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Also Known As: Genevieve Menut Died: January 1, 1992
Born: February 9, 1912 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Paris, FR Profession: actor

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Striking, voluptuous, brunette actress who appeared in over 100 French films from the early 1930s through the late 70s. Too often cast in vamp or "other woman" roles in mostly lightweight fare, Leclerc occasionally landed stronger roles or was effectively cast against type. 1938 was a banner year for the actress, with good roles in the women's prison drama "Prison Without Bars" and, as the errant spouse, in Marcel Pagnol's rural tale, "The Baker's Wife". The war years brought Leclerc perhaps her most memorable role, as the crippled Denise in the suspense classic "Le Corbeau" (1943), though she also distinguished herself in postwar years as one of the prostitutes in the "House of Madame Tellier" episode of the masterful Max Ophuls trilogy, "Le Plaisir" (1951). One of her rare English-speaking appearances was in Joseph Strick's adaptation of Henry Miller's "Tropic of Cancer" (1970).

Striking, voluptuous, brunette actress who appeared in over 100 French films from the early 1930s through the late 70s. Too often cast in vamp or "other woman" roles in mostly lightweight fare, Leclerc occasionally landed stronger roles or was effectively cast against type. 1938 was a banner year for the actress, with good roles in the women's prison drama "Prison Without Bars" and, as the errant spouse, in Marcel Pagnol's rural tale, "The Baker's Wife". The war years brought Leclerc perhaps her most memorable role, as the crippled Denise in the suspense classic "Le Corbeau" (1943), though she also distinguished herself in postwar years as one of the prostitutes in the "House of Madame Tellier" episode of the masterful Max Ophuls trilogy, "Le Plaisir" (1951). One of her rare English-speaking appearances was in Joseph Strick's adaptation of Henry Miller's "Tropic of Cancer" (1970).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 La Barricade du point du Jour (1978) Madame Bouroche
2.
 Chobizenesse (1975) Dresser
3.
 Spermula (1975) Gromama
4.
 Les Volets Clos (1972) Felicie
5.
 Rempart des Beguine, Le (1972) Nina
6.
 Tropic of Cancer (1970) Madame Hamilton
7.
 Goto, Island of Love (1969) Gonasta--Glossia'S Mother
8.
 Double Deception (1963) Odette
9.
10.
 Lovers' Net (1955) Maria
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Appeared in some of her earliest films, including "L'Enfant du Miracle/The Miracle Child" (1932), "Cette Vieille Canaille/The Old Devil" and "Toto" (both 1933)
1937:
Gained critical and popular attention with her role in Pierre Chenal's "L'Homme de Nulle Part/The Late Mathias Pascal"
1938:
Played in two of her most notable films: Leonide Moguy's "Prison sans Barreaux/Prison Without Bars" and in the title role of Marcel Pagnol's "La Femme du Boulanger/The Baker's Wife"
1943:
Starred in Henri-Georges Clouzot's powerful "Le Corbeau"; film hurt by press campaign and banned until 1947
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Imprisoned for a year after the end of World War II for having worked with Germany's Continental Films, producers of "Le Corbeau"
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Appeared in some of her last films in the 1970s, including "Chobizenesse/Show Business", "Spermula" (both 1975), and "Barricade du point du jour/Barricade on the Point du Jour" (1978)
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husband:
Lucien Leclerc. Dancer. Divorced in 1936 when she fell in love with co-star Lucien Gallas.
companion:
Lucien Gallas. Actor. Co-starred in play "La Loupiotte" (1936).

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