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Monique Joyce

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Monique Joyce
Born22 December 1912
Paris, France
Died26 September 1994 (aged 81)
Vaucresson, France
Other namesThérèse Mathilde Bénard
Years active1933–1943 (film)

Monique Joyce (1912–1994) was a French model, singer and actress.[1][2] She began her career appearing in Opéra comique. After winning the Mademoiselle Paris contest in March 1933 she received greater public attention and made her first film appearance that year.

During the Occupation of France she appeared in several productions by the German-backed Continental Films that later led to charges of collaboration. Her final role was a supporting part in the 1943 film Late Love directed by Gustav Ucicky and made in Vienna. Following the Liberation of Paris in 1944 she headed to the Sigmaringen enclave where the Vichy government in exile was headquartered for the final months of the war.

Selected filmography


  1. ^ Waldman p.161
  2. ^ Burch & Sellier p.157


  • Burch, Noël & Sellier, Geneviève. The Battle of the Sexes in French Cinema, 1930–1956. Duke University Press, 2013.
  • Waldman, Harry. Maurice Tourneur: The Life and Films. McFarland, 2001.

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