In front of the La joie de vivre show's audience, at the Chatelet theatre, Romanian actress Elvire Popesco recalls how she came to Paris in 1923.
Elvira Popesco (Bucharest, 1894 - Paris, 1993), Romanian-born actress, has been a member of the National Bucharest Theatre for 20 years. The dramatic author Louis Verneuil invited her to Paris in 1923 to playMy cousin from Varsovia,which would be performed over a thousand times. The queen of vaudeville and nicknamed "Our Lady of the theatre", she worked through her career on texts by Bernstein, Deval, Roussin, Cocteau. Her foray into cinema is less well known about, but she played in around thirty films. From 1956 to 1965 she managed the Théâtre de Paris, then the Théâtre de Marigny.
At 84 years old, the one they call "the volcano", always hard at work, took up her role inLa Mamma, written for her by André Roussin in 1957. Until the 1980s the salon she kept at her house in Mézy-sur-Seine and then on Avenue Foch, was frequented by several celebrities such as Sacha Guitry, Pierre Cardin and Jacques Chirac.
In 1987 she received a Molière prize for her life-time work and in 1989 she was awarded the Légion d'Honneur.