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|Capucine on 25 April 1962|
|Birthday/Birthplace||Germaine Hélène Irène Lefebvre
(1928-01-06)6 January 1928
Saint-Raphaël, Var, France
|Deceased||17 March 1990(1990-03-17)
|Cause of death||Suicide|
|Wife/Husband||Pierre Trabaud (m. 1950–50)|
Germaine Lefebvre , artistically known as Capucine (Saint-Raphaël, France, January 6, 1928 – Lausanne, Switzerland, March 17, 1990) was a model and French film and television actress. She is remembered for her participation as Simone Clouseau in the films The Pink Panther (1963), After the Pink Panther Track (1982) and The Pink Panther Curse (1983), the three by director Blake Edwards.
Coming from a middle class family in Toulon, after completing her studies and graduating as a Bachelor of Arts in foreign languages, she moved to Paris to start a career as a model for haute couture houses, Givenchy, Christian Dior and Pierre Balmain, becoming a supermodel with the name of Capucine (like the flower called nasturtium or queen’s taco). During that period he made friends with the also model and future actress Audrey Hepburn.
In 1948 he made his first film appearance in a supporting role in the film L’aigle à deux têtes by director Jean Cocteau. The following year he participated in the film Rendez-vous de juillet, where he met the actor Pierre Trabaud, with whom he would marry, in a marriage that lasted only six months. From 1950 to 1955 he participated in four more films, continuing, in addition, his career as a model.
In 1957 it was discovered by the American producer Charles Feldman, while working as a model in New York. The director suggested moving to Hollywood to perfect his studies in dramatic art and learn English, acting in 1960 in the film Dream of Love, by Charles Vidor, along with Dirk Bogarde, for which she was a candidate for the 1961 Golden Globe Award. best actress. He left Hollywood in 1962, to move to Lausanne, Switzerland, where he resided permanently.
In the 1960s he participated in thirteen more films, American and European, of which The Lion (1962), sharing roles with William Holden and initiating a relationship with him that would last two years; The Black Cat (1962), The Pink Panther (1964), What’s New Pussycat (1965); Fraulein Doktor (1969) and Satiricón (1969).
In the following two decades he participated in twelve television series, four films for television and sixteen feature films, highlighting Sol rojo (1971), by Terence Young, L’incorrigible (1975), by Philippe de Broca, and two films from Blake Edwards, Trail of the Pink Panther (1982) and The Curse of the Pink Panther (1983). His last appearance on the screen was in the television movie Quartier nègre (1990).
Affected by a deep depression, she took her own life throwing herself from a window in her apartment in Lausanne on March 17, 1990, dying instantly, at the age of 62.
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