In 1920, given the exotic French name Renée Adorée by the studio, she appeared in her first motion picture. While in New York City on New Year's Eve 1920 she met Tom Moore (1883-1955). Fifteen years her senior, Tom Moore and his brothers were very successful Hollywood actors. Six weeks after their meeting, Renée Adorée married Tom Moore on February 12, 1921 in his home in Beverly Hills, California. The marriage did not last and in 1925, Ms. Adorée married a second time to Sherman Gill.
Despite her petite stature, Renée Adorée's sensuous beauty and penetrating eyes made for a compelling presence on the black and white screen. She is most famous for her role as Melisande in the melodramatic romance movie The Big Parade, that became one of MGM's biggest hits of all time and a film historians rank as one of the best films made in the silent film era. Co-starring John Gilbert, The Big Parade is still shown on television today and is available on Video.
With the advent of sound in film, Renée Adorée was one of the fortunate ones whose voice came over well enough to continue acting. She would star opposite Lon Chaney and her former brother-in-law Owen Moore, make three more films with John Gilbert, and star in four films with another leading Hollywood actor, the Latin star, Ramon Novarro. By the end of 1930, she had appeared in forty-five films. That year she was diagnosed with tuberculosis and was forced to retire from the film industry.
Renée Adorée lived only a few years longer, passing away a few days after her 35th birthday on October 5, 1933 in Tujunga, California. She was interred in the Hollywood Forever Memorial Park Cemetery in Hollywood, California.
She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1601 Vine Street.
Renée Adorée Facts
|Jeanne de La Fonte
|September 30, 1898
|Date of death
|October 5, 1933 (age 35)
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