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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 married in 1941 to famous French writer and director Marcel Pagnol, whom she met in January 1939.
In 1946, she played her best-known role, alongside Jean Marais, as Belle in Jean Cocteau's version of the classic French fairytale 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. Divorced from Pagnol by then, she retired to marry a wealthy businessman.