(September 30, 1898
– October 5, 1933)
Adorée, born Jeanne de la Fonte, was a French actress who had appeared in Hollywood silent
movies during the 1920s.
Born in Lille, Nord,
France, she was the daughter of circus artists and who, by age five,
was performing in the circus with her parents. In her teen years, she
began acting in minor stage productions and toured Europe with her
troupe. She was performing in Russia when World War I broke out and
fled to London.
Fifteen years her senior, Tom Moore
and his brothers were very successful Hollywood actors. Six weeks
after their meeting, Adorée married Tom Moore on February 12, 1921 in
his home in Beverly Hills, California. The marriage did not last, and
in 1925 Ms. Adorée married a second time to Sherman Gill.
Despite her petite stature, Adorée's sensuous beauty and penetrating
eyes made for a compelling presence on the black and white screen. By
the end of 1930, she had appeared in forty-five films, the last four
of them talkies. That year she was diagnosed with tuberculosis.
She died there, a few days after her 35th birthday, on October 5, 1933
in Tujunga, California. Adorée left an estate valued at $2,429 (in
2011 dollars $42,022.82).
She is interred in the Hollywood Forever
Cemetery, Hollywood, California, Plot: Abbey of the Psalms, Crypt 219.