Lucienne Bridou was born in Paris, France ca 1943. Her mother Sylvia J. Smith [1916-2011] had married Jacques Bridou while she was an ambulance driver in France during World War II. As a Bridou family member, she was naturally involved in the French Resistance movement. After the birth of her daughter Lucienne, she and the child were moved from town to town to avoid the Gestapo.
After the war Lucienne divorced Jacques Bridou and moved to New York City where she married David Chapin and had a child actor Thomas (Tom) S. [1948- ] After a few years the family moved to a mountain town north of Rome. Lucienne’s entertainment career began as a dancer with the Naz Ballet in Italy but shortly afterward the family then moved to England, living in a small village near Cambridge.
Eventually the family returned to New York and Greenwich Village.
She played the lead in an off Broadway play entitled “Mime and Me”. She made two TV appearances on ‘The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson’ in 1962 and also danced on the ‘Gary Moore Show’. She reached her peak appearing as Panacea in the 1966 film “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” in 1966. She would also appear that year on the cover of the UKs Parade magazine on November 26 1966.
As her career started to drag she returned to Europe in the late 1960s and there appeared in two Euro-westerns “This Man Can’t Die” (1967) in the role of Susy Benson, and her last credited role as Susan Sorella in “Black Jack” in 1968.
After marrying Roman Sansoni she dropped out of show business to raise her family in Trevignano Italy. Today she runs a wedding chapel and meeting center called Tenuta de Ripolo outside of Rome.
BRIDOU, Lucienne [1943, Paris, Île de France, France - ] – dancer, stage, film, TV actress, married to Roman Sansoni mother of Sylvia Sansoni, Martina Sansoni, Lavinia Sansoni.
This Man Can’t Die – 1967 (Susy Benson)
Black Jack - 1968 (Susan Sorella)