Renee Adoree was a popular French actress who died tragically young.
She was born Jeanne De La Fonte on September 30, 1898 in Lille, France. Her father was a Spanish clown and both her parents performed with the circus. Instead of attending school she spent her childhood touring with them. When the family moved to Russia in 1912 her father abandoned them. Renee worked as a dancer throughout Europe. She made her film debut in the 1918 Australian melodrama 500 Pounds Rewards. Then she moved to New York City and started performing in vaudeville. Her big break came in 1920 when she was cast in the drama The Strongest directed by Raoul Walsh. On February 12, 1921 she married actor Tom Moore, who was fifteen years older than her. The couple worked together in the film Made In Heaven but they divorced in 1924. She costarred with John Gilbert in the 1925 romance The Big Parade. It was a big hit and her performance got rave reviews. Renee and John Gilbert were teamed up again in the movies La Boheme and The Show. She became a popular leading lady and appeared on numerous magazine covers.