October 8, 1948
Deceased: December 1, 2006
Claude Jade was the daughter of a teacher-couple. During her childhoodand her study (philosophy) she visits the Conservatory of Dramatic Art in Dijon, Claude got the Prize as best actress (Agnès in Molières "L'école des femmes") and went to Paris.
Jean-Laurent Cochet and has been engaged by Sacha Pitoeff to the Théatre Moderne (as Frida in Pirandello's "Henri IV"). Claude was discovered on stage by Francois Truffaut and she played the female heroine in "Baisers volés" (Stolen Kisses, 1969). The part of Christine beside Jean-Pierre Léaud as her lover and husband Antoine Doinel she played also in the sequels "Domicile conjugal" (Bed and Board, 1970) and
"L'Amour en fuite" (Love on the Run, 1979). Truffaut would marry her in spring 1968, but Claude married some years later the diplomate Bernard Coste, with whom she also lived some years in Russia and maked the a short soviet carreer. Claude Jade worked with famous directors like Alfred Hitchcock ("Topaz", 1969) but she also played on stage and in many TV-Films. Her most popular part was Véronique d'Hergemont in the serial "Coffin Island" (1979). Since 1998 she is a female "Chevalier de la legion d'honneur".
Claude Jade received on February 5th 2000 at the Palm Beach International Film Festival the "New Wave Award" because her
"trend-setting role she has played in the world cinema and her unique style for generations of actresses".
Claude Jade died December 1, 2006 of complications from eye cancer.
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