Marie Bell

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Marie Bell
Marie-Jeanne Bellon

(1900-12-23)23 December 1900
Bègles, France
Died14 August 1985(1985-08-14) (aged 84)
Resting placeMonaco Cemetery
OccupationTragedian, comic actor, stage director
Spouse(s)Jean Chevrier

Marie Bell (December 23, 1900 – August 14, 1985), born Marie-Jeanne Bellon, was a French tragedian, comic actor and stage director. She was the director of the Théâtre du Gymnase in Paris from 1962 onwards, and this theatre now bears her name.

Early life[edit]

Marie Bell was born on December 23, 1900.


Bell was a classical actress. She also appeared in avant-garde theatre, Jean Genet in particular.

Her interpretation of the role of Phèdre is highly noted : "Voir Marie Bell dans Phèdre est une chance unique pour quiconque veut savoir ce qu'est le génie français." André Malraux [1]

During the German Occupation of France (1940–1944), she participated in the French resistance as one of nine directors of the Front national du théâtre.[2] She is buried in Monaco with her husband Jean Chevrier, not far from the tomb of Josephine Baker.

Personal life[edit]

Bell married Jean Chevrier, who was also an actor.[3]


Bell died on August 14, 1985. She was buried alongside her husband at the Monaco Cemetery.[3]



  1. ^ "Seeing Marie Bell in Phèdre is a unique opportunity for anyone who wants to know what is the French genius." Cited in L'Avant-Scène n°342 (October 1965)
  2. ^ Marie-Agnès Joubert, La Comédie-Française sous l’Occupation, Paris, Tallandier, 1998, p. 353.
  3. ^ a b "Visite funéraire de Monaco". Amis et Passionés du Père-Lachaise. Retrieved December 26, 2015.

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