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Geneviève "Ginette" Lantelme
(or Lanthelme)
(Mathilde Hortense Claire Fossey)

* May 20th 1883, Paris (France)
† July 25th 1911

After a difficult childhood due to the divorce of her parents, Mathilde struggled to become an actress. For an artists name she took the maiden name of her mother, Lantelme, and her first name Geneviève. While having minor roles on stage she studied acting at the Conservatoire de Paris. From 1906 until 1908 Lantelme was member at the Théâtre Réjane. In 1908 she had her first leading role in a play called "Le Roi".

Because of her extraordinary beauty and her gorgeous dresses and hats, created by French fashion designers, Lantelme was frequently photographed and featured in various magazines and on postcards.

Lantelme knew how to take advantage of her beauty and had always relationships to influential and wealthy men. Since 1906 she was the mistress of Alfred Edwards, a Parisian media tycoon, whom she finally married in July 1909. Edwards was a journalist and magnate of French press. It was on the night of July 24th/25th 1911, when she died under mysterious circumstances. She fell off the yacht of her husband, assumingly by accident. Her body was found in the Rhine River a few days later.
There were speculations, that she was murdered by her husband Alfred Edwards.

 

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Lantelme




Giovanni Boldini - Lantelme

Portrait of Geneviève Lantelme (1907)
by Giovanni Boldini (1842-1931)

 

 

 

 

Clippings of a German magazine
concerning the tragic death of Geneviève Lantelme

Geneviève Lantelme

C.L. 6 - Lantelme

Geneviève Lantelme

Reutlinger 1739 S.I.P. - Lantelme

Geneviève Lantelme

Croissant Paris No. ? - M. Lantelme

Geneviève Lantelme

Reutlinger 1352 S.I.P. - Lantelme

Geneviève Lantelme

Reutlinger Serie 63 - Lantelme

Geneviève Lantelme

Reutlinger 1289 S.I.P. - Lantelme

Geneviève Lantelme

Reutlinger 97/1 S.I.P. - Lantelme

Geneviève Lantelme

Reutlinger 155/15 S.I.P. - Lantelme

Geneviève Lantelme

Reutlinger Serie 62 - Lantelme

Geneviève Lantelme

Reutlinger Serie 62 - Lantelme

Geneviève Lantelme

Reutlinger 213 U.D.D. - Lantelme

Geneviève Lantelme

Reutlinger (?) 1375 S.I.P. - Geneviève Lantelme

Geneviève Lantelme

IRIS 2053 - Lantelme

Geneviève Lantelme

Boyer et Bert 2075 S.I.P. - Lantelme

Geneviève Lantelme

Eclair 46 - Nadar - Geneviève Lantelme

Geneviève Lantelme

F.C. & Cie 73 (Paul Boyer Phot.) - Lantelme

Geneviève Lantelme

Rotary Photo E.C. 829 A. Lanteline (!)

 

Geneviève Lantelme

This very unique item is a large format photo (8 x 10,5 inch)
of Lantelme by Atelier Reutlinger, Paris
Originally signed by Lantelme

 

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