Véra Clouzot

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Véra Clouzot
Henri-Georges and Vera Clouzot 1953.jpg
Henri-Georges and Véra Clouzot in 1953
Born Véra Gibson-Amado
(1913-12-30)30 December 1913
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Died 15 December 1960(1960-12-15) (aged 46)
Paris, France
Nationality Brazilian
Years active 1953–1957
Spouse(s) Léo Lapara (1941–1947)
Henri-Georges Clouzot (1950–1960)
Family Jorge Amado (second cousin)

Véra Clouzot (30 December 1913 – 15 December 1960) was a Brazilian-French film actress and screenwriter. She is known for playing Christina Delassalle in Les Diaboliques (1955).

Life and Career[edit]

Born Véra Gibson-Amado in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Daughter of Alice do Rego Barros and Gilberto Amado,[1] a Brazilian congressman, writer, journalist, lawyer and ex-President of the United Nations' International Law Committee. Writer Jorge Amado is her second cousin.[2]

In 1941, Véra met French actor Léo Lapara, a member of the theater company of Louis Jouvet who toured in Brazil during World War II. Vera married the actor, taking part in the company's South American tour that lasted almost four years. After World War II, Vera settled in Paris. Louis Jouvet took over the direction of the Athenée Theater, while she continued to do small roles.[2]

Véra met film director Henri-Georges Clouzot through her then-husband Léo Lapara, who had minor parts in Le Retour de Jean and Quai des Orfèvres. Véra met Clouzot while working as a continuity assistant on Clouzot's Miquette et Sa Mère and they married in 1950.[3] Clouzot named his production company, Véra Films, after his wife. She made only three films, all directed by her husband, the most notable of which was the classic thriller, Les Diaboliques (1955). She co-wrote the screenplay for the film La Vérité (1960), which was also directed by her husband.[4]

Véra died in Paris in 1960, aged 46, from a heart attack, shortly after the filming of La Vérité. Henri-Georges Clouzot fell into a depression over her death.[5][6] After her funeral, he moved to Tahiti, but returned to France in December 1960.[6] She is buried in the Montmartre Cemetery.



  1. ^ "Recordando Gilberto Amado". Brasil 247 (in Portuguese). 14 September 2011. Retrieved 21 December 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Vera Amado Clouzot, atriz de cinema de (As Diabólicas, e O Salário do Medo)". O Explorador (in Portuguese). 7 August 2012. Retrieved 21 December 2016. 
  3. ^ Lloyd 2007, p. 7.
  4. ^ "La Verité: Production credits". Allmovie. Retrieved 17 August 2009. 
  5. ^ Henri-Georges Clouzot: The Enlightened Tyrant (DVD) (in French). New York City, United States: The Criterion Collection. 2004. ISBN 0-7800-2965-8. Retrieved 16 August 2009. 
  6. ^ a b Lloyd 2007, p. 8


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