent her childhood between Bordeaux and England.[ citation needed ]


Bell was a classical actress. She also appeared in avant-garde theatre, Jean Genet in particular.

Her interpretation of the role of Phèdre is highly noted : "Voir Marie Bell dans Phèdre est une chance unique pour quiconque veut savoir ce qu'est le génie français." André Malraux [2]

During the German Occupation of France (1940–1944), she participated in the French resistance as one of nine directors of the Front national du théâtre. [3] She was awarded the decoration of the Légion d'honneur by President Charles de Gaulle. [4]

Personal life

Bell married Jean Chevrier, who was also an actor. [5]


Bell died on 14 August 1985 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, France. She was buried alongside her husband Jean Chevrier at the Monaco Cemetery [5] not far from Josephine Baker.


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  2. "Seeing Marie Bell in Phèdre is a unique opportunity for anyone who wants to know what is the French genius." Cited in L'Avant-Scène n°342 (October 1965)
  3. Marie-Agnès Joubert, La Comédie-Française sous l’Occupation, Paris, Tallandier, 1998, p. 353.
  5. 1 2 "Visite funéraire de Monaco". Amis et Passionés du Père-Lachaise. Retrieved December 26, 2015.