Annabella (I)

as Gisèle le Kerdec in the movie La barcarolle damour

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Real name is Suzanne Georgette Charpentier
Was born at 14 July 1907 in Paris, France . Died at 18 September 1996, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France (heart attack)

At age 16, Annabella was chosen by 'Abel Gance' to appear in Napoléon vu par Abel Gance (1927) . In the 30s, she became a starof French movies. She made movies in numerous other countries, beforebeing called to Hollywood in 1938, where she met and married'Tyrone Power' . She remained in the USA until 1947.

Then sheattempted a comeback in France. She retired from show business in 1954. She arrived in the U. S. at a time when a great surge of foreign femininemystique was invading Hollywood, led by 'Greta Garbo' ,'Ingrid Bergman (I)' and 'Marlene Dietrich' .

A stunning andexceptionally gifted star beloved in her native France, Annabella wasthrown into a string of mediocre films by her studio during her briefHollywood courtship and, in the end, became better known as Mrs. 'Tyrone Power' than as the high-quality talent she was. Born Suzanne Georgette Charpentier, the daughter of a magazinepublisher, in La Varenne Saint Hilaire, France, on July 14, 1909(although sources vary the years from 1904 to 1913), Annabella appearedin 'Abel Gance' 's legendary silent epic Napoléon vu par Abel Gance (1927) . Director 'René Clair' immediately recognized her gamine appeal and photogenic allure, castingher in his classic Le million (1931) . European stardom was hers.

Although only in her 20s, she was already a widow (due to the death ofhusband Albert Sorre, a writer) with a young daughter, Anne, tosupport. She pursued her career with ardent dedication and passion. Sheappeared on the stages of Berlin and Vienna and continued herprofessional association with director Clair by giving a superbperformance in Quatorze Juillet (1933) [July 14th]. Shecontinued to shine working alongside the likes of'Charles Boyer (I)' , 'Jean Gabin' , 'Albert Préjean' and'Jean Murat' . Her popularity was further heightened by asuccessful association with writer/director 'Pál Fejös' .

She first arrived in America to shoot a French-language version of aHollywood film and began mastering English from that point on. Insteadof settling in Hollywood, however, she headed to London and away fromthe Hollywood glitz. She had appeared earlier with Jean Murat in Paris-Méditerranée (1932) and Mademoiselle Josette, ma femme (1933) , and the couple married in1934. She won the Venice Film Festival Award for her gloriousperformance in Veille d'armes (1935) [Sacrifice of Honor] andwent on to appear with Murat in two other pictures --'Anatole Litvak' 's L'équipage (1935) [Flight Into Darkness]and Anne-Marie (1936) . Hollywood beckoned again, this time courtesy of 20th Century-Fox, butthe open-faced, ash-blonde beauty continued to resist.

They finallyarrived on a settlement of sorts -- she would agree to makeEnglish-speaking films with the studio but only if they were made inEngland. Her English-speaking debut was opposite 'Henry Fonda' in Wings of the Morning (1937) , which was quite successful. It wasthe first Technicolor feature ever shot in England and Annabella lookedevery inch the star. As her following American movies were given their release, such as Under the Red Robe (1937) with 'Conrad Veidt' and'Raymond Massey (I)' and Dinner at the Ritz (1937) with'Paul Lukas (I)' and 'David Niven (I)' , Annabella was drawninto the Hollywood maelstrom despite her desire for privacy. Thisprivacy would be shattered dramatically after the still-married Frenchactress met and fell hard for the studio's main attraction,'Tyrone Power' .

From that time forward, the soon-to-be-divorcedAnnabella and Power became prime objects of tabloid frenzy. Theyfinally married on April 23, 1939. Hounded by an ever-curious public,the couple soon began having marital troubles, complicated by theirinevitable time apart for filming and his war service. His numerousaffairs only compounded their problems. She bravely kept a strong frontand continued filming, but her vehicles were not up to par.

The Baroness and the Butler (1938) with'William Powell (I)' , Suez (1938) , which she filmed withher husband, and Bridal Suite (1939) with'Robert Young (I)' did little to bolster her American career. After Tonight We Raid Calais (1943) and Bomber's Moon (1943) , she ended her contract with 13 Rue Madeleine (1946) , and then she was gone. Divorcing Power in January of 1948, she returned to Europe. Her lastFrench film was released in 1952. Her only child Anne would find loveand heartbreak married to the Austrian actor 'Oskar Werner' whoself-destructed from depression and chronic alcoholism.

Annabella'slast years were spent quietly, volunteering at one point in prisonwelfare. She died of a heart attack at Neuilly sur Seine on September18, 1996, at the age of 87. .

There is some small facts about Annabella (I):
  • Accepted Academy Award in 1964 on behalf of 'Patricia Neal (I)' .
  • Daughter, 'Ann Power (II)' , was adopted by 'Tyrone Power' . She was married to the late actor 'Oskar Werner' .
  • Made a rare appearance presenting 'Gregory Peck' his Oscar trophy at the 1962 Academy Awards show. She also accepted the 1963 Oscar for 'Patricia Neal (I)' , stating "Pat is expecting her fourth child in London. She wishes you a very special thank you.".
  • Visited ex-husband 'Tyrone Power' on the set of his last film Solomon and Sheba (1959) while it was filming in Madrid on November 10, 1958. Five days later, he collapsed on the set while filming a duel scene with 'George Sanders (I)' and died of a massive heart attack. She was little seen after that.
  • In 1941, third husband 'Tyrone Power' adopted Annabella's daughter, Anne, from her first marriage.
  • According to John Allen, author of a full length article on Annabella in "Films of the Golden Age", Annabella was appearing in her first English-speaking film Wings of the Morning (1937) when she fell for co-star 'Henry Fonda' . He resisted and it took her husband at the time, 'Jean Murat' , to dispel the "rumors".
  • Her stage name was derived from the 'Edgar Allan Poe' poem "Annabel Lee".
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There is the list of movies, where Annabella (I) was taked part:
1 La barcarolle damour movie La barcarolle damour 1930 as Gisèle le Kerdec
2 La bataille movie La bataille 1933 as La marquise Mitsouko Yorisaka
3 Mademoiselle Josette, ma femme movie Mademoiselle Josette, ma femme 1933 as Josette
4 Marie, légende hongroise movie Marie, légende hongroise 1933 as Marie Szabó
5 Meet the Stars #6: Stars at Play movie Meet the Stars #6: Stars at Play 1941 as Herself
6 The 36th Annual Academy Awards movie The 36th Annual Academy Awards 1964 as Herself - Accepting Best Actress Award for Patricia Neal
7 Cinema Europe: The Other Hollywood movie Cinema Europe: The Other Hollywood 1995 as Herself / Béatrice
8 13 Rue Madeleine movie 13 Rue Madeleine 1946 as Suzanne de Beaumont
9 Anne-Marie movie Anne-Marie 1936 as Anne-Marie
10 Autour dune enquête movie Autour dune enquête 1931 as Greta Bienert
11 Bombers Moon movie Bombers Moon 1943 as Lt. Alexandra Zorich, MD
12 Bonaparte et la révolution movie Bonaparte et la révolution 1972 as Violene
13 Bridal Suite movie Bridal Suite 1939 as Luise Anzengruber
14 Caravane movie Caravane 1934 as Princess Wilma
15 Dernier amour movie Dernier amour 1949 as Hélène Fontenay
16 Deux fois vingt ans movie Deux fois vingt ans 1931 as Poldi
17 Dinner at the Ritz movie Dinner at the Ritz 1937 as Ranie Racine
18 Don Juan movie Don Juan 1950 as Lady Ontiveras
19 Désordre movie Désordre 1949 as Herself
20 Fantasia Lusitana movie Fantasia Lusitana 2010 as Herself
21 Gardez le sourire movie Gardez le sourire 1933 as Marie
22 Hôtel du Nord movie Hôtel du Nord 1938 as Renée
23 Lhomme qui revient de loin movie Lhomme qui revient de loin 1950 as Fanny de la Bossière
24 Léquipage movie Léquipage 1935 as Hélène/Denise
25 La bandera movie La bandera 1935 as Aischa la Slaoui
26 La citadelle du silence movie La citadelle du silence 1937 as Viana
27 La maison de La Flèche movie La maison de La Flèche 1930 as Betty Harlowe
28 Le million movie Le million 1931 as Béatrice
29 Les nuits moscovites movie Les nuits moscovites 1934 as Natacha Kovrine
30 Maldone movie Maldone 1928 as Flora Lévigné
31 Napoléon Bonaparte movie Napoléon Bonaparte 1935 as Violine Fleuri
32 Napoléon vu par Abel Gance movie Napoléon vu par Abel Gance 1927 as Violine Fleuri et Désirée Clary
33 Paris-Méditerranée movie Paris-Méditerranée 1932 as Solange Pascaud
34 Quatorze Juillet movie Quatorze Juillet 1933 as Anna
35 Romance à linconnue movie Romance à linconnue 1931 as Mado
36 Son altesse lamour movie Son altesse lamour 1931 as Annette Wéber
37 Sonnenstrahl movie Sonnenstrahl 1933 as Anna
38 Suez movie Suez 1938 as Toni Pellerin
39 Tavaszi zápor movie Tavaszi zápor 1932 as Szabó Mária
40 The Baroness and the Butler movie The Baroness and the Butler 1938 as Baroness Katrina Marissey
There is the list of interview of Annabella (I):
  • "Mon Film" (France), 18 June 1947, Iss. No. 47, pg. 8-9, by: Paule Marguy, "Annabella souffrit d'une douloureuse passion pour Marie-Antoinette la malheureuse reine de Francer"
There is the list of some articles of Annabella (I):
  • "Variety" (USA), 30 September 1996, pg. 178:2, by: Doug Galloway, "Suzanne (Annabella) Charpentier"
  • "The Independent" (USA), 21 September 1996, pg. 18, "Annabella"
  • "New York Times" (USA), 21 September 1996, pg. 23, by: Eric Pace, "Annabella, 86, Film Actress Known for Playing Gamines"
There is the list of some printed articles of Suzanne Georgette Charpentier:
  • "Cine-Revue" (Belgium), 16 August 1973, Vol. 53, Iss. 33, pg. 20-23, by: J.V. Cotton, "Annabella: Un certain sourrire de l'entre-deux guerres"
  • "Filmpost Magazin" (West Germany), 1950, Vol. 3, Iss. 11, pg. 43, by: Theo Kubiak, "Ehekonflikte um Annabella"
  • "Das Neue Film-Programm" (West Germany), 1950, pg. 2,3, by: dnfp, "Suez"
  • "IFB-München" (West German), 1949, Iss. 910, pg. 1,2,3,4, "Letzte Liebe"
  • "Hollywood" (USA), June 1939, Vol. 28, Iss. 6, pg. 32, by: Allan Finn, "Annabella-Tyrone Power"
  • "IFK-Berlin" (Germany), 1938, Iss. 2981, pg. 2.3, by: ifk, "Suez"
  • "IFB-München" (Germany), 1937, Iss. 756, pg. 2,3, by: IFB, "Unter der roten Robe (Under the Red Bobe)"
  • "IFK-Wien" (Austria), 1935, Iss. 1340, pg. 1,3,4, by: IFK, "Blutsbrüder 1918"
  • "IFK-Wien" (Austria), 1935, Vol. 5, Iss. 1541, pg. 1,2,3,4,5,6,7, by: IFK, "Aufruhr im Mitelmeer (Die Waffen rufen)"
  • "IFK-Wien" (Austria), 1935, Vol. 5, Iss. 1343, pg. 1,3,4,5,6,7,8, by: IFK, "Die Liebesgase von Marokko (La Bandéra)"
  • "IFK-Berlin" (Germany), 1934, Iss. 2300, pg. 1,3,4, by: IFK, "Natascha"
  • "IFK-Wien" (Austria), 1934, Vol. 4, Iss. 1128, pg. 1.2,, by: IFK, "Moskauer Nächte"
  • "IFK-Wien" (Austria), 1933, Iss. 814, pg. 1,4,6,7,8, by: IFK, "Die Schlacht"
  • "IFK-Berlin" (Germany), 1933, Iss. 2138, pg. 1.2,3, by: IFK, "La Bataille"
  • "IFK-Wien" (Austria), 1931, Vol. 2, Iss. 289, pg. 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8, by: IFK, "Razzia aus Liebe"
  • "IFK-Berlin" (Germany), 1931, Iss. 1648, pg. 1,2, by: IFK, "Razzia in Paris"
The image of Suzanne Georgette Charpentier was on the covers of these magazines:
  • "IFB" (Germany), 1949, Iss. 910
  • "IFB" (West Herman), 1949, Iss. 910
  • "Non Film" (France), 1 September 1948, Iss. 107
  • "Hollywood" (USA), June 1939, Vol. 28, Iss. 6
  • "Pour Vous" (France), 30 September 1937, Iss. 463
  • "Josef Erben,Praha" (Cz.), 1937, Iss. 870
  • "Le Petit Cinemonde" (France), 26 March 1936, Vol. ?, Iss. 388
  • "Die Junge Dame" (Germany), 13 January 1935, Vol. 3, Iss. 2
  • "IFK-Wien" (Austria), 1935, Iss. 1340
  • "Bio-program" (Cz), 1935, Iss. 302
  • "IFK-Wien" (Austria), 1935, Vol. 5, Iss. 1541
  • "IFK-Wien" (Austria), 1935, Vol. 5, Iss. 1343
  • "Die Junge Dame" (Germany), 11 February 1934, Vol. 2, Iss. 16
  • "IFK-Berlin" (Germany), 1934, Iss. 2300
  • "IFK-Wien" (Austria), 1934, Vol. 4, Iss. 1123
  • "IFK-Berlin" (Germany), 1933, Iss. 2136
  • "Bio-program" (Cz.), 1933, Iss. 70
  • "IFK-Wien" (Austria), 1933, Vol. 3, Iss. 814
  • "IFK-Wien" (Austria), 1933, Vol. 3, Iss. 1293
  • "IFK-Wien" (Germany), 1933, Iss. 1995
  • "Bio-program" (Cz.), 1933, Iss. 682
  • "IFK-Wien" (Austria), 1933, Iss. 709
  • "IFK-Berlin (Marie)" (Germany), 1932, Iss. 1222
  • "IFK-Wien (Marie" (Austria), 1932, Vol. 2, Iss. 579
  • "Filmwoche" (Germany), 10 June 1931, Vol. 9, Iss. 24
  • "IFK-Berlin" (Germany), 1931, Iss. 1648
  • "IFK-Wien" (Austria), 1931, Vol. 2, Iss. 289
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