The Info List - Josette Day

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Josette Day (Paris, July 31, 1914 - Paris, June 27, 1978) was a French film actress. Born Josette Noëlle Andrée Claire Dagory, she began her career as an actress in 1919 at the age of five. Day was in a relationship with famous French writer and director Marcel Pagnol, whom she met in January 1939 and lasted part of World War II. Although some sources stated that Day was married to Pagnol, this claim was debunked by several French sources (including Pagnol's official biography), in which Day is listed as one of Pagnol's many love affairs and not as his wife.[2][3][4][5] In 1946, she played her best-known role, alongside Jean Marais, as Belle in Jean Cocteau's 1946 film Beauty and the Beast. Her films include Allo Berlin? Ici Paris! (1932), The Merry Monarch (based on Les Aventures du roi Pausole) (1933), Lucrèce Borgia (1935), L'homme du jour (1937), Accord final (1938), La Belle et la Bête (1946) and Les Parents terribles (1948). Despite numerous parts in famous French films, Day ended her career as an actress in 1950 when only 36 years old. She retired to marry wealthy chemical businessman, Maurice Solvay (descendant of Ernest Solvay, founder of the notable Solvay company). In February 1959 while on cruise in the Pacific, she and Solvay met a Tahitian girl at a Papeete
market named Hinano Tiatia, whom the couple took under legal guardianship and who was the center of Solvay's inheritance dispute having not been formally adopted at the time of his sudden death in 1960.[6][7][8][9] Selected filmography[edit]

Here's Berlin
Here's Berlin
(1932) The Regiment's Champion (1932) Miss Helyett
Miss Helyett
(1933) Antonia (1935) Lucrezia Borgia (1935) Women's Club (1936) The Flame (1936) The Man of the Hour
The Man of the Hour
(1937) The Patriot (1938) Monsieur Brotonneau
Monsieur Brotonneau
(1939) La Belle et la Bête (1946) Les Parents terribles (1948) Swiss Tour (1949)


^ MyHeritage Family Trees: Ernest Gaston Joseph Solvay. Dagory Website managed by Hinano Dagory at MyHeritage.com ^ "Marcel Pagnol: Les Amours". Marcel-Pagnol.com.  Marcel Pagnol official website ^ Amar,Corinne (November 2015). "Marcel Pagnol: Portrait". fondationlaposte.org.  ^ Williams, James S. (2006). Jean Cocteau. p. 63.  ^ Rège, Philippe (2010). "Pagnol, Marcel". Encyclopedia of French Film Directors, Volume 1. p. 790.  ^ "Tahitian Tot Falls Heir to Millions". The Miami News. 24 June 1960. p. 4A.  ^ "Cinderella From Tahiti" (PDF). Parade. fultonhistory.com. 5 February 1961. p. 6.  ^ "The mud pie heiress to $200 m. fortune". The Straits Times. 28 June 1960. p. 1.  ^ "Streit um eine Erbschaft von 300 Millionen DM". Hamburger Abenblatt. abendblatt.de. 1960.  (in German)

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Josette Day on IMDb Photographs and literature

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 59225172 LCCN: no94037449 ISNI: 0000 0001 1651 9657 GND: 143092251 SUDOC: 035375922 BNF: cb131853384 (data) BNE: XX4615