Marie Bell

Marie Bell (December 23, 1900 – August 14, 1985), born Marie-Jeanne Bellon, was a French tragedian, comic actor and stage director. She was the director of the Théâtre du Gymnase in Paris from 1962 onwards, and this theatre now bears her name.

Marie Bell
Marie-Jeanne Bellon

(1900-12-23)23 December 1900
Bègles, France
Died14 August 1985(1985-08-14) (aged 84)
Resting placeMonaco Cemetery
OccupationTragedian, comic actor, stage director
Spouse(s)Jean Chevrier

Early lifeEdit

Marie Bell was born on December 23, 1900.


Bell was a classical actress. She also appeared in avant-garde theatre, Jean Genet in particular.

Her interpretation of the role of Phèdre is highly noted : "Voir Marie Bell dans Phèdre est une chance unique pour quiconque veut savoir ce qu'est le génie français." André Malraux[1]

During the German Occupation of France (1940–1944), she participated in the French resistance as one of nine directors of the Front national du théâtre.[2] She is buried in Monaco with her husband Jean Chevrier, not far from the tomb of Josephine Baker.

Personal lifeEdit

Bell married Jean Chevrier, who was also an actor.[3]


Bell died on August 14, 1985. She was buried alongside her husband at the Monaco Cemetery.[3]



  1. ^ "Seeing Marie Bell in Phèdre is a unique opportunity for anyone who wants to know what is the French genius." Cited in L'Avant-Scène n°342 (October 1965)
  2. ^ Marie-Agnès Joubert, La Comédie-Française sous l’Occupation, Paris, Tallandier, 1998, p. 353.
  3. ^ a b "Visite funéraire de Monaco". Amis et Passionés du Père-Lachaise. Retrieved December 26, 2015.

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