Ève Lavallière

Ève Lavallière

Ève Lavallière Circa 1890
Born Eugénie Marie Pascaline Fenoglio
1 April 1866
Died 10 July 1929(1929-07-10) (aged 63)
Occupation Actress

Ève Lavallière, full name Eugénie Marie Pascaline Fenoglio, (1 April 1866 – 10 July 1929), was a French stage actress and later a noteworthy Catholic penitent and member of the Secular Franciscan Order.


Ève Lavallière was born at 8 rue Champ-de-Mars in Toulon. She was the daughter of Louis-Emile Fenoglio, a tailor of Neapolitan origin, and Albania-Marie Rana, who was born in Perpignan. At birth, her parents already had a son. Her birth was not desired, and she was placed, up to school age, with a local family of peasants. At school age, however, she was enrolled by her parents in a private school of excellent reputation. After the death of her parents in tragic circumstances, and after running away from home. she arrived, as a teenager, in Paris. She became an actress renowned in the Belle Époque, including the Théâtre des Variétés in Paris.

From 1917, she moved to the castle of Choisille, at Chanceaux-sur-Choisille, Indre-et-Loire (later occupied by the Pinder circus). She had a radical religious conversion and became a devout Catholic. She wished to join a religious order and for a time was a medical missionary in Tunisia. She became a Franciscan tertiary, a member of the Secular Franciscans or Third Order of St Francis.

She is buried in Thuillières where she died in 1929.


Her most famous roles were in the following:

Caricature by Georges Goursat Sem (1902).


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