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08 May 2017

Claude Borelli

French starlet Claude Borelli (1934-1960) appeared in French films of the 1950s. In 1960, she died after a fall, only 26 years old.

Claude Borelli in Gestatten, mein Name ist Cox (1955)
German postcard by Ufa, no. 368. Photo: Ewald / Eichberg Film / Panorama Film. Publicity still for Gestatten, mein Name ist Cox/Allow me, my name is Cox (Georg Jacoby, 1955).

Claude Borelli
French postcard by Editions du Globe, Paris, no. 364. Photo: Sam Lévin.

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Claude Borelli was born Claude Alice Marthe Plattner in 1934 In Paris. Little is known about her private life, so I will focus in this bio on her short career in the cinema

She made her film debut in the small part as a bacchant in Jean Cocteau's Orphée (1950), starring Jean Marais. Next the pretty starlet played a competitor in a miss pageant in La Plus Belle Fille du monde/The Most Beautiful Girl in the World (Christian Stengel, 1951), starring Françoise Arnoul. She also had a small part in the French-Italian melodrama Quand tu liras cette lettre/When You Read This Letter (Jean-Pierre Melville, 1953) starring Juliette Gréco and Philippe Lemaire.

Borelli had a bigger role in the Lemmy Caution adventure Cet homme est dangereux/This Man is Dangerous (Jean Sacha, 1953) featuring Eddie Constantine. She also played a starlet in Les Intrigantes/The Scheming Women (Henri Decoin, 1954) with Raymond Rouleau and Jeanne Moreau.

In Germany, she finally got a leading role in the crime film Gestatten, mein Name ist Cox/Allow me, my name is Cox (Georg Jacoby, 1955) opposite Johannes Heesters. Her other films included the comedy Le Fil à la pate (Guy Lefranc, 1955), an adaptation of a Georges Feydeau's farce, and Les Truands (Carlo Rim, 1956) with Eddie Constantine.

Only 26, Claude Borelli died after a fall accident in Paris on 15 November 1960. She was married to Jean-Louis Viale.

Claude Borelli
French postcard by Editions du Globe, Paris, no. 368. Photo: Sam Lévin.

Sources: Les Gens du Cinema (French), Wikipedia (French) and IMDb.

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