Capucine

  • Born: (France) Saint-Raphaël, Var
  • Died: (Switzerland) Lausanne

Capucine, pseudonym of Germaine Hélène Irène Lefebvre, was a French actress and model.

With classic patrician features and an independent, non-conformist personality, Capucine began her film debut in 1949 at the age of 21 with an appearance in the film Le sedicenni (1949).
In 1957, she was discovered by director Charles K. Feldman while working as a high-fashion model for Givenchy in Paris and was brought to Hollywood to study acting under Gregory Ratoff. She was put under contract by Columbia studios in 1958 and had her first leading part in the movie Estasi (1960). She made six more major movies in the early to mid 1960s, two of which (Il leone (1962) and La settima alba (1964)) starred William Holden, with whom she had a two-year affair.

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