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Renée Adorée (September 30, 1898October 5, 1933) was a French actress.

Renée Adorée

Born Jeanne de La Fonte in Lille, Nord, France, she was the daughter of circus artists who, by age five, was performing in the circus with her parents. In her teen years she began acting in minor stage productions and toured Europe with her troupe. She was performing in Russia when World War I broke out and fled to London. From there, she went on to New York City where she continued to work in the theatre until the opportunity came to work in the motion picture business.

In 1920, given the exotic French name Renée Adorée by the studio, she appeared in her first motion picture. While in New York City on New Year’s Eve 1920 she met Tom Moore (1883-1955). Fifteen years her senior, Tom Moore and his brothers were very successful Hollywood actors. Six weeks after their meeting, Renée Adorée married Tom Moore on February 12, 1921 in his home in Beverly Hills, California. The marriage did not last and in 1925, Ms. Adorée married a second time to Sherman Gill.

Despite her petite stature, Renée Adorée’s sensuous beauty and penetrating eyes made for a compelling presence on the black and white screen. She is most famous for her role as "Melisande" in the melodramatic romance movie The Big Parade, that became one of MGM's biggest hits of all time and a film historians rank as one of the best films made in the silent film era. Co-starring John Gilbert, The Big Parade is still shown on television today and is available on video.

With the advent of sound in film, Renée Adorée was one of the fortunate ones whose voice came over well enough to continue acting. She would star opposite Lon Chaney and her former brother-in-law Owen Moore, make three more films with John Gilbert, and star in four films with another leading Hollywood actor, the Latin star, Ramon Novarro. By the end of 1930, she had appeared in forty-five films. That year she was diagnosed with tuberculosis and was forced to retire from the film industry.

Renée Adorée lived only a few years longer, passing away a few days after her 35th birthday on October 5, 1933 in Tujunga, California. She is interred in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood, California.

She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1601 Vine Street.

Some of Renée Adorée’s films:

  • The Strongest - (1920)
  • Made In Heaven - (1921) , co-starring her husband, Tom Moore
  • West of Chicago - (1922)
  • Monte Cristo - (1922)
  • Day Dreams - (1923)
  • Mixed Faces - (1923)
  • The Eternal Struggle - (1923)
  • Excuse Me - (1924)
  • The Bandolero - (1924)
  • A Man's Mate - (1924)
  • Women Who Give - (1924)
  • The Big Parade - (1925)
  • An Exchange of Wives - (1925)
  • Excuse Me - (1925)
  • Man and Maid - (1925)
  • Parisian Nights - (1925)
  • La Bohème - (1926)
  • The Blackbird - (1926)
  • Blarney - (1926)
  • The Exquisite Sinner - (1926)
  • Flaming Forest - (1926)
  • Tin Gods - (1926)
  • Back to God's Country - (1927)
  • Mr. Wu - (1927)
  • The Show - (1927)
  • Heaven on Earth - (1927)
  • On The Boulevard - (1927)
  • The Cossacks - (1928)
  • A Certain Young Man - (1928)
  • Forbidden Hours - (1928)
  • The Mating Call - (1928)
  • The Michigan Kid - (1928)
  • Show People - (1928)
  • The Pagan - (1929)
  • Redemption - (1929)
  • Tide of Empire - (1929)
  • The Spieler - (1930)
  • Call of the Flesh - (1930)
  • The Singer From Seville - (1930)
  • Redemption - (1930)

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Renée Adorée - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (448 words)
Renée Adorée (September 30, 1898–October 5, 1933) was a French actress.
Despite her petite stature, Renée Adorée's sensuous beauty and penetrating eyes made for a compelling presence on the fl and white screen.
Renée Adorée lived only a few years longer, passing away a few days after her 35th birthday on October 5, 1933 in Tujunga, California.
Denny Jackson's Renee Adoree Page (463 words)
Renee Adoree was born Jeanne de la Fonte in Lille, France on September 30, 1898.
Renee wondered if she had made the right move by going into motion pictures because of two minor roles in as many films.
This was Renee's most provocative role yet and she was fast becoming one of the sexiest actresses on the screen.
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