Monday, November 24, 2014

Remembering Sophie Daumier

Sophie Daumier was born Elisabeth Simonne Juliette Clémence Hugon on November 24, 1934 in Boulogne-sur-Mer, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France. The daughter of composer Georges Hgon [1904-1980], she studied ballet at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, and drawing classes. At 16, she toured abroad with a ballet of cancan, under the stage name of "Betty Hugon." With a physical similarity to Brigitte Bardot, Sophie Daumier committed to the cabaret La Nouvelle Eve as a singer under the stage name "Betty Lawrence." She later became a stage actress after attending the teachings of Pierre Dux Raymond and Girard.
She made her film debut in 1955 in “Paris mob”, under the name "Betty Daumier." In the early 1960s, she had an affair with rocker Vince Taylor. She returned to the theater in Patate, of Marcel Achard, where she played for six years. It was at this time that, at the instance of the latter, she chooses a new name, Sophie, and a final stage name, Daumier, maiden name of her mother.
Daumier appeared in over 25 films but only one Euro-western as Connie Breasrfull alongside Giuliana Gemma in “Fort Yuma Gold” (1966).
Stricken with Huntington’s Disease Sophie died at the age of 70 on January 1, 2004 in Paris, France.
Today we remember Sophie Daumier on what would have been her 80th birthday.

1 comment:

  1. An important part of her career was her partnership with actor and stand-up comedian Guy Bedos. The numbers they did together on stage and in TV shows ("La Drague", "Les Vacances à Marrakech") were hugely popular in the 1960s and 70s, and sold a lot of records.