Yvonne Furneaux

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Yvonne Furneaux
Furneaux in Le Amiche (1955)
Elisabeth Yvonne Scatcherd

(1926-05-11) 11 May 1926 (age 97)
Other namesTessa Scatcherd
Alma materUniversity of Oxford
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Years active1952–1984
(m. 1962; died 2007)

Yvonne Furneaux (born Elisabeth Yvonne Scatcherd; 11 May 1926)[2] is a French-British retired actress. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, she worked with notable filmmakers like Peter Brook, Federico Fellini, Roman Polanski, Michelangelo Antonioni, and Claude Chabrol, as well as in several genre productions.

Early life[edit]

Furneaux was born Elisabeth Yvonne Scatcherd to English parents living in Roubaix, France.[2] Her Yorkshireman father, Joseph Scatcherd, was a director at a local branch of Lloyds Bank. Her mother, Amy Furneaux, was from Devon. She had a sister, Jeanne.

The family moved to England prior to the outbreak of World War II, and Yvonne enrolled in St Hilda's College, Oxford in 1946 to study Modern Languages, where she was known as "Tessa Scatcherd". While studying at Oxford she became involved in university theatre groups, and after graduating enrolled in the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art,[2] which she graduated from in 1951.[3]


Furneaux made her stage debut at the age of 24. She played in productions of Macbeth and The Taming of the Shrew, and was photographed by Norman Parkinson as one of "The Young Look in the Theatre" for the January 1953 issue of Vogue.[2]

She made her film debut with a minor role in Anthony Pelissier's omnibus comedy Meet Me Tonight (1952). She subsequently played several supporting parts, including in Peter Brook's 1953 film version of The Beggar's Opera, the adventure films The Master of Ballantrae and The Dark Avenger, and the mystery film The House of the Arrow. She played the female lead in the Hammer horror film The Mummy.

In 1955, she starred in Michelangelo Antonioni's Le Amiche, which won the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival, and launched a successful parallel career in Italian cinema. She played Emma, the fiancée to Marcello Mastroianni's character, in Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita. She played leading roles in several peplum films, and she returned to her native France to star in a pair of films for director Claude Autant-Lara (The Count of Monte Cristo and Enough Rope).

In 1965, she played the sister of Catherine Deneuve's character in Roman Polanski's psychological thriller Repulsion.

Personal life[edit]

She was married to the cinematographer Jacques Natteau, who died on 17 April 2007. They had one son, Nicholas.[2] Since 1985, she has resided in Lausanne, Switzerland.



Year Title Role Director Notes
1952 Meet Me Tonight Elena Anthony Pelissier
24 Hours of a Woman's Life Henriette Victor Saville
1953 The Beggar's Opera Jenny Diver Peter Brook
The Master of Ballantrae Jessie Brown William Keighley
The House of the Arrow Betty Harlowe Michael Anderson
1954 Crossed Swords Amelia Milton Krims Uncredited
1955 The Dark Avenger Marie Henry Levin
The Prince with the Red Mask Laura Leopoldo Savona
Le Amiche Momina De Stefani Michelangelo Antonioni
Cross Channel Jacqueline Moreau R. G. Springsteen
1956 Lisbon Maria Maddalena Masanet Ray Milland
1959 Lui, lei e il nonno Helen Anton Giulio Majano
The Mummy Isobel Banning / Princess Ananka Terence Fisher
1960 La Dolce Vita Emma Federico Fellini
Some Like It Cold Rosalina Steno
Run with the Devil Marta Mario Camerini
Il carro armato dell'8 settembre Gianni Puccini
1961 The Count of Monte Cristo Mercedes Claude Autant-Lara
Caccia all'uomo Maria Riccardo Freda
1962 Charge of the Black Lancers Jassa Giacomo Gentilomo
Night Train to Milan Angela Marcello Baldi
1963 Enough Rope Clara Claude Autant-Lara
I Am Semiramis Semiramis Primo Zeglio
I 4 tassisti Corinna Giorgio Bianchi Segment: "Caccia al tesoro"
1964 The Secret of Dr. Mabuse Gilda Larsen Hugo Fregonese
The Lion of Thebes Helen of Troy Giorgio Ferroni
1965 Repulsion Helene Ledoux Roman Polanski
1967 The Champagne Murders Christine Belling Claude Chabrol
1971 In the Name of the Italian People Lavinia Santenocito Dino Risi
1972 Temptation in the Summer Wind Professor's Wife Rolf Thiele
1984 Frankenstein's Great Aunt Tillie Tillie Frankenstein Myron J. Gold


Year Title Role Notes
1953 Douglas Fairbanks Presents Suzie Rochard Episode: "The Genie"
1954 The Three Princes Yasmin Television film
1955 The Adventures of the Scarlet Pimpernel Suzanne de Fleury Episode: "The Hostage"
1956 Nom-de-Plume The Countess Episode: "The Courtesan"
Adventure Theatre Vanessa Episode: "The Javanese Dagger"
1957 ITV Play of the Week Kathi Lutterwell Episode: "The Tigress on the Hearth"
1965 Danger Man Lisa Lee Episode: "A Very Dangerous Game"
Hereward the Wake Torfrida 11 episodes
1966 The Baron Selina Travis Episodes: "Masquerade" & "The Killing"
The Man Who Never Was Paula Episode: "A Little Ignorance"
1969 The Last of the Powerseekers Miss Rabier Television film


  1. ^ "Google Translate". Translate.google.com. Retrieved 26 November 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Yvonne Furneaux – glamorous English export". aenigma – Images and stories from the movies and fashion. 20 January 2020. Retrieved 7 April 2022.
  3. ^ "Student Profile: Yvonne Furneaux". Rada.ac.uk. Retrieved 30 November 2023.

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