Feuillade, Louis b. February 19, 1873 d. February 26, 1925 Film Director, Writer. Regarded by many critics as the D. W. Griffith of France. From 1906 until his death he wrote and directed over 800 films in all genres but was best-known for his crime serials, including "Fantomas" (1913-1914), "Les Vampires" (1915-1916), and "Judex" (1917). "Les Vampires" is considered Feuillade's masterpiece; it was acclaimed by the French surrealists and its influence can be detected in the films of Bunuel, Franju and Resnais. Accused by some of glorifying evil...[Read More] (Bio by: Robert Edwards) Cimetiére du Château, Nice, Departement des Alpes-Maritimes, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, France
Hirschfeld, Dr. Magnus b. May 14, 1868 d. May 14, 1935 Medical Pioneer, Social Reformer. Born in the German city of Kolberg (now the Polish city Kolobrzeg), he experienced life as a double minority. As a Jew living in a historically anti-Semitic country, and as a gay man and transvestite living at a time when homosexuality was still believed to be a form of mental illness, he knew the importance of being organized and having a voice, because otherwise such scapegoated minority groups stood a greater chance of being persecuted. Hirschfeld originally...[Read More] (Bio by: Carrie-Anne) Cimetiére du Château, Nice, Departement des Alpes-Maritimes, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, France
Jaubert, Maurice b. January 3, 1900 d. June 19, 1940 Composer, Conductor. France's outstanding creator of film music during the 1930s, his contributions helped define the "poetic realism" movement of French cinema. He wrote lyrical scores for such classics as Jean Vigo's "Zéro de conduite" ("Zero For Conduct", 1933) and "L'Atalante" (1934), René Clair's "14 juillet" ("July 14", 1933) and "Le Dernier Milliardaire" ("The Last Billionaire", 1934), Julien Duvivier's "Un carnet de bal" ("Life Dances On", 1937) and "La Fin du jour" ("The End of the...[Read More] (Bio by: Robert Edwards) Cimetière Caucade, Nice, Departement des Alpes-Maritimes, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, France
Mackay, John Frederick b. July 21, 1873 d. January 9, 1930 Second Boer War I Victoria Cross Recipient. He was a Scotsman serving as a Corporal in the 1st Battalion, Gordon Highlanders, British Army. On May 29, 1900, in actions at Crow's Nest Hill, near Johannesburg, South Africa, Corporal Mackay was attending to the wounded, and giving them every help in his power, in spite of being far from any cover and within a short range of the Boers. He also carried one man from the open ground to shelter, under a very heavy enemy fire. For he was awarded the on...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Cimetière Caucade, Nice, Departement des Alpes-Maritimes, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, France
Otero, La Bella b. November 4, 1868 d. April 10, 1965 Famed Courtesan of the Belle Epoque. She was born in Porto Valga, Pontevedra, Galicia, Spain. She began dancing at age 14, partially because she seemed older than her true age. Her period of glory was between the last years of the 1890s and the first years of the 1900s, the time known as the Belle Epoque in France. She had numerous lovers, and some of them committed suicide for her. Carolina retired in 1913, at age 45, when the first signs she was getting older began to appear. She retired very...[Read More] (Bio by: Alberto Blanco) Cimetiére du Château, Nice, Departement des Alpes-Maritimes, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, France
Saint-Cyr, Renée b. November 16, 1904 d. July 11, 2004 Awarded French Actress. She began her career in the thirties. Among other films, she appeared in "Deux Orphelines" (1933), "Le Dernier Millardaire" (1934), "Les Perles de la Couronne" (1937), "La Symphonie Fantastique" (1942), "Étrange Destin" (1946), "Fusillé à l'Aube" (1950), "Si Paris Nous Était Conté" (1955), "Le Monocle Rit Jaune" (1964), "O.K. Patron" (1974), "Room Service" (1992) and "Chacun Pour Soi" (1994). She was the mother of Motion Picture Director George Lautner. Her real name was...[Read More] (Bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni) Cimetiére du Château, Nice, Departement des Alpes-Maritimes, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, France Plot: Familiar Pantheon, near husband Charles Lautner.