Claude Jade

Claude Jade

French actress
Date of Birth: 08.10.1948
Country: France

  1. Biography of Claude Jade
  2. Early Years and Acting Career
  3. Breakthrough Role and Collaboration with François Truffaut
  4. Continued Career and International Projects
  5. Later Years and Accolades

Biography of Claude Jade

Claude Jade, a French actress, is best known for her role as Christine Darbon-Duanel in the dramedies "Stolen Kisses" in 1968, "Bed and Board" in 1970, and "Love on the Run" in 1979, directed by François Truffaut. She was born on October 8, 1948, in Dijon, France, as the daughter of a professor.

Claude Jade

Early Years and Acting Career

Jade spent three years at the Dijon Drama Conservatory, where she received an award for "Best Actress" in 1964 for her performance as Agnes in Molière's controversial play "Critique of the School for Wives". She moved to Paris and became a student of Jean-Laurent Cochet at the Théâtre Edouard VII, and began appearing in various television projects, including her role as Sylvie in the TV series "The Rare Birds".

Claude Jade

Breakthrough Role and Collaboration with François Truffaut

It was during her performance as Frida in Pirandello's "Henry IV" that Jade caught the attention of director François Truffaut, who was captivated by her beauty, mannerisms, and zest for life. Truffaut offered Jade the role of Christine Darbon in his film "Stolen Kisses" in 1968. The film was highly acclaimed and made Jade a beloved figure among audiences and critics. One critic, American Pauline Kael, noted that "Claude Jade seems less refined, but more practical than Catherine Deneuve".

Claude Jade

Jade's portrayal of the charming and naive fictional character Christine Darbon experienced a second life in another autobiographical film by Truffaut, "Bed and Board" in 1970, where she first became Duanel's girlfriend and then his wife. In the film "Love on the Run" in 1979, Jade transformed the character of Christine once again, this time into an independent and determined woman. This trilogy, with a ten-year gap between the first and last episode, attracted audiences from all over the world. Thanks to Truffaut, Jade became known as the "little bride of French cinema". The director even proposed to her, seeking the blessing of her parents. However, at the last moment, François changed his mind, and the actress found the strength to forgive this act and maintain a lifelong friendship with him.

Claude Jade

Continued Career and International Projects

In addition to her work in French cinema, Jade also appeared in various international projects. She starred in Alfred Hitchcock's crime thriller "Topaz" because the director believed she resembled Grace Kelly. When Universal Studios offered Jade an exclusive seven-year contract, she declined, preferring to focus on French-language films. Her last appearance in American projects was a small role in the TV series "The Hitchhiker" in 1990. Japanese director Kei Kumai cast the French actress as Sister Marie-Thérèse in his drama "Kita No Misaki", and German director Gabi Kubach featured Jade in her film "Rendezvous in Paris". In the early 1980s, Claude also appeared in two Soviet films, "Tehran-43" and Sergei Yutkevich's "Lenin in Paris", where she played Inessa Armand.

Later Years and Accolades

Maintaining her activity in the 1990s, Jade was a part of the family comedy "Honor Roll" with Guillaume de Tonquédec, played the shy lesbian Caroline Winberg in Jean-Pierre Mocky's comedy "Hello", and in 1998, portrayed the wife of a governor in Iradj Azimi's historical drama "The Raft of the Medusa". As a member of Jean Meyer's Lyon theater company, Jade dedicated a significant amount of time to the stage, playing several notable roles. Her final stage performance was in the play "Celimene and the Cardinal" in Paris and at festivals in 2006.

Claude Jade passed away on December 1, 2006, from eye cancer that had spread to her liver. She left behind her husband, French diplomat Bernard Coste, whom she married in 1972, and their son Pierre.

Throughout her career, Jade received recognition for her contributions to French culture. She was awarded the "Prix Orange" at the Cannes Film Festival in 1975. She became a Knight of the Order of the Legion of Honor in 1998. Two years later, Claude received the "New Wave Award" at the West Palm Beach International Film Festival and in 2002, she earned the "Recognition of Cinephiles Award".