Lillian Greuze

Lillian Greuze

Lillian Greuze was a stage and motion picture actress from Paris, France. She was also a model whose image was covetedby artists.

Theater ingenue (stock character)

She was a protégé of Sarah Bernhardt and performed at the French Theater on West 44th Street in Manhattan (New York). Her first New York appearancecame during the 1915 theatrical season. Greuze was one of many French notables who were recruited by Lucien Bonheur, director ofthe French Theater.

She acted a humorous sketch entitled "English School" in her first American stage performance. She was paired with George Ranavant. An observer remarked about her skill in speaking, "So perfect was her enunciation and the modulation of her voice that every syllable could be heard distinctly in the rear of the auditorium."

In December 1915 she played with Paul Gavault at the French Theatrein "Mademoiselle Josette Ma Femme". As "Josette", Greuze portrayed the characterwhich made Billie Burke famous. A reviewer commented favorably about her playful acting quality, citing her "diverting gaminerie".

Film actress

Greuze appeared as "Marian Somerset" in "The Recoil" (1917), with William Courtenay. The melodrama is a quickly paced story about trying to save an innocent man from being electrocuted by intervening with the governor. The
Library of Congress has preserved an incomplete copy of this film. Reel one is missing.

Her acting career continued in France, Germany, and Italy until the 1930s. Greuze's filmography following "The Recoil" includes roles in "Hier et aujord'hui" (1918), "Simone" (1918),"Tragedia senza lagrime" (1919), "Maitre Bolbec et son mari" (1934), "Fanatisme" (1934), and "Clown Bux Le" (1935).


In November 1915 she was paid $200 for a kiss on the Frenchliner Rochambeau. The ship was en route to New York and Greuze was passing a collection bag for charity. She overheard a man remark that he would donate the sum in return for a kiss from her. The money was contributed for the benefit of orphans of French dressmakers who were killed at the front (military) in the war.

During World War I Greuze worked with the Red Cross at the French front in 1917. She was a nurse in a hospital at Neuilly from the beginning of the war. The hospital was conducted by Princess Henriette, Duchess of Vendome and Alencon.


*cite news| publisher=Lima Daily News |title=Amusements |date=June 18, 1917 |page=8
*cite news| publisher=Mansfield News |title=Steals Kiss For $200 To Aid French Soldiers |date=November 5, 1915 |page=25
*cite news| publisher=Newark Advocate |title=Amusements |date=June 7, 1917 |page=7
*cite news| publisher=New York Times |title=French Theatre's Ambitious Plans |date=August 29, 1915 |date=X5
*cite news |publisher=New York Times |title=Godowsky Refuses To Play For French |date=November 9, 1915 |page=13
*cite news| publisher=New York Times |title=The First-Night Calendar
date=December 5, 1915 |page=X6

*cite news| publisher=New York Times |title=A Gavault Farce Clevelry Played |date=December 7, 1915 |page=13
*cite news| publisher=Oakland Tribune |title=Beauty in the War |date=December 30, 1917 |page=3
*cite news| publisher=Washington Post |title=She Sells Kiss For $200 |date=November 3, 1915 |page=4

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