Gaby Morlay (born Blanche Pauline Fumoleau; 8 June 1893 – 4 July 1964) was a French film actress.[1]

Gaby Morlay
Mayol et Gaby de Morlay-1912.jpg
Gaby Morlay in 1912
Born
Blanche Pauline Fumoleau

8 June 1893
Died4 July 1964 (1964-07-05) (aged 71)
NationalityFrench
OccupationFilm actress
Years active1913 - 1964

CareerEdit

Morlay began acting in the era of silent films, and became known as co-star with Max Linder in his "Max" series. She starred in a series of "Gaby" films such as Gaby en auto (1917) and more than twenty other silent films. She moved easily into talking films in the early 1930s.[2] She played Queen Victoria in the 1939 historical film Entente cordiale.[citation needed] She had an affair with the government minister Max Bonnafous (1900–75) during World War II (1939–45), and as a result was investigated for collaboration with the Nazis after the liberation of France. Later she married Bonnafous. Morlay continued to play important roles in the 1940s and 1950s.[2]

She was an art lover and was a friend and admirer of the Italian painter Beretta Dimario who lived in Nice.

 
Dedication of Gaby Morlay to the Italian artist Beretta Dimario

Selected filmographyEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ BFI profile, bfi.org.uk; accessed 7 July 2015.
  2. ^ a b Oscherwitz, Dayna; Higgins, MaryEllen (2009-09-02), The A to Z of French Cinema, Scarecrow Press, p. 305–307, ISBN 978-0-8108-7038-3, retrieved 2016-01-02

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