A Versatile Icon of French Cinema

Born on March 1, 1927, in Acy-en-Multien, France, Claude Gensac wanted to be a dancer, but her mother, Rose Brayer, made her into what she wanted to be: an actress. She started in drama with plays like “Borgia”, or “Horace”.

In 1951, Gensac married fellow actor Pierre Mondy, who pushed her into playing comedy in plays that he would direct.

Gensac’s film career started in 1953, in The Virtuous Scoundrel, where she shared the screen with what would become her most famous and recurring partner: Louis de Funès. Their partnership yielded a series of beloved comedies, including Jo, The Busy Body (1971), or The Troops Get Marrried (1968).

She is also often chosen to play regal women on TV such as Madame de Montespan in La camera explore le temps.

An unforgettable Queen

Gensac made significant contributions to the world of dubbing, lending her voice to Sophia Loren in several films, and playing parts like Cassandra in The Trojan Horse. One of her most memorable dubbing roles was as the Queen in the 1962 French dubbing of Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Her portrayal of the malevolent Queen brought depth and dimension to the character, adding to the enduring legacy of the beloved animated classic for French audiences.

Claude Gensac passed away on December 27, 2016, leaving behind a legacy that continues to inspire and entertain audiences.