an autograph

Photo signed by Lantelme and given to Petronius, French reporter of American magazine The Theatre.

Picture found here. The same photo was published in Volume 13 of the magazine with a note written in English by Lantelme.



Today is the 131 birthday of Geneviève Lantelme. She was born in Paris on 20 May 1883 as Mathilde Hortense Claire Fossey (details in this post).


A vintage fan, a doll in Lantelme style, a bottle of “Seduction” perfume (Lantelme participated in its advertising campaign) and a postcard signed by “Paris-New York” comedy cast members. Among others there are autographs of Réjane, Lantelme, Blanche Toutain and Suzanne Avril. It’s interesting to see that Lantelme signed under her boyfriend André Brûlé signature.

Lantelme about Vionnet

The autograph given by Lantelme to Madeleine Vionnet shows how deeply the actress appreciated her work as designer:

Text: “Madeleine aime faire des robes comme nous aimons nous autres faire un beau role et c’est une grande artiste! Lantelme”. (Madeleine loves to design dresses as we actors like to play a good part and she’s a great artist! Lantelme)

Picture source:

100 years

100 years since she was gone…

Genevieve Lantelme postcard. About 1911. Photo by Reutlinger. File source

She desappeared from the yacht L’Aimee (The Loved One) in the night of 24/25 July 1911. Her death remained a mystery. Few hours before she looked happy and full of joy, and none of her friend could admit a version of suicide. Many people, and among them a writer Leon Daudet, have spoken about a murder, and only few believed it was an accident.

Young actress: Genevieve Lantelme as Genevieve in the play Le Secret de Polichinelle by Pierre Wolff. Scan from Le Theatre #100, 15 February 1903.

One of first magazine covers: Genevieve Lantelme from Rejane theatre. Cover of Les Modes, April 1907.

Genevieve Lantelme as Marthe Bourdier in Le Roi, a comedy that will make her a star. Scan from Le Theatre cover, # 238, 15 November 1908.

Genevieve Lantelme in Le Costaud des Epinettes, 1910. Foto from American magazine The Theatre. Here one can see Lantelme in a wonderful dress by Madeleine Vionnet. File source

A superstar: Genevieve Lantelme on the cover of Comoedia Illustre,1 November 1910, as Ginette Dubreuil in Le Marchand de Bonheur.. Dress by Paquin.

A fashion icon. Scan from Comoedia Illustre, 15 March 1911. Hats by Suzanne Weiss.

Genevieve Lantelme in The Theatre, 1911. File source On the right is the note in English written by her; she promises to play La Gamine (a comedy by Veber et Gorsse)  in New York. Petronius is the pseudonym of European reporter of The Theatre. This note is written about April 1911, few months before her  death.

One of last photos, published in Femina # 254 (August 1911).