Ginette Leclerc (1912-1992) was a French actress who starred in the 1930s and 1940s. With her smouldering eyes, her carnal smile and her vulgar voice, Ginette Leclerc was the representation of the vamp from the gutter for years.
Ginette Leclerc was born Geneviève Lucie Menut in Montmartre, Paris, where her parents had a jewelry shop. Wanting to fly free and become a dancer, against her parents’ wishes, she married a dancer, Lucien Leclerc, in 1930; she was only 17 and he 16 years more. Ginette’s marriage didn’t last though and the two divorced in 1939. Afterwards, Ginette Leclerc shared her life for a decade with actor Lucien Gallas. Leclerc had a hard time at the beginning of her career, posing for daring postcards, and playing extras in cinema from 1932, until she was discovered by Jacques Prévert. Clauda Autant-Lara gave her a small role as a cocotte in the film Ciboulette (1933), her real debut. This was followed by the Feydeau adaptation L’Hôtel du libre échange (Marc Allégret… read more