Denise Grey (born Édouardine Verthuy; 17 September 1896 – 13 January 1996) was an Italian-born actress who became a naturalized French citizen.[1]

Denise Grey
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Grey in 1942
Édouardine Verthuy

(1896-09-17)17 September 1896
Died13 January 1996(1996-01-13) (aged 99)
Paris, France
ChildrenSuzanne Grey


Édouardine Grey was born in Châtillon in the Aosta Valley of north-west Italy, close to the French border. The town at the time primarily spoke the Valdôtain dialect. She was naturalized as a French citizen on 13 July 1922. She started working in the film industry in 1915 in the silent film En famille, an adaptation of the novel by Hector Malot, before dedicating herself to theatre work. She went back to working in films, now talkies, in the 1930s. She came to fame in the 1940s with films such as Monsieur Hector (1940), Boléro (1942) or Devil in the Flesh (1947). Old age did not end her career. For example, in 1972, she starred in a French television series called Les Rois maudits. Thanks to the film La Boum, in which she plays "Poupette", the great-grandmother of Sophie Marceau, she gained recognition from a new audience growing up in the 1980s. In 1986, she sang Devenir vieux (Becoming Old).

She was a member of the Comédie-Française between 1944 and 1946 and between 1957 and 1958.

Personal lifeEdit

She had a daughter: Suzanne Grey, also an actress, who was born on 28 June 1917 and died on 13 December 2005.


She died in 1996, a few months before reaching the age of 100. She rests next to her husband in the cemetery of Arradon (Morbihan).

Selected filmographyEdit


  1. ^ "Denise Grey". IMDb.