|Born||Nicole de Rothschild
May 27, 1923
|Died||March 13, 2007
|Occupation||Actress, Producer, Film director|
Nicole Stéphane (born Baroness Nicole de Rothschild, 27 May 1923 – 13 March 2007) was a French actress, producer and director. As an actress, she is mostly known for her role in two films by Jean-Pierre Melville, Les Enfants terribles and Le Silence de la mer.
The elder of the two daughters of Baron James-Henri de Rothschild and his first wife, Claude Dupont, Nicole Stéphane was a member of the Rothschild banking family of France. Her immediate family, however, also was deeply immersed in the arts. Her paternal grandfather, Baron Henri de Rothschild, was a playwright and theatrical producer who wrote under the names Charles des Fontaines and André Pascal and owned Théâtre Antoine and Théâtre Pigalle. Her first cousin Philippine de Rothschild was an actress with the Comédie-Française, using the name Philippine Pascal. And her father's brother, the vintner Philippe de Rothschild, wrote plays, owned theaters, and produced motion pictures.
Stéphane joined the army during World War II, and was imprisoned in Spain in 1942 after crossing the Pyrenées while she was trying to join the Free French. She was also a liaison agent in Germany.
Her final movie as an actress was Carve Her Name with Pride. Unfortunately, her acting career was cut short by a car accident. She reoriented herself towards production, helping in particular Georges Franju and Jean-Pierre Melville. Among her production credits was Swann in Love, a 1984 adaptation of Marcel Proust's novel Remembrance of Things Past that starred Jeremy Irons and Ornella Muti. She was also honored as a member of Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the government of France.
- Le Silence de la mer (1949)
- Les Enfants Terribles (1950)
- Born of Unknown Father (1950)
- The Unfrocked One (1954)
- Monsieur et Madame Curie (1956) (Short film)
- Carve Her Name with Pride (1958)
- To Die in Madrid (Frédéric Rossif, 1962), Prix Jean Vigo 1963 ;
- La Vie de château (Jean-Paul Rappeneau, 1965) ;
- L'Une et l'Autre (René Allio, 1967) ;
- Phèdre (Pierre Jourdan, 1968) ;
- Détruire, dit-elle (Marguerite Duras, 1969) ;
- Promised Lands (Susan Sontag, 1973) ;
- Sarah (Edgardo Cozarinsky, 1988).
- La Génération du désert (1958) (Short film)
- Une guerre pour une paix (1967) (Short film)
- En attendant Godot à Sarajevo (1993) (Short film)
- 1953 – Nominated BAFTA Film Award for Best Foreign Actress — Les Enfants terribles (1950)
- Nicole Stéphane at the Internet Movie Database
- Obituary, The Independent
- Obituary, The Guardian
- Photograph of Nicole Stéphane