Nicole Germain

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Nicole Germain in 1946

Nicole Germain, C.M. (born Marcelle Landreau; November 29, 1917 – February 11, 1994) was a Canadian actress in Quebec radio and film in the 1940s and 1950s and later as a journalist. In 1974, she was named a member of the Order of Canada.


Personal life

Germain was born Marcelle Landreau. Her father was George Landreau, director of the Montreal Conservatory. [1] She was also niece to Chief Justice Rinfret. [2] She studied at the LaSalle Conservatory. [1] Her daughter is Liette Desjardins.


Germain began acting in radio in 1939 and became so popular she was voted the French Canadian "Miss Radio 1946". [1] [3] [4]

Success in radio led Germain to a role starring in the French version, La Fortresse , of the 1947 film Whispering City which is notable as one of the earliest attempts of a Canadian film to break into the U.S. market. The film, popular in Quebec, the English version failed to find an audience, either in the United States or Canada. [5]

In 1949, she played Donalda in the film adaptation of Claude-Henri Grignon’s novel Un homme et son péché, followed by the film Séraphin a year later. [1] In 1952, she played a concert pianist in Le rossignol et les cloches. She then had a long career as a television journalist and moderator. She was a panelist on the 1950s Quebec version of What's My Line? , Chacun son Metier. In 1955 she appeared as a contestant on the American What's My Line? (Episode #242), first as a contestant, then joining the panel next to Bennet Cerf. [6]

She was co-chairman of the 1960 Christmas Gift Campaign for the Quebec Division of the Canadian Mental Health Association which raised gifts for Quebec's hospitalized mentally ill. [7]

At a conference on the French language held at the Menton, France in 1971, Germain urged the creation of an organization to find substitute French words when new English words are created. [8]

In 1974 Nicole Germain was named a Member of the Order of Canada for her efforts to promote the French language. [9]


  1. 1 2 3 4 "NICOLE GERMAIN(1917-1974". Retrieved July 8, 2010.
  2. "Miss Radio 1946 Visiting Ottawa". The Evening Citizen. Ottawa. February 7, 1946. p. 3.
  3. White, Jerry (2006). The Cinema of Canada. Wallflower. p. 37. ISBN   1-904764-60-6.
  4. Selinger, Jack (Sep 8, 1946). "Quebec Radio Stars Shine Alone". The Milwaukee Journal/Screen and Radio. p. 11. Caption to photo of Germain calls her "French Canadian Miss Radio 1946"
  5. Wise, Wyndham (2001). Take One's essential guide to Canadian film. University of Toronto Press Incorporated. p. 221. ISBN   0-8020-3512-4.
  6. "What's My Line Ep.242 summary". CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2009-06-20.
  7. "Christmas Gift Campaign For Mental Patients Gratifying". The Shawinigan Standard. Shawinigan, Que. Jan 4, 1961. p. 6.
  8. Reuters News Service (October 6, 1971). "Anglicisms threat to purity of French". The Miami News. p. 13A.
  9. "Order of Canada page". 2009-04-30. Retrieved 2009-06-20.[ permanent dead link ]