Gabrielle Colonna-Romano

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Gabrielle Colonna-Romano /
Colanna Romano
Pierre-Auguste Renoir - Colonna Romano - 02.jpg
Jeune femme à la rose, by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1913), portraying Gabrielle Colonna-Romano
Born Gabrielle Colonna-Romano
Died 1981
Resting place Rueil-Malmaison cemetery
Occupation Stage and film actress
Spouse(s) 1) Alfred Edwards
2) Pierre Alcover

Gabrielle Colonna-Romano (1888–1981) or Colanna Romano (name as a cinema actress), born Gabrielle Dreyfus, was a French actress, famous as a tragedian, sociétaire of the Comédie-Française from 1913 to 1936, and as a student of Sarah Bernhardt. She appeared in several plays and poetry readings (notably of works by the Symbolist poet Saint-Pol-Roux). She had an affair with Pierre Renoir, and modelled for several paintings by his father Auguste Renoir, notably Jeune femme à la rose (1913). In England, she met and became friends with Marie Bell, on whose advice she decided to present herself to the Conservatoire.

She was the sixth and final wife of the millionaire press-magnate Alfred Edwards, and after his death married the actor Pierre Alcover. She and Alcover are buried together in the Rueil-Malmaison cemetery.

She gives her name to the "Prix Colonna-Romano de tragédie classique" at the Conservatoire national supérieur d'art dramatique in Paris.



  • This page is a translation of its French counterpart.