Jeanne Samary (4 March 1857 as Léontine Pauline Jeanne Samary in Neuilly-sur-Seine – 18 September 1890 in Paris) was a French actress at the Comédie-Française and a model for Auguste Renoir, including for Renoir's 1881 painting, Luncheon of the Boating Party.
Photograph by Nadar, c. 1877
Léontine Pauline Jeanne Samary
4 March 1857
|Died||18 September 1890 (aged 33)|
|Burial place||Passy Cemetery|
|Spouse(s)||Paul Lagarde (1882–1890, her death)|
Between the years 1871–1874, Jeanne Samary attended the Paris drama school and passed with distinction. In 1874, she became a member of the Comédie-Française and debuted on 24 August 1874 as Dorine in Tartuffe by Molière. Jeanne Samary excelled in numerous roles in the comedies, but also in parts of Édouard Pailleron (L'Étincelle; La Monde ou l'on s'ennuie).
Renoir painted Samary around a dozen times between the years 1877–1881; Louise Abbéma painted her twice.
In 1882, she married Paul Lagarde, with whom she had three children. Shortly before her death she wrote a children's book titled Les gourmandises de Charlotte for their children. She died in 1890 of typhoid fever, and was buried in the Passy Cemetery.
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