Annie Fargé

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Annie Fargé
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Annie Fargé in 1960.
Born Henriette Goldfarb
15 April 1934
Etterbeck, Belgium
Died 4 March 2011 (aged 76)
Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, France[1]
Occupation Actress
Spouse(s) Dirk Sanders (divorced)
Children Leslie Tabuteau

Annie Fargé (15 April 1934 – 4 March 2011)[2] was a French actress named "most promising new star in a situation comedy" in 1961[3] when she played the title role in CBS's Angel. Especially in Europe, she was often credited as "Annie Fargue".

Early life[edit]

Born in Belgium as Henriette Goldfarb, she escaped the country with her family before the Nazi occupation. She wanted to become an actress; her mother opposed the idea, but relented when Fargé was accepted at the Conservatoire National.


Fargé traveled to New York and later married dancer Dirk Sanders. The couple had a daughter, Leslie (Mrs. Tabuteau, French TV Producer), born shortly before Angel began filming in April 1960. Broadway producer Joshua Logan is said to have discovered Fargé and had her take English lessons. At the time of casting for the television series, Fargé was an understudy in the Broadway production of The World of Suzie Wong.[citation needed]

She was signed for the Angel role by producer Jess Oppenheimer on the basis of CBS executive Robert Lewine's recommendation. Oppenheimer did not elect to do a screen test.[4]

The Angel pilot did not impress the network, but when Lewine screened it for sponsors S. C. Johnson and General Foods, both sponsors were sufficiently impressed to tell the network executive to put the show on the air or they would cancel their sponsorship of all CBS programs. Fargé played Angelique "Angel" Smith, the scatterbrained French wife of American architect John Smith, played by Marshall Thompson. Doris Singleton was her sympathetic neighbor Susie, and Don Keefer was Susie's husband George. The show was filmed at Desilu Studios. The series ran for thirty-three episodes. After Angel folded due to low ratings, Fargé appeared as a guest star in a few other series, including The Rifleman and Adventures in Paradise.

Her last television appearance was in a 1964 episode of Perry Mason, "The Case of the Betrayed Bride," as she played the role of defendant Marie Claudet.[1][5]

Fargé divorced her husband and returned to France in the mid-1960s. Upon her return to France, Fargé became a theatrical producer (Hair, Godspell, Oh! Calcutta!, Jesus Christ Superstar) and was associate producer for the 1981 John Huston film Escape to Victory. She later became the manager of French singer Michel Polnareff.


Fargé died of cancer in Neuilly-sur-Seine, aged 76, on 4 March 2011.

Selected filmography[edit]


  • 1952 La Jeune Madragor, mis en scène par Gérard Philippe (TNP)
  • 1952 Nucléa, de Henri Pichette mis en scène par Jean Vilar et Gérard Philippe (TNP)
  • 1953 Sud, de Julie Green mis en scène par Jean Mercure avec Anouk Aimée (Théâtre de l’Athénée)
  • 1954 Les Petites Filles Modèles, mis en scène par Jean-Pierre Grenier (Théâtre des Quatre Saisons)
  • 1955 Andréa ou la Fiancée du Matin, mis en scène par Sacha Pitoeff avec Jean Louis Trintignant (Théâtre de l’Oeuvre)
  • 1955 Juanito le Séducteur Ingénu, de Pierre Humblot mis en scène par Louis Ducreux avec Françoise Fabien.
  • 1956 Chaud et Froid, de et mis en scène par Crommmelynck avec Claude Gensac (Théâtre de l’Oeuvre)
  • 1956 La Patate, de Marcel Achard (Théatre Saint Georges)
  • 1957 L’histoire de Vasco, Compagnie Jean Louis Barrault – (Théâtre Sarah Bernhardt)
  • 1957 Monsieur de France, de Jacques François, mis en scène par Christiant Gérard with Jacques François (Théatre des Bouffes Parisiennes)
  • 1958 Am-Stram-Gram, d’André Roussin avec Claude Nico (Théâtre des Nouveautés)
  • 1959 Le Petit Monde de Suzie Wong, de Paul Osborn mis en scène par Joshua Logan avec William Shatner (Broadhurst Theater)
  • 1966 Témoignage Irrecevable, de John Osborne, mis en scène by Claude Réguy (Théâtre des Mathurins)
  • 1967 L'Anniversaire, de Harold Pinter mis en scène par Claude Réguy avec Michel Bouquet, Jean-Pierre Mariel et Bernard Fresson (Théâtre Antoine)
  • 1967 Au Petit Bonheur, de Marc Gilbert Sauvageon, mis en scène par Pierre Sabbagh avec Alain Pralon (Théâtre Marigny)


  • 1954 L'affaire Maurizius, de Julien Duvivier
  • 1955 M'sieur la Caille, de André Pergament (La puce)
  • 1956 Le revizor ou L'inspecteur général (TV movie), Maria
  • 1960-1961 Angel (33 episodes)
  • 1962 The Rifleman (TV series), Jennifer Morrison
  • 1962 Paradise Island (TV series), Suzanne
  • 1963 The Third Man (TV series), Susie
  • 1964 Kraft Suspense Theatre (TV series) (Yvette Duval)
  • 1964 Perry Mason (TV series), (Marie Claudet)
  • 1965 Fragilité, ton nom est femme (short) de Nadine Trintignant
  • 1966 Le train bleu s'arrête 13 fois (TV series) (Simone)
  • 1966 La guerre est finie, d'Alain Resnais (Agnès)
  • 1967 Mon amour, mon amour, de Nadine Tringnant (Jeanne)
  • 1967 L'amateur ou S.O.S. Fernand (TV series)
  • 1967 Les cinq dernières minutes (TV series), Jacky
  • 1967 Malican père et fils (TV series), Nicole
  • 1968 La prisonnière, de Henri Georges Clouzot
  • 1968 Je t'aime je t'aime, de Alain Resnais (Agnes Smet)


  1. ^ a b "Annie Fargé". IMDb. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
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  3. ^ The New Shows - Printout - TIME
  4. ^ Tucker, David C., ed. (2010). Lost Laughs of '50s and '60s Television: Thirty Sitcoms That Faded Off Screen. McFarland. p. 210. ISBN 0-7864-4466-5. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
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