Sacha Guitry, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Sacha Guitry

French playwright

Date of Birth: 21-Feb-1885

Place of Birth: Saint Petersburg

Date of Death: 24-Jul-1957

Profession: screenwriter, playwright, author, stage actor, film director, theater director, librettist, film actor

Nationality: France

Zodiac Sign: Pisces

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About Sacha Guitry

  • Alexandre-Pierre Georges "Sacha" Guitry (French: [git?i]; 21 February 1885 – 24 July 1957) was a French stage actor, film actor, director, screenwriter, and playwright of the Boulevard theatre.
  • He was the son of a leading French actor, Lucien Guitry, and followed his father into the theatrical profession.
  • He became known for his stage performances, often in boulevardier roles, in the many plays he wrote, of which there were more than 120.
  • He was married five times, always to rising actresses whose careers he furthered.
  • Probably his best-known wife was Yvonne Printemps to whom he was married between 1919 and 1932. Guitry's plays range from historical dramas to contemporary light comedies.
  • Some have musical scores, by composers including André Messager and Reynaldo Hahn.
  • When silent films became popular Guitry avoided them, finding the lack of spoken dialogue fatal to dramatic impact.
  • From the 1930s to the end of his life he enthusiastically embraced the cinema, making as many as five films in a single year. The later years of Guitry's career were overshadowed by accusations of collaborating with the occupying Germans after the capitulation of France in the Second World War.
  • The charges were dismissed, but Guitry, a strongly patriotic man, was disillusioned by the vilification by some of his compatriots.
  • By the time of his death his popular esteem had been restored to the extent that 12,000 people filed past his coffin before his burial in Paris.

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