Renee Adoree Biography

French actress. Name variations: Renee Adoree. Born Jeanne de la Fonte in Lille, Nord, Nord-Pas de Calais, France, Sept 30, 1898; died age 35 of tuberculosis, Oct 5, 1933, in Tujunga, California; m. Tom Moore (actor), 1921 (div. 1924); m. Sherman Gill, 1925.

Began career as a toe dancer, horseback dancer, and acrobat in parents’ touring circus; danced with Folies-Berge`re; fled Europe during WWI; appeared in Australia in 1st film 1500 Reward (1918); on Broadway, introduced ‘‘The Rocker,’’ a popular fox trot, in Oh, Uncle!, Oh, What a Girl; attained stardom as Melisande in King Vidor’s The Big Parade (1925); other films include Parisian Nights (1925), La Bohe`me (1926), The Cossacks (1928), The Michigan Kid (1928), The Pagan (1929), Tide of Empire (1929), and Redemption (1930).