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Originally appearing in Volume V02, Page 640 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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ARNOULD - PLESSY, JEANNE SYL VAN.IE (1819-1897), French actress, was born in Metz on the 7th of September 1819, the daughter of a local actor named -Plessy. She was a pupil of Samson at the Conservatoire in 1829, and made her debut as Emma at the Comedic Francaise in 1834 in Alexandre Duval's La Fille d'honneur. She had an immense success,. and Mlle Mars, to whom the public already compared her, took her up. Until 1845 she had prominent parts in all the plays, new and old, at the Theatre - Francais, when suddenly at the. ; height of her success, she left Paris and went to London, marrying the dramatic author, J. F. Arnould (d. 1854), a man much older than herself. The Comedie Francaise, after having tried in vain to bring her back, brought a suit against her, and obtained heavy damages, In the meantime. Madame Arnould-Plessy accepted an engagement at the French theatre at St Petersburg, where she played for nine years. In 1855 she returned. to Paris, and was re-admitted to the Comedie Francaise, as- pensionnaire with an engagement for eight years. This second part of her career was even more brilliant than the first. She revived some of her old roles, but began to abandon the jeunes premieres for. 640 the "lead," in which she had a success unequalled since the retirement of Mlle Mars. Her later triumphs were especially associated with new plays by Emile Angier, Le Fils de Giboyer and Maitre Guerin. Her last appearance was in Edouard Cadol's La Grand-maman; she retired in 1876, and died in 1897.
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