Alice Ida Antoinette Guy-Blaché


Alice Ida Antoinette Guy-Blaché Famous memorial

Saint-Mande, Departement du Val-de-Marne, Île-de-France, France
Death 24 Mar 1968 (aged 94)
Mahwah, Bergen County, New Jersey, USA
Burial Mahwah, Bergen County, New Jersey, USA
Plot Sec-3 Blk-F Tr-B Gr-16 1B
Memorial ID 6837011 View Source

Motion Picture Director. Generally considered to be the world's first female film director, she directed over 400 films between 1897 and 1920. She also produced hundreds of films. A secretary with Gaumont-Paris, she became one of their first directors when they started producing movies. In 1905 she was made the company's production director, supervising the company's other directors. In 1907 she married Herbert Blaché, and they went to the U.S. to set up the company's operations. In 1910 she set up her own production company, Solax Film Co. in Flushing, New York and built a studio in Fort Lee, New Jersey. After closing her studios due to financial decline, she directed several films for Hollywood. Upon her divorce, in 1922, she returned to France, and never made another film. The French government awarded her the Legion of Honour in 1953. In 1964 she returned to the U.S., where she remained until her death. Her memoirs, Autobiographie d'une pionnière du cinéma, 1873–1968" were published in 1976. The English edition, "The Memoirs of Alice Guy Blaché," was published in 1986.

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Alice Guy Blaché
1873 - Solax - 1968
First Woman Motion Picture Director
First Woman Studio Head
President of the Solax Company, Fort Lee, N.J.

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