Born in Paris, the daughter of an actor, she became a pupil of Régnier at the Conservatoire, and took the second prize for comedy in 1874. Her debut was made the next year, during which she played attractively a number of light especially soubrette parts. Her first great success was in Henri Meilhac's Ma camarade (1883), and she soon became known as an emotional actress of rare gifts, notably in Décor, Germinie Lacerteux, Ma cousine, Amoureuse and Lysistrata.
In 1892 she married M. Ford, the director of the Vaudeville theatre, but the marriage was dissolved in 1905 following which she toured Quebec. In 1894 she appeared in London, England. The following year, she performed in her most famous role as Catherine in Sardou's Madame Sans-Gene, in New York City. Her performances in Madame Sans-Gene (1893) made her as well known in England and the United States as in Paris, and in later years she appeared in characteristic parts in both countries, being particularly successful in Zaza and La Passerelle. She opened the Thétre Réjane in Paris in 1906.
The essence of French vivacity and animated expression appeared to be concentrated in Madame Réjane's acting, and made her unrivalled in the parts which she had made her own.
Réjane died in Paris and was buried there in the Cimetière de Passy.
Gabrielle Réjane Facts
|Birth Name||Gabrielle Charlotte Réju|
|Birthday||June 5, 1856|
|Date of death||June 14, 1920 (age 64)|