Capucine (born Germaine Hélène Irène Lefebvre, 6 January 1928 – 17 March 1990) was a French fashion model and actress known for her comedic roles in ‘The Pink Panther’ and ‘What’s New Pussycat?’, however she appeared in 36 films and 17 television productions between 1948 and 1990. Her journey began at age 17, while riding in a carriage in Paris, Lefebvre was noticed by a commercial photographer. Adopting the French name of a flower, “Capucine”, she became a fashion model, working for the fashion houses Givenchy and Christian Dior.
Lefebvre made her film debut in Jean Cocteau’s ‘The Eagle with Two Heads’, in a small, unbilled role. She also appeared in Jacques Becker’s ‘Rendezvous in July’ and ‘Robert Dhéry’s Crazy Show’.Then, in 1957, film producer Charles K. Feldman spotted Lefebvre while she was modeling in New York City. He brought her to Hollywood to learn English and study acting under Gregory Ratoff. She was later nominated for a Golden Globe Award and went on to star in a variety of productions in the years following. Learn More…