Capucine on 25 April 1962
|Born||Germaine Hélène Irène Lefebvre
6 January 1928
Saint-Raphaël, Var, France
|Died||17 March 1990
Cause of death
|Spouse(s)||Pierre Trabaud (1950–1950)|
Capucine (6 January 1928 – 17 March 1990) was a French fashion model and actress best known for her comedic roles in The Pink Panther (1963) and What's New Pussycat? (1965). She appeared in 36 films and 17 television productions between 1948 and 1990.
Capucine was born Germaine Hélène Irène Lefebvre in Saint-Raphaël, Var, France, on 6 January 1928. She often confused the issue of her birth by claiming that she was born in 1931 or 1933, and most sources report these years. She attended school in Saumur, France, and received a B.A. in foreign languages. At age 17, while riding in a carriage in Paris, she was noticed by a commercial photographer.
She became a fashion model, working for fashion houses Givenchy and Christian Dior. She adopted the name, "Capucine" (French for nasturtium). She met Hollywood actress Audrey Hepburn modeling in Givenchy (with whom Hepburn was best friends and whose muse she was) in Paris. The two would remain close friends for the rest of Capucine's life.
In 1949, Capucine made her film debut in the French film Rendez-vous de Juillet.
In 1957, film producer Charles K. Feldman spotted Capucine while she was modeling in New York City. Feldman brought her to Hollywood to learn English and study acting under Gregory Ratoff. She was signed to a contract with Columbia Pictures in 1958 and landed her first English-speaking role in the film Song Without End (1960) for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award.
Over the next few years, Capucine made six more major motion pictures. They included North to Alaska (1960), a comedy, as a prostitute who becomes the love interest of John Wayne, and Walk on the Wild Side (1962), in which she portrayed a redeemed hooker, before moving to Switzerland in 1962.
Much of 1963's hit film The Pink Panther was shot in Europe. A crime comedy that led to a number of sequels, the film starred David Niven and Peter Sellers along with Capucine. She continued making films in Europe until her death.
She later met actor William Holden in the early 1960s. They starred in the films The Lion (1962) and The 7th Dawn (1964). Holden was married to Brenda Marshall, but the two began a two-year affair. After the affair ended, she and Holden remained friends until Holden's death in 1981.
On 17 March 1990, Capucine jumped from her eighth-floor apartment in Lausanne, Switzerland, where she had lived for 28 years, having reportedly suffered from illness and depression for some time.
|1949||Rendez-vous de Juillet||Une amie de Pierre||Uncredited|
|1951||Bernard and the Lion||La baronne|
|1955||Mademoiselle de Paris||Alternative title: Mademoiselle from Paris|
|1955||Frou-Frou||Une amie d'Arthus, le peintre|
|1960||Song Without End||Princess Carolyne zu Sayn-Wittgenstein|
|1960||North to Alaska||Michelle 'Angel' Bonet|
|1961||Le triomphe de Michel Strogoff||Tatoa, a Volskaya||Alternative title: The Triumph of Michael Strogoff|
|1962||Walk on the Wild Side||Hallie Gerard|
|1962||I dongiovanni della Costa Azzurra||Alternative title: Beach Casanova|
|1963||The Pink Panther||Simone Clouseau|
|1964||The 7th Dawn||Dhana Mercier|
|1965||What's New Pussycat?||Renée Lefebvre|
|1967||The Honey Pot||Princess Dominique|
|1969||Fräulein Doktor||Dr. Saforet|
|1972||Search||Silvana Tristano||Episode: "The Murrow Disappearance"|
|1976||For Love||Marina Reggiani|
|1976||The Con Artists||Belle Duke||Alternative titles: Bluff, The Con Man|
|1977||Portrait of a Bourgeois in Black||Amalia Mazzarini|
|1978||Neapolitan Mystery||Sister Angela|
|1982||Aphrodite||Lady Suzanne Stanford|
|1982||Trail of the Pink Panther||Lady Simone Litton|
|1982||Hart to Hart||Lily Von Borg||Episode: "Hart of Diamonds"|
|1983||Curse of the Pink Panther||Lady Simone Litton|
|1985||Murder, She Wrote||Belle Chaney||Episode: "Paint Me a Murder"|
|1987||Delirium: Photo of Gioia||Flora|
|1987||My First Forty Years||Principessa Caracciolo|
|1990||Blaues Blut||Gräfin von Altenberg||Unknown episodes|
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